Super League: Wigan Warriors 22-23 Hull FC

Marc Sneyd's match-winning drop-goal sparked wild celebrations for Hull FC
Marc Sneyd's match-winning drop-goal sparked wild celebrations for Hull FC
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Wigan (12) 22
Tries: Gildart 2, Byrne, Flower Goals: Hardaker 3
Hull FC (16) 23
Tries: Tuimavave, Westerman, Naulago 2 Goals: Sneyd 3 Drop-goal: Sneyd

Hull FC beat Wigan thanks to Marc Sneyd's drop-goal in Super League's first-ever golden-point extra time.

The hosts had come from 10 points down to level before Zak Hardaker missed a tricky conversion to win the game with the last kick of normal time.

Tries from Carlos Tuimavave, Joe Westerman and debutant Ratu Naulago helped Hull to a slender interval lead.

Ben Flower and Oliver Gildart scored to force extra time for Wigan but Sneyd slotted to end Hull's losing streak.

While it was a first victory for the Black and Whites since last June following 13 consecutive league defeats, reigning champions Wigan have lost two of their opening three Super League games - as well as suffering last weekend's World Club Challenge title defeat.

It was confirmed in January that the golden-point rule would be introduced to Super League, having already been used in knockout games in English competitions.

The game would have ended a draw had neither side scored after two additional five-minute periods, but Sneyd's match-winning drop-goal came three minutes into extra time.

Hull's Fijian winger Naulago finished the game with two tries, having only signed on Friday after being given a temporary release from active service in the army.

At the age of 37, former England forward Gareth Ellis impressed in his 25-minute stint for Lee Radford's side after coming out of retirement to play for the first time since the end of the 2017 season.

Gildart scored the first try of the match for Wigan, with Liam Byrne going over on his debut before the break, although the home side had Taulima Tautai sin-binned for a high tackle just before the interval.

Wigan head coach Adrian Lam told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It's disappointing that again we leaked too many points, we just looked flat and tired the whole game.

"I just think that they think it's going to happen for them without putting in the hard work, being committed and having the attitude.

"I didn't think we deserved to win but I did feel that we were going to win with five to 10 minutes to go."

Hull FC coach Lee Radford told BBC Radio Humberside:

"You sometimes get a feeling - I just thought today was going to happen - I didn't think it was going to happen in those circumstances.

"Thankfully we'd practiced holding onto a two-point lead and a one-point lead during the week and it paid dividends.

"What he (Gareth Ellis) brings before the game, the words he says in the changing room at the right time, with the right temperament and message - he's like a breath of fresh air."

Wigan: Hardaker, Davies, Sarginson, Gildart, Marshall, Williams, Leuluai, Bullock, Powell, Flower, Greenwood, Isa, O'Loughlin.

Replacements: Tautai, Byrne, Hamlin, Sammut.

Hull: Shaul, Naulago, Griffin, Tuimavave, Faraimo, Connor, Sneyd, Paea, Houghton, Matongo, Minichiello, S Manu, Westerman.

Replacements: Ellis, Lane, Litten, Thompson.

Referee: B Thaler.

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