Super League: Hull FC 14-15 Wigan Warriors - Zak Hardaker drop goal seals dramatic late win
|Betfred Super League|
|Hull FC (6) 14|
|Tries: Taylor Goals: Sneyd 5|
|Wigan (10) 15|
|Tries: Marshall 2 Goals: Hardaker 3 Drop goal: Hardaker|
Zak Hardaker kicked a drop goal late on to help Wigan Warriors defeat Hull FC and move to within two points of third place in Super League.
Liam Marshall crossed for Wigan early on after Marc Sneyd's pair of penalty goals as Wigan led 10-6 at the break.
Early in the second half, Marshall touched down again but Scott Taylor narrowed the scores to 12-14 late on.
Sneyd levelled with the boot soon after before Hardaker kicked a dramatic late drop goal to seal victory for Wigan.
Adrian Lam's side now move to within two points of third-placed Hull FC courtesy of the win.
Following a slow start to the season, Wigan have improved their fortunes of late and has lost just once in seven Super League appearances heading into their trip to the KCOM Stadium.
And the Cherry and Whites narrowly edged an entertaining first half with the kicking of Sneyd and Hardaker dominating the point-scoring in the opening 40 minutes.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford made one change to the side beaten by Warrington in the Challenge Cup semi-final on Saturday and the Black and Whites almost forced a sensational comeback before Hardaker's late kick.
Hull head coach Lee Radford:
"Obviously it was a similar loss in four days, which is not good for anybody's sanity.
"I don't think there was anything between the sides, similar to last Saturday. There is not one particular thing we're doing wrong, there's a lot of technical things we need to fix up.
"For attitude and effort, we passed that test with flying colours, we just need to be smarter in a lot of areas."
Wigan head coach Adrian Lam:
"Luckily Zak pulled something out of his bag of tricks. It was sloppy but it all counts the same.
"I'm really pleased. We were prepared to go to the last 10 minutes because they are a proud club who had a good crack in the Challenge Cup last week and knew they would want to bounce back.
"Defensively we went through a patch in the second half when we only had one or two sets in about 20 minutes and I think that was the resolve and resilience that we needed, the last piece of the puzzle that we needed for our team.
"I'm really proud of them. At this part of the season when you are only conceding one try it's Grand Final action we've talked about."
Hull FC: Shaul, Faraimo, Tuimavave, Griffin, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Minichiello, Westerman, Green, Lane, Naulago.
Interchanges: Connor, Matongo, Fash, Ellis.
Wigan Warriors: Sarginson, Gildart, Burgess, Williams, Leuluai, Powell, Farrell, Navarrete, Isa, Marshall, Hardaker, Partington, Smithies.
Interchanges: Clubb, O'Loughlin, Byrne, Sammut.
Referee: B. Thaler.