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Challenge Cup Final Match Report: Hull 0 Wigan 16
Posted by cherryandwhite on August 25 2013 - 17:16

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Hull FC v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Challenge Cup Final
Saturday 24th August 2013
. Kick Off 3:00pm at Wembley Stadium.

Match Report

Well I've been lucky to do quite a few finals with my town but this was one of the weirdest I've ever experienced.

It was an awful final, lets make no bones about that, but I have never seen a team freeze on the big occasion like Hull FC did on Saturday.

They completely no showed and were well beaten by a Wigan side that barely produced anything other than hard work to get the easy victory.

Now the weather was poor to be fair. Rain bouncing back up off the tarmac was what greeted us at Wembley and that contributed to the spectacle we witnessed. Stephen Wild and Jermaine McGillvary meanwhile being the latest players to come out in condemnation of the "Rhino" branded ball being hard to grip during the match on Twitter.

Wigan though played those conditions perfectly. It was boring to watch at times but 78% was a great completion rate in that weather. Up the middle of the park we totally controlled the Black and Whites.

A superb kicking game from Matty Smith kept turning them round constantly, and rightly rewarded with the Lance Todd Trophy, whilst the pack and defensive effort ensured that Hull FC were going to have produced some class to win this game.

Once Wigan claimed the games first try through Iain Thornley in the 21st Minute, the match never looked in doubt. Ben Crooks shot out of the defensive line and that left the gap for Thornley to crash over in the left corner.

Those who regularly listen to my match summarising on Wish FM will know I've been critical of his defence during this season, justified I think by the fact he was substituted in two matches this season and then dropped, but he was excellent in this final in defence. Very strong and I think he rightly got the nod over Anthony Gelling for the left centre spot.

After Pat converted from the touchline for 6-0 the game, Wigan were barely forced to sweat on the result. In fact my only complaint was that it was ONLY 6-0, then 8-0 then 10-0 as Wigan added two penalty goals over time.

The only real danger came from a Jamie Shaul break in the 49th minute. Returning a kick he raced 80 metres up the field but Sean O'Loughlin forced him into the path of Josh Charnley who produced a wonder tackle to force an error. The score was 8-0 at that point and had Hull scored that it would have been a very tense and nervy finish but they didn't really get another opportunity and that contributed to the weirdness I mentioned. It left the atmosphere dead with most in the ground appreciating that a two score lead was a massive one the way the game was playing out.

Personally I don't even recall sweating on the time remaining. Had Hull scored it would have been a different story but they didn't and Wigan completed the triumph with a last minute try by Sam Tomkins that completed a 16-0 victory.

That was the 11th time a side has been held to nil in a Challenge Cup Final but only the fifth achieved in a final at Wembley. The past three have all being achieved by Wigan with this nilling adding to the famous one against St Helens in 1989 and the one against Barrow in 1951.

After the Huddersfield match I wrote an article about how important this result was for the club going forward and the morale of the support base. I still hold that view. Losing this would have been horrendous for us. But the win allows some positivity to get around the DW and hopefully this will allow us to have a really strong end of to the season. I'd still question whether we ultimately have the quality to win the Grand Final, but I want to see us have a damn good crack and go if we go down, we've done so giving our all. I'm not sure we could entirely say that last season.

At the end of the day though, winning one of the two major trophies is what the goal is at the start of each season and Wigan have done that. The double may not seem likely to those who have witnessed recent league performances but with the amount of success within the borough this year, you cannot write it off!

Reaction to the Action

Coach Shaun Wane: "We have the best record in the competition and that is something we embrace. It was hidden away at one time, but I was keen on making sure the players know we're the most famous club in the world. I wanted the players to write their own name in history. It's a great feeling to be in charge of a lot of local lads. We showed real character and spirit and that is what I am really proud of. I woke up today thinking to win would be a dream and it is. We won nothing last year and got hammered for it, so to do this is outstanding. I just try my best in every session, every day and I am so proud."

