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Zak Hardaker’s late drop goal boosts resurgent Wigan’s play-off hopes

• Hull FC 14-15 Wigan • O’Loughlin may miss rest of season with torn pectoral muscleThe final weeks of the Super League season are approaching, and there is a familiar feeling in the air. Wigan’s defence of the title they won at Old Trafford last year …

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Confident Hull sweep Castleford aside to ensure Challenge Cup progress

• Hull 28-12 Castleford• Marc Sneyd’s accurate boot sends home side into quarter-finalHull FC have made a habit of saving their best performances for the Challenge Cup in recent years and while this latest display was not quite of the level which saw t…

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Oliver Gildart strikes late to give England victory over New Zealand

• England 18-16 New Zealand• Gildart scores magnificent late try on England debutOliver Gildart’s late try ensured victory for England in the opening Test against New Zealand in Hull, following a pulsating affair which suggests the remainder of this th…

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Liam Marshall’s late try sees off brave Hull to end Wigan’s losing run

• Hull FC 10-14 Wigan• Wigan reinforce position in Super League’s top fourWigan ended a run of three successive defeats in all competitions as Liam Marshall’s late try solidified their position inside Super League’s top four with victory at Hull, who s…

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Marc Sneyd seals thrilling win for Hull FC after Leeds fight back

• Hull FC 19-18 Leeds• Scrum-half’s late drop-goal enough to secure victory for Hull FCHull FC ended their four-year wait for a Super League victory over Leeds Rhinos as an Albert Kelly masterclass laid the platform for a dramatic victory over the reig…

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Gareth Ellis’ late try for Hull breaks Wakefield Trinity’s resistance

• Hull 19-18 Wakefield
• Hull well placed for play-offs

When Gareth Ellis’s illustrious playing career comes to an end at the conclusion of this Super League campaign, it is perhaps fitting that his biggest challenge in his new role as the club’s head of rugby will be finding someone to replace himself.

It was inevitable that if anyone were to drag Hull’s title challenge back on track here, it would be their talismanic captain. So often the man to pull them out of a hole when they need it most, Ellis’s late try – which put Hull ahead for the first and only time in a pulsating encounter – helped keep FC’s hopes of the double alive: but only just.

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Hull make wilting Castleford pay to set up semi-final against Leeds

• Hull FC 32-24 Castleford
• Hull coach Lee Radford on all-Yorkshire semi-final: ‘It’ll be a cracker’

Hull have given warning that they are not ready to loosen their grip on the Challenge Cup any time soon, after booking their place in the semi-finals with victory here against Castleford Tigers.

Few teams have found the formula to beat the Super League leaders Castleford this season. Yet of the four games Daryl Powell’s side have lost in all competitions this year, two of those have been against Hull: their coach, Lee Radford, has the Tigers’ number.

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Steve Michaels grabs two tries as Hull pile on the misery for Wigan

• Hull FC 39-26 Wigan
• Slumping Warriors have now gone six matches without a victory

It is undoubtedly an exaggeration to suggest Wigan’s season is in crisis just yet, but it is becoming increasingly clear that the reigning Super League champions are running out of excuses and, more importantly, fixtures.

The Warriors have now gone six games without a win after this latest defeat, and while there are still the Super 8s to follow later this summer, the fact Shaun Wane’s side are closer to the bottom four makes their remaining six fixtures before the split essential to remain in touch with the leading pack.

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Catalans Dragons see off Hull FC with fighting spirit to the fore

• Hull FC 14-16 Catalans Dragons

In their decade-long lifespan in Super League, questions have regularly been levelled at Catalans Dragons – and understandably so – for their inability to win in different ways. On their own turf in Perpignan, wins have often been a formality, but doing it tough on English soil has often felt like the thing holding the Frenchmen back from a title challenge.

For a brief period last year, they looked to have addressed that issue before falling away to another mid-table finish – but this opening fortnight has provided the kind of moments which suggest Laurent Frayssinous is capable of producing a side that can win tough on both sides of the Channel.

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Warrington avenge Wembley and beat Hull to seal League Leader’s Shield

• Hull 6-23 Warrington
• Lineham and Patton shine as Wolves secure top spot

For the first time since 2011, Warrington are in proud possession of the League Leader’s Shield – and following a testing few weeks that began with a heartbreaking loss in the Challenge Cup final, this victory meant more than just a trophy.

The manner of defeat to Hull FC at Wembley, coupled with their dramatic collapse against Wigan last week, which set up this winner-takes-all crescendo to the regular season, led some to fear that Warrington’s season was on the ropes. This, therefore, was some way to respond.

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Scott Taylor and Marc Sneyd propel Hull FC past Catalans Dragons

• Hull FC 22-8 Catalans Dragons
• Hull move into last four of Challenge Cup

Hull FC’s hunt for success on all fronts remains alive after a hard-fought victory to move into the last four of the Challenge Cup and a step closer to a first major trophy in 11 years.

Since their 46-6 defeat against Widnes in mid-March, Lee Radford’s side have been practically unbeatable, with this their 15th win in 16 games and their 10th in succession. In 2006, Hull put together a run of 13 consecutive victories on their way to the Super League Grand Final. This side undoubtedly resemble their best chance of success since then.

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Hull FC reclaim Super League top spot with win over St Helens

• Hull FC 32-24 St Helens

The run of form that has taken Hull FC to the top of Super League has been littered with some fine performances but this, where they were pushed all the way by a St Helens side with title ambitions of their own, was arguably one of the most impressive.

It was an altogether different presentation of Hull’s title credentials. On occasions they have blown sides away during the stretch of 10 wins in 11 league games, but here Hull showed defensive mettle aplenty as well as those familiar touches of class in attack to reassert the two-point gap between themselves and the rest.

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