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Match Preview: Hull FC (H) - 3rd August 2012 at DW Stadium
Posted by cherryandwhite on August 01 2012 - 22:50

Wigan Warriors v Hull FC - Stobart Super League XVII Round 23.
Friday 27th July 2012. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Preview

Well in terms of stature, Wigan v Hull FC is hardly "The Big One" but it's not about the match anymore. "The Big One" has become a brilliant marketing brand, dreamt up by Marketing Director Simon Collinson and his team.

Simon joined us in July 2004 for Bradford and it's amazing how the marketing of this club has changed since then. Hard to imagine now but in May 2003 we had a home league attendance of just 7,393 when Halifax visited the then JJB Stadium.

That was one of four less than 8,000 attendances between 2002 and 2003, attendances of half our average attendance today! Exactly one year from Simon's arrival here we had a crowd of 9,021 for a visit of Wakefield in July 2005 and that has proven to be the last time since we got a sub five figure crowd for a league game here.

It's not just "The Big One" though. We've had other brands such as "home opener", "St George's Day Game" and "Armed Forces Night" amongst others and I don't think any club has come close to matching our simple but effective ways of branding certain Super League regular season matches here at DW Stadium.

Collinson was at Bradford prior to joining us and it's perhaps no coincidence that Bradford's attendances and marketing went the opposite way to ours since he left.

Whilst the attendances are great though, it is still clear to me that we simply lack flow when playing at home and I can't quite work it out why. Away from home we look a magnificent machine that 9 times out of ten I'd back to win comfortably to be honest. At home we just seem to make hard work of it.

For example away, granted from two games more, we have a points difference of +355. At home it's just +146. You'd think that would be the other way round really but for some reason we just cannot get round to making this venue at fortress. It's a concern for me, not only ahead of the visit of Hull but also with the home play offs to come.

I'm not so much worried about Hull per se ahead of this game, but more that I think considering who we have out, together with the fact we miss goal kicks, I worry we will get caught out in this one by our own missed opportunities.

I hope I'm proved wrong but Darrell Goulding, Brett Finch, Sean O'Loughlin, Ben Flower, Pat Richards, Paul Prescott, Gil Dudson and Thomas Leuluai is an ever increasing hefty injury list to deal with. I'm convinced a lot of those are just "not worth risking" type injuries but it is a concern with Warrington to play eight days down the line.

Sam Powell comes in to debut and I've got to be honest, personally I remain unconvinced he is good enough for Wigan but playing in the first team is the best way to judge a player. I wouldn't have had Jack Murphy down for much but he had an excellent debut against Bradford and hopefully Powell will prove me wrong here.

Will be interesting to see who Waney plays in the centres for Goulding. Jack Hughes has covered that position seven times this season but Anthony Gelling has been playing at Centre for the Under 20s since he was dropped three weeks ago.

As for Hull, I think our absences together with a good couple of weeks form will have them well fired up. They've beaten both Hull KR and Salford since "Don't Mess my Hair" joined them from St Helens and he has kicked 10 goals out of 10 as well. I'm still not convinced by their defence though.

One thing that is clear about Hull is that they automatically "take the two". They have kicked 18 penalty goals this season, which is ten more than any other Super League side. So clearly our discipline needs to be key.

You look at some of Hull's scores this year - 20-20, 24-22, 14-10, 24-18, 14-12, 32-30, 18-18, 32-30, 28-24 - and it shows they are often in tight games. Some of those were wins, some were losses but we don't want to get into a position were they slow us down and frustrate the hell of out us with penalty goal attempts.

We need to try and control the match as much as we can and hopefully Matty Smith can repeat the kicking game he produced in the first half last week. It continually had Castleford on the back foot and we ground them down eventually.

For me though a Wigan win will come from a huge pack effort. The injury problems are in the backs and the pack needs to be cool and calm. We'd have beaten Bradford but for Mike McIlorum's stupid red card, so we don't need a repeat of that kind of shenanigans. Remember also Hull FC suckered us in last year when Joel Tomkins got a stupid red card, luckily we won on that occasion but I'm not convinced we'd get away with that kind of idiocracy again.

