The magnitude of Hull FC’s back to back Wembley wins will take a while to sink in, but one things for certain this is a special group of people that will be put into legend status for years to come.
And rightly so. What this team has achieved is colossal. It’s one if not the biggest stages of all. The Challenge Cup final. This is sport at it’s best.
Lee Radford on back to back Wembley wins: “It sounds good doesn’t it. It’s music to the ears really. It was a fantastic effort. I said at half time these Wigan boys won’t give in – they’ll keep going until the final whistle and that’s because of their coach downwards. We had to fight for everything. The last ten minutes kept me on the edge of my seat, but that’s what working for one another gets one though – results. A special effort, a special group, special supporters and a special club.”
Gareth Ellis: “This is nothing more than this club and this team deserves. I thought we worked really hard. It was made tough by Wigan but I thought we were the better team and we dug in when we really needed to. I’m glad when that whistle went we was on the right side of that result. We were outstanding and we seem to save our best performances for the Challenge Cup. We’ve done it tough with the teams we’ve played. Our effort and our togetherness was unbelievable. The dream was to be stood up there and the fairy-tale continues.”
Marc Sneyd: “It’s hard to put the emotions into words again. An unbelievable effort again. We’ve earned that and I don’t think anyone can take this away from us. I had the option to be a football player once but I’m over the moon to have these sort of days in rugby. We’ve won it two years on the bounce and we’ve had the toughest runs probably possible.”
Radders on Sneyd: “Marc Sneyd is probably the most criticised half back the club has ever had. To win two Lance Todd trophies is a phenomenal effort from a phenomenal player. You can’t defend against his kicking. You can try but he puts it on a string. He’s got a good kicking coach – I’ve done a bit myself.”
Scott Taylor: “Last year I didn’t think I had much left in the tank but boy that was the toughest game I’ve played in my life. We fought to the death right until the last whistle. To go back to back is unbelievable. Only great times to that. We’ve put ourselves into history now and there’s still more trophies to play for so we’re buzzing. ”
Mahe Fonua: “Really pleased with today’s result. Last year we got the monkey off our back winning at Wembley for the first time. A Hull team has previously never won back to back here I’m so proud to be a part of it. I thought I did have a hat-trick but I got robbed. It got taken off me. I’m happy to get over twice though.”