Dufty winner sees off Hull after scare


WARRINGTON Wolves survived a Hull comeback to snap their three-match losing run with a 24-18 victory in East Yorkshire.

Matt Dufty’s late try won the game for Warrington after Hull had fought back from 12 points down to level at 18-all.

After last weekend’s disappointing home defeat to Salford, following back-to-back defeats to Wigan including the Challenge Cup final, Warrington were keen to get back to winning ways and prevent the top three pulling further away in the table.

They welcomed back Josh Thewlis and George Williams, and their attack was markedly improved as tries from Toby King and Dufty put them 12-0 to the good at the break.

Former Warrington academy youngster Denive Balmforth got the struggling Airlie Birds, with just two wins all season, on the board early in the second half only for Danny Walker to score with his first touch upon returning to the action to restore the Wolves’ two-score advantage.

But Hull, who beat Leeds last week and are now guided by ex-Wolves half-back Richie Myler as director of rugby, wouldn’t go away and dragged themselves back in to it through Liam Sutcliffe and Tom Briscoe.

Warrington got themselves out of jail in the final two minutes, Dufty pouncing on a loose ball and weaving through to make the hosts pay for squandering opportunities of their own.

Hull FC: Moy, Briscoe, Tuimavave, Sutcliffe, Martin, Trueman, Reynolds, Ese’ese, Smith, Aydin, Scott, Lane, Sao

Interchanges: Ashworth, Balmforth, Fash, Gardiner

Warrington Wolves: Dufty, Thewlis, King, Tai, Ashton, Williams, Drinkwater, Harrison, Walker, Vaughan, Nicholson, Holroyd, Currie

Interchanges: Musgrove, Bullock, Powell, Wood


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