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Match Report: Wigan 36 Hull KR 22
Posted by cherryandwhite on May 04 2012 - 22:19

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Wigan Warriors v Hull Kingston Rovers - Stobart Super League XVII Round 13.
Friday 4th May 2012. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Well the bold reality of this game was that it took just 24 minutes for Wigan to seal the result and go top of the table for 22 hours at least. In that time we had built up a 26-0 and despite Rovers never giving up after that early Wigan rally, this game was always well within our pocket I felt.

Basically we killed them for pace out wide with 6 of our 7 tries coming from the back three of Josh Charnley, Sam Tomkins and Anthony Gelling. Charnley in fact claimed his second home Sky televised hat-trick of the season after he matched the tally he got against Leeds back in February. That leaves him five clear as top Super League try scorer with 16 tries in 13 Super League matches this year.

For me it was Gelling however who stole the show. He was unlucky to not claim a hat-trick himself and was showing great enthusiasm all night, running the ball back in strongly and at one point he was confident enough to nudge Tommy out of dummy half.

This match though will be remembered for the broken leg suffered by referee Phil Bentham in the 17th minute of the contest. Rovers full back Shannon McDonnell ran into him and he didn't see the collision coming. His leg wasn't ready for the weight and it just basically buckled beneath him. He was clearly in agony and left the field on a stretcher, apparently in good spirits. I don't know if its true, but I did hear he laughed at being applauded off the field for once? Anyway it isn't nice to see anyone do that so I wish him well with his recovery.

Early on in this game Wigan were getting numerous penalties from Bentham. We came out with a fast paced attitude, compared to a slow and lethargic Robins response.

It was from an offside penalty that Wigan took the lead on 5 minutes. Swinging right - Brett Finch, Tommy Leuluai, Sean O'Loughlin, Darrell Goulding and Sam Tomkins all got a touch before Charnley was sent in the right corner. O'Loughlin's excellent bat on over the top of his head was vital to the move. Josh couldn't convert off the touchline though - 4-0.

Wigan continued to set the tone and forced a drop out on 13 minutes after a good move had seen George Carmont go close. A good dink kick from Finch was caught by Gelling who cleverly chipped forward for Carmont to chase but David Hodgson just got back in defence.

Didn't really matter as Sam Tomkins scored a solo blinder soon after the drop out. He shrugged off a tackle attempt of Scott Taylor before aiming towards the right wing. He then beat a trio of defenders (Kris Welham, David Hodgson and Michael Dobson) before leaving a fourth (McDonnell) completely flat footed with no clue of what to do. The move ended under the sticks, easy conversion for Charnley to make it 10-0.

From the restart came our third try in which Bentham suffered his injury in the process. Brett Finch's offload sent Lee Mossop under the sticks for his first try since June last year. Bentham received treatment on the field for 6 minutes before the try was awarded by the video referee. Charnley converted for 16-0.

Fortunately enough (or perhaps not depending on your view of him lol) their was a Super League referee, Robert Hicks, running the touchline for this game so he took over as the referee with the reserve official taking over with the flag.

Initially the change of official didn't stop Wigan. Two more tries followed in the next few minutes. Quality try this with Finch, Sam and George passing superbly before Gelling finished off in the left corner. Charnley couldn't convert though - 20-0.

Then Charnley claimed his second with more superb passing creating a break down the right. Finch, Tommy and Sam combining again to send Fuzzy Goulding away. He beat Hodgson before drawing in the full back and sending Josh over. Kudos to wool head as well for using his pace to round Dobson and go nearer the sticks. That meant an easy conversion for 26-0.

Game done! It was won! Yes Hull KR played much better from here on in but I think it was hard for Wigan's players not to have one eye on next week. Especially perhaps after witnessing the leg break for Bentham. I think they always had enough in the tank to see this off.

However I did feel that Rovers improved very much so off the back of bench impact from Joel Clinton, Josh Hodgson, Ryan O'Hara and Rhys Lovegrove. They were all thrown on after our fifth try and the visitors had a good spell from that which saw Ben Galea score on 34 minutes. Dobson converting for 26-6. Another try before the break could have made this interesting but Wigan held on to a half time that I think they needed.

