Warriors edge out battling Hull to reach Old Trafford


Wigan Warriors overcame a thrilling Hull FC fightback to reach the Super League Grand Final - in which they will face Warrington Wolves - for a fourth year in succession.

The Super League champions in 2013, when they beat Warrington at Old Trafford, Wigan have come up at short at the final hurdle in each of the last two seasons, losing to St Helens and Leeds Rhinos respectively.

However, Shaun Wane's men will get another chance to claim silverware next weekend, after battling to a 28-18 victory over a Hull side that had come from 14 points down at half-time to lead with 17 minutes remaining.

Late tries from Sam Powell and Anthony Gelling prevented the match from being decided by a truly remarkable Steve Michaels score.

Michaels touched down in the right corner for Hull, but the score was not initially given and Wigan's Oliver Gildart duly raced the length of the field to cross at the other end.

The video referee was called upon and ruled after lengthy deliberations that Michaels had in fact grounded the ball cleanly, meaning Gildart's efforts counted for nothing.

Yet Wigan found a second wind and claimed a hard-fought victory as Powell and Gelling each crossed inside the final 10 minutes.

The hosts' first two tries came courtesy of finishes in the left corner from Lewis Tierney - the son of Jason Robinson, who won the Harry Sunderland Trophy for man of the match when Wigan won the first Grand Final in 1998.

John Bateman added another four-pointer - converted by Matty Smith - after Hull had been slow to react to a Wigan drop-goal attempt being charged down.

Yet the visitors came roaring back at the start of the second half, Josh Bowden and Liam Watts crashing over in quick succession for tries that Sneyd converted.

Hull led for the first time when Sneyd added the extras to Michaels' most unusual score, but the Warriors had the final say.