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Match Preview: Hull Kingston Rovers (A) 13.07.08 @ Craven Park
Posted by Bilko on July 10 2008 - 22:37

Hull Kingston Rovers v Wigan Warriors - Super League XIII Round 21..
Sunday 13th July 2008. Kick Off 3:00pm at Craven Park.

Well we could be meeting Hull KR at just the right time. They are in awful form and surprisingly to me some fans are on the back of coach Justin Morgan after six defeats in a row.

I caught the end of their game with Cas on BBC Radio Humberside on Sunday and was surprised here quite a few texts on the back of Morgan.

They should count themselves lucky they had a quality coach in Justin Morgan to get them up when he did, and keep them up when he did. Because if they were still in National League 1, in my opinion, they would have zero chance of a Super League licence. Not with them being so close to Hull FC and in a stadium like that.

I think they've done excellent since they came up. They gained two excellent and deserved away victories at the JJB early last year - in perspective we've only lost once at home since they won at Wigan last may. Again early this year the match at the JJB was hard fought.

They've won four of six derbies so far against rivals Hull FC as well and beat Saints at home and almost knocked them out the cup.

Ok they are on a bad run now but it's still better than visiting Leigh, Batley and Dewsbury. Perhaps I caught the minority on the radio on Sunday but it all seemed a bit harsh to me.

Rovers big problem has been in attack, which is the worst in the league. They are second worst in the league for both dummy half runs and tackle busts and worst for clean breaks.

They do however have ex Wigan player Michael Dobson who, despite the lack of results, has come in with three tries in six matches so far. Wigan need to be wary of him, especially with 40/20 attempts. He has kicked three already, compared to Wigan who haven't kicked a 40/20 since last August. Hull KR actually lead the league in 40/20 kicks with 6 in total.

For Wigan, well its nice to have good options for a winning side. Feka Paleaaesina, Paul Prescott, Sean O'Loughlin and maybe a debut for Tim Smith are all options, if fit, for Brian Noble.

The harsh thing is that he could well bring all four in but nobody really deserves to be dropped after last week. Not sure I'd throw Smith straight in but Noble may be tempted to put him on the bench especially with the reserves not having a game this weekend.

One doubt is George Carmont which is a blow. He has been outstanding this year. No real flair but he does a great job. Not only does he score tries but more importantly he consistently sends the pass out for his wing partner to score from. That's been a big issue for Wigan in recent years. I make it 18 tries his various wing partners partners have scored this season compared to 9 from wingers on the opposite side. For me he should be our player of the year this season by a country mile.

If Carmont isn't fit I'd just play Liam Colbon in his place. Not as effective perhaps but he never let's us down. Its a better option that switching Pat back to wing, Phelps back to centre and Mathers in at Full Back anyway.

So plenty of options for Noble but the important thing is that we get the win. I don't think it'll be easy or pretty to be honest but it's so vital we don't throw away last week's big win - especially with the derby match to follow.

Match Referee

Ian Smith (Oldham) - Age 42
First Pro Game: Chorley v Bramley - 1998
First Super League Game: London 28 Salford 14 - 7th August 1999
First Wigan Game: Salford 18 Wigan 30 - 20th August 2000

2008 Record with this Referee


Result Pens
Castleford (H) Won 28-16 10 5 15
Wakefield (H) Won 08-14 16 16 32
Catalans (A) Lost 38-45 8 9 17
Harlequins (H) Won 38-22 6 6 12

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Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
4th Wigan Warriors 19 11 1 7 464 467 -3 23
9th Hull Kingston Rovers 20 7 1 12 371 507 -136 15

League Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Hull KR Draws Success
All Time 94 57 33 4 62.7%
All Time at Hull KR 46 19 25 2 43.4%
Super League 4 2 2 - 50%
SL at Hull KR 1 1 - - 100%

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
4th July 2008 Leeds (H) SL13 Round 20 Won 23-22
27th June 2008 Harlequins (H) SL13 Round 19 Won 38-22
22nd June 2008 Castleford (A) SL13 Round 18 Draw 22-22
14th June 2008 Catalans (A) SL13 Round 17 Lost 38-45
31st May 2008 Leeds (A) C.Cup 1/4 Final Lost 16-23
25th May 2008 Wakefield (A) SL13 Round 15 Won 38-30

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
6th July 2008 Castleford (A) SL13 Round 20 Lost 10-18
29th June 2008 Bradford (A) SL13 Round 19 Lost 20-40
21st June 2008 Wakefield (H) SL13 Round 18 Lost 18-26
15th June 2008 Warrington (A) SL13 Round 17 Lost 20-38
6th June 2008 St Helens (A) SL13 Round 16 Lost 10-52
1st June 2008 St Helens (H) C.Cup 1/4 Final Lost 18-24

