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4th April 2003: Hull FC 20 Wigan 4
Hull FC v Wigan Warriors Tetley's Super League VII Round 5
Friday 4th April. Kick Off 8:00pm at Kingston Communications Stadium.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
Troubled times ahead for Warriors.

Wigan face a major battle to improve ahead of next weekend's cup semi-final after slumping to their second successive defeat at the KC Stadium in Hull.

A second half try from Gareth Hock was all that the Warriors could manage against a Hull side whose kicking game put Wigan's to shame.

Hull's victory sent them to the top of the league table. In contrast Wigan languish in sixth position and will drop into the bottom half after this round of matches is completed.

It was the nature of the defeat rather than the defeat itself that will concern cherry and white fans as they turn their thoughts to next week's semi-final against Bradford.

It was not that Wigan lacked effort, in fact their defence was better than it was against London last week.

But they were devoid of attacking ideas, seemed without leadership and kicked appallingly. They were also incapable of converting any advantage which came their way.

Stuart Raper was philosophical : 'It's always disappointing to lose but I'm proud of the guys' efforts and I don't think the score line reflected the match.'

'I've got every faith in the guys. They'll stick together and get better.'

Andy Farrell, Mick Cassidy, Jamie Ainscough and Julian O'Neill all missed the game for a variety of reasons and although the young replacements showed great potential, the combined loss of experience took its toll.

Brett Dallas will definitely miss the semi-final after picking up a hamstring injury. Mark Smith and Stephen Wild are also in doubt with shoulder and ankle problems respectively.

A glimmer of hope came with Terry Newton's performance. He appeared after starting hooker Mark Smith went off injured and looked lively and provided greater urgency to the attack.

Two penalty goals in the first 35 minutes gave Hull a 4-0 lead and just before the break Jason Smith's precision cross field kick on the last tackle put winger Colin Best in for a try. Best out jumped Dallas, caught the ball on the second attempt and touched down.

An impressive touchline conversion from Prescott sent Hull into the plush dressing rooms 10-0 ahead.

Hull took just three minutes to score after the restart when Chris Chester's kick was pounced on by Adam Maher.

Gareth Hock darted down the left wing from dummy half to score a cheeky try but it was too little to late. Kirk Yeaman went over for Hulls third try on 70 minutes and Prescott added another penalty goal.

If the Challenge Cup holders are to have a hope of beating beefy Bradford in next week's semi-final Stuart Raper's team will have to improve their kicking game and seize their opportunities.

Team Sheets

Hull FC

Warriors

No.
Player
Pos No.
Player
6 Richard Horne Full Back 1 Kris Radlinski
2 Colin Best Wing 5 Brian Carney
3 Richie Barnett Centre 18 Martin Aspinwall
4 Toa Kohe-Love Centre 14 David Hodgson
1 Steve Prescott Wing 2 Brett Dallas
16 Paul Cooke Stand Off 15 Sean O'Loughlin
13 Jason Smith Scrum Half 7 Adrian Lam
8 Craig Greenhill Prop 8 Terry O'Connor
7 Tony Smith Hooker 17 Mark Smith
12 Scott Logan Prop 10 Craig Smith
11 Adam Maher 2nd Row 4 Paul Johnson
14 Sean Ryan 2nd Row 12 Danny Tickle
17 Chris Chester L.Forward 23 Gareth Hock
10 Paul King Sub 9 Terry Newton
19 Richard Fletcher Sub 16 Danny Sculthorpe
24 Kirk Yeaman Sub 19 Stephen Wild
26 Graeme Horne Sub 22 Shaun Briscoe
Score Sheet
Hull FC 20-4 Wigan Warriors

Tries:
Colin Best (35)
Adam Maher (42)
Kirk Yeaman (68)

Try:
Gareth Hock (62)

Goals:
Steve Prescott 4

Match Info

Half Time: 10-0 Hull
Match Attendance: 11,536
Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)
Cherry and White Star Man: Gareth Hock

Alternative Match Reports
Hull dominate scrappy game - Hullfc.com
Hull Grab top spot - BBC Online
Hull increase sense of Wigan crisis - Sky Sports
Hull triumph in scrappy match - Press Association
Hull top after defeating Warriors - superleague.co.uk
Yeaman finishes off feeble Wigan - The Independent
Hungry Hull get taste of the high life - The Times
Hull outgun Wigan with no fuss to go top - The Guardian
Hull move to number one - rleague.com
Hull roar to top of Super League - Hull Daily Mail
Hull extend winning run to go top - wiganrl.com
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