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Match Preview: Hull FC (A) - 22.02.08 @ Kingston Communications Stadium
Posted by Bilko on February 20 2008 - 14:38

Hull FC v Wigan Warriors - Engage Super League XIII Round 3..
Friday 22nd February 2008. Kick Off 8:00pm at KC Stadium.

Well Hull have 6 absent injured - they lost miserably last week at home and we beat them three times last season. It all points to a Wigan win but it's never that easy.

I remember going to Hull on Easter Monday in 2005. We'd just beaten Saints but we had an injury list which read - Sean O'Loughlin, Kevin Brown, Danny Sculthorpe, Danny Orr, Brian Carney, Gareth Hock and Dennis Moran - which left us with Chris Melling and Wayne Godwin as our half backs. I began the match preview for that game saying - "I'll be honest straight from the off. I just cannot see Wigan winning this game.".

But what happened? We went and won! Hull 15 Wigan 21 was the final score and we had been 14-0 down at half time!!

Just goes to show that pride can mean a lot and Wigan showed plenty to come back and win that day. Hull's pride will be hurting after a miserable defeat to Harlequins last Sunday. I listened it and they were dreadful. - Motu Tony in particular had a nightmare at full back and Tommy Lee struggled to get them going in attack. They were roundly booed off at both half and full time.

The flat atmosphere didn't help them last week but that won't be the case with Wigan in town. Us Wigan fans will make a noise and the home support will respond to that. A better atmosphere and captain Lee Radford begin back in the squad could be the lift Hull need.

What Wigan need to do is repeat what they did in the league match at the KC last March. Don't let them score early. Them getting a lead will lift their confidence - we don't want that. Doesn't matter if we don't score - just keep them tryless because as the game wears on you'd expect the experienced Trent Barrett to take control.

That's what happened last March - we were 2-0 down after 30 minutes then Barrett began to run the show. He scored twice and helped create a couple of the other scores in what turned out to be a comfortable win.

Pat Richards could be key as well. He scored half of his twelve Super League tries last season against Hull FC. Matt Sing in particular just couldn't handle him. Sing is one of the absentees so it's down to young Danny Williams to handle Pat - we've got to exploit that!

The only worry for me is the prop battle. Hull still have Ewan Dowes, Paul King and new signing Peter Cusack and without Stuart Fielden I think they are stronger in that department than us. That's where Hull can win the match. We are going to need a big game from Feka in particular.

Wigan have won two out of two but a win here would really stamp our mark on this season. Some Super League fans are saying "ah 100% but you only played Harlequins and Castleford". I hope we go out at Hull and produce a performance that makes people sit up and notice. But I won't hold my breath on that - it is Wigan and I'm used to expectations being dashed. We shall see.

20 Man Squads

Wigan: Richard Mathers, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Pat Richards, Trent Barrett, Thomas Leuluai, Stuart Fielden, Mickey Higham, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Gareth Hock, Phil Bailey, Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Colbon, Andy Coley, Harrison Hansen, Michael McIlorum, Paul Prescott, Joel Tomkins, Eamon O’Carroll, Thomas Coyle.

Hull FC: Shaun Berrigan, Todd Byrne, Shaun Briscoe, Mike Burnett, Peter Cusack, Matty Dale, Ewan Dowes, Craig Hall, Graeme Horne, Danny Houghton, Paul King, Thomas Lee, Motu Tony, Willie Manu, Lee Radford, Gareth Raynor, Danny Tickle, Scott Wheeldon, Danny Washbrook, Danny Williams.

Key Absentees

Wigan: Mark Calderwood (broken leg), Karl Pryce (foot), Stuart Fielden (Possible - Shoulder)

Hull: Garreth Carvell (knee ligaments), Adam Dykes (thigh), Richard Horne (foot), Matt Sing (foot), Richard Whiting (broken arm), Kirk Yeaman (Elbow).

