Warrington 24-12 Hull FC
Hull FC's season came to a disappointing but spirited end as they were dumped out the play-offs 24-12 by Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Peter Gentle's side were unable to maintain their recent impressive run as the Wolves edged a hard-fought tie that saw the Black and Whites stage a late comeback.
Hull defended resolutely before the weight of pressure eventually told and with their attack unable to make any inroads on the Warrington defence until late in the game, the Black and Whites were unable themselves to build any real pressure.
There was little between the teams in the first half with both coming up with too many errors for the liking of their respective coaches, but Wolves coach Tony Smith will have been the happier with his side leading 12-0 at the break.
Aussie Trent Waterhouse opened the scoring on 14 minutes, touching own after Jordan Turner had failed to hold on to a cross-field kick on his try line. Hull came back into the game and began to assert pressure on the Wolves try line, but a combination of a lack of any cutting edge and a solid defence kept them out.
Then with half-time approaching and the Hull players tiring Warrington scrum-half Richie Myler ran through a sizeable gap to double the advantage for his side.
Hull came out after the break refreshed but still unable to find a way through a resilient Wolves defence and when Stefan Ratchford chased down his own kick to score under the posts the game looked beyond Peter Gentle's side with 25 minutes still to play.
The game looked over as a contest when full-back Brett Hodgson raced over, but the Black and Whites finally found their bite in attack and Tom Briscoe started an unlikely comeback with a try from Aaron Heremaia's kick. Then when Ben Crooks scored moments after coming on, Hull had eight minute to find two more tries and keep their Old Trafford dream alive.
It proved too big an ask however, and Hull were left to contemplate what may have been.