Hull FC 19-18 Wakefield

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Wakefield’s Joe Arundel (right) was a constant menace to the Hull FC defence in the first half
Super 8s
Hull FC (6) 19
Tries: Fonua, Sneyd, Ellis. Goals: Sneyd 3. Drop goal: Sneyd.
Wakefield (12) 18
Tries: Arundel, Miller, Caton-Brown. Goals: Finn 3.

Gareth Ellis marked his farewell home appearance with a crucial try as Hull FC fought back to beat Wakefield and all but seal their play-off place.

Wakefield had the better of the first half with the smart kicking of Liam Finn teeing up scores for ex-Hull FC duo Joe Arundel and Jacob Miller.

Tries from Mahe Fonua and Marc Sneyd levelled matters.

Ellis then powered over and the boot of Sneyd ensured victory, despite a late try for Mason Caton-Brown.

Trinity, who remain fifth and must beat fourth-placed Wigan in their final game to stand any chance of making the top four, could have snatched a draw but Finn’s late drop goal attempt was fractionally wide.

Hull FC could still qualify even if they lose their final Super 8s game against Castleford, and they will be relieved to have their fate in their own hands having been second best before the break.

Mahe Fonua (left) got Hull on the scoreboard in the first half

Wakefield’s impressive first-half efforts could easily have seen them leading by a far greater margin than their six-point advantage.

Finn’s two superb kicks – the first crossfield and the second straight but perfectly weighted – led to tries for Arundel and a brilliant one-handed touch down by Miller.

Fonua’s towering leap from Albert Kelly’s kick got Hull back in the game, but they were far from their best with their play featuring too many handling errors and a lack of cohesion in attack.

But a fine dummy and run by Sneyd saw him power through for a second home try after the interval to make it 12-12 and Hull just about held on for a dramatic win after Ellis’ heroics.

Hull FC: Shaul, Fonua, Griffin, Tuimavave, Michaels, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Watts, Minichiello, Manu, Ellis.

Replacements: Bowden, Fash, Thompson, Connor.

Wakefield Trinity: Grix; Jones-Bishop, Arundel, B. Tupou, Caton-Brown; Miller, Finn; England, Randell, Huby, Ashurst, Kirmond, Arona.

Replacements: Wood, Fifita, Annakin, Hasson.

Referee: Phil Bentham (RFL).

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