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Match Report: Wigan 38 Hull FC 16
Posted by Bilko on September 17 2006 - 11:38

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Friday 15th September 2006
Wigan 38 Hull FC 16
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 11 - Round 28 of 28

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan       - Hull FC    
29 Chris Ashton  T2      14 Motu Tony  T   
2 Mark Calderwood       1 Shaun Briscoe  T   
35 Nathan McAvoy  T      3 Kirk Yeaman    
4 David Vaealiki       6 Richard Whiting    G 
5 Brett Dallas       5 Gareth Raynor    
6 Danny Orr       13 Paul Cooke    G 
20 Michael Dobson  T   G5    7 Richard Horne    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina  T      8 Ewan Dowes    
9 Mick Higham       9 Richard Swain    
37 Stuart Fielden       10 Garreth Carvell    
11 Gareth Hock  T      11 Lee Radford    
12 Bryan Fletcher       19 Graeme Horne    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       24 Danny Washbrook    
8 Scott Logan       15 Paul King    
15 Danny Tickle       25 Matty Dale  T   
18 Wayne Godwin       26 Scott Wheeldon    
19 Harrison Hansen  T      27 Tommy Lee    


Well this was an almost exact carbon copy of our previous home match against Bradford.

Same final scoreline and same emphatic Wigan victory.

Yeah Hull may have been off the gas in this one but you can only beat the opposition in front of you and it was a pretty full strength side.

I remember being at the KC Stadium in Hull when Nathan McAvoy made his debut and we were well and truly hammered, 42-0 down at half time! Defensively that day we were awfully weak. What a difference a few months make. We now have one of the best defences in the league and with the amount of penalties we are conceded, we need it! Discipline has got to be improved next year. Although I think the departure of Scott Logan will improve it by at least 50%.

So what an amazing 89 days it has been. As we kicked off at 7:00pm on Sunday 18th June against Catalans we were 8 points adrift at the bottom of the table.

Since that day we've lost just twice, both losses by no more than 2 points, and we've seen off 5 of the 6 teams that will compete in the Play Offs this year.

It gives you great hope for next year, but there is still a lot of work to be done. We need to improve our on the road performances and the first big task is to find a replacement goal kicker.

Wigan came out the traps on fire again and took the lead after just 6 minutes.

The inside pass from Danny Orr sent Feka Paleaaesina charging towards the line. With two men on him he somehow managed to ground the ball and the try was awarded via the video referee. Michael Dobson converted to make it 6-0.

Dobson himself would get our second try, and his 5th in 3 matches, in the 22nd minute. From close range he threw the dummy and darted over to make it 12-0 as he converted his own try.

Hull were playing as if their shorts were round their ankles. Showing no ambition to win this game. Richard Swain showed their first bit of fight, literally, by trading blows with ex Hull player Scott Logan. Nice little barney but no cards were shown by referee Ben Thaler, although he did award Hull the penalty.

They made no use of that penalty and it was Wigan who went further ahead in the 32nd minute. Wayne Godwin, playing his last Warriors game before joining Hull next season, broke clear and the supporting Chris Ashton finished the break off under the stick. Easy Dobson conversion - 18-0.

Minutes later Hull finally made a break. Gareth Raynor broke down the left and eventually they went in the corner through substitute Matty Dale. Paul Cooke couldn't convert 18-4.

So Hull, who had done very little, had got themselves back into the game at 18-4 just before the break.

But they knocked on from the restart and Wigan made them pay. A great grubber from Dobson was pounced on by Ashton and another Dobbo conversion made it 24-4 and that try would turn out to be the game breaker.

Into the second half and Wigan kicked on. Dobson was again the creator as he sent Harrison Hansen over for the try, this time with a short pass. His conversion however hit the post - 28-4.

Two minutes later Swain was penalised for a late hit on Danny Orr and referee Thaler sent him to the bin for 10 minutes. This allowed Wigan to pile on further misery to the black and whites. Dobson again created it with a deft kick into the corner. Nathan McAvoy collected and just managed to avoid the chalk line. Dobbo missed a difficult conversion - 34-4.

