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Match Report: Wigan 18 Hull Kingston Rovers 12
Posted by Bilko on March 24 2008 - 17:48

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Easter Monday 24th March 2008
Wigan Warriors 18 Hull Kingston Rovers 12
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 13 - Round 8 of 27
Kick Off 3:00pm

- Wigan       - Hull KR    
5 Pat Richards    G3    1 Shaun Briscoe    
2 Mark Calderwood  T      21 Jon Steel    
3 Darrell Goulding       3 Chev Walker  T   
4 George Carmont       4 Jake Webster    
14 Liam Colbon  T2      5 Daniel Fitzhenry    
6 Trent Barrett       12 Ben Galea    
7 Thomas Leuluai       7 James Webster    
8 Stuart Fielden       20 Michael Vella    
17 Michael McIlorum       15 Ben Cockayne    
15 Andy Coley       10 David Mills    
12 Phil Bailey       14 Stanley Gene    
16 Harrison Hansen       11 Clint Newton  T   
13 Sean O'Loughlin       13 Scott Murrell    
9 Mick Higham       6 Paul Cooke    G2 
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       9 Ben Fisher    
22 Joel Tomkins       17 Makali Aizue    
24 Eamon O'Carroll       18 Rhys Lovegrove    


On the back of Good Friday, the two home defeats to Hull KR last season and losing the lead from 10-0 up - that was a good response from Wigan today.

It wasn't pretty in a very defensive game but we reacted and didn't collapse into a slump of bad form. And now, after Saints defeat today, we are still level with them having played just 3 home matches and travelled away to our two Lancashire rivals.

Nothing is pretty from Wigan at the moment - we are certainly not flowing with class and emphatic skill - but we're in the top six and backing this up on Friday against Wakefield (who are playing in France tonight) and we'll have repaired a lot of Good Friday's damage.

The effort was certainly there today. Not much conviction but Hull KR proved twice at the JJB last year that they can defend well.

Thomas Leuluai was superb with some excellent big shots whilst Liam Colbon with a positive display on the back of a poor derby.

Perhaps the key to Wigan's win today was holding out for four consecutive sets right on half time. For about 22 tackles they clung on to a 4-0 break lead and although Hull KR did come back to take the lead - that phase of play was pivotal to the final outcome.

Must praise the following from Hull KR today - excellent showing once again, outdoing the likes of Leeds and Bradford in recent times by far today.

I was told that Wigan were sent straight to Orrell after Friday's shambolic display to look back at the tape and review that sorry embarrassing show and whether that is true or not - at least today our discipline was much, much better. Very few mistakes and very few conceded penalties.

In fact I think Ben Thaler had a great game, the game flowed for both sides and that's what we all want to see.

Wigan began much the stronger and early with a try from Liam Colbon in the 4th minute. Richards missed a difficult touchline conversion and for the rest of the half, Wigan pressed but were met by stiff defence from the visitors..

That early try would prove to be the only score of the first half. Wigan in the main kept Rovers in check until just before half time when they had four consecutive sets on the Wigan line.

Led superbly I thought by scrum half James Webster they put in some neat kicks, which caused drop outs, but Wigan managed to see them out until half time and maintain their hard fought 4-0 lead.

Into the second half and Wigan's lead was stretched to 10-0 on 50 minutes. Great break down the left, I think from Carmont, saw him send Liam Colbon over for his second. It was excellent work and passing in heavy traffic and also nice to see centre and winger combining like that. Richards hit a great kick off the sideline to make it 10-0.

Wigan were looking comfortable until a 2 minute spell on the hour saw Hull KR take the lead. Both tries came from deep breaks - first Chev Walker finished off a break from Webster then Clint Newton finished off another break. Paul Cooke converted both to make it 12-10 to Hull KR. The Wigan fans got a bit nervous, thinking "here we go" but Wigan did not collapse.

A penalty goal to level the scores on 68 minutes settled the nerves and it was Wigan who did all the late pressing. With just four minutes left they had an opportunity to drop goal but didn't take it - I was screaming at them for not doing so but they swung it out wide to Calderwood who on his wing stepped back inside to go over and another touchline conversion from Pat made it 18-12 /

Rovers kick off then failed to go 10 metres and from that Wigan never looked like losing. They comfortably saw it out although Stuart Fielden wants a rocket up his arse for that offload he made in the final moments which felt straight into opposition hands. It was well in KR's half but completely unnecessary when protecting a lead in the dying moments.

In the end a fair result I feel. Not much between these two sides but Wigan definetly just about shaded it.

6th Minute Wigan 04 Hull KR 00 Try: Liam Colbon
- Wigan 04 Hull KR 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
17th Minute Wigan On Report Darrell Goulding (Alleged Trip)
25th Minute Wigan 04 Hull KR 00 P.Richards Missed Penalty Goal (0/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 04 Hull Kingston Rovers 00
50th Minute Wigan 08 Hull KR 00 Try: Liam Colbon
- Wigan 10 Hull KR 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/3)
58th Minute Wigan 10 Hull KR 04 Try: Chev Walker
- Wigan 10 Hull KR 06 Conversion: Paul Cooke (1/1)
61st Minute Wigan 10 Hull KR 10 Try: Clint Newton
- Wigan 10 Hull KR 12 Conversion: Paul Cooke (2/2)
68th Minute Wigan 12 Hull KR 12 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (2/4)
76th Minute Wigan 16 Hull KR 12 Try: Mark Calderwood
- Wigan 18 Hull KR 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/5)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 18 Hull Kingston Rovers 12

Ben Thaler



Super League 13 - Round 8 Results
Mon 24 Mar Hull FC 4 Leeds Rhinos 30 14,113
Mon 24 Mar Huddersfield Giants 28 St Helens 26 7,131
Mon 24 Mar Wigan Warriors 18 Hull Kingston Rovers 12 16,457
Mon 24 Mar Castleford Tigers 31 Warrington Wolves 34 7,245
Mon 24 Mar Bradford Bulls 32 Harlequins 24 8,428
Mon 24 Mar Catalan Dragons 28 Wakefield Wildcats 20 8,120

Engage Super League 12 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 8 7 0 1 270 80 +190 14
2 Warrington Wolves 8 6 0 2 227 184 +43 12
3 St Helens 8 5 0 3 220 183 +37 10
4 Wigan Warriors 8 5 0 3 193 191 +2 10
5 Hull Kingston Rovers 8 4 0 4 151 145 +6 8
6 Harlequins 8 4 0 4 178 191 -13 8
7 Bradford Bulls 8 4 0 4 169 184 -15 8
8 Catalans Dragons 8 4 0 4 159 182 -23 8
9 Huddersfield Giants 8 3 0 5 175 188 -13 6
10 Wakefield Wildcats 8 3 0 5 160 218 -58 6
11 Hull FC 8 2 0 6 119 185 -66 4
12 Castleford Tigers 8 1 0 7 147 237 -90 2

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