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Match Report: Hull Kingston Rovers 18 Wigan 20
Posted by Bilko on June 11 2016 - 11:21

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Friday 10th June 2016
Hull Kingston Rovers 18 Wigan Warriors 20
Craven Park, Hull
First Utility Super League 21 - Round 18 of 23
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan       - Hull KR    
1 Sam Tomkins  T      22 Matty Marsh    
5 Dom Manfredi  T2      1 Ken Sio    G3 
3 Anthony Gelling  T      21 Thomas Minns  T   
2 Josh Charnley       4 Iain Thornley    
22 Lewis Tierney       5 Kieran Dixon    
6 George Williams       32 Terry Campese    
7 Matty Smith    G2    7 Albert Kelly  T   
8 Dom Crosby       8 Adam Walker    
16 Sam Powell       9 Shaun Lunt    
10

Ben Flower

      17

Dane Tilse

   
21 Ryan Sutton       11 Maurice Blair    
25 Willie Isa       13 Chris Clarkson    
11

Joel Tomkins

      20

James Greenwood

   
Interchange:
17 Lee Mossop       10 Mitch Allgood  T   
19 Taulima Tautai       16 James Green    
26 Greg Burke       19 John Boudebza    
29 Joe Bretherton       26 Robbie Mulhern    

Report: 

Shaun Wane said afterwards that he was always confident we would "scrag" the win but personally with 15 minutes to go I can't say I shared that confidence.

Wigan had been awful for the majority of the second half but what turned the game was the return of Ben Flower and Dom Crosby from the moment it went to 18-8.

During the times those two were on the field (first 20-25 minutes and the last 15 minutes) this game was 20-0 in Wigan's favour. Without them it was 18-0 to Rovers. That say's it all I think. Wigan's interchange didn't really offer much in this game.

The weather played a huge part in the amount of mistakes shown by both sides but that and losing Dan Sarginson to injury in the warm up didn't stop Wigan getting off to a great start.

A good cut out pass from Sam Tomkins got Dom Manfredi in the corner but watching live their was plenty of controversy about it. It looked to me at the time that Dom was well short and in touch but looking back now on Wigan TV it looks a great call. The tackling Iain Thornley is underneath him so his feet never find touch and he plonks it down in the corner. Smith couldn't convert but with the driving horrible fine rain it was a tough night for kicking off the touchline.

That try was repeated on 13 minutes with Sam again cutting out Gelling to find Manfredi. This time a far simpler finish in the corner but Smith again couldn't convert so it was only 8-0.

Wigan had been reasonably composed during this start and I felt another score would be a better reflection of the territory but slowly the mistakes started to creep in and the interchanges of Crosby (20 minutes) and Flower (26 minutes) saw the tide turn.

Rovers got back into the game with a kick to the right being fumbled by Lewis Tierney and Albert Kelly pounced on the loose ball to score on the right side. Ken Sio converted for 8-6.

That score held for the final ten minutes of the first half and then the first ten minutes of the second half before a moment of incredulity gifted Rovers the lead.

Wigan are 25 metres out and Willie Isa is playing the ball and not Wigan player is in place to receive it. I called this unprofessional and disgraceful on commentary because this wasn't after a break, this was a standard play the ball with every Wigan player in an attacking line. It was a horrible error that Kelly pounced on and within seconds it was returned up the other end for a try to Thomas Minns under that Ken Sio converted for 12-8 to Rovers.

The game was now descending in a dreadful watch with tons of errors but it was Rovers who found another score on 63 minutes with Mitch Allgood being sent under the sticks for 18-8 after an easy conversion.

In these conditions a two score lead was huge and to be honest I just couldn't see a Wigan comeback happening but as well as Crosby and Flower returning, it was a great break sixty metre run from dummy half by Tierney that turned the tide. I'm not quite sure why he put the brakes on against Iain Thornley and didn't back himself but the damage had been done. From the play the ball, Wigan went right and Sam Tomkins found Gelling who beat poor tackling by Kieran Dixon to finish in the corner.

If you'd been listening on radio, I'd been suggesting we might take Gelling off because he was struggling with some kind of leg injury and this was affecting his game but he must have done well to get up field to be in place to finish that. Smith converting reduced the lead to 18-14.