This would be a huge win though if we got it. In a way it is a bigger game than Warrington. We have a chance to go five points clear again and take the pressure off ourselves when we visit Warrington. Lose and we could be faced going to Warrington having to win to defend our 1st place. Maybe this really is the "Big One" then. I think this match will decide the league leaders shield in our favour if it's won. Will it happen though? We shall see.

19 Man Squads

Wigan
IN:l Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Rhodri Lloyd,  Jack Murphy
OUT:l Darrell Goulding, Brett Finch, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling
Fulll19:l

Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, George Carmont, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock, Sean O'Loughlin, Jeff Lima, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Epalahame Lauaki, Jack Hughes, Sam Powell, Dom Crosby, Rhodri Lloyd, Jack Murphy, Iain Thornley, Matty Smith

Note:l

Squad changed from that originally listed.

Hull FC
IN:l Mark O'Meley, Danny Nicklas
OUT:l Richard Horne, Josh Bowden
Fulll19:l

Kirk Yeaman, Tom Briscoe, Brett Seymour, Mark O'Meley, Danny Houghton, Andy Lynch, Willie Manu, Joe Westerman, Aaron Heremaia, Richard Whiting, Jordan Turner, Martin Aspinwall, Chris Green, Danny Nicklas, Liam Watts, Ryan McGoldrick, Tom Lineham, Jamie Foster

Match Referee

James Child (Dewsbury) - Age 29
First Pro Game: Gateshead 54 Workington 6 - 17th April 2006
First Super League Game: Wakefield 30 Catalans 10 - 15th March 2009
First Wigan Game: Wigan 38 Crusaders 6 - 5th April 2010

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 11 and Lost 1 from 12 appointments.
This Season: Won 4 and Lost 0 from 4 appointments.

Other Officials

Video Referee:l

Ian Smith

TouchlJudges:l

Tim Roby & Rob Webb

In Goal Judges:l

(Not in use for this fixture)

Reserve Referee:l

Warren Turley

Time Keeper:l

Keith Leyland

Match Commissioner:l

Dave Campbell

Current Super League XVII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1st Wigan Warriors 22 18 0 4 838 341 +497 36
6th Hull FC 22 12 2 8 534 505 +29 26

