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2003 Match Preview: Hull (H)
Wigan v Hull Match Preview. Posted on Thursday, June 12 2003 @ 19:55:29 BST by Bilko

Wigan are looking to avenge the 20-4 loss they suffered away at the hands of Hull FC when they visit the JJB on Friday.


 

Wigan Warriors v Hull FC Tetley's Super League Round 14
Friday 13th June 2003. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium
Match Introduction
For me this a match where Wigan can lay down their intentions for the end of season play offs. Win and we are third in the table. OK we'll have been helped by points deductions for breaches of the Salary Cap but we'll take it. 

To get third would be a massive achievement in this season of restructuring and will just go to show how well the youngsters have blended in to the side.

At the beginning of the season there was an imbalance with too much youth and not enough experience.

As the season has progressed the youngsters are gaining more and more experience which is balancing the scales out. Don't get me wrong they've still a lot to learn but they are not far of a side that can compete for silverware.

Last time we played Hull was at the beginning of April. We traveled to the new Kingston Communications Stadium in good numbers on a Friday Night but witnessed a very poor performance.

Coach Stuart Raper reckons that match was the turning point in our season.

He said: "I know we lost at Hull earlier in the year and I know we were well beaten that night.

"But the atmosphere in the dressing room after the game was very positive.

"We all had a good heart to heart to heart talk at the end of it all, and the attitude was right.

"I believe we took a lot out of that match and that it was a turning point for the club."

Our only score in that 20-4 loss was an opportunistic try from Gareth Hock. Apart from that we never looked like scoring.

I remember our kicking game was especially poor. We only had one outlet in Adrian Lam and every kick was straight down the defenders throats.

Our kicking game must be better on Friday. At least in this one we have Andy Farrell and Nick Graham who can give us options other than Lammy.

Raper has again made a few tactical changes for this game.

Martin Aspinwall switches to the wing, Sean O'Loughlin to centre, Nick Graham to Stand Off and Danny Tickle returns to the substitutes bench.

Raper says: "I have shown faith with the youngsters again after the win at St.Helens last week, I am looking for Luke to play a pivotal part off the bench again."

Hull come to the JJB still without key players like former Warrior Tony Smith, captain Jason Smith and Matt Crowther.

But they are still a formidable side with the likes of Richard Horne and Steve Prescott.

I wouldn't be surprised if this one comes down to a drop goal. Most of our matches have been close this year so I don't see why this should be any different.

Opposition One to Watch

Steve Prescott

Former Saint Steve Prescott is by far Super League's top points scorer. 

He's scored 11 tries and 59 goals in 13 appearances this season.

Earlier this week he signed a new contract that will keep him at Hull until 2005.

SQUAD NUMBER: 1
Team News
Wigan Hull FC
Stuart Raper has again made a few tatical changes. Martin Aspinwall switches to the wing, Sean O'Loughlin to centre, Nick Graham to Stand Off and Danny Tickle returns to the substitutes bench. Missing through injury are Paul Johnson (Hamstring), Danny Sculthorpe (Shoulder) and Jamie Ainscough (Arm) as well as Brett Dallas, Brian Carney, Kris Radlinski and Stephen Wild. Hull are likely to field the same team that was beaten by Bradford last week. Second row forward Richard Fletcher is available after escaping suspension for his sending off against the Bulls. Hull still have a lengthy injury list including the likes of Tony Smith, Jason Smith, Scott Logan, Matt Crowther, Warren Jowitt and Dwayne West.
 
