''Too many cooks spoiling the broth'' - Thoughts on the Hull
Posted on Tuesday, September 03 2002 @
00:17:19 BST by Bilko
"Talk about too many cooks spoiling the
That is how Sky TV's Stevo perfectly described the incident in which
Brian Carney and Gary Connolly both went for the same ball, with a try
begging, and blew Wigan's top two chances into oblivion. Of course we
still mathematically can do it but I feel time is running out as far as
a top two finish in concerned.
Yet again on Saturday we were treated to another
thriller at the Boulevard. Like I said
match preview we've witnessed some
fantastic games there in recent years and, despite the loss, this game
was no exception.
Coach Stuart Raper re-acted angrily to this performance and cancelled
the players scheduled two days off. After watching the replay of the
game on tape, I totally agree with his decision. Not because I felt we
played that badly but because our discipline and defence let us down
badly on Saturday. Hull were allowed to break the line on far too many
occasions and four silly penalties for holding down at the play the ball
was the difference in the scoreline at the end of the day.
Of course we should have clinched the game anyway despite the ill
discipline. The incident in which Gary Connolly and Brian Carney both
jumped for the same ball, with an easy try awaiting them after Matt
Crowther had slipped, can only be described as shambolic. Many people
have said that one of the players should have called and that is true
but I also feel that Connolly should have left it. He is the more
experienced player of the two and when the ball is kicked out wide like
that surely the winger should be the one to catch it?
It is a shame for Carney that he was yet again involved in a incident
where he failed to catch a high ball because he really has shown
improvement in taking high bombs in recent matches, especially in
defence. This was shown in the first half of the match when he took the
ball deep in his own corner, made an arching run and gained about 60
metres. It was a fantastic run and he was in contention for my man of
the match award but that late incident blew it for him.
Credit though must go to the Hull FC players for there performance.
They lost influential Jason Smith and the experienced full back Steve
Prescott to injury before kick off and in the first ten minutes it
looked like the loss of those players had got to them. Two early
handling errors and two kick offs going out on the full was not the best
of starts but they overcame the poor start superbly. It was a great
effort from the Hull players especially young Richard Horne who won a
deserved man of the match award.
I feel that the loss at Hull together with
Bradford's victory over London has now
ended any hopes of a top two finish. I just can't see Bradford losing
twice in three matches and also we have got to beat Saints, Bradford and
Leeds ourselves. We are capable of doing it, but for me its too tall of
a mountain to climb.
Its sad that I have to report crowd trouble at the end of the game in
Hull. As we returned to our coaches a gang of youths assaulted one Wigan
fan and threw bricks at one of the coaches. The lack of police was very
disturbing, they where nowhere to be seen. It was a sad end to a great
match but I shall still look forward to visiting the new Kingston
Communications Stadium next season.
Keep enjoying your Rugby League. Bilko. :)