Hull book place in Challenge Cup Semi-Final

Hull book place in Challenge Cup Semi-Final

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Hull FC gained revenge for their 2020 Challenge Cup Quarter Final defeat after a 20-10 win over Wigan Warriors at Headingley.

The Black and Whites made five changes to the side that lost at Wigan last week. Jake Connor and Brad Fash are banned, and were replaced by Cameron Scott and Connor Wynne respectively.

Jack Brown took Scott’s place on the bench, with Adam Swift moving to fullback.

Scott Taylor went off injured in that match, and was replaced for this one by Chris Satae, who moves up from the bench. They also welcomed back Josh Reynolds, who replaced Ben McNamara.

Their final change saw Manu Ma’u return to the team. His return saw Jordan Lane move to loose forward, and Joe Cator dropped to the bench.

As for Wigan, they made just the one change. Tony Clubb dropped out as he starts his eight-match ban, with Liam Byrne coming in to start. Dom Manfredi made his return from injury from the bench.

The Warriors took the lead after 10 minutes. Jake Bibby managed to get in after Wigan were able to create an overlap. Zak Hardaker was off-target with the conversion attempt, meaning their lead stayed at four points.

That would prove costly, as just three minutes later, Hull hit back. Chris Satae managed to power his way over from short range. Marc Sneyd kicked the conversion to open up a two-point lead.

Sneyd was also able add a penalty a couple of minutes later, after Wigan were caught offside.

Despite the lead, Hull would end the half a man light. Brown was sent to the sin bin after a dangerous tackle.

The Black and Whites were able to get through that period unscathed, and got the next points of the game. Sneyd kicked another penalty after Reynolds was pushed off the ball.

With 15 minutes left, Hull took the game away from Wigan. Satae powered his way over, carrying four defenders with him for his second try. Sneyd added the conversion.

Wigan threw themselves a lifeline with time ticking down. Manfredi managed to get on the end of a kick from Bevan French to go over. Hardaker converted to leave them needing one try with one set left in the match.

But a mistake from WIllie Isa saw Swift pick the ball up from halfway and go through to finish the match. With the match over, they opted not to take the conversion.

That result means Hull return to the Challenge Cup semi-finals, their second in three years. They will face St Helens in the semi-finals. They return to league action next Monday when they welcome Catalans Dragons to the KCOM Stadium in front of fans.

As for Wigan, their Challenge Cup adventure is over for another year. They will focus on the Super League once more, starting with their game at Leigh Centurions a week on Monday.

Hull FC: Adam Swift, Mahe Fonua, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Cameron Scott, Josh Reynolds, Marc Sneyd, Ligi Sao, Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, Andre Savelio, Manu Ma’u, Jordan Lane.

Subs: Joe Cator, Jack Brown, Jordan Johnstone, Connor Wynne.

Head Coach: Brett Hodgson.

Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Jake Bibby, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Bevan French, Jackson Hastings, Harry Smith, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Liam Byrne, John Bateman, Morgan Smithies, Oliver Partington.

Subs: Joe Bullock, Joe Shorrocks, Ethan Havard, Dom Manfredi.

Head Coach: Adrian Lam.

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Steven Hughes

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