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Match Report: Wigan 33 Hull FC 34
Posted by cherryandwhite on August 31 2013 - 10:55

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Friday 30th August 2013
Wigan Warriors 33 Hull FC 34
DW Stadium, Wigan
Super League 18 - Round 26 of 27
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan         - Hull FC      
35 Lewis Tierney         29 Jamie Shaul      
37 Dom Manfredi         2 Jason Crookes  T3     
22 Anthony Gelling  T        14 Richard Whiting      
17 Iain Thornley  T        4 Kirk Yeaman      
34 Joe Burgess  T        5 Tom Briscoe  T2     
32 Ryan Hampshire  T   G4      6 Daniel Holdsworth      DG2 
24 Sam Powell      DG    34 Jacob Miller      
26 Dom Crosby         17 Liam Watts      
23 Logan Tomkins         9 Danny Houghton      
20 Gil Dudson         22 Josh Bowden      
25 Rhodri Lloyd         24 Liam Kent      
4 Jack Hughes         12 Danny Tickle    G4   
16 Chris Tuson         13 Joe Westerman  T     
15 Ben Flower  T        16 Richard Horne      
21 Scott Taylor         19 Jay Pitts      
33 James Greenwood         20 Paul Johnson      
38 Andy Powell  T        21 Chris Green      


I think the Times Journalist Chris Irvine summed this game up best when he suggested on his twitter that Wigan and Hull were "a week too late with their 1985 repeat". This was a fantastic game of Rugby League.

Wigan chose to rest the majority of the cup final winning side with only Iain Thornley, Ben Flower, Chris Tuson, Gil Dudson, Scott Taylor and Logan Tomkins remaining in the seventeen.

Only four from the Wembley team started for Wigan whilst Hull started with eleven of their Wembley seventeen. It left Wigan win a young back line that had an average age of just 19.5, including debutant Dom Manfredi on the right wing.

The early signs were ominous for Wigan. Hull made a couple of big breaks and you feared a shallacking was on the cards when Jason Crookes gave Hull the lead in the 7th minute after he beat Joe Burgess for power. Danny Tickle converted for 6-0.

But Wigan grew into the match, helped by a massive impact from an experienced bench that included Ben Flower, Scott Taylor and ex Welsh Rugby Union International Andy Powell.

Big Powell had been on barely two minutes when he levelled the scores. Danny Houghton and Liam Watts were both slack in defence but it was Joe Westerman who Powell aimed at and his tackle attempt was woeful. He got bumped off and Powell raced to the left of the posts for the score. Ryan Hampshire converted for 6-6.

Hull were soon back in the lead when Tom Briscoe scored a soft try down the left with Tickle converting off the touchline for 12-6.

Wigan though finished the half strongly. A good kicking game between Hampshire and Sam Powell was pinning them back and I think they at least deserved the try claimed to level the scores before half time.

Short pass from Logan Tomkins sent Ben Flower crashing over from two metres out and a Hampshire conversion made it 12 all with a minute to go.

Wigan fans were delighted with that score for half time but their was still seconds remaining for us to take the lead with a brilliant try. Anthony Gelling found the break down the right wing and had support from "Rocky" Hampshire to finish a 70 metre move. Sadly he couldn't convert but the home fans were in raptures with a 16-12 half time lead.

Into the second half and Wigan had a dominating spell of possession that saw them extend that lead to 26-12.

First an offload from Iain Thornley sent Joe "Budgie" Burgess in the left corner for his first Wigan try. Hampshire converted for 22-12. Then, after Powell had kicked a 40/20, a bomb towards the left wing saw "the fifth Burgess brother" leap, which pressured Crookes into making an error, and Thornley pounced on the loose ball to score. Hampshire's missed the extras this time for a 26-12 score.

Wigan were all over Hull at this point and had a try disallowed trying to extend that lead further soon after but with 25 minutes still the go the match was far from over.

A break from Jamie Shaul got Hull well down field, but he played the ball to no one and Wigan had pounced on the loose ball to win back possession. However referee Child deemed not square at the play the ball and Hull converted that territory into a second try of the game for Crookes. Looked a tough call that one but that, and the disallowed try, swung the momentum completely back into Hull's favour.

Although Tickle had missed the extras, the visitors backed the try up with another try three minutes later. An error from Tierney created the territory and Crookes went in for his hat-trick. Tickle converted this time and the pressure was heaped on Wigan at 26-22.

It was Wigan now who couldn't get the ball and it was no surprise when on 65 minutes Westerman scored to level the game up. Tickle however missed a conversion so the score was tied up at 26-26.

Their now only looked to be one winner but Wigan managed to re-take the lead on 69 minutes. Kicks had caused problems for Hull previously and another massive bomb from Sam Powell was totally flapped by Shaul and Gelling, racing to put him under pressure won the race to catch the bouncing ball and score near the posts. Hampshire's conversion made it 32-26.

Then on 74 minutes, Sam Powell added a drop goal for 33-26 and that really should of been the game won. Sadly though Wigan fell over their own inexperience in the latter stages and kind of loss the game themselves.

The crucial moment came completing the set following that try. Sam Powell kicked out on the full, giving Hull a scrum near half way. That scrum was converted into a try for Hull with Briscoe scoring a second and Tickle's conversion making it 33-32. Daniel Holdsworth had calm composure soon after to kick a drop goal for 33-33.

The game looked to be heading towards a draw but with less than 90 seconds to go, Hull knocked on 15 metres from their own line, gifting Wigan perfect territory to win the game for a second time. Scrum was formed and we all was expecting a full set of pressure. Their was no chance of losing we all thought. They'd either score or run enough time off the clock to take a point for the draw.

