|For the third, possibly fourth, match in a row, Wigan yet again dominated
from start to finish both defensively and offensively. This 28-6 victory over
Hull made it seven matches unbeaten for caretaker coach Mike Gregory and
continued to pile the pressure on Leeds above us in the table.
In defence we limited Hull to very few chances, whilst in attack we took our
chances when the opportunities arose.
We didn't start to brightly, Terry Newton being sin binned for holding down
after just three minutes, but once David Hodgson had given us the lead on 10
minutes we never looked like losing.
It was classy Luke Robinson's break
which allowed Kris Radlinski to really made the Hull defence look foolish by
swatting off three or four tackles before sending Hodgson over to give us a
perfect start whilst still down to 12 men.
Nine minutes later it was Radlinski again that broke through before
offloading to Brett Dallas who found Hodgson for his second try.
On 26 minutes another break allowed Danny Tickle to stretch Wigan's lead and
at this stage it was looking like a rout could be on the cards. Tickle was goal
kicking, despite Andy Farrell being on the field, and the conversion of his own
try made it 3 out of 3 for him and saw us leading 18-0.
Right on half time Warren Jowitt was sin binned for dissent strangely when
his own side had received a penalty. Paul Cooke took the two points on offer
which narrowed the gap to 18-2 but that was all the visitors could muster in the
first half despite having one or two attacking opportunities.
In the second half Wigan continued to dominate proceedings led by Luke
Robinson who extended our lead with a two pointer and also showed his attacking
skills with a 40/20.
It was fellow youngster Gareth Hock who sealed the game with a try fifteen
minutes from time in the corner. Tickle was back on the field to convert a
fantastic sideline kick to give us a 26-6 lead.
At this point the stadium was in raptures because St Helens were 20-0 up at
Leeds and 2nd place looked ours. But the score flashes kept appearing on the
East Stand scoreboard showing Leeds creeping back into that game which of course
they eventually won leaving us still in third place.
The attention of the fans in the last fifteen minutes was more towards
Headingley rather than what was happening in front of us at the JJB. But during
that period Danny Tickle kicked another two pointer when former Warrior Chris
Chester was sin binned five minutes from time. Then Hull scored a consolation
try with the last action of the game thanks to Kirk Yeaman.
The way in which Leeds had won at Headingley left us leaving the JJB as if
we'd lost, but the Warriors simply did the job they had to do with class and
style and you couldn't really argue with the performance.
After the game Wigan coach Mike Gregory said: "It would have been nice to
know it was in our own hands for the last game. But the early part of the season
has come back to haunt us.
"But whether we finish in second or third place we will come out
"I was pleased with the performance. The team grafted and you have to do
that against a big side like Hull because you know they will test you."
He was also full of praise for Luke Robinson saying: "Luke is getting
better and better. He has taken his chance with Lammy injured and he has got a