Match Referee

Gareth Hewer (Whitehaven)

Previous Wigan Matches this season.......
Round 1 - Harlequins (A) Won 47-28

Video Referee

This match is not televised so no video replays are in force.

Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
2nd Wigan Warriors 2 2 0 0 75 44 +31 4
11th Hull FC 2 0 0 2 22 68 -30 0

Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Draws Opposition Success
All Time 134 83 4 47 63.4
All Time at Hull 66 29 2 35 45.4
Super League 26 19 2 5 76.9
SL at Hull 13 9 1 3 73
At KC Only 7 4 1 2 64.2

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
15th February 2008 Castleford (H) SL13 Round 2 Won 26-
9th February 2008 Harlequins (A) SL13 Round 1 Won 47-28
27th January 2008 Widnes (A) Friendly Won 42-18
20th January 2008 Bradford (A) Friendly Won 28-16
13th January 2008 Warrington (A) Friendly Lost 22-30
5th October 2007 Leeds (A) SL12 Play Offs Lost 06-36

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
17th February 2008 Harlequins (H) SL13 Round 2 Lost 06-24
8th February 2008 Warrington (A) SL13 Round 1 Lost 20-32
27th January 2008 Doncaster (A) Friendly Won 52-10
13th January 2008 Huddersfield (H) Friendly Lost 22-30
29th September 07 Wigan (H) SL12 Play Offs Lost 18-21
22nd September 07 Huddersfield (H) SL12 Play Offs Won 22-16

Last 6 Meetings at Kingston Communications Stadium

Date Opposition
29th September 2007 Hull FC 18 Wigan 21 (Play Off Match)
23rd March 2007 Hull FC 20 Wigan Warriors 30
30th April 2006 Hull FC 54 Wigan Warriors 12
21st August 2005 Hull FC 24 Wigan Warriors 28
28th March 2005 Hull FC 15 Wigan Warriors 21
29th June 2004 Hull FC 20 Wigan Warriors 20

Rankings

- Wigan Opposition
Attacking Rank 1st (Best in League) 11th (2nd Worst)
Av. Points Scored Per Game 37.5 12
Tries Scored 11 4
Defensive Rank 5th of 12 10th (3rd Worst)
Av. Points Conceded Per Game 22 28
Tries Conceded 8 11
Home/Away Record 100% Away 0% at Home

Super League 13 Stats

Top 5 Try Scorers
Wigan
Darrell Goulding 2
Mike McIlorum 2
Thomas Leuluai 2
Harrison Hansen 1
Iafeta Paleaaesina 1

Hull FC
Craig Hall 2
Shaun Berrigan 1
Graeme Horne 1

Top Goal Kickers
Wigan:
Pat Richards 15
Hull FC: Danny Tickle 5

Top Points Scorers
Wigan:
Pat Richards 34 (1 try, 15 goals)
Hull FC: Danny Tickle 10 (5 goals)

Hot

Pat Richards: Scored 61 points incl. 6 tries in 3 matches v Hull FC in 2007.
Liam Colbon
: Scored in each of his 2 appearances at KC Stadium.
Thomas Leuluai: 4 tries in last 6 Wigan appearances.

Cold

Mick Higham: Failed to score in an away league match since April 2006 (Hudds)
Phil Bailey: Failed to score in an away match since April 2007 (Salford)
Sean O'Loughlin: Failed to score in an away match since May 2007 (Leeds)

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concs/Juniors
North Stand (Unreserved) £18 £12/£8

Media Coverage

TV: No Television
Radio in Wigan: BBC Radio Manchester 95.1FM will have lead commentary of the game from 8pm with updates from Bradford v St Helens.
National Radio: No Coverage
Radio at Match: BBC Radio Humberside (95.9FM) & KCFM (99.8FM) will both carry full match commentary. Both stations will have post match phone ins till 10:30pm.
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Totesport Match Betting

Team Odds
Wigan 4/11 (Fav)
Hull FC 2/1
Match Draw 20/1

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Hull FC have a 8 point start at odds of 10/11

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Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan win by 28-30points.

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