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13th June 2003: Wigan 28 Hull FC 14
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 KC Stadium.

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 season.

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 Prescott converted.

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 penalties.

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."

Team Sheets

Warriors

Hull FC

No.
Player

Pos

No.
Player
22 Shaun Briscoe Full Back 6 Richard Horne
18 Martin Aspinwall Wing 2 Colin Best
15 Sean O'Loughlin Centre 4 Toa Kohe-Love
25 Kevin Brown Centre 24 Kirk Yeaman
14 David Hodgson Wing 1 Steve Prescott
28 Nick Graham Stand Off 16 Paul Cooke
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half 26 Graeme Horne
8 Terry O'Connor Prop 8 Craig Greenhill
9 Terry Newton Hooker 9 Dean Treister
10 Craig Smith Prop 10 Paul King
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row 14 Sean Ryan
23 Gareth Hock 2nd Row 11 Adam Maher
13 Andy Farrell L.Forward 17 Chris Chester
12 Danny Tickle Sub 19 Richard Fletcher
17 Mark Smith Sub 20 Garreth Carvell
20 Luke Robinson Sub 22 Andy Last
21 Ricky Bibey Sub 30 Ewan Dowes
Score Sheet
Wigan Warriors 28-14 Hull FC

Tries:
David Hodgson 2 (15, 68)
Gareth Hock (20)
Martin Aspinwall (44)

Tries:
Chris Chester (29)
Richard Horne (49)

Goals:
Andy Farrell 6

Goals:
Steve Prescott 3
Bad Boys

Hull FC:

Sin Binned Richard Horne - Holding Down (73rd minute)
Match Info

Half Time: 12-8 Wigan
Match Attendance: 11,278
Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)
Cherry and White.co.uk Star Man: Craig Smith

Alternative Match Reports
Wigan up to third with five-try defeat of Hull - BBC Online
Young guns star as Wigan leapfrog Hull - Sky Sports
Young guns fire again for Wigan - Press Association
Wigan avenge earlier Hull defeat - superleague.co.uk
Hodgson and Farrell lead Wigan home - The Independent
Young guns fire Wigan up to third - Daily Telegraph
Warriors up for the battle - The Times
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