Warrington Wolves will make the trip to Wembley for the second straight year after beating Hull FC 22-14 at the University of Bolton Stadium.
They made a fast start and got their reward after seven minutes after Bryson Goodwin picked up a spill from Ratu Naulago to score in the corner. Stefan Ratchford missed the conversion, but it was still a four point lead.
Hull’s tactic became clear as they picked up a penalty inside their own half, despite trailing by four points, Marc Sneyd elected to take the two points to half the deficit.
That decision paid dividends when 10 minutes later, Albert Kelly’s pinpoint kick found Bureta Faraimio, who cut inside to score. He then converted to put the Black and Whites ahead by eight points.
But they couldn’t take it into half time as Warrington grabbed their second try just before the break as Ben Currie got onto a kick to score. Ratchford converted to ensure the Wolves led 10-8 at the break.
The first try of the second half would be crucial and it was the Wolves who got it as Toby King rose to collect the ball and scored. Ratchford converted once more to extend their lead to eight points.
With 15 minutes to go, Hull threatened to make it a grandstand finish as Scott Taylor went over from close range. Sneyd converted to leave the match on a knife edge.
But as the Black and Whites tried to spread the ball, they dropped it close to the line and Joe Philbin kicked the ball forward and grounded to confirm the Wolves were going to Wembley. Ratchford converted with the celebrations in full swing.
It is a chance for the Wolves to avenge last years defeat against Catalans Dragons at Wembley. They are back in league action next week as they travel to the South of France to take on the Dragons on Saturday.
As for Hull FC, they must now focus on ensuring they get to where they want in the league, and they are still very much in the race for second place. They welcome Wigan Warriors to the KCOM Stadium on Thursday.