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Match Report: Hull FC 25 Wigan 26
Posted by Bilko on March 05 2016 - 20:52

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Friday 4th March 2016
Hull FC 25 Wigan Warriors 26
KCOM Stadium, Hull
First Utility Super League 21 - Round 4 of 23
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan         - Hull FC      
22 Lewis Tierney         1 Jamie Shaul      
5 Dom Manfredi         19 Steve Michaels  T2     
3 Anthony Gelling         4 Jack Logan      
4 Dan Sarginson         3 Carlos Tuimavave      
2 Josh Charnley  T        5 Feluti Talanoa      
6 George Williams  T        6 Leon Pryce  T     
7 Matty Smith    G4   DG2    7 Marc Sneyd    G4   DG 
10 Ben Flower  T        8 Scott Taylor      
16 Sam Powell         9 Danny Houghton      

Ryan Sutton


Liam Watts

14 John Bateman  T        12 Mark Minichiello      
12 Liam Farrell         21 Sika Manu  T     

Greg Burke


Gareth Ellis

15 Tony Clubb         15 Chris Green      
17 Lee Mossop         16 Jordan Thompson      
19 Taulima Tautai         22 Josh Bawden      
20 Oliver Gildart         30 Danny Washbrook      


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 effort.

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 time.

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 converting.

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 on!

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 deal with.

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 count.

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.

2nd Minute Hull FC 00 Wigan 04 Try: Ben Flower
Hull FC 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
18th Minute Hull FC 04 Wigan 06 Try: Steve Michaels
Hull FC 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (1/1)
23rd Minute Hull FC 06 Wigan 10 Try: George Williams
Hull FC 06 Wigan 12 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)
29th Minute Hull FC 06 Wigan 14 Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (3/3)
Half Time Hull FC 06 Wigan Warriors 14
54th Minute Hull FC 06 Wigan 18 Try: John Bateman
Hull FC 06 Wigan 20 Conversion: Matty Smith (4/4)
59th Minute Hull FC 10 Wigan 20 Try: Leon Pryce
Hull FC 12 Wigan 20 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (2/2)
64th Minute Hull FC 16 Wigan 20 Try: Sika Manu
Hull FC 18 Wigan 20 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (3/3)
68th Minute Hull FC 22 Wigan 20 Try: Steve Michaels (2)
Hull FC 24 Wigan 20 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (4/4)
73rd Minute Hull FC 24 Wigan 24 Try: Josh Charnley
Hull FC 24 Wigan 24 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (4/5)
75th Minute Hull FC 24 Wigan 25 Drop Goal: Matty Smith
77th Minute Hull FC 25 Wigan 25 Drop Goal: Marc Sneyd
79th Minute Hull FC 25 Wigan 26 Drop Goal: Matty Smith (2)
Full Time Hull FC 25 Wigan Warriors 26

Ben Thaler



First Utility Super League 21 - Round 4 Results
Thu 3 Mar Salford Red Devils 30 Warrington Wolves 31 4,381
Fri 4 Mar Hull FC 25 Wigan Warriors 26 10,660
Fri 4 Mar Leeds Rhinos 20 Huddersfield Giants 16 14,962
Fri 4 Mar St Helens 28 Castleford Tigers 22 11,298
Fri 4 Mar Widnes Vikings 30 Hull Kingston Rovers 16 5,013
Sun 6 Mar Wakefield Wildcats 28 Catalan Dragons 42 4,442

2016 First Utility Super League 21 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Widnes Vikings 5 4 0 1 166 90 +76 8
2 Warrington Wolves 4 4 0 0 115 64 +51 8
3 Wigan Warriors 4 4 0 0 76 60 +16 8
4 St Helens 4 3 0 1 99 104 -5 6
5 Castleford Tigers 4 2 1 1 109 74 +39 5
6 Hull FC 4 2 0 2 129 87 +42 4
7 Salford Red Devils 5 2 0 3 138 123 +15 4
8 Catalan Dragons 4 2 0 2 90 106 -16 4

Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

9 Leeds Rhinos 4 1 0 3 70 116 -46 2
10 Wakefield Wildcats 5 1 0 4 78 152 -74 2
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 5 0 1 4 74 129 -55 1
12 Huddersfield Giants 4 0 0 4 63 104 -41 0

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