Jackson Hastings showed his versatility as Wigan booked a Grand Final place to give skipper Sean O’Loughlin a shot at a fairytale finish.
O’Loughlin will become just the 15th player in the Warriors Hall of Fame when he hangs up his boots at the end of the season after a trophy-laden career.
The 37-year-old’s involvement in Wigan topping the table has been limited, but he has again slotted back into the team for the biggest matches of the season.
O’Loughlin produced a typically immersed contribution off the bench as Adrian Lam’s side reshuffled successfully in the absence of the absent Sam Powell.
Playmaker Hastings made an accomplished switch to hooker and young half-back Harry Smith scored one try, had a hand in another and slotted a drop goal.
With Zak Hardaker outstanding at right centre and the Warriors forwards standing tall in an almighty battle up front, Lam’s team can now prepare to face the winners of Friday’s clash between St Helens and Catalans.
Hull’s hopes of making a Grand Final on their home ground started brightly but faded, although the way they have rebuilt their season under caretaker coach Andy Last raises cause for optimism.
Wigan were back on their home ground for the first time in 256 days but it seemed to take them time to readjust to old surroundings as the visitors dominated the opening quarter.
Marc Sneyd slotted a straight-forward penalty and Bureta Faraimo had a try disallowed before a contentious incident in the 24th minute changed the momentum of the clash.
Strong Hull defence forced an error from Willie Isa, but Josh Griffin was then penalised for sarcastically tapping Oliver Partington on the head, bringing the two teams together.
Wigan took advantage of the unexpected gift to score 13 unanswered points before the break.
Good hands from Smith and Oliver Gildart gave Joe Burgess just enough space to touch down.
Smith then crossed himself, finishing a Burgess kick ahead, and added a drop goal right on the stroke of half-time.
Hull needed to score first after the restart to re-establish a foothold in the game but instead found themselves further behind.
Hardaker steamed onto an inside ball from Bevan French and streaked away to the posts, celebrating on his way to the line.
French then ended Hull’s last hope of an unlikely comeback with a try saving tackle on Sneyd before Jake Bibby and French completed the scoring.