23rd October 2018, 11:40 | Hull
Hull FC suffered a miserable second half of the season, and there’s no shying away from that. Eleven straight defeats to close 2018 dashed any hope of a third successive play-off appearance. Whether it be injuries, players out of form or a mixture of both, the Airlie Birds couldn’t buy a win in the last three months of the campaign and will open 2019 having not won since June.
Best Moment: Sealing a derby win? Check. Taunting your biggest rivals? Check. Doing it all while down a man? Check. Jake Connor’s try against Hull KR secured the two points and bragging rights on Good Friday with a typically cheeky finish.
Best Win (Hull Kingston Rovers 22-34 Hull FC): Hull FC survived a Kieran Moss hat-trick to beat rivals Hull Kingston Rovers to close out the 2018 Magic Weekend. Tries from Scott Taylor, Liam Harris, Jack Logan, Jake Connor and a brace from Jamie Shaul brought home a second derby win of the season.
Best Player (Jake Connor): Despite showing great promise, Jake Connor was sharp and showed a maturity and understanding of the game. Rewarded with a call-up in June to the England squad, he delivered again to shine on the test stage. A real star.
Record Breakers: Mark Minichiello made his 100thclub appearance and Danny Washbrook made his 300thappearance, Jake Connor made his 100thSuper League appearance.
Worst Loss (Wakefield Trinity 72-10 Hull FC): Hull’s biggest ever Super League defeat, eclipsing their 64-10 defeat by St Helens in 2002, was a testing day for those on Humberside. Trinity ran in 12 tries, and humiliated FC who were left wondering how much lower they could sink. They wouldn’t register another victory all season.
Best Quote: “I had two minutes of ecstasy, something I’ve not had for a while. It was a good two minutes” – Lee Radford after the 26-20 home loss to Catalans, the clubs tenth successive defeat.
2019 Outlook: Hull FC were ravaged by injuries in 2018, but despite this, coach Lee Radford questioned their ability and mentality in the closing weeks of the season. What is undeniable is that the club still possess great quality in players like Jamie Shaul, Marc Sneyd & Jake Connor, but to progress must expel any mental weakness. Next year, a top five finish isn’t out of the question.