LiveLook back at Wolves' win at Hull and read Tony Smith's post-match reaction

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  • Wolves make it nine wins on the bounce for the first time in the Super League era with a 24-18 win at Hull FC


That's it from the KC Stadium folks. I hope you've enjoyed our coverage tonight and perhaps the journey home for me will be a little bit quicker than it was coming. See at the Halliwell Jones Stadium next weekend as Wolves entertain London Broncos and bid for 10 wins on the bounce.

Happy days!


Tony Smith also had a word for those fans who set out to Hull and did not make it because of the road accident on the M62 at Brighouse.

Some travelled for beyond four hours before being able to turn around still an hour away from the KC Stadium.

Smith said: "I feel for them tonight.

"We were fortunate as a team. We've taken the policy when we come over we come early. We went over to The Village Hotel and heard the news that a lot of our supporters were stuck, and that we could have got stuck had we left just a little bit later.

"I really feel for them. I know they were with us in spirit and hopefully we've repaid them with a pretty solid performance and surely someone at the club can get a DVD ready for them. They'll enjoy it.

"We'll see our fans next week and hopefully we can repay them then too."


Tony Smith:

"I'm going to make mention of that try from Matty Russell's break. Stefan Ratchford finished it off but it was Matty's try.

"What a super try for them conditions. The handling, balance and contribution there was enormous.

"And then he came up with another enormous play when Gareth Ellis got over our try line and looked like he was going to score but Matty made the tackle and Gaz lost the ball.

"They were two huge plays from Matty Russell and a fantastic effort.

"Plenty of players impressed me. Gene Ormsby was really switched on for most of the game and I thought that was a big improvement from Gene aside from one positional error for young Callum Lancaster's try which he took very well.

"I thought Ben Harrison was outstanding. Stefan was good at loose forward.

"Chris Hill, Bennie Westwood were terrific, all our forwards worked well. Roy Asotasi had a really strong game off the bench, same for Anthony England.

"It was a good all-round effort from just about everyone except for Micky Higham."

We think Tony was joking about Micky, but you can't always tell.

Smith added: "The player I love to hate, and he knows it, he had his worst game foir a long, long time, Micky Higham. He'll enjoy me mentioning that!"


More to come from Tony Smith shortly


Tony Smith:

"It was very pleasing, I'm delighted with the players.

"Hull had a real dig. The conditions, the environment, all of that sort of stuff made it a tough old game but I thought my players handled it really well.

"Hull gave us nothing. They didn't make their first error until the 55th minute and they had a 100 percent completion rate at half time but I didn't think they troubled us defensively.

"They scored their try(first half) off our mistake on the zero tackle, taking on the advantage rule and did it well but I thought our defence was awesome - as good as I've seen this year probably by half time.

"It was a pretty good effort in that first half considering they gave us nothing. It was a bit of an arm wrestle in the conditions, turning each other around and good kicking games.

"And it was a fantastic kick by Gareth O'Brien just before half time that really made the difference for us in the first half.

"I'm really proud of them in the second half too.

"The game got a little scrappier for both teams. Both teams made a few errors but I thought defensively we were very good and once again a couple of positional errors cost us some points but other than that I thought we were really committed to it.

"It's a tough old trip coming to Hull and to come here and play as well as we did in those conditions is really pleasing."


Tony Smith reports no injuries that he is aware of from tonight's game. Said the ice packs are out in the dressing room though after a bruising battle.

Quotes to come from Tony shortly, but he's a happy man with his side tonight


We'll bring you reaction from the camp shortly but what a night for this group of players.

That's nine wins on the trot and a Super League era record for Wolves.

They managed eight wins on the bounce last year before Hull ended the sequence in the Challenge Cup semi final at Huddersfield.

But not tonight.

It's Wolves' night and to win nine on the trot after the way Wolves started the year, with all the player departures, with all the injuries they have come through and still suffering, and with all the young guns they have brought through - it's a fantastic achievement.

Well done to all involved in Wolves from all at Warrington Guardian and I'm sure the supporters will echo those thoughts.


