Set of Six: Danny Houghton heroics as Hull FC change the record
Last Updated: 30/08/16 10:48am
We look back at Hull FC's Challenge Cup final victory, the Super 8s run-in and an end of two eras in the NRL...
Change the record
It has been a song chanted up and down the rugby league grounds of England for many a year at Hull FC's expense: 'Old Faithful...you'll never win at Wembley!'
But after the Black and Whites' dramatic Challenge Cup final win on Saturday, that corrupted version of their club song can finally be laid to rest, much to coach Lee Radford's delight.
Hull FC had never won at Wembley in their last eight trips, hence why other fans have taken such great pride in stealing the famous old ditty.
But after Mahe Fonua and Jamie Shaul scored late tries to seal a 12-10 comeback win over Warrington, the 74-year wait is at an end.
"They are going to have to change the lyrics to that old song; it's finished," said a grinning Radford.
The Lance Todd man of the match award went to Marc Sneyd but Hull's hooker Danny Houghton must have been right in the mix.
His match-winning tackle on Currie will always be remembered but that was his 52nd tackle of the match!
Hull coach Lee Radford described it as "the most important tackle in any game I have been involved in" but Houghton labelled it routine.
"It's not about me," he said. "I'm sure if it was someone else in that position, they would have done the same thing.
"It's part and parcel. You're in the middle of the game for 80 minutes and, when a few big boys run at you, you're bound to make a lot of tackles."
Spare a thought for Ben Currie and for Kurt Gidley who came close to winning it for Warrington.
Gidley missed a conversion and a penalty while Currie will relive that moment over and over again as the last-gasp tackle from Houghton somehow dislodged the ball as he was sliding over to score what would have been the match-winning try.
Currie revealed he was in tears at the final whistle but still had time to look at the glaring miss before speaking to the media.
"I've watched it back," he said of the Houghton tackle. "He's come across me and got me. It's full credit to him, he plays 80 minutes every week.
"But I don't think we deserved that and, as soon as that final whistle, tears came to me. I can't feel it now but I'm sure in a couple of days I'll look back on it as one of the best weeks of my life."
The race is on
Hull's late rally at Wembley secured the first piece of silverware of the season and has set the tone for what promises to be a pulsating finish to the Super 8s.
Just three points separate three teams at the top of the table. Hull lead the way but Wigan can move level on points with victory over Widnes on Thursday, live on Sky Sports.
Hull face three of the current top four in their remaining four fixtures, starting with a trip to St Helens on Friday, so after their Bank Holiday celebrations it will be quickly back to business for Lee Radford's men.
Should the Airlie Birds slip up at Langtree Park, Warrington can move to the summit with victory against Catalans in Perpignan on Saturday.
The Dragons have suffered a remarkable slump in form, losing eight of their last nine games, and Tony Smith's men have a great chance to put their Cup final disappointment behind them.
Top spot up for grabs in NRL
Melbourne Storm and Cronulla Sharks will slug it out for top spot next weekend in the final round of NRL regular season fixtures.
The Sharks rekindled their hopes of a first-ever Minor Premiers title with a resounding 37-12 home win over Sydney Roosters to pull to within one point of the Storm, who crashed at home to Brisbane. The teams meet at AAMI Park on Saturday.
There is also an interesting battle for eighth place as Gold Coast Titans and West Tigers compete for the one remaining finals spot.
Wests scored three tries in the last 10 minutes in Auckland to eliminate the New Zealand Warriors, leaving them one point behind the Titans after they suffered a last-gasp loss against Penrith.
The Titans travel to Townsville to face North Queensland on Saturday and should they lose, the Tigers can capitalise when they face Canberra at Leichhardt Oval less than 24 hours later.
Meanwhile, Parramatta bid farewell to both Pirtek Stadium and Monday Night Football with victory over St George Illawarra.
The Eels ran in five tries in a 30-18 victory in front of 13,553 supporters. The first game at the stadium in 1986 was also a win over the Dragons, with redevelopment work due to begin at the end of the year.
Monday's game also marked the end of Monday Night Football after 10 seasons. The NRL have scrapped the concept due to low attendances.
Agar leaves France role
Wayne Bennett's first game in charge of England is against France on October 22 and they will also have a new coach at the helm.
Richard Agar, the former Wakefield and Hull FC coach who is currently assistant to Tony Smith at Warrington, has confirmed he is no longer in charge of the French national team.
The move follows the election of Marc Palanques as president of the French Federation in July, taking over from Carlos Zalduendo, the man who appointed Agar in February 2013.
It is thought Palanques wants a French coach to run the national team.
Agar, along with Hull KR interim head coach James Webster, guided France to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2013.