50 Metre Drop Goal Earns Hull Last Minute Win



This fixture had tight game written all over, but I don't think anybody could have predicted just how tight it would be. The first 15 minutes of the game would see a plethora of penalties from both sides, Wakefield on the receiving end of most as the Black and White's continuously tested the referees patience when slowing down the play the ball.

Wakefield had spent a lot of the first 15 minutes camped down in Hull's 20 metre zone, Mason Caton-Brown nearly giving Trinity the lead for their hard work, only denied by some fantastic Josh Griffin defence to keep him out. When Hull were given the chance to take the lead via a penalty on the 30 metre line, they took the opportunity with both hands, Sneyd nudging the kick over to give the Black and White's a 2-0 lead.

If Marc Sneyd's kicks weren't adding points, they were creating them, the Hull playmaker hoisting the kick high and Wakefield fumbling the ball, much to the delight of a gracious Jordan Abdull who would slide over from close range to give the game it's first try and Hull an extended lead. Sneyd converting, 8-0 with 18 minutes gone.

 Super League debutant Hakim Miloudi would loose the ball on the halfway line, Jacob Miller the fastest to react as he set away Bill Tupou to race away and put down in the corner, Batchelor converting the kick to make it an 8-6 ball game with 24 minutes played.

Wakefield could have taken the lead shortly after but Keegan Hirst was unable to retain Jacob Miller's chip and knocked on en route to the line. Hull's attack would then take it down the other end for their own close call, Talanoa patting down a high kick for Josh Griffin who would denied by no more than a yard and some stern defence.

Wakefield determination would soon pay off, young half Max Jowitt throwing a fantastic cut out ball for Bill Tupou who would crash over for his second of the afternoon, Batchelor once more converting to give Wakefield a 12-8 lead ten minutes shy of halftime.
Hakim Miloudi would once more come up with a handling error that would cost his side points, this time in his own in goal area, spilling the ball and Mason Caton-Brown racing through and putting his hand on the ball to push Trinity out further ahead going into the half, Batchelor going 3 for 3 to give Wakefield an 18-8 lead going into the half.

The second half would start much better for the Black and White's, Miloudi and Griffin going just short before minutes later the ever present threat that is Albert Kelly would rip through the Trinity defence and grab the first try of the second 40, Sneyd kicking his 3rd goal of the afternoon to get Hull back into the game.

Fetuli Talanoa would grab his first try of the afternoon and his 10th of the season, rising higher than everyone else on the flank to collect a Marc Sneyd cross-field kick and putting down, Sneyd converting his 4th of the night and giving Hull the lead once more at a scorleline of 20-18 with 20 minutes to play.

Batchelor would level the scores up from 40 metres infront, Trinity earning a penalty and the young kicker getting his 4th conversion of the afternoon. Talanoa would grab his second on the game, linking up with his centre, Griffin, to go over in the corner and once more put the Black and White's into the lead with 15 minutes to play, Sneyd adding the extras from the wing.

Mason Caton-Brown would set the game up for a tense finish, intercepting the ball on the 40 metre line and racing away to get under the sticks and assure a certain six point score, Batchelor slotting the kick quickly and the score now locked up at 26-26 with 8 minutes to play.

Wakefield would setup for the first attempt at the posts with a 1 pointer, Miller closed down quickly by the Hull defenders and sending the ball down the right, Caton-Brown sniffing out a hat-trick but instead forced into touch by some sturdy defending. Instead Hull would be the team to get the kick away, Marc Sneyd putting everything he had behind the ball from the halfway line to give Hull the hardest earned 2 points of the season so far. Final score 27-26.

Pom

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