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FINAL WORD: Clashes with Hull that have gone down to the wire
TEN years of matches against Hull FC at The Halliwell Jones Stadium have generated some great entertainment, with highs and lows for both sets of fans.
The Black and Whites did not read the script in 2005, coming to town for the play-offs and ending the club’s dream of an Andrew Johns inspired Grand Final appearance with a performance out of the top drawer.
That 40-6 defeat, coming as unexpectedly as it did, was perhaps the biggest let-down on the ground so far for the Warrington camp.
There was no play-offs repeat in 2012 though, an end-of-season rally from the Airlie Birds being shot down 24-12 en route to Wolves reaching Old Trafford for their first Super League Grand Final.
Trent Waterhouse was in inspired form and his opening try was memorable.
In total there have been 13 meetings between the sides, with Wolves winning nine of them.
Two of Hull’s four successes have come in the past three seasons, including last year’s 26-16 win.
But the games that stick in my mind most are the ones that go down to the wire.
That was the case in 2007, on Vinnie Anderson’s Warrington debut in fact, when Wolves turned a 12-0 deficit into a 22-12 lead – with Martin Gleeson setting up three of the four home tries.
However, the previous year’s Grand Final runners up, whose pack included future Wolves prop Garreth Carvell and current Hull boss Lee Radford, pulled the scores level with five minutes to go.
That set the scene to have been seen many times in 10 years, Lee Briers kicking the winning drop goal in the 77th minute on a day when Mike Wainwright was in top form.
It was tight in April 2005, too, when a Henry Fa’afili hat-trick and some in-swinging David Beckham style goalkicking from Chris Bridge had put Wolves 30-12 clear.
Within 13 minutes Paul Cooke-inspired Hull had scored four tries and were 34-30 ahead but Nathan Wood’s kick was pounced on by Graham Appo for the late winner.
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