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Match Report: Hull KR 6 Wigan 84
Posted by cherryandwhite on April 01 2013 - 23:50

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Hull Kingston Rovers v Wigan Warriors - Super League 18 Round 10.
Easter Monday 1st April 2013
. Kick Off 3:00pm at Craven Park.

Match Report

Well those that listened will know that I made my debut as a  match summariser on Wish FM's commentary of this match and what a game to commentate on.

I mentioned on air about it being our record away victory but once I got home to look fully at the records you appreciate the enormity of what was witnessed at a cold Craven Park.

Wigan Record All Time League Victory - (was 78-4 v Workington 1996)
Wigan Record Super League Victory - (was 78-4 v Workington 1996)
Wigan Record League Away Victory - (was 72-6 v Wakefield 1987)
Wigan Record All Comps Away Victory - (was 80-20 v Limoux 2004)
Super League Record Away Victory - (not a clue)
Hull KR's Record Defeat - (was 78-6 v Halifax twice 1956 & 1991)

Pat Richards also equalled the record for most goals in a league match with his 12 matching achievements of massive club legends Jim Sullivan against Rochdale in 1924 and Ken Gee against Cardiff City in 1951. That Pat record is even more outstanding when you consider he missed his first two.

I wrote in a Saints match report that we were not quite clicking in attack and it should be seen as a huge positive that we were producing good results despite that. Well boy did we click here. As much as Hull KR were weak with injuries, Wigan produced a first class performance.

Shaun Wane got a lot of stick for the way our season collapsed at the end of last year but he is beginning to prove his class with his signings. I'm sure most looked at Blake Green and Matty Smith when they were bought without much excitement but they are really coming together as a partnership.

The pair were top class in this performance. Green with ball in hand is nailing cutting edge sharp passes to get players over time and time again and his footwork as well is outstanding. He has kicking abilities also, but Smith is the main man for that and he was a bugs dick away from a 40/20 early second half before he finally nailed one. Three 40/20s in the last four matches means our best return in a whole season (and we are only in Round 10) for 40/20s since 2009.

I've said on here, and during commentary today, that I felt the kicking game was our ultimate downfall last season but we have no worries in that department with these two.

Then you look at the forwards. Scott Taylor was disappointing early on in his Wigan career for me but Waney dropped him for the London home game and he's come back in recent matches with far better performances. Great again here and looks a good buy.

Ben Flower, Gil Dudson, Tom Spencer (the first two signed by Wane) were great today also. It's staggering really that Friday's beast player Dom Crosby sat out this one. I don't know if he was injured but you can forget about early season worries of lack of squad depth, we have tons of it!

Note to mention Sam Powell also. He came on midway through the first half and all was going so well we didn't miss Mike McIlorum.

It could be argued that a lot of those performances are down to poor opposition but I'm not that convinced. I couldn't have been more impressed with that display. This side is growing in confidence and with the fixture list looking good in the next few weeks it will be hard to dislodge us from the top of the table.

The massacre that was to come was on the cards right from the start of this one. Rovers had a good couple of early sets but once Wigan got the ball out wide they killed them with four tries within 14 minutes.

First try went right. Chris Tuson hit Darrell Goulding who beat a missed tackle by Kris Welham. That opened up the space for him to commit Alex Brown and send Josh Charnley racing over in the right corner. Josh suffered a cut ankle scoring that, which left him requiring 15 stitches. Ouch! No sympathy from Waney who called him a "typical soft back" or words to that effect. Josh had to come off after just 5 minutes which saw Jack Hughes come on at left centre and Thornley move from their to the right wing. Pat missed the extras - 4-0.

Second try was soft defence but Green made a lovely run around to receive Sam Tomkins' play the ball pass before scoring in the left corner. Good communication from him and I reckon he had spotted the slack defence. Extras missed again - 8-0.

Third try went right and Welham was once again mis-reading in defence. He went up far too early and Sam Tomkins bust through the gap. With pace to burn he committed last man, full back Greg Eden, and sent the supporting Thornley over in the corner. Pat converted for 14-0.

Then the fourth try was left. Pat got the ball inside his own half. Eden was coming across to halt him, so he beautifully hacked on around him and although he needed a a good bounce of the ball to get a second kick into the in goal, it was perfectly weighted for the touch down. Conversion left it at 20-0 after 15 minutes.

Rovers had a brief respite but two more Wigan scores came before the half hour. First Jack Hughes had a simple 40 metre dart over the line. As ever I'm no notes in writing these reports but I seem to recall he had stripped Graeme Horne one on one.

