Super League: Chris Green's controversial try settles Hull derby
Last Updated: 26/05/13 11:00am
Hull scored three tries in the space of four minutes to stun city rivals Hull KR 22-16 at Magic Weekend in Manchester.
The Robins looked set to clinch a second win of the season over their neighbours when they led 16-6 with seven minutes remaining at the Etihad Stadium, despite losing both Luke George and Rhys Lovegrove to injury.
Hull had other ideas, however, gaining revenge for their controversial defeat to the same opponents at the event last year thanks to a stunning comeback.
Yet just as the Black and Whites felt wronged by David Hodgson's match-winner 12 months ago, Rovers will be smarting at the award of Chris Green's try at the death, as it seemed the forward was offside in the build-up.
An eighth win in nine matches didn't look on the cards for Peter Gentle's in-form side for much of the afternoon to be honest, even though they had broken the deadlock after four minutes when Daniel Holdsworth's 40-20 led to a try for Richard Whiting.
From then on, however, their play was blighted by errors; from one such turnover Craig Hall broke clear and although he was stopped by full-back Shannon McDonnell, Greg Eden burst free on the next play to reach the line.
Former Airlie Bird Hall did get over when he caught Michael Dobson's kick one-handed on the left wing and forced his way over, putting depleted Rovers 10-6 up at the end of the first 40 minutes.
A penalty from Dobson extended their lead to six and it seemed the Robins would be bobbing to another win over the Airlie Birds across the Pennines when Eden's floated pass put Alex Brown in the clear on the right.
However, the combination of the energy-sapping conditions and a lack of numbers saw Rovers wilt down the final stretch.
Winger Tom Lineham gave Hull a glimmer of hope when he dived in at the right corner, with Holdsworth's conversion going in off a post to make it 16-12.
The scores were level when Kirk Yeaman went over on the opposite side of the field soon after, with the centre given the benefit of any doubt over whether the ball had touched the line as he reached out to ground it.
If video official Steve Ganson thought that was going to be his toughest call, he was mistaken. Just as a draw looked likely, Danny Houghton launched a long, hopeful kick from halfway that after bouncing backwards, Green jumped up to grab in front of Eden.
Replays showed that the Hull forward had appeared to be in front when the ball left Houghton's foot, yet the score was still controversially awarded. While Rovers were left to question why, Holdsworth added the extras to seal a stunning victory for the Black and Whites.
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Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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