Marc Sneyd kicked a winning drop goal for Hull FC at Wakefield on Friday – but he had been ready to leave at any time to rush to his wife as she prepares to give birth.
Sneyd played the game while waiting for a phone call from the hospital in Hull where his wife is expecting their second child.
The call never came and Sneyd kicked the one-pointer 53 seconds in to extra time as Hull secured a 27-26 against Wakefield.
Hull coach Lee Radford said: “I think that’s five or six times he’s done that for us now
“To hold his nerve like he has done with his missus sat waiting to drop and somebody else on the phone on the touchline ready to shoot him back to Hull if that was the case. Not a lot gets to him.
“It was disappointing last week to lose it in the last play of the game, so I’m just really pleased with the response they showed.
“We did enough to get a result, which is something we just fell short of last week, so I’m really pleased.
“The group needed it, they are working hard enough to get results, so to get it in that manner was pleasing as well.”
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