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12th September 2003: Wigan 28 Hull FC 6
Wigan Warriors v Hull FC Tetley's Super League VIII Round 27
Friday 12th September 2003. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Bilko
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 fighting."

"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 great future".

Team Sheets


Hull FC



1 Kris Radlinski Full Back 6 Richard Horne
5 Brian Carney Wing 2 Colin Best
18 Martin Aspinwall Centre 24 Kirk Yeaman
14 David Hodgson Centre 3 Richie Barnett
2 Brett Dallas Wing 31 Alex Wilkinson
15 Sean O'Loughlin Stand Off 16 Paul Cooke
20 Luke Robinson Scrum Half 13 Jason Smith
10 Craig Smith Prop 10 Paul King
9 Terry Newton Hooker 9 Dean Treister
30 Quentin Pongia Prop 8 Craig Greenhill
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row 33 Shayne McMenemy
12 Danny Tickle 2nd Row 14 Sean Ryan
13 Andy Farrell L.Forward 17 Chris Chester
4 Paul Johnson Sub 12 Scott Logan
8 Terry O'Connor Sub 18 Warren Jowitt
17 Mark Smith Sub 30 Ewan Dowes
23 Gareth Hock Sub 32 Peter Lupton
Score Sheet
Wigan Warriors 28-6 Hull FC

David Hodgson 2 (10, 19)
Danny Tickle (26)
Gareth Hock (65)

Kirk Yeaman (79)

Danny Tickle 5
Luke Robinson 1

Paul Cooke 1
Bad Boys


Sin Binned Terry Newton - Holding Down (3rd minute)

Hull FC:

Sin Binned Warren Jowitt - Pushing (39th minute)

Sin Binned Chris Chester - Obstruction (75th minute)
Match Info

Half Time: 18-2 Wigan
Match Attendance: 11,153
Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens)
Cherry and White.co.uk Star Man: Luke Robinson

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