Wigan Warriors v Hull FC Tetley's Super League VIII Round
14 Friday 13th June
2003. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
Warriors up to third
Wigan's fifth win out of their last six matches saw them leapfrog Hull to
third position in Super League.
Hull born David Hodgson, playing on the
wing in the absence of Carney and Dallas, score two tries, the second the
match-winner minutes from time.
Andy Farrell showed he was back to his
best after his injury lay-off by picking up the players' player of the match
award for his towering performance. But he will have to wait another week at
least for his elusive 100th try for the club.
Wigan were again packed
with youth with 10 of the Warriors squad aged 21 or under. But under the
guidance of the wise heads of Farrell, Lam and Craig Smith the Warriors
withstood huge waves of Hull pressure to avenge the early season defeat at the
Hull were disrupted by the late withdrawal of full-back
Richie Barnett and they also lost dangerous centre Toa Kohe-Love with a shoulder
injury ealy in the first half.
But the visitors took an early lead with a
Steve Prescott penalty but that was quickly wiped out by two Wigan tries in
three minutes - both created by Farrell.
The captain's chip was fumbled
by Hull winger Colin Best and David Hodgson was on hand to score his 11th try of
The next piece of Farrell magic, a beatifully disguised
delayed short pass, allowed 19-year-old Gareth Hock to run to the line without a
hand being laid on him.
Persistent Hull pressure finally gave fruit and
it was the former Warrior Chris Chester who grabbed the try. Prescott's
conversion went in off the post. But two goals from Farrell gave Wigan a 12-8
lead at half-time.
A quick try from Martin Aspinwall after the break,
converted by Farrell, saw Wigan extend their advantage to 10 points but Hull
clawed themselves back to within four-points when Richard Horne went over and
Wigan held firm despite a barrage of Hull pressure
and breathed a sigh of relief when Hodgson went over for his second in the 67th
minute. Farrell was accurate with the conversion and two
Stuart Raper expects to have Paul Johnson, Brian Carney and
Danny Sculthorpe back for next week's big clash at Bradford but whether they can
force their way into the side remains to be seen.
Raper said: "I was very
pleased. We set goals before the game and achieved them, but we should have
scored more tries."
"The chances were there and we didn't execute them.
But we didn't let the mistakes be a setback to us. We are not getting carried
away - we are still improving."
Hull's assistant coach John Kear said:
"We contributed to a very entertaining game. It was a bit like boxers slugging
it out and up to the 70th minute when David Hodgson got his second try it could
have gone either way."
Tries: David Hodgson 2 (15,
68) Gareth Hock (20) Martin Aspinwall (44)
Tries: Chris Chester (29) Richard
Goals: Andy Farrell
Goals: Steve Prescott
Richard Horne - Holding Down (73rd
Half Time: 12-8 Wigan Match Attendance:
11,278 Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury) Cherry and White.co.uk Star
Man: Craig Smith
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