MATCH FO­CUS

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

Good day: Marc Sneyd

A com­plete per­for­mance from the wily Hull FC scrum-half who walked off with the Lance Todd Tro­phy as man-of-the-match for the sec­ond year run­ning, the first player to do that out­right since its in­cep­tion in 1946. Boiled right down, ob­vi­ously his 100 per cent goal­kick­ing record proved the dif­fer­ence, slot­ting all three while Wi­gan’s Ge­orge Wil­liams missed two of his three at­tempts. How­ever, it was his pin­point kick­ing in gen­eral play that proved so cut­ting and dam­ag­ing to their op­po­nents, con­tin­u­ally caus­ing them prob­lems; Sneyd never let up and Wi­gan had no an­swer.

Bad day: Liam Mar­shall

It seems bizarre to award him this as the Wi­gan winger was not even in their ini­tial 17 yet ended up with a start­ing spot af­ter Tom Davies pulled up just 20 min­utes be­fore kick-off hav­ing failed to shake off an an­kle is­sue. By that to­ken, it should have been a great af­ter­noon for the 21-year-old who is the club’s lead­ing try-scorer this term. How­ever, Mar­shall went on to en­dure a tor­rid af­ter­noon, if not be­ing tor­mented by Marc Sneyd’s kicks pep­per­ing him at ev­ery turn then been charged at by Mahe Fonua. Made some costly slips and spills and will be want­ing to quickly for­get his first Wem­b­ley ap­pear­ance.

Key mo­ment: 63rd minute

Trail­ing 18-10, Wi­gan’s Tony Clubb sees his ef­fort ruled out, first by Phil Ben­tham whose de­ci­sion is up­held by video ref­eree James Child. Was it a loose carry as he spilled over the line or did Hull’s Car­los Tuimavave strip it be­fore Clubb then touched down at a sec­ond at­tempt? Most peo­ple thought the lat­ter and that it should have been awarded. With 17 min­utes to go, Shaun Wane’s side may have pushed on for vic­tory but Joe Burgess did not re­spond un­til the 73rd and they ran out of time.

Ref watch: Phil Ben­tham

Proved why he is rated cur­rently as the best ref­eree in Su­per League and on the money with that vi­tal last call with 50 sec­onds re­main­ing spot­ting that for­ward pass that sent Joe Burgess away.

Ver­dict

Hull FC were wor­thy win­ners af­ter show­ing great char­ac­ter, de­sire and no lit­tle skill to over­come Wi­gan. They proved their met­tle as a ‘big game’ team and it bodes well for the fu­ture. Sneyd was the dif­fer­ence but there were many no­table per­for­mances from Lee Radford’s side.

Quote of the day

No, he’s more both­ered about check­ing Man U’s score!

Hull cap­tain Gareth El­lis in­ter­rupts when Marc Sneyd is asked if past crit­i­cism has af­fected him

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