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Match Report: Hull FC 24 Wigan 22
Posted by Bilko on February 23 2008 - 01:36

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Hull FC v Wigan Warriors. Engage Super League XIII Round 3.
Friday 22nd February 2008. Kick Off 8pm at Kingston Communications Stadium.

Thoughts on the Match

I was hearing all game "ref was poor", "ref is rubbish, "ref not giving us anything" and we may well have been battered on the penalty count. But I always prefer to look at ourselves.

Simply we should have won that. When Bailey went over to give us a 22-14 lead we should of shut up shop, calmed down and seen the match out. We needed to keep Hull out for as long as we could but to let them score so quickly after we'd gone eight up was in the end what cost us.

We had a great 16 minute spell up to half time but for once we had a poor second half and that is credit to Hull I think.

Story of the Match

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 pass.

It was Hull who scored first in the 7th minute. Danny Washbrook sent Shaun Berrigan over and Tickle's conversion made it 6-0.

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 Wigan.

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 score.

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 go.

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 Wigan side.

Game Breaking Moment

Liam Colbon dropping a bomb in the in goal which Hull scored from to clinch the game.

Top Player

George Carmont - What a pass - and he also scored himself.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "I thought we were a bit scratchy and didn't help ourselves," Noble said. "I thought there were a lot of things we could have done a whole lot better, I thought we lost an opportunity. I have to look at the things that were in our control and I thought we missed an opportunity. Towards the back end we lost a bit of composure, but we'll fix that up. There was a lot of noise and a lot of emotion from the home side and I think we got a bit too involved in that. Some of the calls could have been a bit better too but I don't want to get too involved in that. Hull found a reason to win. We didn't find the patience or the process in the second half."

Hull FC Coach Peter Sharp: "It was an improvement on last week but we still have a long way to go. The effort was there and the execution was better but we need to improve a hell of a lot. Winning makes everything better, I probably just can't sum it up. It's always nice to get a win because zero and three would have been tough. We hung in there nicely and they were ahead twice so to fight back was terrific. Everyone contributed pretty well. We got some play the ball wins and have some good kids who can play off the back of Berrigan and that certainly improves you. The confidence of the side can change in a second. I don't know where it comes from and I don't know where it goes, but you can get it back in a second too. Lee Radford provided a lot of steel and leadership and people on the field tell me he was fantastic.I thought Tommy Lee was good, I thought Danny Houghton was good and I thought Shaun Berrigan was outstanding. Motu Tony was enormous too, very courageous. Those kick-offs were wicked. I was talking to a Castleford player last week (who played Wigan) and he told me he was praying that Castleford didn't score so he didn't have to take a restart. They're wicked. It's a tough kick. I wouldn't want to be full-back tonight."

Team Sheets

- Hull FC Position Wigan -
1 Motu Tony Full Back Richard Mathers 1
29 Danny Williams Winger Liam Colbon 14
25 Todd Byrne Centre Darrell Goulding 3
4 Craig Hall Centre George Carmont 4
5 Gareth Raynor Winger Pat Richards 5
13 Danny Washbrook Stand Off Trent Barrett 6
9 Shaun Berrigan Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
8 Ewan Dowes Prop Andy Coley 15
23 Thomas Lee Hooker Mick Higham 9
26 Peter Cusack Prop Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
16 Willie Manu 2nd Row Phil Bailey 12
11 Lee Radford 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 16
12 Danny Tickle L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
- - - - -
15 Paul King Substitute Gareth Hock 11
17 Graeme Horne Substitute Mike McIlorum 17
18 Scott Wheeldon Substitute Paul Prescott 19
20 Danny Houghton Substitute Eamon O'Carroll 24

Score Sheet

Hull FC 24 --- Wigan Warriors 22
Tries (4):
Shaun Berrigan
Danny Houghton
Lee Radford
Danny Tickle
--- Tries (4):
Gareth Hock
George Carmont
Pat Richards
Phil Bailey
Goals:
Danny Tickle 4/5
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 3/4

Scoring and Incident Pattern

7th Minute Hull FC 04 Wigan 00 Try: Shaun Berrigan
- Hull FC 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Danny Tickle (1/1)
20th Minute Hull FC 08 Wigan 00 Penalty Goal: Danny Tickle (2/2)
24th Minute Hull FC 08 Wigan 04 Try: Gareth Hock
- Hull FC 08 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
30th Minute Hull FC 08 Wigan 10 Try: George Carmont
- Hull FC 08 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
38th Minute Hull FC 08 Wigan 16 Try: Pat Richards
- Hull FC 08 Wigan 16 P.Richards Missed Conversion (2/3)
Half Time Hull FC 08 Wigan Warriors 16
45th Minute Hull FC 12 Wigan 16 Try: Danny Houghton
- Hull FC 14 Wigan 16 Conversion: Danny Tickle (3/3)
60th Minute Hull FC 14 Wigan 20 Try: Phil Bailey
- Hull FC 14 Wigan 22 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
63rd Minute Hull FC 18 Wigan 22 Try: Lee Radford
- Hull FC 18 Wigan 22 D.Tickle Missed Conversion (3/4)
70th Minute Hull FC 22 Wigan 22 Try: Danny Tickle
- Hull FC 24 Wigan 22 Conversion: Danny Tickle (4/5)
Full Time Hull FC 24 Wigan Warriors 22

Referee

Gareth Hewer (Whitehaven)

Penalties Conceded

Hull FC 3 Wigan 6

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Hull FC 0 Wigan 1

Match Attendance

13,226

Match Weather

Dry Night.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 13 Round 3

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 4 4 0 0 128 36 +92 8
2 Wigan Warriors 3 2 0 1 97 68 +29 4
3 Harlequins 3 2 0 1 86 71 +15 4
4 St Helens 3 2 0 1 74 62 +12 4
5 Warrington Wolves 3 2 0 1 83 78 +5 4
6 Hull Kingston Rovers 4 2 0 2 88 91 -3 4
7 Bradford Bulls 3 1 0 2 78 60 +12 2
8 Huddersfield Giants 3 1 0 2 86 80 +6 2
9 Catalans Dragons 3 1 0 2 47 72 -25 2
10 Hull FC 3 1 0 2 50 78 -28 2
11 Wakefield Wildcats 3 1 0 2 52 102 -50 2
12 Castleford Tigers 3 0 0 3 42 113 -71 0

Round 3 Results
Fri 22 Feb Bradford Bulls 16 St Helens 22 10,756
Fri 22 Feb Hull FC 24 Wigan Warriors 22 13,226
Fri 22 Feb Leeds Rhinos 34 Catalan Dragons 6 14,083
Sat 23 Feb Harlequins 34 Wakefield Wildcats 18 3,176
Sun 24 Feb Huddersfield Giants 64 Castleford Tigers 12 7,184
Sun 24 Feb Hull Kingston Rovers 28 Warrington Wolves 29 8,704

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