Last week we bombed a good lead before
"snatching victory from the jaws of victory". This
week............well bloody hell we only went and did it
again. Whilst losing the big lead is pretty poor, it still
takes great guts, desire and bottle to still come back and
get the victory.
It may not have been the prettiest four
wins from four, but for Wigan to get this fourth win
without Sam Tomkins, Joel Tomkins, Willie Isa, Dom Crosby,
Micky McIlorum and captain Sean O'Loughlin is a great
Overall I thought this was a good effort
from Wigan. We all know how much we struggled away this
year but I thought we neutralised an enthusiastic Hull side
pretty well first half.
Hull showed ambition straight from the
kick off when, instead of taking a drive, they swung the
ball left and tried to break up the field. They actually
went 80 metres but sadly for them 79 of those metres came
after Ben Thaler had blown up for a correct forward pass.
Wigan immediately converted this gift
territory into a try with a powerhouse run from Ben Flower
making it 6-0 after Matty Smith converted.
For the next twenty minutes or so, Hull
had the edge in the territorial battle and it wasn't a
surprise when they levelled up with a Steve Michaels try,
converted by Marc Sneyd.
Wigan though quickly got the lead back
on 23 minutes with George Williams finishing in a similar
position to where Flower had scored. Just to the left of
the posts and Smith converted for 12-6. Then on the half
hour we got a penalty in kickable range and for me it was a
no brainer to make it 14-6, a score that carried to half
First try of the second half was
obviously a big one and when it went Wigan's way, a great
finish by John Bateman, it was now 20-6 with Smith
25 Minutes remained now and your hoping
Wigan learned their lesson from the Salford match. We were
looking pretty comfortable but lo and behold, two back to
back penalties got Hull in good position and Leon Pryce
found a gap to score with Sneyd converting for 20-12. Game
One thing I'd say that was different
from Salford though is that whilst last week we continued
to inflict our own damage towards their come back, this
momentum swing saw Wigan have very little possession that
would have enabled them to settle things down. If it wasn't
a try, it was a drop out and that is hard for any side to
Hull found two further tries from Sika
Manu and a second for Michaels which, with both converted,
but them into a 24-20 lead. In nine minutes Wigan's 14
point lead had become a 4 point deficit.
Ten minutes still remained and you
really could only see a Hull win now BUT the thing for
Wigan was that they just hadn't had any possession. Coach
Shaun Wane also made a switch with Oli Gildart coming off
the bench to go in at centre with Dan Sarginson replacing
substituted Lewis Tierney at full back.
This move paid off quickly with a move
left seeing Sarginson get involved in the attacking line
and hands between him and Gildart got Josh Charnley in the
left corner. Smith couldn't convert but two minutes later
he made up for that by kicking the seventeenth drop goal of
his Wigan career to make it 25-24 with five minutes to go.
Deep breath for all Wigan fans but they
were sweating again with three minutes to go as Sneyd
nailed a good drop goal to make it 25-25.
Inside two minutes now and all outcomes
were still on the cards. Hull though shot themselves in the
foot when Liam Watts offloaded ten minutes from their own
line into the hands of John Bateman. Absolute madness.
Wigan had the ball, the territory and the time to make this
Ice cool this set from Wigan. They got
Smith into the right area and he nailed a second drop goal
for 26-25, a one pointer that leaves him now just one short
of equalling Andy Farrell's club record of 19 one pointers
for the club.
Wigan still had a short kick off to deal
with, and one last Hull possession in the dying seconds,
but they managed to see the clock out and earn their second
away win of the season in the most dramatic of fashion.