Aug 17 2013
Hull head coach Peter Gentle admitted that all but assuring their play-off place with an 18-13 win against Salford will help the Black and Whites in the Tetley's Challenge Cup final against Wigan next Saturday.
Hull stuttered their way to victory at the KC Stadium, winning thanks to a 78th-minute Joe Westerman try that cancelled out Marc Sneyd's late drop goal which had given the Reds the lead only 90 seconds earlier.
But Gentle may be dealt a blow after both Joe Arundel and Kirk Yeaman went off with injuries late on and Danny Tickle also suffered a dead leg.
"We found a way to win and we got the two points," he said. "Now we can look forward to the Challenge Cup final. I think that pretty much assures us a semi-final berth now.
"We've got a massive game to look forward to next week now. We set our stall out at the start of the year to compete in both competitions.
"We have got a few injury issues but we'll see what they're like on Monday. Joe has something to do with his hand and Kirk looked like his ankle.
"I haven't spoken to the doctor yet, and I imagine we'll find out more about the injuries over the weekend or on Monday.
"If they're out (of the cup final) someone else will come in and do a good job. We got the two points and that assures us of our play-off berth."
Salford head coach Brian Noble admitted his disappointment as his side succumbed to late defeat.
"I thought we deserved more than we got," he said.
"I thought we played really well. In attack we looked really threatening and we had a lot of chances that we didn't take but at least we are making the opportunities.
"One short kick-off and a break on the line and it's very tough to take. I thought Theo Fages and Marc Sneyd controlled the game at times and played well."