Stay tuned, we'll bring you Tony Smith's reaction as soon as possible


FULL TIME: Hull FC 18 Warrington Wolves 24


That's it, Wolves have done it


Wolves snatch possession


Wolves knock on, 25 seconds to play


Hull knock on, on the halfway line, surely it's all over now


One minute to go


Come on Wire, hold them out


It's going to be a nervy final few minutes. Gareth Ellis puts Callum Lancaster over for a hat-trick try on his debut and Joe Westerman kicks the goal from the touchline. It's Hull 18 Wolves 24 with 1min 44secs remaining


Oh no, Hull have scored!


Joel Monaghan clears the danger from a Hull grubber. Wolves will have to drop-out but it's looking like too much for Hull to pull back now


Less than five minutes to go. Wolves' fans are dancing on the terraces


Chris Bridge finds touch to help waste some time. Good tactics.


Hull are not giving this one up


Chris Bridge attempts a drop goal from 40m but it screws low and wide


Chris Tuson is back on his feet but looking wobbly as he goes off. Eight minutes left on the official match clock


We have a break for a Hull player laid face down, kicking his legs up and down and clearly in a lot of pain. There will be time added on.


The 150 or so Wolves fans are outsinging the 9,000 or so Hull FC supporters. Great scenes on a dramatic night that started out so frustratingly with all the traffic chaos. Those who made it are clearly enjoying themselves. And it's finally stopped raining too...


If Wolves hang on, this is going to be an historic night for the club. I will reveal all at the final hooter.


Hull fans aren't happy, they think Joel Monaghan was tackled before he passed to Chris Bridge. Tough! Try stands, Chris Bridge misses the touchline conversion but Wolves lead 24-12 with 10 minutes remaining.


Joel Monaghan made a great break, handed on to Chris Bridge and he fed Gene Ormsby who slid over from five metres out to avoid the covering defence bundling him into touch. Gino, Gino, Gino!


Try for Wolves, get in!


Micky Higham returns for Stefan Ratchford, so looks like Brad Dwyer will remain on the field for the remainder


Ben Harrison knocks on attempting to charge over for his second try. To be fair, the pass was never on from Brad Dwyer


Penalty to Wolves for obstruction from a kick. Penalty count is 9-4 to Wolves.


But Hull waste the opportunity with an obstruction while in possession. Wolves already back on halfway


George King is on but his first touch is from a forward pass. Scrum for Hull on Wolves' 15m line


He lands it, so Wolves lead 20-12 after 62 minutes.


Big kick this for Chris Bridge, from right in front of the posts thankfully, to put Wolves eight points clear


Try for Wolves, yippee! Ben Harrison crashes over from a Gareth O'Brien pass.


Brad Dwyer is now calling the shots from dummy half


Penalty to Wolves 28 metres out, they decide to run it.


The intensity is lifting and Wolves have earned a scrum on halfway thanks to some ferocious defensive work


Great defence from Ryan Atkins and Rhys Evans carries Fetuli Talanoa into touch and its backslaps all round from their teammates. Great spirit being shown


Joe Westerman is well wide with the touchline conversion, so Wolves still hold the lead at 14-12 after 56 minutes


Try for Hull! A long pass from Gareth Ellis puts Callum Lancaster over for his second try, all stemming from the penalty conceded by Gene Ormsby. The try had been coming though, Hull have started the second half strongest


Penalty to Hull after Gene Ormsby interferes


Chris Hill is back on for Anthony England. Come on Hilly!


Gareth Ellis gets over the line for Hull but loses possession as he swings round to ground the ball in Matty Russell's tackle. What a let off.


Penalty to Hull for a high tackle on Jordan Abdull


Disaster from the scrum. The pass is high and Gene Ormsby drops the ball on Wolves' 20m line. Great chance for Hull to strike


A Roy Asotasi challenge forces a knock on from Hull though. #Relief


Wolves didn't need that. A knock on from Matty Russell at the play-the-ball on halfway. Ball must be slippery though in these wet conditions.


