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.
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