Team Sheets
Wigan Team
Shaun Briscoe, Martin Aspinwall, Sean O' Loughlin, Kevin Brown, David Hodgson, Nick Graham, Adrian Lam, Craig Smith, Terry Newton, Terry O' Connor, Mick Cassidy, Gareth Hock, Andy Farrell.
Subs - Luke Robinson, Danny Tickle, Mark Smith, Ricky Bibey.
Hull FC Team
Steve Prescott, Colin Best, Toa Kohe-Love, Kirk Yeaman, Richie Barnett, Paul Cooke, Richard Horne, Craig Greenhill, Dean Treister, Paul King, Sean Ryan, Adam Maher, Chris Chester.
Subs: Gareth Carvell, Ewan Dowes, Graeme Horne, Richard Fletcher.
Match Referee
Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)
Pre Match Quotes
Wigan Hull FC
"Hull have proved this year they are a very good side, I believe the game away was the one fixture where we looked as if we were never going to win out of all the games we have played this year. The games that we have lost we have had an opportunity to win them. We didn't show enough signs to get the two points that night, we were never in front so we want to get one back on them."
Coach Stuart Raper
"(Wigan) have some exceptional young players in their squad. Circumstances at Wigan, the salary cap and injuries, have seen them come into the first-team this year and they have blossomed. In some respects they have been thrown in at the deep end but they have gained invaluable experience along the way, just as Graeme Horne and Kirk Yeaman have done with us."
Hull Assistant Coach John Kear
Current League Positions
  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts Form
3 Hull FC* 13 8 2 3 367 210 +157 16 L1
5 Wigan Warriors 13 7 1 5 326 298 +28 15 W1
Opposition Form (Last 6) - Hull FC
Date Opposition Competition Result

Score

Match Report
08/06/03 Bradford (H) SL8 Round 13 Lost 20-26 Click Here
30/05/03 Halifax (A) SL8 Round 12 Won 60-10 Click Here
26/05/03 St Helens (H) SL8 Round 11 Won 30-6 Click Here
17/05/03 Leeds (A) SL8 Round 10 Draw 10-10 Click Here
11/05/03 Huddersfield (H) SL8 Round 9 Won 34-6 Click Here
05/05/03 Castleford (A) SL8 Round 8 Draw 28-28 Click Here

Wigan Form (Last 6 all comps most recent game first): WLWWWD

Super League 8 Stats
Top Try Scorers
Wigan:
David Hodgson 6
Hull FC: Steve Prescott & Colin Best 11

Top Goal Kickers
Wigan:
Andy Farrell 25
Hull FC: Steve Prescott 59

Top Points Scorers
Wigan:
Andy Farrell 63
Hull FC: Steve Prescott 162
Previous Super League Meetings in Wigan
Date

Result

Match Report

Att

6th Sept 1998 Wigan 58 Hull 6 Click Here

7290

5th Mar 1999 Wigan 58 Hull 6 Click Here

9186

20th Aug 1999 Wigan 58 Hull 0 Click Here

6866

7th May 2000 Wigan 50 Hull 18 Click Here

8077

10th Sept 2000 Wigan 54 Hull 4 Click Here

8409

27th July 2001 Wigan 36 Hull 12 Click Here

9174

21st Sept 2001

Play Off Match
Wigan 27 Hull 24

Click Here

9103

5th April 2002

Wigan 18 Hull 20

Click Here

8067

SL Record at Central Park/JJB Stadium: Wigan 7 Hull 1
Overall Super League Record: Wigan 12 Hull 3 

Matchday Weather

From bbci.

cloudy Cloudy but Dry
Wind: 8mph from the West.
Temps: Max: 19°C Low: 9°C

Ticket & Ground Details
North Stand (Visitors): Adults: £12.00 Under 18 yrs: £8.00 Senior Citizens: £8.00
West Stand: Adults: £16.00 No Concessions.
East Stand: Adults: £14.00 Concessions/Juniors/OAP's: £10
South Stand: Adults: £12.00 Concessions/Juniors/OAP's: £8.00
Click for JJB Stadium Ground Guide.
Media Coverage
TV: There is no TV Coverage of this game.
Radio:   BBC GMR (95.1FM) will probably concentrate more on St Helens trip to Leeds with that being an away match. So only expect regular reports from the JJB.
Net:  BBC Radio Humberside should have online commentary via this link - http://www.bbc.co.uk/humber/realmedia/stream/live.ram. Although it will be with a Hull bias.
Opposition Views
Official Website
Hull FC Forum
Prediction
Wigan 30 Hull 20
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