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Match Report: Hull Kingston Rovers 24 Wigan 40
Posted by Bilko on September 10 2007 - 06:39

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Sunday 9th September 2007
Hull Kingston Rovers 24 Wigan Warriors 40
Craven Park, Hull
Engage Super League 12 - Round 26 of 27
Kick Off 3:00pm

- Wigan       - Hull KR    
5 Pat Richards    G7    24 Ian Hardman    
2 Mark Calderwood  T      30 Mark Lennon    G2 
14 David Vaealiki  T      33 Rhys Lovegrove  T   
20 Darrell Goulding  T      21 Luke Dyer    
23 Liam Colbon  T2      22 Andreas Baeur  T   
6 Trent Barrett       31 Paul Cooke    
7 Thomas Leuluai  T      7 James Webster    
8 Stuart Fielden       20 Michael Vella    
16 Shane Millard       9 Ben Fisher    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       32 Ryan Tandy    
3 Phil Bailey       8 Makali Aizue    
12 Bryan Fletcher       17 Mark O'Neill    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       6 Scott Murrell  T   
9 Mick Higham       10 David Tangata-Toa    
18 Paul Prescott  T      11 Iain Morrison  T   
21 Danny Hill       15 Jim Gannon    
24 Eamon O'Carroll       34 Kris Welham  T   


First time at Hull KR for Wigan since 1994 and it was a nice trip over to East Hull. Nice friendly welcome in truth compared to Hull FC. (Far too many) Beers aplenty and you can drink in the stand as well. Luckily for us we went on a decent day though because that temporary stand will be unbearable in the winter months. Bet we end up there in February next year!

I suspected last weeks Humberside derby victory may have taken a lot out of KR and clearly it did. Wigan took control with 2 scores in the opening six minutes and when Rovers did hit back they missed conversions and it was those misses that made it a comfortable afternoon for us as Pat was in great mood with the boot.

Leading 28-8 at half time we knew KR would come at us second half and they did so, a lot of the time with the help of the referee's whistle (or perhaps more our own woeful discipline which needs to improve) but for all the pressure they come up with just 1 try up until the last ten minutes when disappointly we let them score two. Minds in the Wigan players may have been set that the game was over but you can't afford to think like that with the play offs due. Well I say due we are technically in play off mode now. This was must win and so is next week.

Overall though we conceded five tries here which suggests were going to need to be lucky to beat Saints. Missed goal kicks by Rovers were a big reason we were always well ahead. If Saints have Paul Wellens kicking that'll be a big bonus to us next week because he is woeful but we've got to do better in defence over the full 80 minutes!

Big raps to Paul Prescott. Scored a great try and he put in a massive hit during the second half. Not sure who it was on but the hit was a beauty! Absolutely nailed him! Top stuff!

Well Wigan came out and hit Rovers with two superb tries in the opening minutes.

First try came in the 2nd minute. A cross field move from right to left saw Pat Richards send Liam Colbon over in the corner before he hit a brilliant conversion off the touchline - 6-0.

Sixth minute and the lead was doubled. Darrell Goulding took advantage of some shocking defence from KR as he coasted over for his 10th try of the season. Trent Barrett's pass sent him through the game and when meeting full back Ian Hardman he spun out of his attempted tackle and scored! 10 tries is an excellent return from the youngster considering this was only his third start in a Wigan shirt.

Rovers then started to play and twice went close but Wigan's defence held firm. Wigan then had a chance to increase their lead but Shane Millard was held up over the line. From the turnover Wigan were penalised twice which gave KR easy field position to which they took full advantage.

Lot of talk about Man of Steel at the moment and the name James Webster will probably not be in the frame but he is a massive player to Rovers. Every time I see him play he is pivotal to everything they do. He was involved here as he sent Scott Murrell over to make it 12-4 but Paul Cooke failed to convert.

Wigan hit straight back as Rovers knocked on the kick off. They scored straight from the resulting scrum as good work from Bryan Fletcher, Barrett and Sean O'Loughlin sent David Vaealiki over for an easy score. Richards again converted - 18-4.

Rovers themselves hit back as Andreas Bauer somehow got out of a gang tackle to score in the right hand corner. Disappointing try that, Wigan should have kept him at bay. Cooke missed the conversion again though so Wigan still had a commanding 18-8 lead, and it was a lead they would stretch further towards half time.

First on 36 minutes a great move involving many players saw Mark Calderwood receive the ball out wide and drawing in the centre he sent Colbon over for his second try. A rare sight - Wingers combining on the wing! Pat failed to convert this time - Boo!

