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Hull scored three tries in the space of four minutes to stun city rivals Hull KR 22-16 at Magic Weekend in Manchester.
The Robins looked set to clinch a second win of the season over their neighbours when they led 16-6 with seven minutes remaining at the Etihad Stadium, despite losing both Luke George and Rhys Lovegrove to injury.
Hull had other ideas, however, gaining revenge for their controversial defeat to the same opponents at the event last year thanks to a stunning comeback.
Yet just as the Black and Whites felt wronged by David Hodgson's match-winner 12 months ago, Rovers will be smarting at the award of Chris Green's try at the death, as it seemed the forward was offside in the build-up.
An eighth win in nine matches didn't look on the cards for Peter Gentle's in-form side for much of the afternoon to be honest, even though they had broken the deadlock after four minutes when Daniel Holdsworth's 40-20 led to a try for Richard Whiting.
From then on, however, their play was blighted by errors; from one such turnover Craig Hall broke clear and although he was stopped by full-back Shannon McDonnell, Greg Eden burst free on the next play to reach the line.
Former Airlie Bird Hall did get over when he caught Michael Dobson's kick one-handed on the left wing and forced his way over, putting depleted Rovers 10-6 up at the end of the first 40 minutes.
A penalty from Dobson extended their lead to six and it seemed the Robins would be bobbing to another win over the Airlie Birds across the Pennines when Eden's floated pass put Alex Brown in the clear on the right.
However, the combination of the energy-sapping conditions and a lack of numbers saw Rovers wilt down the final stretch.
Winger Tom Lineham gave Hull a glimmer of hope when he dived in at the right corner, with Holdsworth's conversion going in off a post to make it 16-12.
The scores were level when Kirk Yeaman went over on the opposite side of the field soon after, with the centre given the benefit of any doubt over whether the ball had touched the line as he reached out to ground it.
If video official Steve Ganson thought that was going to be his toughest call, he was mistaken. Just as a draw looked likely, Danny Houghton launched a long, hopeful kick from halfway that after bouncing backwards, Green jumped up to grab in front of Eden.
Replays showed that the Hull forward had appeared to be in front when the ball left Houghton's foot, yet the score was still controversially awarded. While Rovers were left to question why, Holdsworth added the extras to seal a stunning victory for the Black and Whites.
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|8||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|11||Hull K R||2||0|
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|Friday 27th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Castleford Tigers|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:00||Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves|
|19:30||Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC|
|Sunday 1st March|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors|
|15:00||Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
|Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|Salford 6 - 52 St Helens|
|Sunday 8th February|
|Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield|
|Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull|
|Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds|
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