Tetley's Challenge Cup: Hull FC stun Warrington to set up a final against Wigan Warriors
Last Updated: 29/07/13 6:44am
Hull FC held off a late Warrington Wolves fight back to upset the odds and secure their place in the Tetley's Challenge Cup final courtesy of a 16-12 success.
The Wolves raced into an 8-0 lead before the Black and Whites hit back to hold a two-point advantage at half time thanks to scores from Tom Lineham and Richard Whiting.
Aaron Heremaia extended Hull's advantage in the second half and while Ben Currie pulled one back for Warrington late on last season's winners were unable to find another score.
Warrington threatened first, but Ben Westwood's effort to Joel Monaghan was deemed a forward pass after Lee Briers' neat short-ball helped set up the break.
Winger Monaghan was not to be denied in the sixth minute when he touched down in the right-hand corner. Hooker Mickey Higham's ball sent Westwood clear and this time the Australian winger would not be denied.
Tony Smith's men doubled their lead when Trent Waterhouse, via the nod from the video referee, was first to the ball from Stefan Ratchford's grubber kick early in the tackle.
Just when it looked like the Wolves might turn the screw Hull responded with a break-away try. Chris Bridge's kick out wide was superbly collected by Lineham who beat Ratchford to the try line.
Hull moved themselves in front on their next set when, aided by a penalty for a ball-strip on Danny Houghton, stand-in full-back Whiting crossed the whitewash after he collected Daniel Holdsworth's pass.
Both teams squandered opportunities to score further tries in the half to ensure Hull led 10-8 at the break with Danny Tickle's solitary conversion the difference.
Warrington came close to retaking the lead four minutes into the second half, but this time the video referee deemed Waterhouse was unable to get the ball down in goal.
The Wolves then found themselves eight-points down when Holdsworth's grubber kick was inch perfect for substitute Aaron Heremaia, who touched down under the sticks leaving Tickle with a simple conversion.
A brilliant piece of skill nearly brought Warrington back into it. Briers' kick was collected by Joel Monaghan who broke away. His inside ball found Westwood, but with the line beckoning Higham knocked on in trying to collect the bouncing ball.
Winger Chris Riley came within a whisker of scoring for the Wolves, however, he was unable to maintain control of the ball the video referee adjudicated while trying to score in the corner.
Hull attempted to see the game out only for Riley to intercept and give Warrington excellent field position. This time Smith's men made no mistake with Ben Currie forcing his way over from close range.
Despite a frantic last minute of the game where Warrington peppered Hull defence it was the team from East Yorkshire who progressed when Jacob Miller knocked the ball out of play as time expired.
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup
Sat 21st Mar - Fourth Round
Normanton Knights6 - 78Batley Bulldogs
Leigh Miners32 - 6Oxford
Whitehaven RLFC12 - 36Featherstone Rovers
Sun 22nd Mar - Fourth Round
Barrow16 - 56Halifax RLFC
Crusaders40 - 12Doncaster RLFC
Bradford Bulls74 - 6Workington
Dewsbury Rams28 - 18Newcastle Thunder
Gloucestershire All Golds10 - 28Hunslet
Sheffield Eagles44 - 20Oldham
Swinton30 - 12Rochdale Hornets
Sat 18th Apr - Fifth Round
Leigh Miners0 - 0York
Leigh Centurions0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 19th Apr - Fifth Round
Crusaders0 - 0Featherstone Rovers
Batley Bulldogs0 - 0Swinton
Bradford Bulls0 - 0Hull K R
Hunslet0 - 0Dewsbury Rams
Sheffield Eagles0 - 0Hull FC
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Halifax RLFC
2013 Challenge Cup semi-finals
Hull FC coach Peter Gentle praised Daniel Holdsworth after they reached Wembley with a 16-12 victory over Warrington.
Wigan head coach Shaun Wane was 'ecstatic' after his side cruised into the Challenge Cup final.
Wigan Warriors booked their place in the Tetley's Challenge Cup final following a 70-0 success over the London Broncos.
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