Then right on the hooter Paul Prescott barged through more poor Rovers defending before making a fool of full back Hardman in touching down. He just swatted through him. Richards conversion made it 28-8.

Into the second half and perhaps Wigan thought the game was won. In reality it was but you can't afford to slack off in this league and I feel Wigan did here. They were perhaps lucky Rovers were emotionally tired following their derby win last week and they simply didn't have enough class to punish our ill-discipline.

They did score first second half though but it was again another unconverted try. Iain Morrison scored as he went over from close range. Cooke's missed kick left the score at 28-12 when it could have been 28-18 and game on.

Hull continued to pressure but an attempted 40-20 kick went out on the full and Wigan took advantage of the easy field position. Thomas Leuluai scored this try as the Rovers defence took his dummy. Richards converts and it's 34-18 after 51 minutes.

After that Wigan seemed to shut up shop and like I said Rovers were not good enough to take advantage of the slacking off.

They did score twice in the final ten minutes with youngsters Kris Welham and Rhys Lovegrove going over but the change of kicker (Mark Lennon) which saw both tries converted was far too late.

Wigan ended with a flourish though as Mark Calderwood scored in the last minute, Richards conversion made the final score 40-24 which was probably a true reflection of the game.

2nd Minute Hull KR 00 Wigan 04 Try: Liam Colbon
- Hull KR 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
6th Minute Hull KR 00 Wigan 10 Try: Darrell Goulding
- Hull KR 00 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
21st Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 12 Try: Scott Murrell
- Hull KR 04 Wigan 12 P.Cooke Missed Conversion (0/1)
23rd Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 16 Try: David Vaealiki
- Hull KR 04 Wigan 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
28th Minute Hull KR 08 Wigan 18 Try: Andreas Bauer
- Hull KR 08 Wigan 18 P.Cooke Missed Conversion (0/2)
36th Minute Hull KR 08 Wigan 22 Try: Liam Colbon
- Hull KR 08 Wigan 22 P.Richards Missed Conversion (3/4)
39th Minute Hull KR 08 Wigan 26 Try: Paul Prescott
- Hull KR 08 Wigan 28 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/5)
Half Time Hull Kingston Rovers 08 Wigan Warriors 28
44th Minute Hull KR 12 Wigan 28 Try: Iain Morrison
- Hull KR 12 Wigan 28 P.Cooke Missed Conversion (0/3)
51st Minute Hull KR 12 Wigan 32 Try: Thomas Leuluai
- Hull KR 12 Wigan 34 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/6)
70th Minute Hull KR 16 Wigan 34 Try: Kris Welham
- Hull KR 18 Wigan 34 Conversion: Mark Lennon (1/1)
77th Minute Hull KR 22 Wigan 34 Try: Rhys Lovegrove
- Hull KR 24 Wigan 34 Conversion: Mark Lennon (2/2)
80th Minute Hull KR 24 Wigan 38 Try: Mark Calderwood
- Hull KR 24 Wigan 40 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/7)
Full Time Hull Kingston Rovers 24 Wigan Warriors 40

Ian Smith



Super League 12 - Round 26 Results
Fri 7 Sept Leeds Rhinos 6 Hull FC 17 17,424
Fri 7 Sept St Helens 36 Warrington Wolves 16 11,746
Sat 8 Sept Harlequins 22 Salford City Reds 16 2,347
Sun 9 Sept Bradford Bulls 40 Catalan Dragons 8 9,350
Sun 9 Sept Hull Kingston Rovers 24 Wigan Warriors 40 7,370
Sun 9 Sept Huddersfield Giants 24 Wakefield Wildcats 22 7,066

Engage Super League 12 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 26 19 0 7 771 402 +369 38
2 Leeds Rhinos 26 17 1 8 701 483 +218 35
3 Bradford Bulls* 26 17 1 8 768 540 +228 33
4 Hull FC 26 13 2 11 553 543 +10 28
5 Huddersfield Giants 26 13 1 12 614 518 +96 27
6 Wigan Warriors** 26 14 1 11 601 515 +86 25
7 Warrington Wolves 26 12 0 14 659 710 -51 24
8 Wakefield Wildcats 26 11 1 14 592 668 -76 23
9 Harlequins 26 10 3 13 481 606 -125 21
10 Catalans Dragons 26 9 1 16 540 671 -131 19
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 26 9 0 17 466 699 -233 18
12 Salford City Reds 26 6 1 19 449 840 -391 13

*Bradford Bulls Deducted 2 points for 2006 Salary Cap Breach.
**Wigan Warriors Deducted 4 points for 2006 Salary Cap Breach.

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