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Hull FC 18-14 Wigan: Hull FC retain the Challenge Cup

26th August 2017

For the first time in their history Hull FC have retained the Challenge Cup with a thrilling win over 2016's Super League Champions Wigan Warriors.

The game started in a very back and forth fashion with Wigan on the score sheet first showing the early signs that they might be able to get a grip of the game John Bateman punched on a ball that bounced favourably after Jamie Shaul failed to deal with the kick, giving Wigan an early lead.

Hull FC’s first try came courtesy of Fetuli Talanoa following a high Marc Sneyd kick, those last three words would come to define the game, with Talanoa climbing the highest and walking the ball in to get the Black & Whites on the board. The Airlie Birds second try came off the boot of Sneyd once again only this time Mahe Fonua would receive a gift of a backhand from Albert Kelly to send Hull into half time with a 12-6 lead.

Wigan came back out in the second half and were outplayed and outclasses by Hull in the opening exchanges, Sneyd clearly having one of the games of his life mustered up a magnificent 40 20 right next to the corner flag. The resulting set saw Albert Kelly flick the ball to Fonua to get his second with a dive in at the right corner making it 10-18. 

It was a tight and tense end to the game for Hull FC Joe Burgess scored in the 72nd minute to make sure the Warriors would be in int right until the death turning the score to 18-14. The Warriors fought until the last minute but history was made as Marc Sneyd became the first man to win the Lance Todd Trophy in successive years and Hull FC won the Challenge Cup for the first time in their history in similar fashion.

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