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Hull FC strike gold with Wigan win

24th February 2019, 19:27 by Craig Smithson

Coach Lee Radford watched Hull FC claim a 22-23 golden-point extra time win at Wigan and said he believed that they would win.

In a thrilling Super League encounter at the DW Stadium, Carlos Tuimavave, Joe Westerman and debutant Ratu Naulago crossed to give Hull a 16-12 advantage over the reigning Super League champions.

And, while Naulago grabbed his second try of the game for the Black and Whites after the interval, Wigan came back from 10 points down to level with a brace from Oliver Gildart and further tries from debutant Liam Byrne and Ben Flower.

Zak Hardaker could have snatched the points for Wigan in the last minute of normal time only to miss a conversion.

Therefore, the golden point rule came into play and Hull FC sealed their first win of the season and became the first-ever team to win a Super League game in this manner just three minutes in when Marc Sneyd kicked a drop-goal.

Radford, who handed 37-year-old Gareth Ellis a 25-minute run-out after he came out of retirement to boost the injury-ravaged Hull squad, said: "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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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