An impressive Salford side deservedly took the plaudits and ditched last years finalists out of the Challenge Cup, but the winning try resulted from an excellent flowing move from the visitors which was marred by a pass so forward that even a Union referee would have spotted it.
We blasted out of the blocks and Kirk Yeaman went over after a lovely clean break from the midfield and, given the Reds abysmal defensive record (38 points conceded on average so far this season) we sat back and waited for the team to fill it’s boots.
The result was as flatter atmosphere as I can remember, and this torpor osmosified onto the pitch as we simply stopped playing and only poor finishing from the visitors prevented Salford from having more than an eight point half time lead.
Shaun McCrae’s team played open and attractive football, despite their atrocious form and appeared to have a surprising faith in themselves as a collective outfit and 18 year old scrum half Steven Myler had a cracking game, including having the gumption to actually try and disrupt the base of the scrum, such cheek seemed to get right under the skin of Thorman in particular.
We created virtually nothing for a whole hour of the game, and when we did Washbrook spilled the ball when it seemed easier to score.
We finally woke up and scored twice to take the lead until the Reds superiority was rewarded even if it was controversial.
For me Calderwood had another poor game and Rovers will target him on Friday, make no mistake about that, and Thorman’s diminutive stature at stand off was something that McCrae had obviously highlighted and the former Huddersfield man was a spent force early in the game in any creative capacity.
If we play like this on Friday it is going to be one painful Bank Holiday Derby Day experience.
Hull FC: Hall, Calderwood, G. Horne, Yeaman, Briscoe, R. Horne, Thorman, Dowes, Berrigan, Cusack, Cusack, Manu, Tickle, Radford, Moa, King.
Replacements: Moa for Dowes (32), Lee for Berrigan (55), King for Cusack (20), Berrigan for Cusack (65), Washbrook for Radford (28), Cusack for Moa (50), Dowes for King (53).