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Pre Season Match Report: Hull KR 6 Wigan 22
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 15 2012 - 21:34

Hull Kingston Rovers v Wigan Warriors - Pre Season Friendly.
Sunday 15th January 2012
. Kick Off 3:00pm at Craven Park.

Match Report

Having had a heavy night last night (getting in at 3:30am), I wasn't really fancying the 8:30am get up to go to Hull KR but, for pre season standards, it was a good game over on the East Coast. I think both sides will take a lot of out that hit out.

The thing that's strikes me most from today's showing is how much depth we have in our forwards this season, especially considering that neither Stuart Fielden, Sean O'Loughlin, Paul Prescott or Gareth Hock were involved. It was a very workmanlike pack effort today with Epalahame (Eric) Lauaki, "Henderson" Gil Dudson, Ben Flower and academy prop Tom Spencer all looking solid alongside Lee Mossop and Jeff Lima up front. Add to that the back row contributions from the likes of Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson and Jack Hughes, we have an unbelievable amount of options in the forwards.

Coach Shaun Wane chose to give Matty Russell a run out at Full Back and I thought he recovered well from fumbling a bomb early in the game. His head could have dropped from that but he recovered to score an excellent try.

Anthony Gelling made a couple of decent breaks during the game. He is a tall lad that looks the part at centre but we didn't really see him tested to much in defence today. He certainly didn't struggle and look out of place.

The other youngsters trying to impress today were Sam Powell, Logan Tomkins and Joe Mellor. Powell started at Scrum Half but I can't say he stood out to me. I'm still leaning towards the fact that this is 12 months too early for him. Logan Tomkins was solid enough at hooker but it was a very defensive game today to really judge him too much. Joe Mellor had a brief spell second half at Full Back but I'm surprised he wasn't given more game time.

Like I said, it was a very defensive contest. For long periods it was a midfield battle between the packs and with Phil Bentham hardly giving any penalties, neither side was making much headway.

First real opportunity fell to Wigan on 10 minutes when they forced Rovers into a drop out but we couldn't find the opening score.

Then the home side had a good spell that saw them take the lead. They had gone close on 14 minutes but ex Warrior Dave Hodgson knocked on trying to score in the left corner. It was a kick that undid us though three minutes later. It was nicely weighted and Jake Webster won the race to ground the ball near the posts. Easy conversion for Craig Hall made it 6-0.

Rovers good spell continued off the back of that defensive knock on by Matty Russell that I mentioned earlier. They forced a drop out but Wigan's defence but we survived quite comfortably.

Wigan were not really putting much pressure on it attack but you had to credit the Rovers defence really. I can't really say we were playing poor. It was just a good battle right up the middle between both sides. The difference at this point though was the last tackles. They were putting in better kicks than us.

It was looking like that 6-0 lead would survive all the way to half time but Wigan scored a classy try seconds before the hooter. Darrell Goulding made a half break and offloaded superbly to youngster Russell who race 40-50 metres under the sticks. He needed his pace to beat defenders for that score, an excellent try. Easy Pat conversion tied the scores to 6-6 at the break.

The only slight worry was Lee Mossop coming off with a knock to the leg that had the doctor looking concerned, but he came back on later so I don't think it was too serious.

Now KR had chosen to use six more substitutes than Wigan in this game and you have to say that it helped towards the end control of the result for Wigan. Don't let that take away from Wigan's victory, because we had quite a few youngsters out there today ourselves, but it was perhaps a contributing factor in the end.

Wigan made one or two switches after the break with Jack Hughes coming on at centre for Gelling and Mike McIlorum replaced Logan Tomkins. Wigan continued to work away but what did improve was our kicking game, it was much better second half and that led to us taking the lead on 48 minutes.

Having just survived a Rovers drop out, Wigan were soon up the other end after McIlorum had made a good break up the middle. He had been trapped but Finch had spotted Pat free out wide and dabbed a grubber towards his corner. Two Rovers players should have had it covered between them but they collided with each other and Pat had a gift score to open his 2012 try tally. Easy conversion as well with him rounding under the sticks for 12-6.

