This article reveals our opinion on the various Black and Whites’ player performances across the span of their 2017 campaign, although we have only rated those who have played in a minimum of five first-team games.
Jamie Shaul: 9/10
Shaul landed up being the top try-scorer for Hull after managing to cross 22 times in all of the competitions, and he was also the top metre maker and best tackle buster.
He managed to find his best form after a worryingly slow start.
Mahe Fonua: 9/10
Fonua certainly got punters’ pulse’s racing, managing to even draw the attention of those glued to horse racing betting sites!
He scored 16 tries in his last season with Hull, but his hard running is what caught everyone’s eye. He was the second-top metre maker, and came up with the biggest amount of offloads.
For most of the season Fonua was the spark which got the team moving forward as their sets began.
Jake Connor: 8/10
Connor was only left out of the gameday 17 one time for reasons of selection, and he played a vital role across the board for Hull FC thanks to his versatility.
He didn’t quite manage to get a starting spot nailed down, but he definitely proved he was capable of it.
Carlos Tuimavave: 8/10
Tuimavave trained as the right-centre pre-season, but the Football Club switched things up and moved him to left-centre.
The 25-year old player gave a solid performance with the ball throughout the year, scored 15 tries, and was assured in defence for the most part.
Fetuli Talanoa: 7.5/10
Talanoa’s torrid year thanks to the injuries he sustained saw him only playing 21 games, but he dominated the field every time he appeared on it.
Once again, his strength lay in running out of the backfield, but his injury woes see his score capped.
Albert Kelly: 9.5/10
Kelly was seen as a gamble by most, but he succeeded, bagging 20 tries. An important fact to bear in mind for Kelly is that he almost single-handedly won Hull some of their games!
He managed to drag them out of the dirt on more than one occasion and delivered an attacking edge, helping them win the Challenge Cup and also make the play-offs.
Mark Sneyd: 9/10
Sneyd did not perform consistently across the campaign, but managed to step up in the most important moments.
He earned the Lance Todd Trophy for the second time in a row as his kicking once more came to the fore, producing another Wembley win.
Scott Taylor: 9/10
The England international flies under the radar thanks to how unassuming his play is, but his relentlessness must be noted, and it was this that the FC ran on.
Taylor was the top metre maker amongst the FC forwards by some margin, and worked through the occasional injury to perform in a total of 28 matches.
Danny Houghton: 8.5/10
One year after his Man of Steel award we don’t see quite the same level of play in terms of attacks from the dynamic hooker, but his defense was strong once more.
His try-count dropped from seven to three, and his assists from 18 to 11, but he was also out of the game for six weeks after tearing his calf.