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Hull FC are the latest of our Super League club reviews. Andrew Ferguson looks at their 2020 campaign.
The black-and-whites had a strong end of season run, where they won 4 of their last 5 games to storm into the finals, beat Warrington in the Semi Final and reach the penultimate weekend of the year before the Grand Final, where they went down to Wigan 29-2 in a disappointing end to their otherwise very solid season.
The pre-lockdown portion of the season saw Hull perform inconsistently, scoring 3 wins and 4 losses before coach Lee Radford was unceremoniously dumped, live on air by club boss Adam Pearson shortly after their 38-4 loss to Warrington.
When the competition resumed, Hull had appointed Andy Last to take over as coach. The team was besieged by continued inconsistency, best shown by their Challenge Cup appearances, which were just 4 days apart. The beat Castleford 29-16 before going down to Wigan 36-4 in a contest that they were never really in.
Two weeks after their Challenge Cup loss, because finally things started to click, as Hull went on a four game winning run where they beat Huddersfield 18-16, Castleford 48-6, Hull KR 31-16 and Warrington 27-14 in the Semi Final. It all ended in the Preliminary Final when they meekly bowed out with a 2-29 loss to Wigan.
Attack. 23 of Hull's 30 players in 2020 managed to score a try, highlighting the potency of their attack across the field. Only the two Grand Finalists, Wigan and St.Helens scored more points than Hull in 2020.
Defence. Hull really were a team of two halves, of the field that is. Their attack was able to score points as easily as their defence could concede them. Only 3 teams conceded more points than Hull in 2020, which is very concerning and a something that needs to be rectified if they are to be any hope of improving in 2021.
Carlos Tuimavave was an absolute standout for the Hull side in 2020, as seen by him picking up 3 of the 5 performance related club awards at the end of the year. He secured the clubs Player of the year award as well as the Player's Player award and Try of the year.
Young half Ben McNamara made his Super League debut in 2020, appearing in 4 games, winning 3 of them in what was a confidence boosting start to his senior career. He was the only Super League debutant for the club in 2020.
The broom has been put through the roster at Hull FC with 10 players all departing. Ratu Naulago is going to Rugby Union, Lewis Bienek will head to Castleford, Liam Harris is off to Halifax, Ryan Johnson has been signed by Sheffield, Kieran Buchanan has accepted a deal at Batley and Albert Kelly has accepted an offer to return to Australia with the Brisbane Broncos. Ryan Johnson, Charlie Patterson and Charlie Graham have all been released while stalwart Gareth Ellis has finally retired at the age of 39, after playing 479 first class games across Australia and England, including on the International stage.
They have secured the services of tenacious Wests Tigers and former State of Origin half Josh Reynolds, a significant signing for the club.
|SL R1||Feb 2nd||Leeds||W||30 - 4||Radford||Taylor||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R2||Feb 7th||Hull KR||W||25 - 16||Radford||Houghton||KCOM Stadium|
|SL R3||Feb 16th||St Helens||L||18 - 32||Radford||Houghton||KCOM Stadium|
|SL R4||Feb 23rd||Wigan||L||12 - 26||Radford||Houghton||DW Stadium|
|SL R5||Mar 1st||Catalans||L||29 - 34||Radford||Houghton||KCOM Stadium|
|SL R6||Mar 6th||Wakefield||W||27 - 26||Radford||Houghton||Mobile Rocket|
|SL R7||Mar 12th||Warrington||L||4 - 38||Radford||Houghton||KCOM Stadium|
|SL R8||Aug 9th||Salford||L||18 - 54||Last||Houghton||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R10||Aug 30th||Huddersfield||W||31 - 12||Last||Houghton||Halliwell Jones|
|SL R11||Sep 4th||Warrington||L||12 - 37||Last||Houghton||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R12||Sep 10th||Wakefield||W||26 - 23||Last||Houghton||Totally Wicked|
|CC 6R||Sep 13th||Castleford||W||29 - 16||Last||Houghton||Totally Wicked|
|CC QF||Sep 19th||Wigan||L||4 - 36||Last||Houghton||AJ Bell|
|SL R13||Sep 24th||Salford||L||22 - 28||Last||Houghton||Halliwell Jones|
|SL R14||Oct 1st||Castleford||W||32 - 28||Last||Taylor||Mend-a-Hose Jungle|
|SL R18||Oct 8th||Leeds||L||22 - 40||Last||Sneyd||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R16||Oct 13th||Huddersfield||W||18 - 16||Last||Sneyd||Halliwell Jones|
|SL R15||Oct 18th||Castleford||W||48 - 6||Last||Sneyd||KCOM Stadium|
|SL R19||Oct 29th||Hull KR||W||31 - 16||Last||Houghton||Totally Wicked|
|SL SF||Nov 12th||Warrington||W||27 - 14||Last||Houghton||Halliwell Jones|
|SL PF||Nov 19th||Wigan||L||2 - 29||Last||Houghton||DW Stadium|