Pictures Eddie Whitham
WARRINGTON Wolves suffered a shock 12-19 defeat to Hull FC at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Wolves were rampant at Hull earlier in the season when they won 12-63, with Blake Austin bagging four tries.
But it was a different story at the Halliwell Jones Stadium despite Warrington opening the scoring on 10 minutes through Toby King with the extras added by Josh Charnley.
The visitors hit back with three quick fire tires from Mickey Paea (14), Scott Taylor (17) and Albert Kelly (23) and converted by Marc Sneyd to give the visitors a 6-18 half time lead.
Austin pulled one back for the Wolves on 54 minutes which was goaled by Ratchford, but that was all they could offer as Sneyd made the game safe with a drop goal on 68 minutes.
The victory saw Hull move up the table to 4th, just four points behind the Wolves, who now trail leaders St Helens by six points following their narrow 32-30 victory over Salford on Thursday.
After the game Head Coach Steve price said: “We had our chances but got held up over the line three or four times. All credit to Hull, they were gallant and came with a plan to slow the game down.
“It was a long game that started at 3pm and finished at 5pm. We are still seocnd and still got a good football team but didn’t execute things well today.”
Hull centre Jake Connor claimed he was bitten in the 50th minute and the incident has gone on report.
Stefan Ratchford, Bryson Goodwin, Ryan Atkins, Toby King, Josh Charnley, Blake Austin, Declan Patton, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Michael Cooper, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes, Ben Westwood.
Ben Murdoch-Masila, Jason Clark, Joe Philbin, Sitaleki Akauola.
Jamie Shaul, Ratu Naulago, Jake Connor, Josh Griffin, Kieran Buchanan, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Washbrook, Mickey Paea, Mark Minichiello, Dean Hadley, Joe Westerman
Brad Fash, Chris Green, Masimbaashe Motongo, Jordan Thompson.
🗣️ Steve Price: “We had our chances but couldn’t convert them into points.” pic.twitter.com/cX1JYqepMW
— Warrington Wolves (@WarringtonRLFC) May 18, 2019