Most important thing, as ever it seems, was the get the first try of the second half and we did that after just 64 seconds. Sweeping from left to right - Finch and Leuluai combining again with extra hands of Ginger Farrell and O'Loughlin getting the ball on the right to Goulding. Fuzzy then beautifully offloaded back to Josh who claimed his hat-trick try. Conversion was missed but 30-6 was now the score.

Rovers hit back on 51 minutes with a try from McDonnell that was surely a double movement? Video ref gave it though but Dobson missed the extras - 30-10 Wigan.

We just needed to get another score to take the sweat off us, and it came just before the hour. Finch all class again here. His long pass to Gelling but he still had to beat two defenders to score, a lovely finish. I don't think it's a secret that Wigan are trying to re-sign Finch for next year but he's also touting interest from St Helens and Hull FC and to be honest he is performing more than well enough to try and earn himself the best deal possible for himself. Total class with the right passes at the right time and almost all the time. I hope Wigan can get him re-signed but only time will tell.

In the final quarter, I wouldn't say Wigan switched off totally but the intensity of the opening 25 minutes had long gone. This allowed Rovers to claim two late consolations. First Josh Hodgson finished a neat try near the sticks but Kris Welham took advantage of a Sam Tomkins error. The first of those two was converted to leave the final score 36-22. That was perhaps flattering for the visitors because their late enthusiasm came far, far, far too late in this contest. I actually think Wigan won at a canter.

Now come the big test and probably the crunch point of our whole season. St Helens (Cup at Home), Huddersfield (a), St Helens (Magic), Leeds (a) and Catalan (a) is a tough run by anyone's standards. If we can stay in the cup and be top or just close to top at the end of all that, we should be well placed to have a real shot of a league and cup double this year. I don't think these five games are the be all and end all but if we do have a big run in that lot, then we should be hard to stop for 1st place at least! Let's see what happens..............bring it on!

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "There were a few things that happened defensively in the first half that upset me and it got worse in the second half. Them scoring 22 points is very disappointing. But on the positive side we have had a disruptive week with the England boys being away and we've had a few injuries. Overall I am glad to be top of the comp. This is a good win over a full-strength Hull KR team but a few of our defensive errors have disappointed me. They won the second half and I don't take kindly to that. It is a dressing room of a losing team because they know our standards are higher than that. I would expect our team, if we got six sets on our own line, to defend them sets, it is as simple as that, and we did not do that today. (Referee Phil Bentham) just fell awkwardly and it is a shame he is a good bloke Phil. I like him. That is a first for me I have never seen that happen before. He was unlucky, he is a good referee and a nice fellow and I wish him all the best.""

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock: "Wigan are a class side but they blew us off the park in the first 25 minutes. If you want to compete with all the top sides you cannot afford to give away so many penalties away in 20 minutes of footy. Those penalties killed us in the end and we need to work hard on that to put it right. In the end we were competitive but unfortunately it was too late. We have something to build on. We can score points and to put 22 points on the side at the top of the competition is really good, but it's the defence that let us down."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Hull KR 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Shannon McDonnell 1
2 Josh Charnley Winger Craig Hall 2
3 Darrell Goulding Centre Kris Welham 3
4 George Carmont Centre Liam Salter 29
24 Anthony Gelling Winger David Hodgson 5
6 Brett Finch Stand Off Blake Green 6
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Michael Dobson 7
21 Epalahame Lauaki Prop Micky Paea 23
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Lincoln Withers 14
10 Lee Mossop Prop Scott Taylor 10
11 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Constantine Mika 11
12 Gareth Hock 2nd Row Ben Galea 12
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Liam Watts 15
14 Jeff Lima Substitute Joel Clinton 8
16 Liam Farrell Substitute Josh Hodgson 9
17 Chris Tuson Substitute Rhys Lovegrove 13
26 Jack Hughes Substitute Ryan O'Hara 17
- Shaun Wane Coach Craig Sandercock -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 36 --- Hull Kingston Rovers 22
Tries (7):
Josh Charnley 3
Sam Tomkins
Lee Mossop
Anthony Gelling 2
--- Tries (4):
Ben Galea
Shannon McDonnell
Josh Hodgson
Kris Welham
Josh Charnley 4/7
--- Goals:
Michael Dobson 3/4

