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21st September 2001: Wigan 27 Hull 24

Wigan Warriors v Hull FC - Tetley's Super League VI Qualifying Play Off
Friday 21st September 2001. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium

Well done lads a top win in a top game. If we play like that I cannot see a problem. You can book the hotels around Old Trafford. Come on Leeds tomorrow against Saints.

The pressure is on Wigan are on the march. And you must say they deserved it. Hats though must go off to Hull who were not phased by there first ever play off match. Hull in fact has the foresight to go in front.

It was Jason Smith who scored the try to put the Sharks 6-0 up. They did deserve the lead and we for a time did look shell-shocked. But as they say come'th the hour come'th the man and Wigans talisman Andy Farrell scored the reply and converted to bring the scores level Farrel scoring from a Matthew Johns pass.

They were in front 5 minuets later Brian Carney racing through to score. Faz as ever converted. But hull to there credit cam eback and played some top Rugby and came at Wigan better than any side I have seen this season and before Hulls David Maiden scored Hulls try they has one disallowed. Which from where I was looked a decent enough try. Maiden scored following a cock up from David Hodsgon - you are supposed tu jump for a bomb when the opposition are coming. He didn't and looked a plonker.

Then came the Wigan party piece just as Hull were looking to half time the Michael Owen of Rugby League scored his 27th try of the season to bring Wigan in front at the half.

Wigan came out for the second wondering where Tony Smith was Hull's man of the half was nowhere to be seen. So has not to keep the brothers apart Jason Smith dislocated his shoulder and he was also out for the count.

You would think that that would be the turning point. And went further behined when an Andy Farrell penalty was popped over following a Scott Logan clothes line on Matty Johns. This was followed by a Neil Cowie Frank Bruno right hook which will see him banned.

Wigan then apparently started to take control, and we thought that it was only a matter of time before it was game set an match. But against the run of play and against the wishes of the Wigan faithful who thought that the video ref was blind. Hull were given a try scored by Luke Flesch.

It was all hull and we thought that we might be playing Leeds next week. And if it wasn't for a try saving tackle by wonder boy Radlinski it might have been.

Both teams were going for it and it was really going to be next try wins. And if it the 'what happens next round' you wouldn't have thought that Denis Betts would score the try that effectively saw us through.

Andy Farrell did the old Bradford trick and utilised the drop goal to see us through.

In the whole is was a magic game. Lets hope for a magic weekend with Leeds beating the Saints.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Hull FC -
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back Steve Prescott 1
5 Brian Carney Winger Gareth Raynor 21
3 Steve Renouf Centre David Maiden 3
4 Gary Connolly Centre Richard Horne 6
23 David Hodgson Winger Matt Crowther 5
6 Matthew Johns Stand Off Paul Cooke 16
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half Tony Smith 7
8 Terry O'Connor Prop Paul Broadbent 8
9 Terry Newton Hooker Paul King 15
20 Harvey Howard Prop Luke Felsch 10
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row Adam Maher 11
14 Dave Furner 2nd Row Tony Grimaldi 12
13 Andy Farrell L.Forward Jason Smith 13
10 Neil Cowie Substitute Deon Bird 4
12 Denis Betts Substitute Lee Jackson 9
24 Martin Aspinwall Substitute Logan Campbell 23
29 Stephen Wild Substitute Scott Logan 28

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 27 --- Hull FC 24
Tries (4):
Andy Farrell
Brian Carney
Kris Radlinski
Denis Betts
--- Tries (4):
Paul Cooke
David Maiden
Luke Felsch
Lee Jackson
Andy Farrell 5
--- Goals:
Matt Crowther 4

Scoring Pattern

02mins:26 Wigan 00 Hull FC 04 Try: Paul Cooke
- Wigan 00 Hull FC 06 Conversion: Matt Crowther
12mins:55 Wigan 04 Hull FC 06 Try: Andy Farrell
- Wigan 06 Hull FC 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
18mins:23 Wigan 10 Hull FC 06 Try: Brian Carney
- Wigan 12 Hull FC 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
33mins:01 Wigan 12 Hull FC 10 Try: David Maiden
- Wigan 12 Hull FC 12 Conversion: Matt Crowther
38mins:06 Wigan 16 Hull FC 12 Try: Kris Radlinski
- Wigan 18 Hull FC 12 Conversion: Andy Farrell
Half Time Wigan Warriors 18 Hull FC 12
48mins:27 Wigan 20 Hull FC 12 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell
55mins:36 Wigan 20 Hull FC 16 Try: Luke Felsch
- Wigan 20 Hull FC 18 Conversion: Matt Crowther
64mins:44 Wigan 24 Hull FC 18 Try: Denis Betts
- Wigan 26 Hull FC 18 Conversion: Andy Farrell
69mins:18 Wigan 26 Hull FC 22 Try: Lee Jackson
- Wigan 26 Hull FC 24 Conversion: Matt Crowther
72mins:36 Wigan 27 Hull FC 24 Drop Goal: Andy Farrell
Full Time Wigan Warriors 27 Hull FC 24

Other Information

Referee: Russell Smith (Castleford)

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