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Last Updated: Friday, 6 October 2006, 22:35 GMT 23:35 UK
Sharp 'speechless' to reach final
Shaun Briscoe celebrates with Gareth Carvell and Richard Horne after Hull's victory at the KC Stadium
Shaun Briscoe celebrates with his team-mates after the final whistle
Coach Peter Sharp was overwhelmed after leading Hull to their first ever Super League Grand Final.

Hull will face St Helens after beating Bradford 19-12 on Friday night.

"I'm a bit lost for words to be honest," he said. "It was a magnificent defensive effort which set the platform for the win.

"Everybody contributed but there were some great individual performances, which there needed to be against a quality side like Bradford."

Scrum-half Richard Horne scored Hull's first try after just 46 seconds and set up the second for winger Motu Tony with a pinpoint kick, but Sharp revealed the scrum-half had almost missed the game.

"Richard looked like pulling out after the warm-up because he tweaked his Achilles," said Sharp.

If I'm honest it hurts like hell but I'm proud to be associated with that bunch of players
Bulls boss Steve McNamara

"There was a bit of drama. That's why we were late out of the sheds.

"He got through OK but there were severe doubts over whether he would start the game."

Sharp also revealed that Horne's half-back partner Paul Cooke was overcome with emotion after the match, which came just 48 hours after a court appearance in which he pleaded guilty to assault.

"He's a bit distressed in the sheds," said Sharp.

"It's been a massive week for him and he's looking forward to settling down next week for the final."

Bradford's defeat ended their bid for a sixth successive Grand Final but coach Steve McNamara said he was proud of his players, who had to overcome a catalogue of injuries in the run-up to the game.

"It's been a really tough week for us but the players responded magnificently," said McNamara. "I can't speak highly enough of them.

"If I'm honest, it hurts like hell but I'm proud to be associated with that bunch of players.

"We pushed hard but didn't quite get there. We missed some opportunities and when you do that it tends to come back and bite you.

"There is a fine margin between a victory and a loss."

SEE ALSO
Hull 19-12 Bradford
06 Oct 06 |  Super League
Broken ankle ends Lynch's season
30 Sep 06 |  Bradford
St Helens 12-8 Hull
29 Sep 06 |  Super League
Bradford 40-24 Warrington
30 Sep 06 |  Super League


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