Wigan went to Humberside looking for a
season best fifth victory in a row and achieved it in total style
by inflicting a worst KC Stadium on Hull FC.
Shaun Wane had coached Wigan on a trip to Hull in 2010, when
Michael Maguire had gone home for a family bereavement, and we had
won 46-0 (that was Hull's previous worst Hull FC defeat by the way). Whilst we didn't get the nil, this was pretty much a
repeat of that dominant display.
Fair enough Hull did have injuries, with Jordan Turner, Kirk
Yeaman, Richard Horne, Mark O'Meley, Joe Westerman, Eamon O'Carroll
and Martin Aspinwall all absent, but they were still unbeaten at
home and so to go in and do a total hatchet job was very pleasing
"Too big, too strong and too quick. (Wigan) dominated every part of the
game." was how Wish FM's match commentator
Mark Wilson described our efforts to me on Twitter. He reckons
even a full strength Hull would have struggled.
One of the most pleasing things for me post Easter is how we
have come out of it looking fit rather than battered and bruised.
Wane had the luxury of recalling Pat Richards and Sean O'Loughlin
for this one, after they sat out the whole of Easter injured, whilst
Brett Finch, Harrison Hansen and Jeff Lima also returned after
being rested for the North Wales cup tie. Interestingly "Henderson"
Gil Dudson got his first start with youngsters Ryan King, Joe
Mellor, Jack Hughes, Logan Tomkins and Dom Crosby the players to
Wigan took control of the game right from the off with Pat
Richards scoring in the left corner. Mike McIlorum, Brett Finch and
George Carmont combined to get Pat over and he showed his fitness
with a good touchline conversion for 6-0.
Five minutes later he
was in for his second. This time a move that started on the right
wing. Sam in at dummy half found Tommy Leuluai who put a bomb up
towards the left. Gareth Hock won the leap in the air then
offloaded to allow Pat to touchdown on almost the same blade of
grass as the first try. He missed this kick though - only 10-0.
Hock then went from provider to try scorer himself with our third
score on 17 minutes. He got the ball five metres out and bumped off
ex team mate Danny Tickle's poor tackle attempt before doing well
to touch down despite three defenders trying to stop him. Pat
converted for 16-0.
The home side then had a decent spell for
twenty minutes. They really needed the try in that spell to make a
game of this though, but Wigan's defence was just too strong. What
made this an easy afternoon for us was three tries being scored in
a six minute spell either side of half time.
36th Minute and Sam
showed what brilliant mental ability he has with this effort. Ball
in hand to the right of the sticks, his eyes were looking left, but
he knew exactly what he was doing. Quick as a flash he dabbed the
ball towards the right post, which it hit, and he collected the
rebound to score. All class that! The little look with the eyes
fooled about five defenders. Easy conversion for Pat made it 22-0.
Then with the hooter imminent we scored again. This was a gift
though. Wade McKinnon's low pass was knocked on by Ben Crooks
straight into the hands of Josh Charnley. If you see the video,
watch Josh's brilliant little jinking step to beat Willie Manu on
the outside before his pace allowed him to round it under the posts
with a swan dive to celebrate. Easy conversion made it 28-0 at the
The first try after half time is often a tone setter and
Wigan's ability to claim it meant the game was done and dusted
early. Trademark Pat try this one. Finch kicked to his wing and Pat
plucked it out the air with Will Sharp not standing a chance. How
often he does that against this opposition as well. That was his
20th try in 12 matches for Wigan against Hull FC and his third
hat-trick! His conversion off the sideline made it 34-0 as well.
Heavy rain and hail had now set in at the KC but this didn't halt
Wigan. Ten minutes later the seventh try of the afternoon came with
Mike McIlorum collecting a rebound from his own kick to score close
to the posts. Easy conversion for Pat taking us to 40-0.
cursed Wigan by tweeting that Waney was 86-0 in just over a game
and half against Hull FC because they got onto the scoreboard two
minutes later off the back of a Wigan error. Jamie Ellis took
advantage of a bad missed tackle by Harrison Hansen to score from
close range, then five minutes later Hull took advantage of another
Wigan error to get a second. Sam Tomkins threw an intercept into
the hands of Richard Whiting and although he didn't have the pace
to beat Brett Finch, the supporting Will Sharp was never going to
be stopped. Tickle converted both, which left the score at 40-12.
Wigan though are tough these days and they just re-grouped and got
back to basics. They still found three more scores in the final
quarter of the contest.
First on 65 minutes, a familiar move from
last year of Finch, Leuluai, Sam and the right centre (last year
Joel, this year Goulding) combining to get Charnley squeezed in the
corner. Pat converting for 46-12.
Five minutes later - Good hit
up from Prescott, offloading back to McIlorum who sold the dummy to
Andy Lynch, got the half break and sent the supporting Leuluai
under the posts. The story here though was in back play. Pat, who
had returned with a brilliant display, was limping off the field
and it didn't look good. He will have a scan on Monday to assess
the damage. That meant Charnley was now on goal kicking but this
was a gift for 52-12.
Then as Wish FM's commentary described we
put the "cherry on top of a very nice Wigan cake". This was a
lovely try. Finch, with the jink to put Whiting on his arse, found
Carmont, who found Leuluai strangely on the left wing in Pat's
absence. Finch is begging for the ball back and once Tommy had
drawn in the last defender he got it for the score. Finch is
deadeye dick in nailing great passes for tries close to the line
but that step to fool Whiting showed another side to his pure
quality. Get the contract sorted for next year please! Charnley
missed the extras but it didn't take the gloss off an excellent
56-12 Wigan victory.