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23rd July 2000: Hull FC 12 Wigan 21

Hull FC v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League V Round 20
Sunday 23rd July 2000. Kick Off 6:35pm at The Boulevard

Wigan kept in touch with the Super League pace-setters despite a battling performance from Hull on Sunday night.

Shaun McRae's men, 14-4 winners in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals in March, pushed the Warriors all the way before going down to a fourth defeat in five games.

While Hull lost more ground in their pursuit of a top-five spot, Wigan moved to within a point of joint leaders Bradford and St Helens - but they lived dangerously.

It was only a try two minutes from the end from wounded Warrior Denis Betts, who had to have his head bandaged after clashing with his captain Andy Farrell early in the game, that secured the precious points for the visitors.

Hull, bolstered by the return of five of the players who missed last week's 56-6 mauling at Bradford, put the Warriors under intense pressure throughout most of the first half but had little to show for long periods of domination.

They almost scored after three minutes when Wigan defender Gary Connolly got a hand to Will Robinson's kick to the line.

The hosts deservedly went ahead two minutes later when Robinson repeated the trick, and half-back partner Richard Horne grabbed the vital touch.

Ben Sammut's conversion made it 6-0, and Stanley Gene - playing out of position in the second row of the pack - almost added a second try on 21 minutes when he won the race to a grubber from Mick Jenkins but failed to gain full control of the ball.

It was against the run of play when Wigan drew level, scrum-half Willie Peters racing over directly from a scrum after Robinson had knocked on attempting to gather Steve Renouf's kick.

Farrell kicked the conversion and edged his side in front eight minutes before the break with a penalty after winger David Hodgson had the ball stolen in a two-man tackle.

Hull were forced to switch young Horne to full-back for the second half following the loss of Sammut with an ankle injury, and substitute Paul Cooke took over the key pivot role.

Cooke also took over the goalkicking and he levelled the scores on 48 minutes with a penalty after Lee Gilmour held down Steve Collins in the tackle.

But Wigan regained the lead four minutes later when Farrell, who had one of his quieter games, put Gilmour through a gap deep in the Warriors half and the supporting Renouf held off Craig Poucher's chase to score his side's second try. Farrell goaled.

Peters then put Wigan two scores ahead with a fourth drop goal in his last four games before Hull ran the ball on the last tackle and neat handling by Horne, Paul King and Craig Simon sent winger Matt Daylight squeezing over at the corner.

That set up a nerve-tingling finale.

But Betts calmed Wigan's anxiety when he romped through for the clincher, and Farrell kicked his fourth goal from as many attempts.

Hull FC  12 lost to Wigan Warriors  21
Ben Sammut
Craig Poucher
Steve Collins
Craig Simon
Matthew Daylight
Richard Horne
Will Robinson
Paul Broadbent
Mick Jenkins
Luke Felsch
Adam Maher
Stanley Gene
Tony Grimaldi

Paul Cooke
Craig Wilson
Paul King
Steve Craven

Kris Radlinski
Dave Hodgson
Gary Connolly
Steve Renouf
Jason Robinson
Andy Farrell
Willie Peters
Terry O'Connor
Mark Smith
Neil Cowie
Mick Cassidy
Denis Betts
Lee Gilmour

Wes Davies
Rob Ball
Brady Malam
Tony Mestrov
Richard Horne
Matthew Daylight
Tries Willie Peters
Steve Renouf
Denis Betts
Ben Sammut
Paul Cooke
Goals Andy Farrell (4)
  Field Goals Willie Peters

Other Information

Attendance: 5,168
Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick

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