As Hull FC clung on to their 14-10 lead against league leaders Wigan Warriors, the Warriors were handed a huge chance to extend their 6 game winning run when a high kick was dropped by Davy Litten.
As Joe Shorrocks picked it up the Warriors had plenty of space but Jake Trueman, on his Hull FC debut, held on to Shorrocks giving away a penalty and picking up a yellow card for a professional foul but it allowed Hull to re-organise and hold on for a famous win.
Many have called it an example of the dark arts but Jamie Jones-Buchanan has defended Trueman’s actions on Sky Sports:
“He has got to do what he does. It means they have a chance of finishing off the game even if it is with just 12 men. You just felt that Hull would work enough to make it a special night and the crowd went up like there had been a try scored after that.”
Meanwhile, Hull FC boss was more focused on the impact of the crowd than the yellow card.
“Wigan weren’t at their best tonight but I am going to make a fuss about the crowd. There was 10,100 odd on a Thursday night and they got right behind us again. We hoping to repay our fans at the moment after some games that we lost and disappointed so we are trying to repay our fans at the moment.
“They are enormous. It has an effect. It lifts you. Some of our guys were out on their feet but they kept going because of their adrenaline and the fans help with adrenaline.”
He also said he would celebrate the win before looking ahead to their next game against Wakefield Trinity:
“I’m not even bothered about it. The focus tonight will be well done on Wigan and tomorrow we will focus on Wakefield.”