How disappointing to see Wigan 16-0 down within quarter of an hour and
the match practically already lost. Fair enough to get back to 18-16 down
was a good effort but this awful attack continues to be mightily
frustrating to watch.
Dan Sarginson throwing a
lazy pass into touch on the half way line set an early poor tone and I
just found that showing really painful to sit through if I’m honest and I
know a lot of fans are in the same mind-set.
The reason for that is
because this isn’t a one off. Chronic slow starts have been a problem all
season, highlighted by the fact that Wigan have scored ten or less at half
time in THIRTEEN of their sixteen matches this season and bear in mind one
of those three exceptions was the cup tie at Dewsbury.
Here tries from Marc Sneyd,
Steve Michaels and then that sloppy pass allowing Scott Taylor to cross
made it 16-0 in 14 minutes and Sneyd added a penalty goal on 23 minutes
Wigan introduced Sam
Tomkins off the bench for his second debut and he sparked Wigan into some
life with a try from Oliver Gildart reducing the lead to 18-4. Wigan
couldn't find another before half time though.
The second half saw a much
better Wigan effort and tries from John Bateman and then a nice finish
from Tomkins himself got Wigan back to 18-16.
Twenty minutes still
remain and it looked like the momentum was all with Wigan but a breakaway
try finish by Jamie Shaul broke Wigan's backs and a further try from
Fetuli Talanoa completed a well deserved 30-16 win for Hull.