There is never any doubting Jake Connor’s attacking ability on a rugby league field.
It’s the defensive element that can sometimes let the Hull FC man down, with the position of fullback the one to show a player up the most for a missed tackle.
That defensive element was one of the main reasons as to why England national head coach Shaun Wane kept Connor out of the England squad against the Combined Nations All Stars, whilst a spot in the World Cup squad looks to be ever-increasingly slipping from the Hull man’s grasp.
It’s unfortunate because on his day he is one of the world’s most potent attackers with a brilliant passing and running game enabling the fullback to scythe through defences like a knife through butter.
And, it’s perhaps no surprise that Connor is the leading try-assister in Super League with 30, which is even more remarkable when considering that the Hull man has faced a number of spells on the sidelines during his time at the MKM Stadium whether that is through suspension or injury.
However, with the injury to Jack Walker disrupting Hull on Sunday against St Helens in what ended up being a 60-point drubbing, that gave Connor the opportunity to step back into the breach and try and impress head coach Brett Hodgson.
That didn’t go down too well as, despite setting up Hull’s only try, Connor was found in the firing line for a dismal effort on Saints’ Joey Lussick who just cut the Black and Whites apart down the middle for a fine individual score.
It was a pretty lacklustre effort and one that has been criticised heavily by his own fans.
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— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) August 15, 2022
It remains to be seen whether Connor will operate at fullback against Wakefield Trinity this Friday night, but that tackling issue will need a big improvement.