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Match Report: Hull FC 20 Wigan 28
Posted by cherryandwhite on April 27 2013 - 12:50

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Hull FC v Wigan Warriors - Super League 18 Round 13.
Friday 26th April 2013
. Kick Off 8:00pm at Kingston Communications Stadium.

Match Report

Well Wigan won, but they could so easily have lost this one. I felt it was by far our worst display of the season, but the fact we still came out of it with a victory is to our great credit.

The reasons why it was our worst display? Well how often have we seen Wigan in recent years get control of a match then throw it away so easily?

A score like 24-10 is normally shut the gate time. I know someone during the Wish FM commentary I did brought up the comparison with the Castleford match earlier in the season but that was different for me.

Cas that day came back from 22-4 down to level at 22 all, but they had actually played well in being behind and looked a threat from deep all game.

Hull, in the main, needed help to get up the field. Sadly Wigan kept gifting them opportunities and without the two late penalty goals from Pat, I reckon they could have snatched this.

It was a distracting week for Wigan though with the midweek announcements on Tuesday, and then news of Pat's departure at the end of the season, so maybe that was a factor in this bitty performance? Shaun Wane doesn't think so, but I'm not so sure.

The game started with both sides content to complete sets. It was very tight up the middle of the field and if anyone was trying to go wide it was Hull.

I sensed that Wigan were just getting on top in the pack after ten minutes and that showed on the score board. First try came from the first clean break of the game. Blake Green bust up the middle of the field and eventually Iain Thornley touched down in the left corner. During commentary I called it short and some Hull fans are still adamant to me on twitter that it was short, but it looked ok to me on the video. A bigger complaint was the forward pass in the build up. Touchline conversion from Pat made it 6-0.

Wigan quickly doubled that lead with a second try on the restart. McIlorum, Green, Smith and Sam combined to get Pat away down the left. I think he realised he didn't have the pace to beat Tom Lineham so he hacked inside for Sam Tomkins to touch down. That was a move we saw twice on our last visit to Humberside. He added the extras for 12-0.

Hull got back into the match with a try on 22 minutes. Kirk Yeaman doing well to offload and get Lineham over, but Westerman couldn't convert - 12-4.

The Black and Whites then finished the half strongly and were leaving Wigan hanging on for the break. They almost made it, but the home side managed to score 30 seconds before the hooter with Ben Crooks forcing his way over. Conversion from Westerman made it 12-10 to Wigan at the break.

Hull started the better second half also, but a conceded penalty got Wigan on the attack and they scored back to back tries for the second time in the game. A familiar move towards the right with Smith and Green getting a touch before Sam Tomkins. His pass misses out centre Goulding and Charnley gets over in the corner. Pat nailing a conversion from the right touchline was huge at this point. It made the lead a two score one at 18-10.

Then to back it up with a great try was equally as important to the end result. Aaron Heremaia with the poor missed tackle allowed Jack Hughes to break clear and he calmly offloaded at the right moment to avoid full back Shannon McDonnell and get the supporting Sam over for his second. Easy conversion made it 24-10 with half an hour to go.

But Wigan didn't kick on! They were not clever and errors kept inviting Hull on to us time and time again and evenutally Tom Lineham claimed two tries for his hat-trick.. First on 56 minutes he took advantage of Ben Crooks beating Pat Richards in the air. Then he went over four minutes later after a poor missed tackle from Thornley. No mercy was shown on Thornley by Wane. He was immediately interchanged with Jack Hughes replacing him at centre. Only the second try was converted, leaving the score at 24-20.

This left a tense final quarter with Wigan continuing to be guilty of creating their own pressure. Hull twice had opportunities but wasted both. One saw Mark O'Meley knock on under the sticks and another out right saw an criminal first tackle error.

Wigan meanwhile had two opportunities themselves which came from penalties. They kicked two goals from about 40 metres away to create an eight point lead. The fact we had to resort to that probably sums this game up more than anything.

The bigger picture though is a seventh consecutive win and the fact we've gone three points clear before everyone else plays this weekend. With Salford and London to come in the league, that's a good position to be in. April can be a month of a banana skin result but we've managed to get through it.

Reaction to the Action

Coach Shaun Wane: "I expected that, Hull are a good team who were never going to go away. That was the sort of game we needed, we needed a tough game and we got one. The players knew they were up against it, the conditions made it slower and I am happy with the win. We weren't at our best but ended up grinding out the win."

Hull FC coach Peter Gentle: "I am extremely disappointed with the way the game was refereed and I will have plenty of questions for (referee boss) Steve Ganson this week. I will have to choose my words very carefully, but everyone knows what they saw. I can't say what I saw. The boys tell me that their first try was a forward pass and that Josh Charnley didn't touch the ball down when he scored. I am (annoyed). I'm disappointed but the effort we put in.. I am proud of them but we're not happy to just get close to them. We're disappointed we didn't win but we have an improvement in us."