Wigan v Hull FC Player Stat Leaders

- Wigan Hull FC League Leader
Top Try Scorer Josh Charnley 27

Tom Briscoe 12

Josh Charnley 27
Top Goal Scorer Josh Charnley 49

Danny Tickle 76

Kevin Sinfield 90
Top Points Scorer Josh Charnley 206

Danny Tickle 188

Scott Dereau 219
Top Try Assister Sam Tomkins 28

Richard Horne 12

Sam Tomkins 28
Top Metre Maker Sam Tomkins 2812m

Andy Lynch 2739m

JameslRobyl3276m
Top Ball Carrier Mike McIlorum 400

Danny Houghton 441

James Roby 674
Top Tackle Buster Sam Tomkins 130

Willie Manu 83

Sam Tomkins 130
Top Clean Breaker Sam Tomkins 33

Jordan Turner 16

Sam Tomkins 33
Top Offloader Gareth Hock 60

Andy Lynch 41

Gareth Hock 60
ToplAttackinglKicker Brett Finch 85

Brett Seymour 101

Michael Dobson >>>
Top DH Runner Mike McIlorum 374

Danny Houghton 372

James Roby 607
Top Tackler Mike McIlorum 618

Danny Houghton 743

D.Washbrook 830
Top Marker Tackler Harrison Hansen 103

Danny Houghton 130

Jon Wilkin 133
Worst Miss Tackler M.McIlorum/M.Smith 38

Brett Seymour 47

(2 Players) 60
Most Errors Brett Finch 28

Willie Manu 23

Greg Eden 43
Most Pens Conceded M.McIlorum/G.Hock 22

Danny Tickle 18

Steve Pickersgill 27

Wigan v Hull FC Team Stats Match Ups

- Wigan Hull League Best League Worst
Tries 154

89

Wigan 154

(2 Teams) 72

 Tries Against 59

90

Wigan 59

Widnes 158

Goal Kick Success 67.6%

85%

Hull 85%

Salford 65%

Metres 31761m

28974m

St Helens 32442m

Widnes 24912m

Ball Carries 4847

4764

St Helens 4996

Widnes 3923

Metres Per Ball Carry 6.55m

6.08m

Hudd'sfield 6.94m

Wakefield 6.03m

Tackle Busts 662

551

Wigan 662

London 330

Clean Breaks 221

134

Wigan 221

Widnes 91

Offloads 205

297

Salford 325

London 156

Attacking Kicks 191

212

London 278

Salford 168

Runs from Dummy Half 757

881

St Helens 956

Salford 544

Tackles 6119

6385

Warrington 6874

Wigan 6119

Marker Tackles 982

900

Warrington 1031

Catalan 781

Missed Tackles 332

479

Wigan 332

Widnes 682

Errors 239

260

St Helens 218

Warrington 328

Penalties Conceded 159

194

Castleford 152

Widnes 216

Super League Form Table Last Six Matches

- Team W D L F A Diff Pts Form
1 St Helens 6 0 0 210 88 +122 12
2 Wigan Warriors 5 0 1 244 88 +156 10
3 Leeds Rhinos 5 0 1 215 134 +81 10
4 Warrington Wolves 5 0 1 206 134 +72 10
5 Catalan Dragons 4 0 2 135 81 +54 8
6 Hull FC 3 0 3 132 173 -41 6
7 Bradford Bulls 3 0 3 144 198 -54 6
8 Widnes Vikings 3 0 3 171 156 +15 4
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 2 0 4 163 155 +8 4
10 Castleford Tigers 2 0 4 160 196 -36 4
11 Wakefield Wildcats 2 0 4 159 196 -37 4
12 Salford City Reds 2 0 4 146 192 -46 4
13 Huddersfield Giants 1 0 5 120 213 -893 2
14 London Broncos 1 0 5 80 235 -155 2

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 35 Wigan 26 Wins Hull FC 7 Wins 2 Draws
At Wigan Played 17 Wigan 14 Wins Hull FC 2 Wins 1 Draw

Records

Wigan Home Record Played 10 Won 7 Draws 0 Lost 3 Ranked 6th of 14
Hull Away Record Played 11 Won 4 Draws 0 Lost 7 Ranked 9th of 14

Last Six Meetings at DW Stadium

Date Opposition Report
13th March 2011 Wigan Warriors 14 Hull FC 12 Click Here
12th March 2010 Wigan Warriors 48 Hull FC 24 Click Here
4th Sept 2009 Wigan Warriors 34 Hull FC 22 Click Here
1st Aug 2008 Wigan Warriors 66 Hull FC 06 Click Here
26th May 2007 Wigan Warriors 47 Hull FC 16 Click Here
15th Sept 2006 Wigan Warriors 38 Hull FC 16 Click Here

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concessions

Springfield (West) Stand - Gold Section

£23 £17

Springfield (West) Stand - Blue Section

£22 £16

Billy Boston (East) Stand - Silver Section

£21 £15
Billy Boston (East) Stand - Red Section £20 £14
South Stand £19 £13
North Stand (Visitors) £20 £14

UK TV Coverage

Live Coverage Friday 7:30pm
Post Match Friday 10:00pm
Free to Air Highlights Tuesday 11:30pm

International TV Coverage (All Times Local)

Australia LIVE Saturday 5:00am (Sydney) Eurosport HD
UAE (Dubai) Delay Late Friday 3:00am OSN Sports 2 HD
Eqypt Delay Late Friday 1:00am OSN Sports 2 HD
USA Delay Friday 5:30pm (Eastern) Fox Soccer Plus HD
New Zealand Delay Saturday 6:00pm Maori Television -
Note: OSN Sports is Available across many countries in Middle East/North Africa.

Radio Commentary

102.4 Wish FM - Build up with the Pre Match "Ger'rum On Side" show from 7pm before Full Match Commentary coming from Graham Lovett and summarising from injured Warriors player Stuart Fielden.

BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM) - On Air from 7pm with Full Match Commentary.

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan Win by 20-22 Points.

Weather Forecast

Rainy Night.

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