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Match Report: Hull FC 12 Wigan 56
Posted by cherryandwhite on April 23 2012 - 12:36

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Hull FC v Wigan Warriors - Stobart Super League XVII Round 12.
Sunday 22nd April 2012. Kick Off 3:00pm at Kingston Communications Stadium.

Match Report

Lack of funds meant I begrudgingly had to miss this one (donations towards the site will still be gratefully received and I gratefully thank those that have done so already) but you still get a match report! So here it is.

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 indeed.

"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 drop out.

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 half.

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.

Sadly I 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.

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "I'm very happy, I thought we played really well. The conditions were poor and it was wet on the pitch before we started, but overall our skill level was good. We had a short spell in the second half were we didn't run as hard as we could have, but apart from that I'm happy with the result. We went a bit soft for 10 minutes, but it is hard to concentrate for 80 minutes when you are running away with it like that. I don't mean to sound arrogant, Brett Finch was outstanding and has been consistently good in the halves for us this year. I'm a big fan of his and Thomas Leuluai too. We scored some great tries and I thought Michael McIlorum was outstanding. Pat will have a scan (on Monday), but I don't think it's serious and I think he will be okay. He looked really good for us today and I am hoping he's only got a small cartilage tear, we'll wait and see but I'm hopeful it won't be bad.""

Hull FC coach Peter Gentle: "I can't doubt the effort that was there for everyone to see, but sometimes quality just wins out. When their 17 are playing to the best of their ability against the 17 we had out there, quality will always win out. It was disappointing the way we played. It is going to happen with a young side, but we are not making excuses, we didn't transfer how we've trained on to the playing field. We were not up to it today and that's disappointing."

Team Sheets

- Hull FC Position Wigan 1
1 Wade McKinnon Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
2 Will Sharp Winger Josh Charnley 2
3 Tony Martin Centre Darrell Goulding 3
23 Ben Crooks Centre George Carmont 4
5 Tom Briscoe Winger Pat Richards 5
28 Danny Nicklas Stand Off Brett Finch 6
20 Jamie Ellis Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
17 Sam Moa Prop Paul Prescott 8
9 Danny Houghton Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
10 Andy Lynch Prop Gil Dudson 22
11 Willie Manu 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
12 Danny Tickle 2nd Row Gareth Hock 12
34 Jay Pitts L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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15 Richard Whiting Substitute Jeff Lima 14
24 Liam Kent Substitute Liam Farrell 16
30 Josh Bowden Substitute Chris Tuson 17
35 Lee Radford Substitute Epalahame Lauaki 21
- Peter Gentle Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Hull FC 12 --- Wigan Warriors 56
Tries (2):
Jamie Ellis
Will Sharp
--- Tries (10):
Pat Richards 3
Gareth Hock
Sam Tomkins
Josh Charnley 2
Mike McIlorum
Thomas Leuluai
Brett Finch
Goals:
Danny Tickle 2/2
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 7/8
Josh Charnley 1/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

2nd Minute Hull FC 00 Wigan 04 Try: Pat Richards
- Hull FC 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
7th Minute Hull FC 00 Wigan 10 Try: Pat Richards (2)
- Hull FC 00 Wigan 10 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/2)
17th Minute Hull FC 00 Wigan 14 Try: Gareth Hock
- Hull FC 00 Wigan 16 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
36th Minute Hull FC 00 Wigan 20 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Hull FC 00 Wigan 22 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
39th Minute Hull FC 00 Wigan 26 Try: Josh Charnley
- Hull FC 00 Wigan 28 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/5)
Half Time Hull FC 00 Wigan Warriors 28
42nd Minute Hull FC 00 Wigan 32 Try: Pat Richards (Hat-Trick)
- Hull FC 00 Wigan 34 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/6)
52nd Minute Hull FC 00 Wigan 38 Try: Mike McIlorum
- Hull FC 00 Wigan 40 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/7)
54th Minute

Hull FC 04

Wigan 40 Try: Jamie Ellis
- Hull FC 06 Wigan 40 Conversion: Danny Tickle (1/1)
58th Minute

Hull FC 10

Wigan 40 Try: Will Sharp
- Hull FC 12 Wigan 40 Conversion: Danny Tickle (2/2)
65th Minute Hull FC 12 Wigan 44 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
- Hull FC 12 Wigan 46 Conversion: Pat Richards (7/8)
70th Minute Hull FC 12 Wigan 50 Try: Thomas Leuluai
- Hull FC 12 Wigan 52 Conversion: Josh Charnley (1/1)
79th Minute Hull FC 12 Wigan 56 Try: Brett Finch
- Hull FC 12 Wigan 56 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (1/2)
Full Time Hull FC 12 Wigan Warriors 56

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Brett Finch
2nd: Mike McIlorum 3rd: Thomas Leuluai 4th: Harrison Hansen 5th: Jeff Lima

Referee

Steve Ganson

Penalties Conceded

Hull FC 5 Wigan 6

Match Attendance

11,549

Weather

Heavy Rain.

League Table after Super League 17 Round 12

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 12 10 0 2 351 176 +175 20
2 Wigan Warriors 12 9 0 3 430 195 +235 18
5 Warrington Wolves 12 8 1 3 371 238 +133 17
3 Catalan Dragons 11 8 0 3 364 236 +128 16
4 Hull FC 11 7 1 3 276 218 +58 15
6 Leeds Rhinos 11 7 0 4 310 208 +102 14
7 St Helens 12 6 1 5 338 217 +121 13
8 Bradford Bulls 12 6 0 6 234 263 -29 12
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 12 5 1 6 294 296 -2 11
10 Salford City Reds 12 4 0 8 260 348 -88 8
11 Wakefield Wildcats 11 3 0 8 194 300 -106 6
12 Castleford Tigers 12 3 0 9 208 384 -176 6
13 London Broncos 12 2 0 10 258 408 -150 4
14 Widnes Vikings 12 2 0 10 161 562 -401 4

Round 12 Results
Fri 20 Apr Leeds Rhinos 34 Catalan Dragons 18 13,282
Fri 20 Apr St Helens 62 Widnes Vikings 0 14,253
Sat 21 Apr Wakefield Wildcats 26 Salford City Reds 22 6,748
Sun 22 Apr Bradford Bulls 6 Huddersfield Giants 20 11,182
Sun 22 Apr Hull FC 12 Wigan Warriors 56 11,549
Sun 22 Apr Hull Kingston Rovers 44 London Broncos 16 6,713
Sun 22 Apr Warrington Wolves 54 Castleford Tigers 6 10,590

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