Best is yet to come from Hull FC with Wembley on the horizon

Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson hailed his side’s excellent Betfred Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Wigan Warriors but maintained: “We can still get better.”

Delighted: Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson.

The Black and Whites were exceptional in Saturday’s 20-10 success over previously unbeaten Wigan and now only St Helens - whom they face in the semi-finals on Saturday, June 5 - stand between them and a place at Wembley.

“It was probably our best this season,” conceded Hodgson.

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“In my opinion, we played the second best team in the competition.

“St Helens are obviously up there and Wigan have been at that level for a long time.

“We knew we had to perform at near our best to give ourselves a chance and I believe we took another step forward.

“I still believe there are elements we can improve. The conditions today allowed us to play a little more direct up the middle of the field and I thought we executed that very well.”

Hodgson described the performance of Adam Swift, who switched from wing to full-back in place of the suspended Jake Connor, as “excellent” but hard-running prop Chris Satae claimed man-of-the-match with a stunning two-try display.

He said: “Chris was just phenomenal.

“He is such a big body. I thought he was outstanding.

“He got our sets rolling and we got joy off the back of his play-the-balls.

“I’m really proud of the boys. We learned some lessons from the loss against Wigan last week and we had to be better. We were.”