Another penalty to Wolves after Setaimata Sa took offence with the way Wolves' Ryan Atkins was bullying Jamie Shaul in the tackle. Chris Bridge kicks the penalty from 15 metres to extend the lead to 14-8 after 48 minutes


A relieving penalty to Wolves and Chris Bridge kicks Wolves to halfway


Wolves survived a couple of sets on their own line and approaching halfway


Second half is underway


Just when I thought it couldn't rain any harder, the thuddiing on the roof is now drowning out the stadium announcer. It's going to be wet, wet, wet for the start of the second half.

No doubt the weather is playing a part in how tight this game is.

Defences are on top and neither team is taking many chances to go wide.

But it has been far from dull. This is like a game of chess, with both sides claiming a few of each other's pieces so far and patiently waiting to go for check mate when the time is right.

Who will be king at the end of the 80 minutes?



HALF TIME: Hull FC 8 Warrington Wolves 12


A slide rule kick from Gareth O'Brien is pinched out of the air by Ryan Atkins and he steps inside Jamie Shaul for his 101st Wolves try right on the hooter. Chris Bridge converts to give Wolves a 12-8 lead at half time.


Wolves try, yahoo.


Penalty to Wolves on halfway


Anthony England is penalised for a possible spear tackle that disciplinary chiefs may take a look at on Monday. Hull go for goal from 15 metres out, with Joe Westerman obliging to push Hull back in the lead at 8-6 after 40 minutes on the stopwatch. Two minutes to go on the official countdown clock


Penalty to Hull from a Bennie Westwood infringement


Micky Higham seems to be struggling at the moment, thumbs up from the trainer who checks him out though


By the way, it's still tipping it down here


Matty Russell, of course, spent a fair chunk of 2012 on loan with Hull from Wigan before spending 2013 in Australia with the Gold Coast Titans. So the FC supporters know all about his abilities


Matty Russell somehow kept his feet while stumbling through a few tackles and looked to have been caught 10 metres from the Hull line, but he found Joel Monaghan in support and after the centre ran round in a circle his inside ball was perfect for Ratchford's strength to take him over between two defenders. Bridge adds the extras and it is 6-6 after 34 minutes.


Wolves try, yahoo! A stunning break from Matty Russell from the halfway line results in a Stefan Ratchford try after 33 minutes.


Anthony England is also on, both starting props having been given a rest


Roy Asotasi is on. Come on Roy, give the boys a lift!


Chris Bridge charges down Jordan Abdull's kick but is beaten to the ball 10 metres from the Hull line by speedy full back Jamie Shaul. Good effort by Bridge though on his 200th Wire appearance


The Wire fans from the official club coach trip are now making themselves heard


This young half back of Hull, Jordan Abdull, is proving to be a real handful. A message to the boss perhaps in the week Hull have signed Mark Sneyd from Salford/Castleford for next season?


Rhys Evans knocks on in a heavy tackle around 25 metres from his own line. Momentum has swung towards Hull now.


Oh so close. Joel Monaghan is held up over the line on the last tackle by Callum Lancaster after the Wolves centre won back possession in the air from Gareth O'Brien's high kick.


Try to Hull. From Micky Higham's knock on at the halfway line, Hull countered quickly on their left. Jordan Abdull kicked behind the advanced Joel Monaghan and Gene Ormsby for Callum Lancaster to skilfully kick on and dive on the ball over the line. Conversion is missed, 6-0 to Hull and we've just heard Old Faithful for the first time.


This is quite an arm wrestle. Neither side threatened the line since Westwood got close to Bridge's kick early on. There have been two good reads in defence from Joel Monaghan though when Hull had two-on-one situations


By the way, it is still chucking it down with rain here


Penalty to Hull on Wolves' 20m, Chris Bridge pulled up for lying on. The Airlie Birds go for goal, with young scrum half Jordan Abdull putting Hull 2-0 ahead after 16 minutes.