Then Green scored a second in which he took Adam Walker over the line with him. Pat had converted the first try but failed with this one to leave the scores at 30-0.

Wigan then didn't add to their tally in the 10 minutes before half time. Gil Dudson, Tom Spencer and Sam Powell had all been introduced, the latter playing all of the last 47 minutes of action with Waney seeing little point in needing McIlorum to return.

It was actually Hull KR who scored after getting a penalty after the hooter. Nice dink from Craig Hall was finished by Greg Eden. Disappointing considering we only had one tackle to defend but it was a good effort. Conversion made it 30-6 at the break.

All Wigan needed to do now was not encourage Rovers early second half and they deflated them within four minutes and it was Green who completed his hat-trick. He got the ball in front of the posts and mugged Evarn Tuimavave was superb footwork. Pat converted and to same me writing that out time and again, he converted every second half try that was to follow. Whilst early on Wigan had killed Rovers out wide, once the game worn on Wigan's tries were just getting nearer and nearer to the posts.

Next came a try for Matty Smith. He had been a bugs dick away from a 40/20 early in this half already before nailing one at the second attempt. Again a little shimmy from Green committed defenders and Smith had a huge gap to go through and the score was 42-6. His arm was up in salute before he touched down in front of the Wigan fans.

Again Wigan had a second ten minute spell without scoring. That means this was an 84-6 result which saw 20 minutes of us getting no points. I'm not sure what's more remarkable. That, or the fact Wigan managed to double their 42-6 lead in the final 19 minutes of the contest. It literally was we score, you kick off, we score.

So next try saw brilliant work from Sam Tomkins being finished by Chris Tuson. Sam was surrounded by defenders with no where to go but just turnaround backwards to escape them and found another lane to break clear. Last man stopped him but Tuse was on his shoulder to finish - 48-6. Following that saw Smith claimed a second try as he sneaked over from close range for 54-6.

The next two were almost carbon copies. Pat Richards from Sixty metres out and knowing he didn't have the pace he hacked inside to what was two supporting players on both occasions with first Sam Powell and then Liam Farrell taking advantage. Score now at 66-6.

Absolutely no mercy came from Wigan. Sam Tomkins bullet pass got Thornley over for a second, but Sam quite rightly bollocked him for not rounding it off for an easier kick. That's the small margins of inexperienced that our squad has to learn. Obviously meant nothing today but if your alert in circumstances like this, it will benefit you down the line. As it happens Pat converted anyway.

Two more tries wrapped the afternoon up. A second for Tuson before he and Sam combined together to get Sam on the scoreboard right at the end. Amazing to think he hadn't completed any of the previous 14 tries.

That was the day though. Pleasing actually to see 10 different scorers but Darrell Goulding remains left on zero tries for the season so far in 7 appearances. I'd like to think he's getting stick for that in the dressing room as he's on a par with forwards Gil Dudson, Scott Taylor, Logan Tomkins and Lee Mossop in not scoring, plus three other players who have only played once. :-)

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "Sometimes that happens, when everything goes right. I was pleased with our attack but I didn't know this was a record score. It was a great win and we scored some great tries. I'm disappointed to concede the six points. I don't mean to sound arrogant but I was gutted we didn't concentrate for their try. We looked after the players (by staying overnight in Hull) to make sure they were in good nick today. It's down to the mentality of the players and how they approach the game and that was outstanding. It's pleasing on the back of the St Helens win. I knew we were in the zone and I could tell in our team meeting the players were in a good place."

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock: "Everything that could have gone right went right for Wigan and everything that could go wrong for us went wrong. The boys will learn a massive lesson in how to play rugby league. They named a full strength backline and we knew it would be tough. Everything they did turned to gold. We are extremely disappointed but we won't be letting this linger. We are extremely disappointed for our supporters."

Team Sheets

- Hull KR Position Wigan 1
1 Greg Eden Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
26 Alex Brown Winger Josh Charnley 2
3 Kris Welham Centre Darrell Goulding 3
18 Liam Salter Centre Iain Thornley 17
17 Sam Latus Winger Pat Richards 5
2 Craig Hall Stand Off Blake Green 6
30 Matty Beharrell Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
16 Adam Walker Prop Scott Taylor 21
9 Josh Hodgson Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
23 Mickey Paea Prop Ben Flower 15
15 Graeme Horne 2nd Row Chris Tuson 16
20 Jordan Cox 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
11 Constantine Mika L.Forward Greg Burke 29
8 Evarn Tuimavave Substitute Jack Hughes 4
13 Rhys Lovegrove Substitute Gil Dudson 20
21 Keal Carlile Substitute Sam Powell 24
25 George Griffin Substitute Tom Spencer 30
- Craig Sandercock Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Hull Kingston Rovers 6 --- Wigan Warriors 84
Tries (1):
Greg Eden
--- Tries (15):
Josh Charnley
Blake Green 3
Iain Thornley 2
Pat Richards
Jack Hughes
Matty Smith 2
Chris Tuson 2
Sam Powell
Liam Farrell
Sam Tomkins
Craig Hall 1/1
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 12/15

