Yesterday, Hull FC and Castleford joined Warrington and St Helens in the Challenge Cup semi-finals. The Black and Whites defeated Wigan in a brutal battle whilst Castleford needed golden point to beat last year’s finalists Salford. At least that was my view. But how did social media see Saturday’s rugby?
Starting with the first game, it was Hull’s resolve in defence and commitment to their game plan that saw them defeat Wigan and social media knew it.
It’s such a joy to watch, knowing your team will defend repeated sets on their try line like they’re protecting one another’s lives! Long may this continue HullFC 😍
— Two more sleeps… (@Keggle) May 9, 2021
Didn't get a chance to tweet last night as the game didn't finish till gone 1am and I was knackered but that was as complete a @hullfcofficial performance as I've seen. Dominant in defence, and scored when we had to. @Adamswift34 and @mint250988 outstanding but Chris Satae 🤩 🤩
— Pommyrich (@pommyrich) May 8, 2021
The performance led many to believe that this year Hull could finally be the real deal.
Not a Particular ‘Hull FC fan’ or anything, but really want to see them do well after years of them ‘flattering to deceive’ .. such good squads in the past and never lived up to the potential (apart from the odd challenge cup) . Would love to see them in a grand final..
— Rob Kirk (@jimjakjones) May 8, 2021
The general consensus from Hull fans however was one of sheer delight as they look to win a third Challenge Cup in six years.
Hull.FC in another semi ?? pic.twitter.com/UInOMOgFjQ
— PJ Purdon-Hoe (@purdon_hoe) May 8, 2021
They rightly showered their front-row with plenty of love. Their props proved the difference in a physical affair.
Satae n Sao are an absolute force https://t.co/JHg3aOxMqU
— I Own TRX (@EskrettJordan) May 8, 2021
How good is satae though #beastmode
— Lewis white (@Lewishfcwhite) May 8, 2021
— Paul (@OLLIE530) May 8, 2021
Chris Satae is a monster, Josh Reynolds is my hero and Adam Swift has a class first name, fuck Wigan and fuck Tony Clubb
— Adam Beasley (@Adam_Beasley8) May 8, 2021
Adam Swift was asked to stand in at fullback and was simply superb. He most definitely outplayed the in-form Zak Hardaker and it sparked plenty of discussion on social media.
Does that now mean that Adam Swift is the best fullback in super league 😂
— Karl Parkinson (@parky151277) May 8, 2021
Zak Hardaker: I’m the best fullback in England
Adam Swift: https://t.co/ixL9ESPs9B
— Mikey Thompson (@mikey30tommo) May 8, 2021
The other game yesterday was another classic but one man stood out from the rest.
Just cut out the middle man and give Paul McShane a collection of man of the match medals one for every match remaining this season! That’s that!
— Maggie May (@MaggieM59892656) May 8, 2021
Paul McShane… some player
— Andy G (@andyvic2730) May 8, 2021
Paul McShane is the 🐐
— Danny Revell (@dannyrevell0502) May 8, 2021
On the other hand some Salford fans weren’t very pleased with some decisions that went against them despite the fact Castleford were on the wrong end of two yellow cards.
1. Paul McShane is clearly not that fast 👀
2. That ball is down.
Two very strange decisions against Salford that as ultimately cost them a spot in the semi final.
— Reece Sharp (@ReeceSharp1994) May 8, 2021
In the end it was former Salford hero Gareth O’Brien who broke their hearts.
— The Fantasy Super League Channel (@TheFantasySupe1) May 8, 2021
GARETH O'BRIEN GET IN SON
— 𝑶𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒆 🇲🇽🦋 (@thfcollie03) May 8, 2021
That was a tough win that and Salford must be sick of Gareth O’Brien… semi finals here we come🐯🐯🐯
— Jamie mccluskey (@mccluskey_jamie) May 8, 2021
The victory sees Daryl Powell’s Tigers take on his future team Warrington Wolves and twitter certainly noticed.
Daryl Powell's over the moon!
He's just got Wire to Wembley before he's even started!!!
— TruthTalkingMaverick (@TruthTalkingMav) May 8, 2021