In a match was marred by racism allegations against
Tony Clubb, Wigan made it five wins from five in Super League with a
hard fought and ugly win against Hull FC.
It ended another unbeaten run in Super League whilst
also seeing Wigan equal their best ever start to a Super League
campaign, matching the starts to 1998, 2000 & 2016.
Although Wigan managed to score what for them was an
early try by the standards of this season, in the 10th Minute - they
never really kicked on with the interchange bench like we've seen in
most games this season.
That try came off the back of a poor error by Mahe
Fonua from which Jackson Hastings sold a dummy to Andre Savelio then
went himself to score. Zak Hardaker converted for 6-0.
Hull responded six minutes later after Bevan French
was deemed to have knocked on. Jake Connor squeezed Adam Swift in the
left corner before Marc Sneyd converted for 6-6.
Like I said the game never really shifted from the
interchange period and remained a bitty affair. Summed up in the 32nd
Minute when Connor was sin binned by referee James Child for a high
tackle on Hardaker. Zak was left bloodied and he thought the high tackle
had caused it but his head actually collided with Ben McNamara to cause
Given the yellow card, Wigan opted against going for
goal and tapping instead but it soon turned to be a poor decision. In
fact Hull looked for likely to score with 12 men and actually kicked a
penalty goal from Sneyd to go ahead after Liam Farrell was guilty of
going high on Mahe Fonua.
But Wigan went in front before half time with
Hastings sending Farrell on a short run to the line but Hardaker failed
to convert, so it was only 10-8 at the break.
With Connor still in the sin bin, Wigan were mightily
lucky to get away with a shocking pass from Harry Smith ending up going
back into the in goal but the ball touched Josh Griffin to cause a knock
on. So, so lucky.
Hull though did retake the lead with a return to full
strength. A good kick by Sneyd saw Fonua pluck it out the air against
French in the air to touch down and make it 12-10 to Hull despite Sneyd
missing the kick. He added a penalty five minutes later though for 14-10
to compound a poor Wigan start to the second half.
The score soon became level again with Jake Bibby
finishing well on 58 minutes to make it 14-14 with Hardaker missing
another conversion. Yes he facing plenty of difficult kicks out wide but
a 60% conversion rate remains a worry.
Wigan did look cool and controlled in the final
quarter and sealed the game with a penalty goal on 67 minutes. Jake
Connor, who had been sin binned earlier, gave away a soft penalty for
interference. He was supposed to be showing his quality towards England
selection but unfortunately he cost his team with his sin bin, that
penalty and also ended up with a suspension for next weeks cup tie. The
watching Shaun Wane will have felt his decision to omit him was
Although it was a slender lead, Wigan looked
comfortable defending it out and took the win to end Hull's unbeaten
start to the season.