Well this was an almost exact carbon copy of our previous home
match against Bradford.
Same final scoreline and same emphatic
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!