On Friday night, Hull FC came up short against Wigan Warriors in an incredibly tight and tense game.
The Black and Whites led 12-4 in the second half after scoring back to back tries following Liam Marshall’s try for Wigan on the 30 minute mark.
Either side of halftime, Hull scored through Adam Swift and Brad Dwyer but Wigan stormed back through Toby King and Jake Wardle.
Hull lost in golden point extra time due to a drop goal from from Harry Smith.
Speaking after the game, Tony Smith said on the Hull website:
“I’m proud of my players and the effort they put in. I don’t think we deserved to win it, and I don’t think we deserved to lose it.
“I don’t think we were good enough in some areas, which probably caused us not to win it, but in some areas, I thought we were fantastic and didn’t deserve to lose it. That’s how it is now.
“It was a very hard-fought game between two teams. Was it the prettiest game of rugby league that I’ve seen? It’s probably on the other end of the scale.
“We’re disappointed with the result because we fought hard. We fought really hard in that battle, but we can’t be too hard on ourselves because of the effort we put in for one another. It came down to one or two little things at the end of the game.
“I thought we did a whole lot of things well. The spirit within our camp, watching them defend their try line time after time after time. When we thought they were going to go through and score, they were making last-ditch efforts while it was peeing it down all game to stop tries and come up with answers.
“We’re pretty good at that now. We’re resilient. We’ve gone through some tough times this year. We’re disappointed not to have gotten two points, but we’ll be back in there fighting again next week, I can guarantee it.”
Smith also provided a worrying update on Scott Taylor but things were far more encouraging for Danny Houghton:
“We lost Danny Houghton, who has been terrific for us, with a head injury early on. He’s fine now, ready and raring to go, but we’re not allowed to do that nowadays.
“Taylor tightened up in the hamstring and may have a little tear in it. We had to take him off. Down two seasoned campaigners with some old and wise heads that may have done us some good at the back end of the game, however, it wasn’t to be.
“That’s the battle and the challenge of rugby league sometimes. I thought my guys really stood up to that challenge and really gave every bit of energy to the cause.”