Hull FC and Warrington played out the first draw of the Super League season, with the hosts preserving their unbeaten start under Brett Hodgson after neither side were able to strike the decisive blow in golden point extra time.
Hull looked well-placed to record a third successive league win under Hodgson, until Jake Mamo’s try with seconds remaining, coupled with Gareth Widdop’s conversion, sent the game into extra time. Golden point was somewhat farcical, albeit entertaining, with nine missed drop goal attempts in the 10 minutes of play, ensuring the scores remained level and both sides earned a deserved point.
The fact Super League players are forced to go through another 10 minutes to try to grind out a victor, then declare a draw if necessary, has attracted plenty of criticism in the past, and this was certainly fuel for that particular fire. Neither side deserved to be beaten here, in truth, so a point apiece certainly felt like a fair outcome.
“It’s a little bit underwhelming, not getting the result,” Hodgson said. “We’ll take the point because we’d have been disappointed if we’d lost.”
Mamo’s try sent the game into extra time after the Wolves fought back from behind for the third time in the game. Following a try-less first half in which Stefan Ratchford and Marc Sneyd exchanged penalties in the only scoring of the opening 40 minutes, a wonderful break from Jordan Lane shortly after half-time led to the deadlock being broken, with Jake Connor touching down and Sneyd converting to make it 8-2.
However, Warrington responded when Daryl Clark’s superb offload led to Chris Hill scoring under the posts before another great break from Lane led to Hull’s second try, this time with Carlos Tuimavave the beneficiary to score in the corner. But just as Hull looked as though they would hold on, Mamo cut through to score and send the game into extra time.
Golden point bordered between dramatic and farcical, though. During the added period, Sneyd and Blake Austin missed on numerous occasions, with Connor and Widdop also skewing attempts wide in a desperate attempt to win the game. That meant that the points were shared: an outcome that would have been fair without extra time. “It had everything, didn’t it,” Warrington’s coach, Steve Price, said. “We put ourselves in a position to win the game, and I thought we could have executed better in the end.”