One of the features of this match was the kick offs from Pat
Richards which caused Hull all sorts of problems. Motu Tony, who
is struggling to replace Shaun Briscoe at full back, fumbled the
match kick off but Wigan failed to capitalise - they did get over
but a Harrison Hansen touch down was pulled back after a forward
It was Hull who scored first in the 7th minute. Danny
Washbrook sent Shaun Berrigan over and Tickle's conversion made it
Deja Vu as the restart was fumbled, this time by Ewan Dowes,
but again Wigan failed to capitalise.
Apart from the kick offs, Wigan had started poorly and Hull
should have gone further ahead. Washbrook had sent Tickle over but
the ex Wigan man knocked on trying to score and to make it worse
he did it in front of the travelling Wigan fans. Tickle did add a
penalty goal on 20 minutes to make it 8-0 though.
Another restart and although not from the initial kick off,
Hull fumbled again. This time Berrigan knocked on and finally
Wigan made them pay. Tommy Leuluai sent Gareth Hock in for his
first try of the season. His only try in 2007 came in the plays
off at Hull and his last try before that was also against Hull in
the last match of 2006 at the JJB - so Gaz would like to play them
every week! Richards had an easy conversion which made it 8-6.
The next 15 minutes to half time was all Wigan and they cashed
in with two more scores.
Down the left hand side Leuluai put a
neat kick in which Richards patted back to Carmont for the score.
He did well Richards as he must have been a bugs dick away from
the try line. Richards then hit a beauty off the touchline to
convert and Wigan led for the first time on the night - 12-8.
Right on half time we scored our third try. Again down the
left, a neat kick caused confusion, Carmont returned the favour to
Richards by sending him over with a sublime pass. Richards failed
to convert this time though so the half time score was 16-8 to
First try after the break was always going to be crucial and it
was the home side which got it. Teenage hooker Danny Houghton
bounced over for a first senior try. Tickle converted 16-14.
Moments later Craig Hall broke clear but a brilliant tackle
from Richard Mathers bundled him into touch.
Hull were on top but Wigan scored next. Leuluai found the right
pass to send Phil Bailey in for a score and Richards conversion
made it 22-14 with 20 minutes left. We just needed to go slow and
keep calm - see the game out. But Hull came back with a quick
I mentioned in the match preview how I felt despite injuries
Hull would be on top in the forwards and I think its this
department that would Hull the match. They made easy yards late on
and this was a factor in the try Lee Radford finished off on 63
minutes. Tickle missed the conversion so Wigan led by four.
Hull though continued to stream forward at every opportunity
and Wigan began to lose their discipline, conceding two vital
penalties in a row.
After troubling Hull with kicks all night the fortunes were
unfortunately turned. On a last tackle a bomb was put up, Liam
Colbon dropped it in the in goal and Tickle pounced for the try
under the posts. His conversion gave Hull a 24-22 lead with 9 to
Wigan never really looked close to coming back although a break
down the left by Micky Higham gave us hope - but he didn't have
the legs. I'm afraid their is still a big lack of pace in the