It took the sin binning of David Vaealiki for interference on 65 minutes for Hull to have a good spell in the game. They scored twice with the extra man through Motu Tony and ex Wiganer Shaun Briscoe.

It didn't matter as Wigan finished the game off with a score from Gareth Hock in the final minutes. But he should have been less selfish and passed to Brett Dallas. It would have been a perfect ending to a tough year. Dallas was told to shoot at goal and despite kicking a blinder off the touchline it just fell short. Never mind Brett, you are still a Wigan legend!

05mins:46 Wigan 04 Hull FC 00 Try: Iafeta Paleaaesina
- Wigan 06 Hull FC 00 Conversion: Michael Dobson (1/1)
21mins:32 Wigan 10 Hull FC 00 Try: Michael Dobson
- Wigan 12 Hull FC 00 Conversion: Michael Dobson (2/2)
31mins:29 Wigan 16 Hull FC 00 Try: Chris Ashton
- Wigan 18 Hull FC 00 Conversion: Michael Dobson (3/3)
34mins:50 Wigan 18 Hull FC 04 Try: Matty Dale
- Wigan 18 Hull FC 04 P.Cooke Missed Conversion (0/1)
38mins:17 Wigan 22 Hull FC 04 Try: Chris Ashton
- Wigan 24 Hull FC 04 Conversion: Michael Dobson (4/4)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 24 Hull FC 04
42mins:50 Wigan 28 Hull FC 04 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Wigan 28 Hull FC 04 M.Dobson Missed Conversion (4/5)
45mins:41 Hull FC Sin Bin Richard Swain (Late Tackle)
46mins:55 Wigan 30 Hull FC 04 Penalty Goal: Michael Dobson (5/6)
48mins:16 Wigan 34 Hull FC 04 Try: Nathan McAvoy
- Wigan 34 Hull FC 04 M.Dobson Missed Conversion (5/7)
63mins:50 Wigan Sin Bin David Vaealiki (Interference)
64mins:24 Wigan 34 Hull FC 08 Try: Motu Tony
- Wigan 34 Hull FC 10 Conversion: Richard Whiting (1/1)
73mins:05 Wigan 34 Hull FC 14 Try: Shaun Briscoe
- Wigan 34 Hull FC 16 Conversion: Paul Cooke (1/2)
76mins:34 Wigan 38 Hull FC 16 Try: Gareth Hock
- Wigan 38 Hull FC 16 B.Dallas Missed Conversion (0/1)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 38 Hull FC 16

Ben Thaler



Super League 11 - Round 28 Results
Fri 15 Sept Leeds Rhinos 60 Catalan Dragons 12 13,391
Fri 15 Sept Wigan Warriors 38 Hull FC 16 16,554
Sat 16 Sept Harlequins 40 Salford City Reds 18 3,053
Sat 16 Sept Wakefield Wildcats 29 Castleford Tigers 17 11,000
Sun 17 Sept Bradford Bulls 42 Huddersfield Giants 30 7,002
Sun 17 Sept Warrington Wolves 30 St Helens 38 13,024

Final Engage Super League 11 Table
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 28 24 0 4 939 430 +509 48
2 Hull FC 28 20 0 8 720 578 +142 40
3 Leeds Rhinos 28 19 0 9 869 543 +326 38
4 Bradford Bulls* 28 16 2 10 802 568 +234 32
5 Salford City Reds 28 13 0 15 600 539 +61 26
6 Warrington Wolves 28 13 0 15 743 721 +22 26
7 Harlequins 28 11 1 16 556 823 -267 23
8 Wigan Warriors* 28 12 0 16 644 715 -71 22
9 Huddersfield Giants 28 11 0 17 609 753 -144 22
10 Wakefield Wildcats 28 10 0 18 591 717 -126 20
11 Castleford Tigers 28 9 1 18 575 968 -393 19
12 Catalan Dragons 28 8 0 20 601 894 -293 16

*Wigan and Bradford both Deducted 2 Points for 2005 Salary Cap Breach

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