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Match Report: Wigan 12 Hull Kingston Rovers 16
Posted by Bilko on May 16 2015 - 16:54

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Wigan Warriors v Hull Kingston Rovers - Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round 5
Friday 15th May 2015. Kick Off 8:05pm at Leigh Sports Village.

Match Report

The blunt truth for Wigan here was that they simply didn't do enough to deserve to win this cup tie against Hull KR. Even when 12-10 up with ten minutes to go it just didn't seem fair that Rovers could lose and in the end they got the try that gave the tie a fair reflection.

Rovers weren't spectacular in their victory but they did all the basic things far better than Wigan. Good kicks to end sets and a great chase. Then when it was time to defend they held pretty firm for the majority of the game.

Wigan dominated the opening minutes of the match but only found a penalty goal from Matty Smith in the 14th Minute to show for it. Rovers visibly grew in confidence from that, helped by an error on the restart forcing a cheap drop out. They didn't score from that but in the 19th Minute, Maurice Blair scored to put them 6-2 ahead after Josh Mantellato converted.

From that moment, Wigan had to work far harder for their metres but did respond before half time with Joel Tomkins scoring a soft try in the 36th Minute. Smith missed the conversion and Mantellato missed a penalty right on the hooter to leave the score at 6-6.

Second Half was tight for twenty minutes with both sides kicking goals rather than attempting tries. Rovers went 8-6 and 10-8 ahead with efforts whilst Smith missed poorly trying to make it 10-10.

Wigan though began to get on top with the return of McIlorum being pivotal. He had us driving forward and it was his pass that got Joe Burgess squeezed in the left corner on 64 minutes. Smith couldn't convert but Wigan now led 12-10.

We continued to press after that but composure lacked. We may have got a poor call from Richard Silverwood when on the attack under the posts but we needed to realise that Rovers weren't going to go the length of the field on us. The cheap penalty to help them down field was a poor one and another error saw them gifted a crucial try.

At the time, at the opposite end of the field, I thought Dan Sarginson had offloaded to no one for Ken Sio to collect and score but he'd actually just lost the ball. Either way its poor play that he needs to learn from.

Sarge was trying to find a gap out wide but with a 12-10 lead in a cup tie in it's final ten minutes, there is no need to do that. Wrap the ball up and drive straight. Even if you only make 20 metres in a set, you can still get the kick away and clear your lines. It needed to be that simple but wasn't and that's why we deserved to lose.

Mantellato converted Sio's try for 16-12 and although Wigan had a late effort from Joel Tomkins chalked off it would have been harsh on the visitors.

Wigan need to go away and just learn from this. Technically it was a home game but realistically it was another wayward effort away from the DW. Same old that we've seen all season and at the back end of last. The players need to have a good think and figure out what they are doing wrong on trips away, because it clearly isn't working and the issues are mental rather than physical.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Hull KR 1
20 Ryan Hampshire Full Back Ben Cockayne 2
2 Josh Charnley

Right Wing

Kieran Dixon 1
11 Joel Tomkins Centre Kris Welham 19
4 Dan Sarginson Centre Ken Sio 5
5 Joe Burgess Left Wing Josh Mantellato 4
6 George Williams Stand Off Terry Campese 23
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Maurice Blair 6
8 Dom Crosby Prop Dane Tilse 32
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker John Boudebza 24

Lee Mossop


James Green

14 John Bateman 2nd Row Kevin Larroyer 11
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Graeme Horne 12
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Tyrone McCarthy 13
16 Sam Powell Substitute James Donaldson 15
24 Taulima Tautai Substitute Aaron Ollett 21
25 Larne Patrick Substitute Jordan Cox 22

Ryan Sutton

Substitute Sonny Esslemont 26
- Shaun Wane Coach Chris Chester -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 12


Hull Kingston Rovers 16

Tries (2):
Joel Tomkins
Joe Burgess


Tries (2):
Maurice Blair
Ken Sio

Matty Smith 2/5
--- Goals:
Josh Mantellato 4/5

Scoring and Incident Pattern

13mins:35 Wigan 02 Hull KR 08 Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (1/1)
18mins:11 Wigan 02 Hull KR 04 Try: Maurice Blair
Wigan 02 Hull KR 06

Conversion: Josh Mantellato (1/1)

35mins:55 Wigan 06 Hull KR 06 Try: Joel Tomkins
Wigan 06 Hull KR 06 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (1/2)
40mins:00 Wigan 06 Hull KR 06 Missed Penalty: Josh Mantellato (1/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 06 Hull Kingston Rovers 06
47mins:27 Wigan 06 Hull KR 08 Penalty Goal: Josh Mantellato (2/3)
52mins:08 Wigan 08 Hull KR 08 Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (2/3)
58mins:44 Wigan 08 Hull KR 10 Penalty Goal: Josh Mantellato (3/4)
60mins:56 Wigan 08 Hull KR 10 Missed Penalty: Matty Smith (2/4)
63mins:12 Wigan 12 Hull KR 10 Try: Joe Burgess
Wigan 12 Hull KR 10 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (2/5)
71mins:52 Wigan 12 Hull KR 14 Try: Ken Sio
Wigan 12 Hull KR 16

Conversion: Josh Mantellato (4/5)

Full Time Wigan Warriors 12 Hull Kingston Rovers 16

Video Highlights


Richard Silverwood

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 11 Hull KR 13

Match Attendance



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