Even though Rovers were using a lot of reserves late in the game, you have to credit them that they didn't buckle. It was still a tough physical contest right until the last ten minutes when Wigan got on top.

We claimed two late scores in those last ten minutes. First Josh Charnley scored moments after he had been held up in the same right corner. Pat hit a sweet touchline conversion for 18-6 before claiming a second try for himself. Good break from Mossop saw him draw in the full back before finding Finch to send Pat in the left corner. He couldn't convert this time and that ended the scoring at 22-6.

So I think for a first outing this was a good run out. The only real negative I come away with was us throwing a forward pass at a tap twenty at one point. I'm not sure who threw it but whoever it was - go to your room! Good to have the rugby back, even it was a bit on the nippy side in terms of weather.

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "I didn't think we were as clinical as we needed to be at times, but overall I was fairly satisfied.  We gave seven debuts and they all acquitted themselves well, and I'm pleased with that. Our defence and enthusiasm in the second half were good and they needed to be, because I thought Hull KR played well and they're well coached. But I would have liked to have been more clinical in certain areas of the game. For example, we gave a forward pass from a tap restart on our 20m and I won't accept errors like that. It'll be a tough week this week. Micky McIlorum changed the game when he came off the bench, and Darrell Goulding was outstanding. I was really pleased with Darrell at centre. He's a skilful player and he's just wanting someone to show faith in him, and I will. I'll back him and I will work with him. The new-boys all did okay. They've come into a new side and they handled themselves really well. I'm fairly happy."

Team Sheets

- Hull KR Position Wigan 1
1 Shannon McDonnell Full Back Matty Russell 27
2 Craig Hall Winger Josh Charnley 2
4 Jake Webster Centre Darrell Goulding 3
13 Rhys Lovegrove Centre Anthony Gelling 24
5 David Hodgson Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Blake Green Stand Off Brett Finch 6
19 Scott Murrell Scrum Half Sam Powell 29
23 Mickey Paea Prop Jeff Lima 14
14 Lincoln Withers Hooker Logan Tomkins 28
10 Scott Taylor Prop Epalahame Lauaki 21
11 Con Mika 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
12 Ben Galea 2nd Row Liam Farrell 16
9 Josh Hodgson L.Forward Chris Tuson 17
8 Joel Clinton Substitute Mike McIlorum 9
15 Liam Watts Substitute Lee Mossop 10
16 Jason Netherton Substitute Gil Dudson 22
17 Kristian Bell Substitute Ben Flower 23
21 Sam Latus Substitute Joe Mellor 25
22 Scott Wheeldon Substitute Jack Hughes 26
25 Keal Carlile Substitute Tom Spencer 32
28 Dave Petersen Substitute
29 Liam Salter Substitute
30 Aaron Ollett Substitute
31 Nick Johnson Substitute
32 Chris Heil Substitute
33 James Green Substitute
- Craig Sandercock Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Hull Kingston Rovers 6 --- Wigan Warriors 22
Tries (1):
Jake Webster
--- Tries (4):
Matty Russell
Pat Richards 2
Josh Charnley
Craig Hall 1/1
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 3/4

Scoring and Incident Pattern

17th Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 00 Try: Jake Webster
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Craig Hall (1/1)
40th Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 04 Try: Matty Russell
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
Half Time Hull Kingston Rovers 06 Wigan Warriors 06
48th Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 10 Try: Pat Richards
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
72nd Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 16 Try: Josh Charnley
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
77th Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 22 Try: Pat Richards (2)
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 22 P.Richards Missed Conversion (3/4)
Full Time Hull Kingston Rovers 06 Wigan Warriors 22


Phil Bentham

Penalties Conceded

Hull KR 6 Wigan 3

Match Attendance



Dry but bit nippy.

warrior13 on January 16 2012 - 10:05
Great write up Bilko to say you were worse for wear from Saturday night!!
cherryandwhite on January 16 2012 - 11:36
Just a bit rough yesterday!
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