Hull FC Head Coach Brett Hodgson claimed it was his side’s “best performance of the season!”
The Black and Whites gained sweet revenge for their league defeat as they dispatched Wigan Warriors 20-10 to reach the Betfred Challenge Cup semi-finals.
Though last weeks’ game was perhaps marred with the controversy involving Tony Clubb, Hull well and truly overcame any adversity to get within 80 minutes of a return to Wembley.
Commenting on the game, Hodgson said, “It was probably was our best this season. In my opinion, we played the second best team in the competition.
“St Helens are obviously up there and Wigan have been at that level for a long time.
“We knew we had to perform at near our best to give ourselves a chance and I believe we took another step forward.
“I still believe there are elements we can improve. The conditions today allowed us to play a little more direct up the middle of the field and I thought we executed that very well.
“I think we learned some very good things today as a group and we will continue trying to improve.”
To a lesser extent than last week, controversy sullied today’s game. Hull had Jack Brown sin-binned for an alleged dangerous tackle on 33 minutes.
However, ten minutes earlier Wigan hooker Sam Powell put in a similar challenge on Josh Griffin. No punishment was given but Hodgson decided to reserve comment until viewing both tackles in detail later.
The Hull Coach did praise try scorer Adam Swift for his performance after rotating the latter to full-back after Jake Connor’s suspension.
“I thought initially Adam Swift was excellent. His communication is outstanding and it allows our defenders to get in the right positions and they have trust that he knows what he is doing.
“He performed as we expected he would. Then when Josh Griffin had to go off with his head assessment, it was a necessary change we had to make and we trusted Connor Wynne had built himself into a better player than he was 12 months ago.
“I thought Connor showed some very nice signs. In particular, that late moment when he had to get across to save a try from a kick.
“I am really proud of both of those boys and how they performed.”