Hull FC Coach Peter Gentle: "(We froze) because of the amount of possession we gifted them, we had to tackle our backsides off, which meant when we had the ball we had nothing left. We spoke all week of making sure we had 50-50 possession, but we ended up giving them 54 more play-the-balls. You can't tackle like that and then be able to attack. We are so much better than that."

Team Sheets

- Hull FC Position Wigan 1
1 Jamie Shaul Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
2 Jason Crookes

Winger

Josh Charnley 2
23 Ben Crooks Centre

Darrell Goulding

3
4 Kirk Yeaman Centre Iain Thornley 17
5 Tom Briscoe Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Daniel Holdsworth Stand Off Blake Green 6
34 Jacob Miller Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
8 Mark O'Meley Prop Ben Flower 15
9 Danny Houghton Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
17 Liam Watts Prop Lee Mossop 10
11 Gareth Ellis 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
12 Danny Tickle 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
13 Joe Westerman L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
-
10 Andy Lynch Substitute Chris Tuson 16
14 Richard Whiting Substitute Gil Dudson 20
19 Jay Pitts Substitute Scott Taylor 21
33 Aaron Heremaia Substitute Logan Tomkins 23
- Peter Gentle Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Hull FC 00 --- Wigan Warriors 16

Tries (0):

---

Tries (2):
Iain Thornley
Sam Tomkins

--- --- Goals:
Pat Richards 4/4

Scoring and Incident Pattern

20mins:41 Hull FC 00 Wigan 04 Try: Iain Thornley
- Hull FC 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
Half Time Hull FC 00 Wigan Warriors 06
42mins:42 Hull FC 00 Wigan 08 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (2/2)
61mins:21 Hull FC 00 Wigan 10 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (3/3)
79mins:01 Hull FC 00 Wigan 14 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Hull FC 00 Wigan 16 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
Full Time Hull FC 00 Wigan Warriors 16

Referee

Phil Bentham (Video Referee: Ian Smith)

Stats

Sets:   Hull FC 45   Wigan 51
Set Completion:   Hull FC 62%   Wigan 78%
Penalties Conceded: - Hull FC 10 - Wigan 7
Clean Breaks: - Hull FC 10 - Wigan 10
Runs from Dummy Half:   Hull FC 24   Wigan 11
Lost Possession:   Hull FC 16   Wigan 14
Tackles:   Hull FC 181   Wigan 117
Missed Tackles:   Hull FC 7   Wigan 9
Tackle Completion:   Hull FC 96%   Wigan 92%
Offloads:   Hull FC 8   Wigan 5
Possession Kicked:   Hull FC 24   Wigan 31

Match Attendance

78,137

Weather

Very Wet.

Television

Live Coverage on BBC ONE (2:15pm - 5:15pm). Presented by Mark Chapman with studio pundits Jon Wilkin & Ian Millward. Commentary team was Dave Woods, Jonathan Davies & Brian Noble with Robbie Hunter-Paul pitchside.

Note

If match had been drawn after 80 minutes it would have gone to a replay on Wednesday 4th September (7:45pm) at Elland Road, Leeds - Live on BBC TWO.

BBC ONE - Saturday 24th August 2013

6:00am Breakfast
10:00am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites with James Martin
11:30am Football Focus
12noon BBC Weekend News
12:05pm North West News
12:10pm Belgian Grand Prix: Qualifying Session (Presented by Suzi Perry)
2:15pm Rugby League: Challenge Cup Final (Presented by Mark Chapman)
5:15pm BBC Weekend News
5:25pm North West News
5:35pm Pointless Celebrities: Radio DJ's (Quiz Show)
6:25pm That Puppet Game Show (with Jack Dee & Alex Jones)
7:05pm I Love My Country (Guests: Eamonn Holmes, Dame Kelly Holmes)
7:50pm The National Lottery: Break a Safe
8:40pm Casualty (Series 28: When you Believe)
9:30pm Michael McIntyres Comedy Roadshow (from Blackpool with John Bishop)
10:00pm BBC Weekend News
10:25pm Match of the Day
11:45pm Football League Show (Leeds v Ispwich & Bolton v QPR)
1:00am Weatherview, Join BBC News Channel till 6am

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