Hakim Miloudi was one of the most entertaining players on the pitch at the John Smith’s Stadium in picking up Sky TV’s man of the match award, but that doesn’t mean the Hull FC back was the best.
The 25-year-old has so much talent but also has an appetite for the outlandish which doesn’t always come off, much to his coach’s frustration.
Lee Radford was critical of the decision to give Miloudi the man of the match, saying; “If you ask me who was the best Hull FC player he wouldn’t even have been in my top 10.”
It was clear the FC coach was frustrated by his full-back’s display.
We saw in the first period when two of his passes resulted in the ball rolling out of play when lighter and more calm passes would have likely resulted in a try on each occasion that Miloudi is still far from the finished article.
But then there was the strong running out of the backfield. Miloudi surely made the most tackle busts out of any player in what was at times a destructive performance from the Frenchman, even if one with errors in it.
He also gave away a penalty in the second period with the ball in hand which showcased his fiery temper but then came a moment which summed up why Hull must be patient with him.
Miloudi took the ball from Albert Kelly close to the line and showed tremendous power and strength to barge over for the score.
Not long after he went close again only to be dragged into touch. In a match which saw Hull struggle, he was one of their most threatening players. Whilst he still has a lot to learn the talent is there and when honed, he could be a certain starter in the years to come.