LiveFULL TIME: Hull FC 10 Warrington Wolves 24

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  • * Pre-match build-up
  • * Team news
  • * Updates throughout the match
  • * Half-time and full-time analysis
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7:37pm

FULL-TIME: Hull FC 10 Warrington Wolves 24

Wolves are top of the league overnight thanks to a fourth game undefeated.

A strong second half in which they dominated possession and territory proved to be the undoing of a stubborn Hull side.

Full marks to the pack for laying a platform that Richie Myler and Michael Monaghan were able to capitalise upon.

A good result considering the missing players and proof that Wolves have the squad to achieve the results they need in the race for the League Leaders' Shield.

They will need to play better on other occasions but the im,provement in defence in the second half was encouraging, showing they can put right within a game the errors of their ways.

Roll on a return to Humberside next week to face Hull KR.

7:30pm

Attendance is 10,712

7:27pm

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7:26pm

Trent Waterhouse loses the ball in the act of scoring and then at the other end Stefan Ratchford, who has switched to full back, pulls off a try saver on Tom Lineham.

7:24pm

Ben Crooks try for Hull. Joe Westerman misses the goal, 24-10 after 75 minutes.

7:20pm

The 300 or so Wolves fans in the North Stand are loving this second half display.

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7:19pm

That's definitely it, as Joel Monaghan bags his second try - this time scrambling over after taking Richie Myler's kick. Stefan Ratchford has taken over the kicking duties and sends his shot wide. It's 24-6 after 71 minutes.

7:17pm

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7:16pm

Get in, you beauty! Micky Higham rolled back the years to scorch home for his 100th career try. It came from Michael Monaghan's dummy and break from just inside his own half. He nhad Richie Myler in support and Higham was there to finish off from 20 metres. Hodgson's extras make it 20-6 with 12 minutes remaining and you have to say that looks like game over.

7:13pm

Yes, yes, yes, Chris Riley crosses for his second try. Chris Hill's offload set Richie Myler free and his long pass found Riley in enough space to get over the whitewash. Hodgson is wide with the conversion but the lead is 14-6 with 15 minutes remaining.

7:11pm

Joe Westerman fumbles an interception that would have brought FC an equalising try.

7:08pm

Tyrone McCarthy comes on for his first appearance of the year.

7:07pm

At last, Wolves are over again! Good old Joel Monaghan outjumped shorter man Tom Briscoe to collect Stefan Ratchford's kick and score after 57 minutes. Brett Hodgson's conversion leaves Warrington 10-6 in front.

7:04pm

Wolves force another goal-line drop out but were robbed of a penalty from a high tackle by Joe Westerman on Simon Grix.

7:02pm

Wolves force a goal-line drop out from a Richie Myler high kick.

7:01pm

Wolves give away successive penalties and are under the cosh but are saved by a knock on from Mark O'Meley in Michael Monaghan's challenge.

Whoever wins this current arm wrestle are likely to go on and win the game.

6:59pm

Ryan Atkins had no need to offload and possession has been lost. Worse still, a penalty has been conceded to relieve the pressure on Hull.

6:58pm

A Kirk Yeaman knock on has given Wolves chance to strike.

6:55pm

Wolves are dominating territory at the start of this second half.

6:48pm

Stefan Ratchford kicks off the second half.

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Analysis:

Wolves have been the more enterprising side, without producing the final killer play on several occasions.

Hull have looked dangerous down the middle, cutting up Warrington's defence several times.

Wolves' defence needs to tighten up if they are to go on and find the winning formula tonight.

For Warrington, it's been a great first-half effort from Paul Wood. Playing a full half at prop is no mean feat in the modern game.

Chris Riley has marked his 150th Wolves appearance with a try but Wolves have been kept scoreless for the last 37 minutes, which is credit to Hull as few teams are capable of keeping Tony Smith's men at bay for such a period.

 

6:31pm

HALF-TIME: Hull FC 6 Warrington Wolves 4

6:27pm

Ben Currie is on for his first Super League action of the year.

6:27pm

Wolves survive a scare after Shannon McDonnell cuts them up down the middle but the break falls down with a loose pass on the final tackle from Danny Tickle.

6:21pm

Hope these missed opportunities don't come back to bite Wolves on the backside.

6:19pm

A forward pass from Richie Myler has cost Wolves the opportunity though.

6:19pm

Joel Monaghan's just got away with a cheeky ball steal on Kirk Yeamn in a two-man tackle, putting Wolves in with a shout of another try line raid.

6:18pm

Wolves have changed tactics, with Micky Higham replacing Mike Cooper to add some extra pace down the middle.

6:15pm

6:14pm

Poor knock on from Trent Waterhouse as Warrington looked threatening again.

6:13pm

Former FC prop Garreth Carvell is on in place of Chris Hill.

6:06pm

Trent Waterhouse has collected a hanging cross-field kick from Michael Monaghan and got over the line with Shannon McDonnell's body underneath him. Did he get the ball down? Video referee Ben Thaler says no.

