Hull FC boss Brett Hodgson was full of praise for his side’s performance as they beat arch-rivals Hull Kingston Rovers in a nail-biting game in the Betfred Super League on Saturday (Hull FC 16/1 Grand Final Outright).
The Black and Whites ran out 23-22 winners at the MKM Stadium, with Marc Sneyd’s drop goal the difference in the end between the two sides.
Sneyd’s effort ensured Hull FC moved seven points in front, and that proved crucial, with Albert Vete scoring a late try with five minutes to go for the Robins.
Hodgson’s side had led 16-10 at the break, but the game ebbed and flowed in what was a superb advert for the Betfred Super League.
In the end, Hull FC claimed the bragging rights, and Hodgson says his team deserved plenty of praise.
He told the club’s official website: “It certainly lived up to the billing – you could sense everywhere around the city that something was brewing. The atmosphere was outstanding, and the game certainly matched that. I’m so pleased that our supporters can go home with the victory.
“We’ve worked really hard on our attack and worked hard on creating those opportunities, so it’s pleasing to finally see it pay off today.
“I felt we deserved the win. We’ve been working hard, and today that finally came to fruition and it’s a bit of a reward for the effort we’ve shown. We want to use this win as a catalyst now.”
The Robins are still one place above Hodgson’s men, while Castleford Tigers kept pace with the pair in eighth after they beat Wakefield Trinity on home soil.
Daryl Powell’s side made it three wins in a row, with the Tigers running out 23-18 winners against Trinity. Greg Eden scored two tries on Saturday afternoon, but Wakefield showed plenty of spirit with a second-half fightback, which eventually ended in failure.
Sunday’s game sees Leigh Centurions tackle Salford Red Devils, with both sides desperate for the two points at the bottom of the table (Leigh 7/2, Draw 25/1, Salford 1/4 – Match Betting).
Leigh have yet to win a game this season, while Salford have won five of their 16 encounters.
Leigh boss Kurt Haggerty is set to hand NRL recruit Sam Stone his debut, with Rob Butler and Jack Ashworth returning from suspension.
Salford coach Richard Marshall makes three changes to the team that beat Huddersfield Giants last week; Morgan Escare, Joe Burgess and Matty Costello have all dropped out of the squad, with Ken Sio, Dan Sarginson and Elijah Taylor coming into contention.