Hull FC Reserves produced a brilliant performance to beat Wigan 28-26 at Brantingham Park on Sunday afternoon.
Here’s what Up the Cream learned.
Reece Dean is gold
There’s been a lot of hype about Reece Dean recently – mainly thanks to myself praising him left, right and centre on social media – and against Wigan he was exceptional again.
Reece’s first try was a top draw effort. He took a Wigan in-goal grubber superbly, before stepping out of one tackle and running 100 metres untouched. He’s dynamite, has the x-factor and is lethal in the clear.
Playing from fullback once more Dean took the plaudits with another brace as he kicked, distributed and attacked the line to great effect.
Jansin Turgut showing all capabilities to be a Super League star
After being 18thman on Friday night at Leeds Jansin was superb against the Warriors and got through a mountain of work. He played the full eighty minutes and carried just as strongly throughout. Defensively he was potent and his leadership qualities are immense.
Turg was solid through the middle and got Hull moving forward. Physically he is almost there. He’s only 20-years-old but he looks the part, and no doubt will be a Super League star for years to come.
Jez Litten spark at the ruck is lethal
Fiery hooker Jez Litten came off from the bench against Wigan and what an impact he brought.
The 18-year-old hooker has pace in abundance and was far too quick for Wigan to cope with. He was quick out of the ruck and constantly darted from the play of the ball.
Jez is another Hull FC youngster with a huge future, and one every Hull fan should have their eye on.
Beating last year’s Under-19 champs a great feat
That Wigan side was practically the Under-19 team that won the academy competition last season so it was an almighty effort from Hull to beat them.
Wigan had all their big names playing such as Macauley Davies, Liam Marshall, Luke Waterworth and Lewis Heckford and they all impressed.
Heckford scored two brilliant tries as did winger Liam Marshall. They are a bloody good side and Hull deserve tremendous credit for beating them.
It was a really enjoyable game to watch, it was physical and it had its quality moments.
Last year Wigan beat Hull 22-20 at YPI at this level despite a stonewall Jansin Turgut try disallowed by the Wigan-based match official. This afternoon was a sweet bit of revenge, and proof that Hull’s promising young stars can beat the very best players at this level.
Harry Tyson-Wilson’s left boot is magic
Last week for the City of Hull Academy Harry Tyson-Wilson came up with a peach of a kick for Lancaster to score his first of three tries.
Against Wigan he did it again. He laid Reece Dean’s second try on a six pence with a perfectly weighted in-goal grubber.
Like first team half back Marc Sneyd, Tyson-Wilson’s short kicking game in particular is magic.
He also impressed with long kicking, finding touch when Hull needed it the most.
Doncaster lads performing well
Brad Nicholson was up there with Hull FC’s top performers against Wigan. The prop carried strongly all game and fully deserved his try. Doncaster have one to watch here, he looks a very good player and impressed me this afternoon.
Aaron Jones-Bishop meanwhile put on some neat footwork in his carries, and Ben Franklin was lively from the ruck in his starting hooker role.
Jack Logan solid in first game in four weeks
After a head injury suffered against Wakefield in the Super League this was Jack Logan’s first appearance in over four weeks.
He attacked the line superbly and looked a real class above this level. Ran an expert line for his try and was defensively solid.
Effort and energy there for all to see
Hull lost Masimbaashe Matongo to injury early on therefore the middles had to do more minutes than played. Turgut and Fash played the full 80, as did Jack Downs.
Fash was a real work-horse in a commanding display, whereas Downs got through some minutes on both edges, as did Ash Bastiman.
It was a real team performance and everyone played their part.