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Match Report: Wigan 21 Hull KR 16
Posted by cherryandwhite on August 03 2013 - 07:43

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Friday 2nd August 2013
Wigan Warriors 21 Hull Kingston Rovers 16
DW Stadium, Wigan
Super League 18 - Round 23 of 27

Kick Off 5:00pm


- Wigan         - Hull KR    
32 Ryan Hampshire         1 Greg Eden  T   
2 Josh Charnley  T2   G2      2 Craig Hall    
3 Darrell Goulding  T        4 Sean Gleeson    
22 Anthony Gelling  T        18 Liam Salter    
34 Joe Burgess         5 David Hodgson    
6 Blake Green         6 Travis Burns    
7 Matty Smith      DG    7 Michael Dobson  T   G2 
21 Scott Taylor         23 Mickey Paea    
9 Michael McIlorum         9 Josh Hodgson    
10 Lee Mossop         16 Adam Walker    
11 Harrison Hansen         20 Jordan Cox    
16 Chris Tuson         13 Rhys Lovegrove    
13 Sean O'Loughlin         11 Constantine Mika    
4 Jack Hughes         8 Evarn Tuimavave  T   
8 Epalahame Lauaki         14 Lincoln Withers    
23 Logan Tomkins         22 Richard Beaumont    
26 Dom Crosby         28 Tyla Hepi    


Funny game that one. I didn't think Wigan were actually as poor as it looked. I just felt it was a poor standard of game overall and that was down to Hull KR's tactics of slowing down the play the ball so the game was at a snails pace. The ruck speed was painfully slow and that contributed to it being painful to watch.

Those tactics led to a sin bin, after a team warning, early in the second half and that perhaps proved to be the ultimate difference between the sides. Sure, Hull KR are claiming they were robbed following that Josh Charnley try on 45 minutes and they might have a point that it was grounded on the dead ball line, but that really is garbage for me to pin that games result on that one decision. I'm really disappointed to see "controversial" being touted to describe Wigan's victory.

Fact is that regardless of any decisions, their were 26 minutes of the score line at 14-10 for Hull KR to find a try that I reckon would have won them the match and they couldn't do it. That is more than ample time to overcome any errors that may have been thought had gone against them.

My opinion is that the game was officiated poorly in general and that the referees are not having a good time of it at the moment. I didn't think it was necessarily one way bad or another, just poor standards all round. I would not have been complaining had that Charnley try not been given but the bosses seem to have video refs juggling decisions in the air and seeing which decision they can catch, but instead they drop them all and just guess.

Once again for Wigan, I think we have positives to take out of that. Thought Scott Taylor had another good game whilst Eric Lauaki made great impact off the bench. Lauaki is in that rut of not being able to play anywhere else to gain fitness, so considering it was his first match since June 7th I was very pleased with not only his intensity but his game time also. I thought Ryan Hampshire was solid again but I'm still think Full Back wastes his talents.

The biggest positive though was the performance of Joe Burgess on debut. I've seen enough of him in the academy to know that he has exceptional talent but the biggest hurdle for any kid is not being daunted like a rabbit in the headlights when they get the chance in the first team. Budgie certainly didn't look startled. Very strong in defence and he backed himself to take on players in attack.

Our disappointment for me came in the halves. Thought Blake Green and Matty Smith were far too quiet in the first half and that contributed to us being behind on the score board at 10-4. We lacked any second phase play and were left to play one out rugby. Their was one set that had nothing but drives from a metre out. We need better than that! More buzz, more fire, more vigour! They've got to do better to lift the intensity, especially when key men are absent.

Smith in fairness did find a 40/20 second half, his fourth of the year, but you have to question his decision to go for drop goal at 20-10. Like @wiganrugbyfans pointed out on twitter, you have to assume the opposition will score with conversions rather than not, so on that basis it was poor. On Wish FM commentary the only justification I could give was that IF Hull KR scored twice they would need to convert both, but your better off being tackled on the last a metre away  from scoring than giving them the chance of a short kick off. Going 99 metres to score is far, far harder than going 35 metres. They scored and left Wigan sweating when it really wasn't necessarily. I said on commentary after we went 20-10 up that only Wigan could lose from that point onwards with dumb play and I think Smith needs to re-think that tactic. The short kick off is a total lottery at times and it needn't be risked unless your increasing leads to 1, 7 or 13 points.

Anyway the win is good and it sets up a potential first place decider with Huddersfield next week. We shall see.

12mins:41 Wigan 04 Hull KR 00 Try: Josh Charnley
- Wigan 04 Hull KR 00

J.Charnley Missed Conversion (0/1)

16mins:03 Wigan 04 Hull KR 04 Try: Greg Eden
- Wigan 04 Hull KR 06 Conversion: Michael Dobson (1/1)
32mins:48 Wigan 04 Hull KR 10 Try: Michael Dobson
- Wigan 04 Hull KR 10 M.Dobson Missed Conversion (1/2)
39mins:59 Wigan 08 Hull KR 10 Try: Darrell Goulding
- Wigan 10 Hull KR 10 Conversion: Josh Charnley (1/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 10 Hull Kingston Rovers 10
44mins:29 Hull KR Sin Bin Lincoln Withers (Interference)
45mins:54 Wigan 14 Hull KR 10 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
- Wigan 14 Hull KR 10 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (1/3)
71mins:31 Wigan 18 Hull KR 10 Try: Anthony Gelling
- Wigan 20 Hull KR 10 Conversion: Josh Charnley (2/4)
74mins:29 Wigan 21 Hull KR 10 Drop Goal: Matty Smith
75mins:47 Wigan 21 Hull KR 14 Try: Evarn Tuimavave
- Wigan 21 Hull KR 16 Conversion: Michael Dobson (2/3)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 21 Hull Kingston Rovers 16

Richard Silverwood



Super League 18 - Round 8 Result
Fri 26 July Wakefield Wildcats 24 Leeds Rhinos 31 10,031

Super League 18 - Round 23 Results
Fri 2 Aug Hull FC 72 Widnes Vikings 10 10,500
Fri 2 Aug Wigan Warriors 21 Hull Kingston Rovers 16 12,194
Sat 3 Aug Catalan Dragons 6 St Helens 26 8,582
Sun 4 Aug Huddersfield Giants 46 Salford City Reds 4 5,345
Sun 4 Aug Castleford Tigers 30 Warrington Wolves 40 5,980
Sun 4 Aug Wakefield Wildcats 24 Bradford Bulls 26 8,084
Mon 5 Aug London Broncos 18 Leeds Rhinos 30 2,377

Super League 18 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 23 18 0 5 749 425 +324 36
2 Wigan Warriors 23 17 1 5 757 354 +403 35
3 Warrington Wolves 23 17 1 5 761 403 +358 35
4 Leeds Rhinos 23 15 1 7 618 457 +161 31
5 St Helens 23 12 1 10 560 473 +87 25
6 Catalan Dragons 23 11 2 10 550 540 +10 24
7 Hull Kingston Rovers 23 12 0 11 562 640 -78 24
8 Hull FC 23 10 2 11 550 459 +91 22
9 Bradford Bulls 23 9 2 12 516 563 -47 20
10 Wakefield Wildcats 23 9 1 13 598 625 -27 19
11 Widnes Vikings 23 7 2 14 581 767 -186 16
12 Castleford Tigers 23 6 2 15 538 743 -205 14
13 Salford City Reds 23 6 1 16 373 825 -452 *11*
14 London Broncos 23 3 2 18 411 850 -439 8

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs
*Salford deducted two points for fielding 14 men during a match.

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