Last 6 Meetings at Craven Park

Date Opposition
9th September 2007 Hull Kingston Rovers 24 Wigan 40
10th April 1994 Hull Kingston Rovers 21 Wigan 10
9th March 1993 Hull Kingston Rovers 12 Wigan 26
6th December 1992 Hull KR 0 Wigan 18 (Regal Trophy R2)
1st April 1992 Hull Kingston Rovers 02 Wigan 17
13th November 1990 Hull Kingston Rovers 06 Wigan 36

Super League 13 Stats

- Wigan Hull KR
Attacking Rank 6th of 12 Worst in League
Av. Pts Scored Per Game 24.4 18.5
Tries Scored 77 65
Defensive Rank 6th of 12 7th of 12
Av. Pts Conc. Per Game 24.5 25.3
Tries Conceded 79 88
Home/Away Record 4th Best in League (45%) 8th of 12 (61.1%)
Top 6 Try Scorers Pat Richards 11
Darrell Goulding 8
George Carmont 7
Thomas Leuluai 7
Liam Colbon 7
Harrison Hansen 5
Peter Fox 9
Jake Webster 8
Daniel Fitzhenry 8
Ben Cockayne 6
Michael Vella 4
Clint Newton 4
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 76 Paul Cooke 35
Goal Kick Success 77 from 98 - 78.5% 55 from 71 - 77.4%
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 197 Paul Cooke 74
Top Try Assists Trent Barrett 16 Paul Cooke 10
Top Meter Maker Pat Richards 2055m Michael Vella 2267m
Top Ball Carries Thomas Leuluai 318 Michael Vella 322
Top Tackler Harrison Hansen 580 Michael Vella 490
Top Offloader Hock/Carmont 30 Clint Newton 25
Top Attack Kicks Trent Barrett 83 Paul Cooke 59
Top Dummy Half Runs Mick Higham 117 Ben Fisher 118
Top Tackle Busts Iafeta Paleaaesina 65 Shaun Briscoe 47
Top Marker Tackles Harrison Hansen 67 Michael Vella 60
Top Clean Breaks George Carmont 16 Jake Webster 17
Top 40/20 Kicker None so Far Michael Dobson 3
Top General Kicks Trent Barrett 137 Paul Cooke 95
Top Missed Tackles Andy Coley 43 Ben Galea 42
Top Errors Thomas Leuluai 17 Ben Cockayne 22
Top Penalty Conceder Mick Higham 22 Ben Cockayne 21

Red Highlighted denotes League Leader.
Full Stats are on www.superleague.co.uk


Darrell Goulding: Three tries in last two Matches.
Cameron Phelps: Three tries in last four Matches.
Pat Richards: Scored tries in each of the last five away league games.


Richard Mathers: Not scored since Round 1 v Quins (14 matches)

Swimming in the Antarctic....

Stuart Fielden: 49 appearances since he scored twice at Odsal - Feb 24 07

Ticket Details

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Craven Park

Hull KR's ground is one of two Rugby League venues called Craven Park, the other being the home venue of Barrow. The Craven Park in Hull was built in 1989 when they moved from "old" Craven Park. Facilities at the ground for away fans are pretty bleak. The away end is a poor temporary stand with no roof. Not to worry though it's been a marvellous hot sunny summer so far so we don't need to worry about getting wet for our twenty rip off pounds......pfft!

Directions By Car: Follow the M62 eastbound to J38 where it joins the A63 which joins Clive Sullivan Way on the approach to Hull. Stay on this road over the flyover past the City Centre and Marina. Continue straight on at the traffic lights in the middle lane over Myton Bridge (The Deep is on the right hand side). Continue straight on at the roundabout (2nd exit) where you will join A1033 (Hedon Road) and continue straight on once more at the next two roundabouts (2nd exit). At the next roundabout (Marfleet) turn left onto Marfleet Lane. Turn right at the traffic lights onto the dual carriageway (Preston Road) and Craven Park is about half a mile on your right hand side.

Car Parking: There is ample secure car parking on site at Craven Park.

: The nearest train station to the ground is Hull which is a long way from Craven Park. Stagecoach No.43 bus is recommended to get to Craven Park on Sunday however this bus runs at half hour intervals. Please check the local timetables for further information:

UK Media Coverage

TV NO TV Coverage -
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Radio at Venue Full Match Commentary BBC Humberside 95.9FM
National Radio No Coverage -
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International TV Coverage


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Wigan Warriors 4/9 Fav Bet 365/Ladbrokes
Hull Kingston Rovers 9/4 Boyle Sports
Match Draw 25/1 Boyle Sports

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Hull KR have a 8 point start with Blue Square, Boyle Sports & 888sport.

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan win by 6-8 points.

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