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
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
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.
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
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.
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.