Team Sheets

- Hull FC Position Wigan 1
1 Shannon McDonnell Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
26 Tom Lineham

Winger

Josh Charnley 2
4 Kirk Yeaman Centre Darrell Goulding 3
23 Ben Crooks Centre Iain Thornley 17
5 Tom Briscoe Winger Pat Richards 5
16 Richard Horne Stand Off Blake Green 6
33 Aaron Heremaia Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
10 Andy Lynch Prop Lee Mossop 10
9 Danny Houghton Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
17 Liam Watts Prop Ben Flower 15
13 Joe Westerman 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
14 Richard Whiting 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
22 Josh Bowden L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
-
8 Mark O'Meley Substitute Jack Hughes 4
19 Jay Pitts Substitute Gil Dudson 20
20 Paul Johnson Substitute Logan Tomkins 23
21 Chris Green Substitute Dom Crosby 26
- Peter Gentle Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Hull FC 20 --- Wigan Warriors 28
Tries (4):
Tom Lineham 3
Ben Crooks
--- Tries (4):
Iain Thornley
Sam Tomkins 2
Josh Charnley
Goals:
Joe Westerman 2/4
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 6/6

Scoring and Incident Pattern

13th Minute Hull FC 00 Wigan 04 Try: Iain Thornley
- Hull FC 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
15th Minute Hull FC 00 Wigan 10 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Hull FC 00 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
22nd Minute Hull FC 04 Wigan 12 Try: Tom Lineham
- Hull FC 04 Wigan 12 J.Westerman Missed Conversion (0/1)
40th Minute Hull FC 08 Wigan 12 Try: Ben Crooks
- Hull FC 10 Wigan 12 Conversion: Joe Westerman (1/2)
Half Time Hull FC 10 Wigan Warriors 12
47th Minute Hull FC 10 Wigan 16 Try: Josh Charnley
- Hull FC 10 Wigan 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
49th Minute Hull FC 10 Wigan 22 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Hull FC 10 Wigan 24 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
56th Minute Hull FC 14 Wigan 24 Try: Tom Lineham (2)
- Hull FC 14 Wigan 24 J.Westerman Missed Conversion (1/3)
60th Minute Hull FC 18 Wigan 24 Try: Tom Lineham (Hat-Trick)
- Hull FC 20 Wigan 24 Conversion: Joe Westerman (2/4)
67th Minute Hull FC 20 Wigan 26 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (5/5)
71st Minute Hull FC 20 Wigan 28 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (6/6)
Full Time Hull FC 20 Wigan Warriors 28

Video Highlights

Referee

Richard Silverwood

Key Stats

Clean Breaks: lll Hull FC 5 lll Wigan 4
Offloads:   Hull FC 11   Wigan 7
Penalties Conceded:   Hull FC 5   Wigan 5
Errors:   Hull FC 8   Wigan 13
Set Completion:   Hull FC 79%   Wigan 73%

Match Attendance

11,403

Weather

Blustery. Rain Shower early second half.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 18 - Round 13

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 13 10 1 2 479 173 +306 21
2 Huddersfield Giants 13 10 0 3 390 226 +164 20
3 Warrington Wolves 13 8 1 4 372 245 +127 17
4 Leeds Rhinos 11 8 1 2 283 160 +123 17
5 Catalan Dragons 13 7 1 5 302 274 +28 15
6 Bradford Bulls 13 6 2 5 319 294 +25 14
7 St Helens 13 6 1 6 282 245 +37 13
8 Hull FC 13 5 2 6 278 271 +7 12
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 13 6 0 7 319 416 -97 12
10 Wakefield Wildcats 12 4 1 7 284 343 -59 9
11 Widnes Vikings 12 4 1 7 280 384 -104 9
12 London Broncos 13 3 1 9 233 388 -155 7
13 Salford City Reds 13 3 1 9 220 447 -227 7
14 Castleford Tigers 13 2 1 10 239 424 -185 5

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs

Round 13 Results
Fri 26 Apr Hull FC 20 Wigan Warriors 28 11,403
Fri 26 Apr Widnes Vikings 26 Wakefield Wildcats 28 5,405
Sat 27 Apr London Broncos 21 St Helens 14 2,839
Sat 27 Apr Catalan Dragons 20 Huddersfield Giants 28 8,549
Sat 27 Apr Salford City Reds 34 Castleford Tigers 30 2,306
Sun 28 Apr Hull Kingston Rovers 10 Leeds Rhinos 44 8,122
Sun 28 Apr Warrington Wolves 32 Bradford Bulls 4 10,901

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