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11th March 2000: Hull 14 Wigan 4

Hull FC v Wigan Warriors - Silk Cut Challenge Cup Quarter Final
aturday 11th March 2000 at The Boulevard

Favourites Wigan were dumped out of the Challenge Cup in an action-packed quarter-final at the Boulevard.

New-look Hull, bolstered by the bulk of last year's successful Gateshead Thunder outfit, fully deserved their first semi-final appearance for 12 years after outplaying the Warriors for long periods of an absorbing tussle.

And it was former Gateshead favourite Will Robinson, in tandem with 17-year-old scrum-half Richard Horne, who did most to snuff out the threat of the former Cup kings with a wonderfully industrious display.

Wigan looked to have weathered the storm when they cut Hull's lead to just 8-4 10 minutes into the second half but super-sub Wayne McDonald came up with the match-winner 15 minutes from the end to maintain his record of scoring in every match so far this season.

Fellow replacement Stanley Gene had been held just short of the line before towering front rower McDonald, a close-season signing from Wakefield, plunged through for the try that gives Hull a glorious opportunity of rekindling their Cup-winning days of the early Eighties.

Wigan were fortunate to be trailing by only six points at the interval after being outplayed for long periods by Shaun McRae's men.

Horne produced an outstanding first-half performance in his duel with former Gateshead schemer Willie Peters to repeatedly find chinks in the Wigan armoury and, with livewire hooker Mick Jenkins and the experienced Robinson causing further havoc, Wigan full-back Kris Radlinski was the busiest man on the field.

Wigan drew first blood with an Andy Farrell penalty after Hull loose forward David Maiden dropped on the ball in an offside position in front of his own posts after team-mate Paul Broadbent had spilled a pass.

Hull drew level with Ben Sammut's eighth-minute penalty after Jenkins had been brought down a foot short of the line by Radlinski and they went ahead with a delightful try from Maiden, who supported a break by Robinson, and Sammut's goal made it 8-2.

Hull thought they had scored again when centre Steve Collins burst clear to send Robinson over but referee Russell Smith called for confirmation from the video referee and slow-motion replays showed that the stand-off had lost control of the ball over the line.

Despite being under the cosh, Wigan had their moments, with Terry Newton losing the ball as he reached out for the line and former Australian Test centre Steve Renouf missing a glorious chance after intercepting a pass from Luke Felsch.

Renouf had a clear 75-metre sprint for the line but surprisingly ran out of steam two-third of the way, enabling Brian Carney to pull off a miraculous try-saving tackle.

That tackle from Irish international Carney, who was just emerging from a spell in the sin bin, proved to be the defining moment of the game.

Wigan looked far more lively in the second half as substitutes Lee Gilmour and Simon Haughton began to make inroads into the heart of the Hull defence and Farrell pulled two more points back after Hull forward Richard Fletcher found himself in an offside position near his own posts.

At 8-4, the 7,378 crowd was still on tenterhooks as the tie entered its final quarter but McDonald calmed the nerves with his clincher and Gene would have added a third try had he been able to hang on to Horne's pass with the line beckoning.

After conceding two tries and failing to breach their opponents' line, Wigan could have few complaints and their misery was compounded by the referee's decision to put stand-off Tony Smith on report for a high first-half challenge on Jenkins.

Team Sheets

- Hull FC Position Wigan -
1 Ben Sammut Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
17 Brian Carney Winger Brett Dallas 2
3 Deon Bird Centre Steve Renouf 3
14 Steve Collins Centre Gary Connolly 4
2 Matt Daylight Winger Jason Robinson 5
7 Will Robinson Stand Off Tony Smith 6
20 Richard Horne Scrum Half Willie Peters 7
8 Paul Broadbent Prop Brady Malam 23
9 Mick Jenkins Hooker Terry Newton 9
19 Paul King Prop Neil Cowie 10
11 Craig Wilson 2nd Row Mick Cassidy 11
12 Luke Felsch 2nd Row Denis Betts 12
15 David Maiden L.Forward Andy Farrell 13
4 Craig Simon Substitute Lee Gilmour 14
6 Stanley Gene Substitute Paul Johnson 15
18 Wayne McDonald Substitute Simon Haughton 16
25 Richard Fletcher Substitute Tony Mestrov 17

Score Sheet

Hull FC 14 --- Wigan Warriors 4
Steve Maiden
Wayne McDonald
--- ---
Ben Sammut 4
--- Goals:
Andy Farrell 2

Other Information

Attendance: 6,532
Referee: Steve Ganson

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