Teenage winger David Hodgson
grabbed the first hat-trick of his career against his home-town club as
Wigan roared back to the top of the table ahead of Friday's showdown with
arch rivals St Helens.
Fellow winger Jason Robinson also claimed three
tries, his fifth Super League hat-trick, as the Warriors pounded out an
ominous warning to their play-off rivals with a ruthless 10-try rout.
While Wigan were able to step up their title bid, the season cannot end
quickly enough for a patched-up Hull side, who have lost eight of their
last 10 matches and must lift themselves to face Bradford Bulls in their
final game next Sunday.
Robinson, who has still to confirm his move to rugby union, raced in
for three tries in 19 minutes early in the game as Hull conceded a
half-century of points at Wigan for the sixth match in a row.
While the wingers led the try spree, it was influential skipper Andy
Farrell who once more pulled the strings.
In addition to putting the Great Britain ace through for two of his
tries, his pinpoint passing set up first-half scores for Hodgson and Wes
Davies while Chris Chester and Hodgson had tries disallowed after
collecting superb kicks from the maestro.
Farrell fashioned a second score for 19-year-old Hodgson and kicked his
fifth goal to make it 38-0 before the visitors at last got on the
scoreboard, courtesy of winger Matt Daylight's well-worked try.
But Farrell was quickly wielding his magic again, sending in Denis
Betts and Gary Connolly, who then carved out the opportunity for Hodgson
to complete his hat-trick.
Endacott was able to rest Australian Test centre Steve Renouf without
noticeably weakening his side, although it was significant that, when
Hull's leading try-scorer Steve Collins, breached the home defeat in the
first half, it was Kris Radlinski, moving across from centre, who saved
The switch of Radlinski from full-back could be a portent for the World
Cup as England ponder a centre partner for Keith Senior.
Wigan were also able to overcome the loss of hooker Terry Newton with a
recurrence of his knee injury just 15 minutes into the game.