That was a terrific defensive set from Wolves as Hull gained five metres in five tackles and then Russell again snuffed out the high kick


Penalty to Hull for interference on Wolves' 40m


Wolves' official supporters' coach has just arrived at the ground, so a few more Wire speccies due in the stadium shortly. All help appreciated to cheer the boys home


Bad news for Hull, half back Richard Horne has just been helped off the field in the land of planet never, never. He almost looked drunk he was in such a state. Aaron Heremaia has replaced him, so another experienced half back comes on


We have a delay for an injured Hull player. Wolves have dominated the opening six minutes with field possession and territory. Hull had the ball only one set so far. Good start, but it reamins 0-0.


Brilliant Gareth O'Brien kick early in the set from halfway and subsequent Ryan Atkins chase forces another drop out


Great leap and catch from full back Matty Russell on the sixth tackle in these wet conditions. 


Set ends with a forward pass from Stefan Ratchford to Rhys Evans on the left. First scrum to Hull  on their 20m line


Chris Bridge's kick causes a scramble and Ben Westwood narrowly beaten to the touch as Wolves force a drop out on the second set of the match as the rain continues to tumble down


Third-tackle penalty to Wolves for offside, thanks Mr Thaler. Keep it up!


We're up and running. Hull kicked to Wolves


As mentioned, it is a milestone night tonight.

Ben Westwood makes his 400th career appearance, including his games for Warrington, Wakefield and at international level.

For Chris Bridge, it is the 200th time he has pulled on the primrose and blue jersey.

There will be another great stat at the end of the night, whether Wolves win or lose. Stick with us as we bring you all the updates.


Match is about to kick off, just waiting for the arrival of the teams. I would say about 40 Wire fans here at the moment.


Some of the Wolves officials stuck in the traffic too and not going to get here on this milestone night. More to follow on that shortly


The heavens opened here about 5 minutes ago, it had been dry in Hull up until then despite the bad weather on most of the journey from Warrington


What a journey for those heading to Hull from Warrington tonight. I left Latchford at 3pm and arrived at the stadium at 7pm, there's six Wolves fans in the stadium at the moment and that could be it.

Anyone who left after about 3.30pm is unlikely to get here for the first half.

Traffic was held up for about an hour at Brighouse, where the motorway was closed for ambulances, an air ambulance and fire engines to assist in what was clearly a major incident.

East-bound traffic was eventually diverted through Hartshead Services and back on the motorway on the other side to evade the incident area.

From there it was a clear run.

But even 10 minutes ago, some Warrington fans had not reached Hartshead Services due to the backlog of queues. It is still an hour to Hull FC from there.

No official confirmation has been announced of a delay to the kick off, despite the match commissioner and police giving the move some consideration.

The team is here and warming up and all looks set at this stage for an 8pm kick off.


Referee tonight, Ben Thaler


Hull team: Jamie Shaul; Callum Lancaster, Setaimata Sa, Kirk Yeaman, Fetuli Talanoa; Richard Horne, Jordan Abdull; Liam Watts, Danny Houghton, Josh Bowden, Gareth Ellis, Chris Tuson, Joe Westerman. Subs: Aaron Heremaia, Micky Paea, Jordan Thompson, Iafeta Paleaaesina.


Tonight's teams:

Wolves: Matty Russell; Gene Ormsby, Joel Monaghan, Ryan Atkins, Rhys Evans; Chris Bridge, Gareth O'Brien; Chris Hill, Micky Higham, Ben Harrison, Ben Westwood, Ben Currie, Stefan Ratchford. Subs: Anthony England, Roy Asotasi, Brad Dwyer, George King.

Hull team to follow


Welcome to the KC Stadium for tonight's match as Wolves aim for nine wins on the bounce, with Hull FC the opposition.

Team news to follw shortly on a dramatic night. We are just waiting on confirmation for a 30-minute delay to tonight's kick-off, with an accident at Brighouse on the M62 delaying Wolves' travelling army of fans.

Team news follows next, stay with us for what is expected to be a crunch clash as Wolves bid to stay in touch with the top few and Hull aim to close the gap on the play-offs places.


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