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Match Report: Hull Kingston Rovers 39 Wigan 22
Posted by Bilko on July 13 2008 - 23:28

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

Thoughts on the Match

Well Wigan confirmed with a capital C why we lag behind the top three in Super League. We are just not good enough on the road. Leeds, Saints or Catalans would not blow a 22-10 second half lead - full stop.

Wigan had Feka Paleaaesina and Sean O'Loughlin returning to our bench and I think most Wigan fans expected a big win but 39-22 is a big of an hammering. However, Wigan would have romped to victory I feel but for one man.

Michael Dobson, in my opinion, won that match for Hull KR all by himself! Four tries tells it's own story and I didn't keep count of the amount of drop outs we did second half but we were forced to do it time and time again.

It felt like we had two sets second half. It was almost the exact opposite of our first half performance against Leeds last week. You can be critical of Wigan defensively but in attack if you don't have the ball, you can't score and I felt we had one of our better games when we did get to attack.

But why is it that since we started turning up in first halves (last two games) we've had poor second halves? Sometimes you just can't weigh this team up.

So a disappointing defeat which can only be redeemed with derby victory next week. Hmmm we'll all hold our breath on that one - but wouldn't be surprised if it happened!

Story of the Match

Hull KR took the lead in the 4th minute. Impressive Jake Webster went close before Kirk Netherton scored. Conversion Missed by Paul Cooke - 4-0 Hull KR.

Wigan scored some good long range tries today - the first coming from Joel Tomkins. Trent Barrett sent him clear and went a good 30 metres before touching down. Pat missed the extras so it was 4-4 on ten minutes.

Now I said in the match preview that George Carmont should walk away with our player of the season this year by a control mile and he proved it today with two excellent tries.

The first came on 21 minutes, pretty simple to be fair, he touched down a neat pass from Thomas Leuluai. His second came in the 33rd minute when Gareth Hock broke clear to send Carmont over for his 10th try of the season.

Richards converted both scored however in between Carmont's double - Rovers got over the line themselves with Dobson scoring his first of the afternoon from close range.

So half time Wigan led 16-10 and the Wigan fans were pretty pleased. Even more so after 1 minute of the second half when Paaat went on a mazy 50 metre run which was like poetry in motion as he ran towards our end of the field. Holding the ball in one end he beat a couple to score and convert to make it 22-10.

So we are now in the 42nd minute and pretty much that was the end of Wigan's afternoon. From that moment they barely had the ball and didn't come remotely close to scoring again - mainly due to Hull KR forcing repeat set after repeat set and we couldn't get hold of possession - and up the other end Hull KR scored at regular intervals.

Seven minutes after the break, Dobson scored a soft try from close range then Jon Steel went over, helped by more soft defence.

On the hour a kick and chase saw Dobson complete his hatrick, soon after he kicked a drop goal then got his fourth try to kill the game with 6 minutes to go.

Rhys Lovegrove finished off a good afternoon for Rovers with the final score in the final minute.

We can bemoan the lack of possession second half but you don't help yourselves with soft defence.

Game Breaking Moment

Dobson's fourth try with six minutes to go sealed the victory.

Top Player

George Carmont - Easy.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "It is hugely disappointing, we donít seem to be able to build any momentum at the moment, we get a great opportunity against St Helens next week but the reality is we didnít touch the ball in the second half after our first score and thatís testimony to (Michael) Dobsonís kicking game and enthusiasm from Hull KR. Dobson individually kicked well for himself and the team and I think at one point we had 59 tackles on our line and that takes the juice away from you. Itís hard to then go down to the other end of the field and do the things we want to do. (Dobson) is a quality individual and a quality player but we knew that, I have a lot of respect for him. I thought he was helped by Stanley Gene who gave them a huge lift. We couldnít get our hands on the ball. There is still 16 points to play for and next week is a big game for us and an important two points. They embarrassed us last time and I will be mentioning that to the players but I think itís the disappointment of what we dished up today that should fuel our fire and if it doesnít I will be disappointed."

Hull KR coach Justin Morgan: "We had a fantastic week in training, which proves the point that preparation is key to success in whatever you do. Michael Dobson was outstanding - far and away the best number seven in the city. It's been seven weeks since we won and after each one we have said we have been working hard but it's nice to get the rewards. When we went further behind at the start of the second half, we just kept on with the gameplan and the belief stayed with us. We built pressure on them, controlled the ball better and did not overplay. We took some of the pressure off Michael Dobson and asked other players to look after certain areas and that worked. And we got Makali Aizue back. You can't buy players like him and Stanley Gene. As I have said before, it's like a good bottle of Bordeaux. He just gets better with age."