Ten minutes still remained but it was with only three minutes to go that Wigan got the scores level. Dane Tilse was playing a huge part in this comeback with four errors I remember being a factor. Wigan got up on the line and it fell to Sam Tomkins to jink his way over. Albert Kelly's defence was awful here, weak to say the least but it made the score 18-18 and now Smith had a kick to win it from half way between the posts and touchline.

In this weather it wasn't easy but Smith kicked it to put Wigan 20-18 up and a miraculous escape was now 90 seconds away.

Wigan never seem to do well on short kick offs. They lost this one and Kelly looked like he had tons of space in front of him but referee Thaler found a knock on and Wigan were brilliantly slow in seeing out a full set and the remaining time.

Rovers might put to Terry Campese being taken off as being a factor to their late collapse but I thought he was pretty quiet in this game. Albert Kelly was offering more but he is a defensive liability and his attempt late on Tomkins was pitiful.

Reality is Rovers really shouldn't have lost from 18-8. The win masks the fact that the no one to receive play the ball contributed hugely to the momentum that saw us go ten points down and almost cost us this game.

We found a way to win though and that is a great trait of this Wigan side. Given the weather, this match was all about the result and it's a fair point to say that these conditions were not really expected after a hot and very dry week leading up to it. It extends our winning run to four games and we'll now move on to Widnes and see how we go on that night.

Scoring: 
5th Minute Hull KR 00 Wigan 04

Try: Dom Manfredi

Hull KR 00 Wigan 04 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (0/1)
13th Minute Hull KR 00 Wigan 08

Try: Dom Manfredi (2)

Hull KR 00 Wigan 08 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (0/2)
28th Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 08 Try: Albert Kelly
Hull KR 06 Wigan 08 Conversion: Ken Sio (1/1)
Half Time Hull Kingston Rovers 06 Wigan Warriors 08
51st Minute Hull KR 10 Wigan 08 Try: Thomas Minns
Hull KR 12 Wigan 08 Conversion: Ken Sio (2/2)
63rd Minute Hull KR 16 Wigan 08 Try: Mitch Allgood
Hull KR 18 Wigan 08 Conversion: Ken Sio (3/3)
68th Minute Hull KR 18 Wigan 12

Try: Anthony Gelling

Hull KR 18 Wigan 14 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/3)
77th Minute Hull KR 18 Wigan 18

Try: Sam Tomkins

Hull KR 18 Wigan 20 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/4)
Full Time Hull Kingston Rovers 18 Wigan Warriors 20
Referee: 

Ben Thaler

Attendance: 

7,507

Note: 

Wigan 22. Lewis Tierney a late replacement for 4. Dan Sarginson injured in Warm Up.

First Utility Super League 21 - Round 18 Results
Thu 9 June Castleford Tigers 28 Widnes Vikings 38 4,968
Fri 10 June Hull Kingston Rovers 18 Wigan Warriors 20 7,507
Fri 10 June Leeds Rhinos 8 Salford Red Devils 0 14,462
Fri 10 June Warrington Wolves 12 Hull FC 19 10,513
Sat 11 June Catalan Dragons 33 St Helens 16 10,789
Sun 12 June Huddersfield Giants 2 Wakefield Wildcats 10 5,077

2016 First Utility Super League 21 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Hull FC 18 14 0 4 490 369 +121 28
2 Catalan Dragons 18 13 0 5 513 359 +154 26
3 Wigan Warriors 18 13 0 5 380 375 +5 26
4 Warrington Wolves 18 12 0 6 523 321 +202 24
5 St Helens 18 9 0 9 412 456 -44 18
6 Wakefield Wildcats 18 9 0 9 379 482 -103 18
7 Castleford Tigers 18 8 1 9 467 508 -41 17
8 Widnes Vikings 18 8 0 10 410 397 +13 16

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

9 Hull Kingston Rovers 18 5 1 12 402 467 -65 11
10 Salford Red Devils 18 8 0 10 442 428 +14   10*
11 Huddersfield Giants 18 4 0 14 391 439 -48 8
12 Leeds Rhinos 18 4 0 14 288 496 -208 8

*Salford Deducted Six Points for Salary Cap Breaches in 2014 & 2015

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