6:01pm

Brett Hodgson has just bundled England winger Tom Briscoe into touch as another try looked on the cards for FC. The Hull fans have woken up.

5:58pm

5:58pm

Oh dear, that was too easy. Joe Westerman has ploughed over from first receiver to level things up after 10 minutes. And Ben Crooks has added the conversion to make it 6-4. All came after Brett Hodgson fumbled a kick under pressure from Danny Houghton and Simon Grix picked the ball up in an offside position.

5:51pm

Yes, Wolves are in! Chris Riley dives over in the left corner, getting on the end of a long ball from Brett Hodgson. All came from a penalty for Mark O'Meley not being square at a play-the-ball. Hodgson misses the conversion but it's 4-0 and a great start.

5:46pm

And we have a fine fall of snow as the match kicks off!

5:41pm

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5:39pm

The dancers have done their thing, the singer's sung her song, kick off is just a few minutes away.

Stay with us for the game, all the key moments and scoring will be updated as they happen.

5:33pm

Wolves under 19s were playing in Hull a little earlier.

They were defeated 36-28 after leading 24-12 at half time.

That's three defeats and one win so far this season for Gary Chambers' young side.

5:30pm

It's quite a statistic that Wolves have only lost once in their last 10 meetings with Hull. That came on Easter Monday, 2011, at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, with the game ending 24-10.

Wolves have not lost at the KC Stadium since 2007, so history is on their side. However, the Airlie Birds are unbeaten at home for 10 months.

5:25pm

The stadium is still pretty empty. There will either be a lot of late arrivals or the attendance is going to be low. Estimate about 150 from Warrington in the North Stand at the moment.

5:23pm

5:22pm

Brett Hodgson and Joel Monaghan are first on to the field for Warrington, getting in some kicking and catch practice. It confirms Wolves will be in their green-and-white horizontally striped away kit tonight.

5:18pm

First start of the year for Mike Cooper.

Although named at loose forward, watch out for him playing in the style of a third prop.

It's a tactic Tony Smith has employed many times, having regularly called on the services of Ben Harrison in the same way.

 

5:13pm

Hull's players have just entered the field to warm up. Quite a contradiction in terms, with the snow starting to belt down again.

5:08pm

5:04pm

45 minutes to go until kick off and we've just had a second blast of snow fall. It was gone as quick as it came, but it could mean a slippery ball later and some handling issues for the players.

5:02pm

Richard Horne's selection by Peter Gentle hands him his 350th appearance for Hull FC tonight.

Only another 50 to go then Woody!

5:01pm

Big blow for Hull FC, with half back Daniel Houldsworth missing out through injury.

The Exiles international and ex-Salford stand off was one of the stars of Hull's 22-22 draw at St Helens last week.

4:59pm

Hull team: Shannon McDonnell; Tom Lineham, Ben Crooks, Kirk Yeaman, Tom Briscoe; Aaron Heremaia, Richard Horne; Mark O'Meley, Danny Houghton, Andy Lynch, Ben Galea, Joe Westerman, Chris Green. Subs: Danny Tickle, Jay Pitts, Paul Johnson, Richard Whiting.

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Another milestone tonight is Chris Hill making his 200th career appearance.

This will be his 37th game for Wolves, adding adding to his 160 for Leigh Centurions and three for England.

4:47pm

Paul Wood's selection at prop forward confirms he will be making his 300th appearance for the club tonight.

It's a fine achievement and a fitting tribute that he gets a rare start to mark such a special milestone.

Only 25 other players in the history of Warrington Wolves have managed to reach 300.

Let's hope it's a night to remember for Woody.

Come on Wolves fans, let's have some comments paying tribute to Wolves' stalwart and wishing him all the best for tonight's clash at the KC Stadium.

4:44pm

Hull have Danny Tickle back from injury. He starts on the bench for the Airlie Birds this evening.

4:43pm

James Saltonstall and James Laithwaite are the two players to miss out from the 19-man squad that was named on Thursday.

4:42pm

Wolves team: Brett Hodgson; Joel Monaghan, Rhys Evans, Ryan Atkins, Chris Riley; Stefan Ratchford, Richie Myler; Chris Hill, Michael Monaghan, Paul Wood, Simon Grix, Trent Waterhouse, Mike Cooper. Subs: Micky Higham, Garreth Carvell, Ben Currie, Tyrone McCarthy.

4:40pm

Tonight's team news. Tyrone McCarthy and Ben Currie to make their first appearances of the season.

4:33pm

4:30pm

Wolves boss Tony Smith has just been inspecting the KC Stadium pitch, which is looking quite threadbare.

The pitch, shared by Hull City football team, looks quite firm and should suit open rugby.

And don't be surprised to see some bobbles when the ball is kicked. Could be a fun night for the full backs.

The weather is currently dry but bitterly cold, with a fresh wind circulating off the Humber.

4:25pm

Welcome to tonight's live coverage from the KC Stadium.

Kick off is scheduled for 5.45pm.

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