Scoring and Incident Pattern

4th Minute Hull KR 00 Wigan 04 Try: Josh Charnley
- Hull KR 00 Wigan 04 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
9th Minute Hull KR 00 Wigan 08 Try: Blake Green
- Hull KR 00 Wigan 08 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/2)
11th Minute Hull KR 00 Wigan 12 Try: Iain Thornley
- Hull KR 00 Wigan 14 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/3)
14th Minute Hull KR 00 Wigan 18 Try: Pat Richards
- Hull KR 00 Wigan 20 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/4)
22nd Minute Hull KR 00 Wigan 24 Try: Jack Hughes
- Hull KR 00 Wigan 26 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/5)
30th Minute Hull KR 00 Wigan 30 Try: Blake Green (2)
- Hull KR 00 Wigan 30 P.Richards Missed Conversion (3/6)
40th Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 30 Try: Greg Eden
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 30 Conversion: Craig Hall (1/1)
Half Time Hull Kingston Rovers 06 Wigan Warriors 30
44th Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 34 Try: Blake Green (Hat-Trick)
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 36 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/7)
50th Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 40 Try: Matty Smith
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 42 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/8)
61st Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 46 Try: Chris Tuson
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 48 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/9)
64th Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 52 Try: Matty Smith (2)
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 54 Conversion: Pat Richards (7/10)
66th Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 58 Try: Sam Powell
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 60 Conversion: Pat Richards (8/11)
68th Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 64 Try: Liam Farrell
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 66 Conversion: Pat Richards (9/12)
71st Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 70 Try: Iain Thornley (2)
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 72 Conversion: Pat Richards (10/13)
73rd Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 76 Try: Chris Tuson (2)
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 78 Conversion: Pat Richards (11/14)
77th Minute Hull KR 06 Wigan 82 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 84 Conversion: Pat Richards (12/15)
Full Time Hull Kingston Rovers 06 Wigan Warriors 84

Video Highlights


Phil Bentham

Key Stats

Clean Breaks: lll Hull KR 0 lll Wigan 19
Penalties Conceded:   (Unknown)   (Unknown)
Metres Made   Hull KR 553m   Wigan 1814m
Tackles:   Hull KR 323   Wigan 234
Missed Tackles:   Hull KR 49   Wigan 10

Match Attendance



Sunny spells but really cold!

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 18 - Round 10

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 10 7 1 2 371 123 +248 15
2 Huddersfield Giants 10 7 0 3 272 152 +120 14
3 Warrington Wolves 10 6 1 3 277 179 +98 13
4 St Helens 10 6 1 3 242 180 +62 13
5 Catalan Dragons 10 6 1 3 252 206 +46 13
6 Bradford Bulls 10 5 2 3 263 206 +57 12
7 Leeds Rhinos 8 5 1 2 181 122 +59 11
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 10 5 0 5 257 308 -51 10
9 Hull FC 10 3 2 5 206 217 -11 8
10 Wakefield Wildcats 9 3 1 5 208 232 -24 7
11 Widnes Vikings 9 3 1 5 170 304 -134 7
12 London Broncos 10 2 1 7 186 298 -112 5
13 Salford City Reds 10 2 1 7 144 335 -191 5
14 Castleford Tigers 10 1 1 8 157 324 -167 3

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs

Round 10 Results
Mon 1 Apr Bradford Bulls 36 Salford City Reds 24 7,503
Mon 1 Apr Huddersfield Giants 62 Widnes Vikings 6 4,270
Mon 1 Apr Hull Kingston Rovers 6 Wigan Warriors 84 7,894
Mon 1 Apr St Helens 48 Castleford Tigers 18 10,943
Mon 1 Apr Warrington Wolves 54 London Broncos 20 9,681
Mon 1 Apr Wakefield Wildcats 22 Hull FC 34 8,126
Mon 1 Apr Catalan Dragons 12 Leeds Rhinos 27 7,019

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