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Match Report: Wigan 12 Hull Kingston Rovers 16
Posted by Bilko on May 16 2015 - 17:54

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Friday 15th May 2015
Wigan Warriors 12 Hull Kingston Rovers 16
Leigh Sports Village, Leigh
(Switched from DW Stadium, Wigan)
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round 6

Kick Off 8:05pm


- Wigan       - Hull KR    
20 Ryan Hampshire       2 Ben Cockayne    
2 Josh Charnley       1 Kieran Dixon    
11 Joel Tomkins  T      19 Kris Welham    
4 Dan Sarginson       5 Ken Sio  T   
5 Joe Burgess  T      4 Josh Mantellato    G4 
6 George Williams       23 Terry Campese    
7 Matty Smith    G2    6 Maurice Blair  T   
8 Dom Crosby       32 Dane Tilse    
9 Michael McIlorum       24 John Boudebza    

Lee Mossop


James Green

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

Ryan Sutton

      26 Sonny Esslemont    


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.

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

Richard Silverwood




2015 Challenge Cup Round 5

Friday 17th April 2015
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 44 Halifax 16

Saturday 18th April 2015
Leigh Centurions 22 Salford Red Devils 18 (Live on Sky)

Sunday 19th April 2015
Leigh Miners Rangers 14 York City Knights 44
Batley Bulldogs 46 Swinton Lions 14
Bradford Bulls 30 Hull Kingston Rovers 50

North Wales Crusaders 22 Featherstone Rovers 48
Hunslet Hawks 16 Dewsbury Rams 31
Sheffield Eagles 12 Hull FC 34

2015 Challenge Cup Round 6

Friday 15th May 2015
Dewsbury Rams 10 Warrington Wolves 52
St Helens 48 York City Knights 6
Wigan Warriors 16 Hull Kingston Rovers 12 (Played at Leigh - Live on Sky)

Saturday 16th May 2015
Leeds Rhinos 48 Huddersfield Giants 16 (Live on BBC 1)
Hull FC 40 Castleford Tigers 14
Catalan Dragons 37 Featherstone Rovers 34

Sunday 17th May 2015
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 30 Leigh Centurions 36 (Live on BBC 2)
Widnes Vikings 26 Batley Bulldogs 22

2015 Challenge Cup Quarter Finals

Thursday 25th June 2015
Hull Kingston Rovers 32 Catalan Dragons 26 (Live on Sky)

Friday 26th June 2015
Hull FC 6 Leeds Rhinos 24 (Live on Sky)

Saturday 27th June 2015
Warrington Wolves 34 Leigh Centurions 24 (Live on BBC 1)

Sunday 28th June 2015
St Helens 36 Widnes Vikings 20 (Live on BBC 2)

2015 Challenge Cup Semi Finals

Friday 31st July 2015
Leeds Rhinos 24 St Helens 14 (at Warrington - Live on BBC 2)

Saturday 1st August 2015
Hull Kingston Rovers 26 Warrington Wolves 18 (at Leeds - Live on BBC 1)

2015 Challenge Cup Final

Saturday 29th August 2015
Hull Kingston Rovers 0 Leeds Rhinos 50 (at Wembley - Live on BBC 1)

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