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Match Report: Wigan 47 Hull FC 16
Posted by Bilko on May 26 2007 - 22:58

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Wigan Warriors v Hull FC. Engage Super League XII Round 15.
Saturday 26th May 2007. Kick Off 6:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Thoughts on the Match

31 minutes. Hull score to make it 16-2. I sod off down for my half time pint, fuming, waiting for the usual congregation to turn up for our now traditional half time post mortem which we've held most of this season.

Whilst downstairs bang, bang, 16-2 became 16-14 and game on. Apparently Feka and Trent Barrett had a blinder in this period but I missed it! :(

"Stay down here" came the cries, as I´ve cursed them! I didn´t I yet back upstairs to witness a brilliant all out, all working for each other 40 minutes which was pleasing but just left me annoyed that we had´nt show that in the first 30 minutes!

But as good as that second half was, it means nothing if it ain´t back up not only next week but the week after in the cup.

God bless Feka Paleaaesina. In any sport you can be as flash, skillful and unbeliveable as you like but what us fans appreciate more than ever is pure hard effort week in, week out and Feka consistently shows that in great abundance. What a reception he got in the South Stand Bar afterwards.......and as I left there he was outside posing for photos and signing autographs. I had my picture took with the big man and it made my day. It completed a great win for me. But like I said, lets back it up next couple of weeks. We've proved we can do it, the big task is to show it every week!

Story of the Match

Wigan scored 45 points without reply, with Pat Richards scoring a hat-trick, to record a stunning comeback win over Hull at the JJB Stadium.

Hull were 16-2 ahead after just 31 minutes with Lee Radford, Craig Hall and Willie Manu all scoring.

But stand-off Trent Barrett scored twice at the end of the first half to drag the home side back into the game.

Wigan then ran riot in the second half, Richards scoring three tries while Mick Higham and Chris Ashton also crossed.

Wigan had gone into the game with just two wins from their six Super League matches at the JJB and it looked as if they were on the way to a fifth home defeat of the season after a dismal opening 35 minutes.

The home faithful had even started to boo when Manu battled his way through four missed tackles for Hull's third try.

But Barrett led the fightback as he twice barged his way over with the half drawing to a close.

Richards maintained Wigan's momentum with two tries in the first eight minutes of the second half, the second coming after wing Mark Calderwood reacted the quickest to an attempt at goal which bounced back off the posts.

Richards added another goal before Higham touched down with 20 minutes to go, leaving Hull with a mountain to climb.

Barrett added a drop goal before full-back Chris Ashton finished off after Gareth Hock intercepted a Hull attack.

And Richards completed his hat-trick with the last move of the match and then stepped up to kick the conversion for a personal haul of 30 points.

Game Breaking Moment

Trent Barrett bringing us out of woefulness all by his-self.

Top Player

Trent Barrett - That's what we bought him for!

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "Even at 16-2 down, I was pretty confident if we could cure a couple of things that we would get back in the game. It's a huge lesson for our team in relation to looking after the ball. The two tries just before half-time gave us some momentum. Trent Barrett made a couple of mistakes in our half but he put it right by getting over the whiteash and I thought Iafeta Paleaaesina gave us a huge lift but the whole team deserves credit."

Hull FC Coach Peter Sharp: "We didn't handle (Trent Barrett) well at all. He's a very good player and his tries took the wind out of our sail. They've some good guys around him but he's a smart player. They had a lot of possession in the middle of the match and that's where the damage was done. We're bitterly disappointed."

Team Sheets

-WiganPositionHull FC-
1Chris AshtonFull BackShaun Briscoe1
2Mark CalderwoodWingerMatt Sing2
3Phil BaileyCentreCraig Hall22
14David VaealikiCentreKirk Yeaman3
5Pat RichardsWingerGareth Raynor5
6Trent BarrettStand OffRichard Horne7
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum HalfTommy Lee23
8Stuart FieldenPropEwan Dowes8
16Shane MillardHookerRichard Swain9
10Iafeta PaleaaesinaPropGarreth Carvell10
11Gareth Hock2nd RowLee Radford11
12Bryan Fletcher2nd RowWillie Manu17
13Sean O'LoughlinL.ForwardDanny Tickle16
9Mick HighamSubstituteSid Domic4
18Paul PrescottSubstituteMotu Tony14
19Harrison HansenSubstituteHutch Maiava21
24Eamon O'CarrollSubstituteScott Wheeldon26

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 47-Hull FC 16
Tries (7):
Trent Barrett 2
Pat Richards 3
Mick Higham
Chris Ashton
-Tries (3):
Lee Radford
Craig Hall
Willie Manu
Pat Richards 9/9
Danny Tickle 2/3
Drop Goals:
Trent Barrett 1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

08mins:17Wigan 02St Helens 00Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (1/1)
14mins:25Wigan 02Hull FC 04Try: Lee Radford
-Wigan 02Hull FC 04D.Tickle Missed Conversion (0/1)
21mins:43Wigan 02Hull FC 08Try: Craig Hall
-Wigan 02Hull FC 10Conversion: Danny Tickle (1/2)
30mins:03Wigan 02Hull FC 14Try: Willie Manu
-Wigan 02Hull FC 16Conversion: Danny Tickle (2/3)
34mins:31Wigan 06Hull FC 16Try: Trent Barrett
-Wigan 08Hull FC 16Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
38mins:32Wigan 12Hull FC 16Try: Trent Barrett (2)
-Wigan 14Hull FC 16Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
Half TimeWigan Warriors 14 Hull FC 16
42mins:41Wigan 18Hull FC 16Try: Pat Richards
-Wigan 20Hull FC 16Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
46mins:34Wigan 24Hull FC 16Try: Pat Richards (2)
-Wigan 26Hull FC 16Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)
51mins:14Wigan 28Hull FC 16Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (6/6)
57mins:35Wigan 32Hull FC 16Try: Mick Higham
-Wigan 34Hull FC 16Conversion: Pat Richards (7/7)
71mins:45Wigan 35Hull FC 16Drop Goal: Trent Barrett
76mins:51Wigan 39Hull FC 16Try: Chris Ashton
-Wigan 41Hull FC 16Conversion: Pat Richards (8/8)
79mins:22Wigan 45Hull FC 16Try: Pat Richards (3)
-Wigan 47Hull FC 16Conversion: Pat Richards (9/9)
Full TimeWigan Warriors 47 Hull FC 16

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Match Weather


League Table at Conclusion of Super League 12 Round 15

1St Helens151104486241+24522
2Leeds Rhinos151104418271+14722
3Bradford Bulls151005486371+11520
4Wigan Warriors15807362317+4516
5Huddersfield Giants15708377242+13514
7Hull FC15618273311-3813
8Catalans Dragons15618329381-5213
9Wakefield Wildcats15618319402-8313
10Warrington Wolves15609314420-10612
11Hull Kingston Rovers15609247355-10812
12Salford City Reds154110266500-2349

Round 15 Results
Fri 25 May Salford City Reds 14 Huddersfield Giants 12 3,379
Sat 26 May Wigan Warriors 47 Hull FC 16 14,313
Sun 27 May Hull Kingston Rovers 10 Leeds Rhinos 18 7,731
Sun 27 May Bradford Bulls 44 Harlequins 18 10,418
Sun 27 May Wakefield Wildcats 18 Catalan Dragons 12 4,023
Mon 28 May Warrington Wolves 12 St Helens 40 13,024

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