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Pre Season Match Report: Hull Kingston Rovers 32 Wigan 10
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 14 2013 - 08:26

Hull Kingston Rovers v Wigan Warriors - Pre Season Friendly.
Sunday 13th January 2013
. Kick Off 2:00pm at Craven Park.

Match Report

Well Shaun Wane described this effort as "disappointing" but I didn't really see it like that myself. For the second week in a row, Wigan chose to play a young side, whilst Rovers had a very strong line up, for the first half at least.

Also it was an experimental young Wigan side with Rhodri Lloyd at Centre and Anthony Gelling playing in the back row. Sam Powell being back settled us down in the halves though with Ryan Hampshire having a more natural partner than he did with Liam Carberry at Leigh.

Couldn't really argue with the start Wigan made, they caught Rovers very cold by scoring two tries in the opening ten minutes. First Ryan Hampshire hit a lovely gap to complete a diagonally run try near the posts, which made his conversion easy for 6-0.

Then on ten minutes, Jack Murphy made the initial break up the gut of the Rovers defence and although he was caught, Wigan scored on the next play. They went right and Dom Manfredi scored a try that took some effort on his part. However, it has to be noted that the Rovers defence was poor also, he never should of scored in a million years really.

So although Hampshire's conversion missed, Wigan were 10-0 up and for me were controlling the contest. But then Richard Silverwood started getting involved and this stifled us.

On five occasions in this match, Silverwood blew penalties for "incorrect play the ball". Seemed clear that this is the RFL referees boss Stuart Cummings annual start of season clamp down on something that becomes annoying then quickly forgot about.

Four of those penalties came around the 20 minute mark in the match, three of them against Wigan, and this contributed Rovers the impetus to get back into the match. Also significant was a massive hit by Mickey Paea that forced Dom Crosby to knock on and temporality be removed for the field. A knock on that had come deep in our own half and Lincoln Withers darted over to make it 10-6 after Michael Dobson converted.

Rovers really pinned Wigan back after that score with Dobson's kicks creating a lot of pressure for the young lads. We also had a phase of struggling to complete sets also. The KR pack had really lifted from that Paea hit on Crosby and this made it difficult for us. I didn't really notice Gil Dudson and Scott Taylor's contributions off the bench if I'm honest, in fact most impressive was James Greenwood.

During that spell Rovers scored twice before the break. First, after a drop out, Greg Eden went over before Paea scored from close range. Dobson converted both to give the home side an 18-10 half time lead.

Into the second half and Rovers seemed to make a lot of changes at the break. Overall they had four more substitutes available to them than Wigan and at the start of the second half, I think the fresher legs contributed to Wigan continuing to be on the back foot. Liam Salter scored after just 5 minutes and although the conversion missed, it was now 22-10 to Rovers.

Wigan were struggling but as the half wore on, and those newer Rovers legs got more tired, the possession and territory began to even out and although Omari Caro scored twice more for Hull KR, I think were worth at least a further try during the final quarter. In the end though Rovers had won 32-10.

The main difference for me was the kicking game between the two sides. Rovers were often finding the in goal with their kicks, whilst Wigan's efforts always seemed to be ten metres short of the in goal. Just the fact that it's the in goal causes more panic and our in play kicking needs to be far better than this. I made no bones that I thought it was the achilles heel for us in both league and cup last year and I saw no signs of hope in this game. Hopefully we'll see something from Blake Green, when he finally gets a run out.

Team Sheets

- Hull KR Position Wigan 1
1 Greg Eden Full Back Jack Murphy 1
19 Omari Caro Winger Iain Thornley 2
3 Kris Welham Centre Jack Hughes 3
18 Liam Salter Centre Rhodri Lloyd 4
5 David Hodgson Winger Dom Manfredi 5
21 Keal Carlile Stand Off Ryan Hampshire 6
7 Michael Dobson Scrum Half Sam Powell 7
23 Mickey Paea Prop Paul Prescott 8
14 Lincoln Withers Hooker Logan Tomkins 9
16 Adam Walker Prop Dom Crosby 10
11 Constantine Mika 2nd Row Chris Tuson 14
12 Cory Paterson 2nd Row Anthony Gelling 12
15 Graeme Horne L.Forward Greg Burke 13
8 Evarn Tuimavave Substitute James Greenwood 11
9 Josh Hodgson Substitute Liam Carberry 15
17 Sam Latus Substitute Gil Dudson 16
20 Jordan Cox Substitute Scott Taylor 17
25 George Griffin Substitute Rob Lever 18
27 Chris Heil Substitute Tom Spencer 20
28 Tyla Hepi Substitute Joe Burgess 21
29 Aaron Ollett Substitute
30 Matty Beharrell Substitute
31 Sonny Esslemont Substitute
32 Craig Smith Substitute
- Craig Sandercock Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Hull Kingston Rovers 32 --- Wigan 10
Tries (6):
Lincoln Withers
Greg Eden
Mickey Paea
Liam Salter
Omari Caro 2
--- Tries (2):
Ryan Hampshire
Dom Manfredi
Micheal Dobson 3/3
Matty Beharrell 0/1
Omari Caro 1/2
--- Goals:
Ryan Hampshire 1/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

4th Minute Hull KR 00 Wigan 04 Try: Ryan Hampshire
- Hull KR 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (1/1)
10th Minute Hull KR 00 Wigan 10 Try: Dom Manfredi
- Hull KR 00 Wigan 10 R.Hampshire Missed Covnersion (1/2)
20th Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 10 Try: Lincoln Withers
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 10 Conversion: Michael Dobson (1/1)
32nd Minute Hull KR 10 Wigan 10 Try: Greg Eden
- Hull KR 12 Wigan 10 Conversion: Michael Dobson (2/2)
36th Minute Hull KR 16 Wigan 10 Try: Mickey Paea
- Hull KR 18 Wigan 10 Conversion: Michael Dobson (3/3)
Half Time Hull Kingston Rovers 18 Wigan Warriors 10
45th Minute Hull KR 22 Wigan 10 Try: Liam Salter
- Hull KR 22 Wigan 10 M.Beharrell Missed Conversion (0/1)
59th Minute Hull KR 26 Wigan 10 Try: Omari Caro
- Hull KR 28 Wigan 10 Conversion: Omari Caro (1/1)
77th Minute Hull KR 32 Wigan 10 Try: Omari Caro
- Hull KR 32 Wigan 10 O.Caro Missed Conversion (1/2)
Full Time Leigh Centurions 30 Wigan Warriors Reserves 06


Richard Silverwood

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