Scoring and Incident Pattern


Wigan 04

Hull KR 00 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wigan 04 Hull KR 00 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (0/1)

Wigan 08

Hull KR 00 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 10 Hull KR 00 Conversion: Josh Charnley (1/2)

Wigan 14

Hull KR 00 Try: Lee Mossop
- Wigan 16 Hull KR 00 Conversion: Josh Charnley (2/3)

Wigan 20

Hull KR 00 Try: Anthony Gelling
- Wigan 20 Hull KR 00 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (2/4)

Wigan 24

Hull KR 00 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
- Wigan 26 Hull KR 00 Conversion: Josh Charnley (3/5)
34mins:37 Wigan 26 Hull KR 04 Try: Ben Galea
- Wigan 26 Hull KR 06 Conversion: Michael Dobson (1/1)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 26 Hull Kingston Rovers 06

Wigan 30

Hull KR 06 Try: Josh Charnley (Hat-Trick)
- Wigan 30 Hull KR 06 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (3/6)
52mins:34 Wigan 30 Hull KR 10 Try: Shannon McDonnell
- Wigan 30 Hull KR 12 Conversion: Michael Dobson (2/2)

Wigan 34

Hull KR 12 Try: Anthony Gelling (2)
- Wigan 36 Hull KR 12 Conversion: Josh Charnley (4/7)
70mins:01 Wigan 36 Hull KR 16 Try: Josh Hodgson
- Wigan 36 Hull KR 18 Conversion: Michael Dobson (3/3)
73mins:09 Wigan 36 Hull KR 22 Try: Kris Welham
- Wigan 36 Hull KR 22 M.Dobson Missed Conversion (3/4)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 36 Hull Kingston Rovers 22

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Darrell Goulding
2nd: Anthony Gelling 3rd: Josh Charnley 4th: Brett Finch 5th: Sam Tomkins


Phil Bentham (replaced by Robert Hicks after 17 minutes due to injury)

Video Referee

Ian Smith

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 5 Hull KR 7

Match Attendance

14,457 (421 Hull KR supporters in North Stand)




League Table after Super League 17 Round 13

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 13 10 0 3 466 217 +249 20
2 Huddersfield Giants 13 10 0 3 371 203 +168 20
3 Warrington Wolves 13 9 1 3 395 258 +137 19
4 Catalan Dragons 12 9 0 3 391 256 +135 18
5 Hull FC 12 8 1 3 310 238 +72 17
6 St Helens 13 7 1 5 376 229 +147 15
7 Leeds Rhinos 12 7 0 5 330 242 +88 14
8 Bradford Bulls 13 7 0 6 263 285 -22 14
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 13 5 1 7 316 332 -16 11
10 Salford City Reds 13 4 0 9 280 372 -92 8
11 Castleford Tigers 13 4 0 9 244 396 -152 8
12 Wakefield Wildcats 12 3 0 9 206 338 -132 6
13 London Broncos 13 2 0 11 280 437 -157 4
14 Widnes Vikings 13 2 0 11 173 598 -425 4

Round 13 Results
Fri 4 May St Helens 38 Wakefield Wildcats 12 13,177
Fri 4 May Wigan Warriors 36 Hull Kingston Rovers 22 14,457
Sat 5 May Catalan Dragons 27 Huddersfield Giants 20 10,684
Sat 5 May Hull FC 34 Leeds Rhinos 20 11,677
Sun 6 May London 22 Bradford 29 (at Leyton Orient FC) 2,844
Sun 6 May Warrington Wolves 24 Salford City Reds 20 10,437
Mon 7 May Castleford Tigers 36 Widnes Vikings 12 5,580

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