Hull FC coach Lee Radford quipped that he had memories of amateur rugby back in Hull watching their Challenge Cup victory at Featherstone descend into anarchy.
The Black and Whites’ quest for a third straight Challenge Cup success saw them move into Sunday’s quarter-final draw following a 38-20 win at Championship side Featherstone.
However, the game was marred by seven cards – including three yellows and a red to Hull players – in the final half-hour: and Radford was unimpressed.
“It was like 2007 and Bransholme Dales playing Orchard Park Sharks,” Radford said.
“And that’s no disrespect to Orchard Park or Bransholme, they are both beautiful estates and parts of the planet.”
Bureta Fariamo is highly unlikely to be available for next Sunday’s Magic Weekend clash with Hull KR after being sent off in the final moments of the victory, but Radford insisted he didn’t see any of the ugly incidents which marred the final half an hour except one.
“I’m going to sound like Arsene Wenger but I didn’t see any of the incidents but that one on Jamie Shaul,” Radford continued. “It was like a scene out of Waterboy.
“I thought our effort and energy was fantastic but our finesse was horrible.”
Hull are facing a mounting injury crisis too – with more players taken off on Thursday night including Carlos Tuimavave, Chris Green and prop Josh Bowden: who looks set for a lengthy absence.
He said: “Josh has a knee injury – and when an 18 stone man gets helped off the field it’s usually bad.”