But instead we got a moment of madness. Straight from the scrum, Sam Powell attempted a drop goal which went well wide. So rushed it was untrue. Gasps of "what the f*ck" all round. (By the way, despite Wigan's protest the ball was played it, replays show quite clear that it wasn't.)

That left Hull with a minute to go up the other end and get their own drop goal to win, which they did with Holdsworth calmly slotting over a second one pointer. No time for Wigan to respond, they had cruelly lost 34-33.

That was only half the story though. At the point when Powell had kicked out on the full (when Wigan held a 33-26 lead) the official game clock, that is displayed in the West Stand for all to see, was stopped, as is standard when a team rushes to form a scrum. 5.03 remained on it. But that clock was not restarted after the ball went back in play. It remained stopped on 5.03 whilst Hull went on the attack. I can't recall now how many tackles went by, but they went 50-60 metres down field with no time being run off. It only restarted when Hull had scored the try for 33-32.

Now I'm not blaming Hull here because in the end they played to the clock perfectly during the final moments of the game, but it did look like a time keeping error had been made and I think its sad that it cost the young lads at least a point. Hull scored a try, a conversion and two drop goals in that last five minutes and if the game clock was halted for 30-45 seconds then those seconds were clearly massive. Only about 10 seconds remained when Hull kicked the winning drop goal.

I also think it goes a long way to explaining the rushed drop goal. The fact coach Shaun Wane said "our clock was two minutes over at the end of the game" perhaps contributed to confusion on the field and was a factor contributing to the madness of that drop goal attempt by Wigan.

Again it isn't Hull's fault, I just think its a shame if a time keeping error has cost Wigan at least a point, because those lads certainly didn't deserve to lose after being ahead or level with Hull on the scoreboard for all but the last ten seconds of the final 42 minutes.

You get lessons though in sport and the kick out on the full was probably the ultimate deciding factor. Powell had put in some superb kicks all game but that one error came back to bite him massively. A harsh lesson for a youngster who was superb throughout.

7th Minute Wigan 00 Hull FC 04 Try: Jason Crookes
- Wigan 00 Hull FC 06 Conversion: Danny Tickle (1/1)
22nd Minute Wigan 04 Hull FC 06 Try: Andy Powell
- Wigan 06 Hull FC 06 Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (1/1)
27th Minute Wigan 06 Hull FC 10 Try: Tom Briscoe
- Wigan 06 Hull FC 12 Conversion: Danny Tickle (2/2)
38th Minute Wigan 10 Hull FC 12 Try: Ben Flower
- Wigan 12 Hull FC 12 Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (2/2)
39th Minute Wigan 16 Hull FC 12 Try: Ryan Hampshire
- Wigan 16 Hull FC 12 R.Hampshire Missed Conversion (2/3)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 16 Hull FC 12
47th Minute Wigan 20 Hull FC 12 Try: Joe Burgess
- Wigan 22 Hull FC 12 Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (3/4)
51st Minute Wigan 26 Hull FC 12 Try: Iain Thornley
- Wigan 26 Hull FC 12 R.Hampshire Missed Conversion (3/5)
56th Minute Wigan 26 Hull FC 16 Try: Jason Crookes (2)
- Wigan 26 Hull FC 16 D.Tickle Missed Conversion (2/3)
59th Minute Wigan 26 Hull FC 20 Try: Jason Crookes (Hat-Trick)
- Wigan 26 Hull FC 22 Conversion: Danny Tickle (3/4)
65th Minute Wigan 26 Hull FC 26 Try: Joe Westerman
- Wigan 26 Hull FC 26 Conversion: Danny Tickle (3/5)
69th Minute Wigan 30 Hull FC 26 Try: Anthony Gelling
- Wigan 32 Hull FC 26 Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (4/6)
74th Minute Wigan 33 Hull FC 26 Drop Goal: Sam Powell
75th Minute Wigan 33 Hull FC 30 Try: Tom Briscoe (2)
- Wigan 33 Hull FC 32 Conversion: Danny Tickle (4/6)
77th Minute Wigan 33 Hull FC 33 Drop Goal: Daniel Holdsworth
80th Minute Wigan 33 Hull FC 34 Drop Goal: Daniel Holdsworth (2)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 33 Hull FC 34

James Child



Super League 18 - Round 26 Results
Fri 30 Aug Leeds Rhinos 20 Catalan Dragons 12 15,576
Fri 30 Aug St Helens 16 Warrington Wolves 29 14,715
Fri 30 Aug Wigan Warriors 33 Hull FC 34 12,417
Sun 1 Sept Bradford Bulls 10 London Broncos 20 7,148
Sun 1 Sept Widnes Vikings 36 Hull Kingston Rovers 22 5,713
Sun 1 Sept Castleford Tigers 44 Salford City Reds 30 6,817
Sun 1 Sept Huddersfield Giants 40 Wakefield Wildcats 0 8,757

Super League 18 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 26 21 0 5 845 449 +396 42
2 Warrington Wolves 26 19 1 6 822 449 +373 39
3 Wigan Warriors 26 17 1 8 810 440 +370 35
4 Leeds Rhinos 26 17 1 8 692 501 +191 35
5 St Helens 26 14 1 11 640 524 +116 29
6 Hull FC 26 13 2 11 640 525 +115 28
7 Catalan Dragons 26 13 2 11 607 590 +17 28
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 26 13 0 13 620 726 -106 26
9 Bradford Bulls 26 9 2 15 582 652 -70 20
10 Widnes Vikings 26 9 2 15 671 837 -166 20
11 Castleford Tigers 26 9 2 15 670 845 -175 20
12 Wakefield Wildcats 26 9 1 16 624 717 -93 19
13 Salford City Reds 26 6 1 19 432 929 -497 *11*
14 London Broncos 26 4 2 20 453 924 -471 10

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

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