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

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Friday 4th May 2012
Wigan Warriors 36 Hull Kingston Rovers 22
DW Stadium, Wigan
Stobart Super League 17 - Round 13 of 27

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan       - Hull KR    
1 Sam Tomkins  T      1 Shannon McDonnell  T   
2 Josh Charnley  T3   G4    2 Craig Hall    
3 Darrell Goulding       3 Kris Welham  T   
4 George Carmont       29 Liam Salter    
24 Anthony Gelling  T2      5 David Hodgson    
6 Brett Finch       6 Blake Green    
7 Thomas Leuluai       7 Michael Dobson    G3 
21 Epalahame Lauaki       23 Micky Paea    
9 Michael McIlorum       14 Lincoln Withers    
10 Lee Mossop  T      10 Scott Taylor    
11 Harrison Hansen       11 Constantine Mika    
12 Gareth Hock       12 Ben Galea  T   
13 Sean O'Loughlin       15 Liam Watts    
14 Jeff Lima       8 Joel Clinton    
16 Liam Farrell       9 Josh Hodgson  T   
17 Chris Tuson       13 Rhys Lovegrove    
26 Jack Hughes       17 Ryan O'Hara    


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!


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

Phil Bentham



Super League 17 - 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

Stobart Super League 17 Table - After This Round
- 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

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