Team Sheets

- Hull KR Position Wigan -
5 Daniel Fitzhenry Full Back Pat Richards 5
21 Jon Steel Winger Mark Calderwood 2
25 Kris Welham Centre Darrell Goulding 3
4 Jake Webster Centre George Carmont 4
18 Rhys Lovegrove Winger Cameron Phelps 21
12 Ben Galea Stand Off Trent Barrett 6
26 Michael Dobson Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
8 Garrett Crossman Prop Stuart Fielden 8
22 Kirk Netherton Hooker Mick Higham 9
10 David Mills Prop Andy Coley 15
20 Michael Vella 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 16
14 Stanley Gene 2nd Row Joel Tomkins 22
6 Paul Cooke L.Forward Gareth Hock 11
- - - - -
9 Ben Fisher Substitute Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
16 Jason Netherton Substitute Sean O'Loughlin 13
17 Makali Aizue Substitute Liam Colbon 14
23 Chaz I'Anson Substitute Mike McIlorum 17

Score Sheet

Hull Kingston Rovers 39 --- Wigan Warriors 22
Tries (7):
Kirk Netherton
Michael Dobson 4
Jon Steel
Rhys Lovegrove
--- Tries (4):
Joel Tomkins
George Carmont 2
Pat Richards
Goals:
Paul Cooke 5/7
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 3/4
Drop Goals:
Michael Dobson 1
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 3/4

Scoring and Incident Pattern

5th Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 00 Try: Kirk Netherton
- Hull KR 04 Wigan 00 P.Cooke Missed Conversion (0/1)
10th Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 04 Try: Joel Tomkins
- Hull KR 04 Wigan 04 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
23rd Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 08 Try: George Carmont
- Hull KR 04 Wigan 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
26th Minute Hull KR 08 Wigan 10 Try: Michael Dobson
- Hull KR 10 Wigan 10 Conversion: Paul Cooke (1/2)
32nd Minute Hull KR 10 Wigan 14 Try: George Carmont (2)
- Hull KR 10 Wigan 16 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
Half Time Hull Kingston Rovers 10 Wigan Warriors 16
41st Minute Hull KR 10 Wigan 20 Try: Pat Richards
- Hull KR 10 Wigan 22 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
47th Minute Hull KR 14 Wigan 22 Try: Michael Dobson (2)
- Hull KR 16 Wigan 22 Conversion: Paul Cooke (2/3)
52nd Minute Hull KR 20 Wigan 22 Try: Jon Steel
- Hull KR 22 Wigan 22 Conversion: Paul Cooke (3/4)
59th Minute Hull KR 26 Wigan 22 Try: Michael Dobson (3)
- Hull KR 28 Wigan 22 Conversion: Paul Cooke (4/5)
63rd Minute Hull KR 29 Wigan 22 Drop Goal: Michael Dobson
74th Minute Hull KR 33 Wigan 22 Try: Michael Dobson (4)
- Hull KR 35 Wigan 22 Conversion: Paul Cooke (5/6)
78th Minute Hull KR 39 Wigan 22 Try: Rhys Lovegrove
- Hull KR 39 Wigan 22 P.Cooke Missed Conversion (5/7)
Full Time Hull Kingston Rovers 39 Wigan Warriors 22

Referee

Ian Smith (Oldham)

Penalties Conceded

Hull KR 5 Wigan 7

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Hull KR 4 Wigan 0

Match Attendance

8,481

Match Weather

Nice and dry.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 13 Round 21

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 21 16 0 5 747 365 +382 32
2 Leeds Rhinos 21 16 0 5 650 309 +341 32
3 Catalans Dragons 21 15 1 5 560 450 +110 31
4 Warrington Wolves 21 12 0 9 555 548 +7 24
5 Wigan Warriors 20 11 1 8 486 506 -20 23
6 Bradford Bulls 21 10 0 11 537 503 +34 20
7 Wakefield Wildcats 21 10 0 11 460 552 -92 20
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 21 8 1 12 410 529 -119 17
9 Harlequins 21 8 0 13 425 575 -150 16
10 Hull FC 21 6 1 14 416 501 -85 13
11 Huddersfield Giants 20 6 1 13 436 538 -102 13
12 Castleford Tigers 21 4 1 16 393 699 -306 9

Round 21 Results
Fri 11 July St Helens 68 Castleford Tigers 12 8,430
Fri 11 July Leeds Rhinos 46 Huddersfield Giants 8 14,739
Fri 11 July Warrington Wolves 32 Bradford Bulls 28 8,158
Sat 12 July Wakefield Wildcats 18 Hull FC 26 5,379
Sat 12 July Catalan Dragons 32 Harlequins 26 6,225
Sun 13 July Hull Kingston Rovers 39 Wigan Warriors 22 8,481

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