I remember two years ago being at the KC Stadium on an afternoon
when Wigan got nailed 54-12 and it was painful. So revenge was
sweet tonight. It hurt because it was a long way to go to watch a
performance like that but fair credit to the travelling Hull fans.
Not many left in fairness and that must have been a tough one for
God help them in the Cup Final though. That was a worse
defeat than Leigh suffered at the JJB in 2005. Say's an awful lot
There's been some daft rumours about Tim Smith drinking himself
silly on our boards apparently. Well if your gonna play like that
fella - have ten beers on me. Clearly unfit but he ran the show
tonight when he come off the bench. He was barking orders, leading
the team around and taking big pressure off Trent Barrett's
shoulders. Could be a big weapon in the play offs. Instead of
defences being able to target and shut down Barrett they'll now
have Smith to sort out as well. And having to target two key
players opened up the gaps for Wigan to score 12 tries. Maybe a
lot of this was down to Hull being so poor and him coming on with
us in a commanding lead and under no pressure - but only time will
tell. Next week in France will give us a clearer picture.
Last year in matches against Hull FC, Pat Richards completely
dominated Matt Sing in the air and this pattern continued tonight.
Fifth minute and Barrett kicked towards Paaat's wing. Richards
didn't collect the ball from his leap but he did enough to
pressure Sing into fumbling and it was a simple touch down for
Pat. Converted off the touchline as well to make it 6-0 early.
Second try soon followed with Fielden laying the platform. He
was held up just short before Mick Higham darted over from dummy
half which together with a second conversion from Pat made it 12-0
in 8 minutes.
Hull were playing as if their shorts were round their ankles.
They showed absolutely nothing and Wigan made them pay.
17th minute and a Barrett kick was dropped by Hull which gave
Cameron Phelps easy field position to score from although Richards
failed to convert leaving it 16-0.
Phelps is looking a cracking buy. It was nice to see a big
smile on his face when the Eaststanders chanted his name a he
returned for the restart. I think he's loving it at Wigan. I just
hope he doesn't move to Full Back next year. He's proving an
effective Centre or Winger so leave him there. Him and Carmont are
proving good cheap buys which is credit to chairman Lenegan and
coach Noble. I wouldn't swap either for highly paid Matt King at
One moan of the match came on 26 minutes. 16-0 up and cruising,
Hull were showing nothing and Wigan got a penalty a couple of
metres from the try line. It was decided to take a penalty goal
much to Tommy Leuluai's frustration as he slammed the ball down in
disgust. Bit negative for me. Most times I'd agree but not on this
occasion. We had momentum and should have kept going, Funnily
enough though Pat hit the post with an absolute sitter. It wasn't
an hard angle.
It didn't matter though because two minutes later we scored a
fourth try. Another Hull error gave Wigan easy field position
which allowed Feka Paleaaesina to charge over from close range. I
was stood with Hogan at the back on the East and he made a good
point. If Feka charges at the line from close range with his body
low how the bloody hell do you stop him. Simple answer is that you
don't! Pat converted to make it 22-0 after half an hour.
That score became 28-0 three minutes later. A wide gap opened
up in the Hull defence and Joel Tomkins shot through the hole.
Richards converted and I went down for my half time pint with
nothing to moan about which is a rarity in recent times. I also
didn't miss any scores which is also unusual /
I was thinking at half time though two things. One was to keep
up this attack for the full 80 and two was to "nil the bastards".
Ok we only achieved one of these targets but it's better than
Wigan just kept on rolling and on 42 minutes they scored the
try of the night. Tim Smith hit Barrett we a long bullet pass and
an orgasmic flick out the back door without looking from Trent
sent Tommy Leuluai over for the try, to which Richards converted
and made it 34-0. Outstanding try!
Hull did show a bit of pride early in the second half which did
result in a try from Jamie Thackeray on 47 minutes but it was a
token gesture. Far too little too late.
Wigan just kept going all night. Completing sets and not
conceding penalties. Simple but effective. It resulted in further
scores for Tomkins (2), Richards, Carmont (2) and the last try of
the night from Feka.
Joel Tomkins ended up with an hatrick and was a bugs dick away
from a fourth late on which would have racked up 70 points for
Wigan. Fair play to Tomkins, I think he's had a good
season actually which is a far cry from what was deemed to be a
poor loan spell at Widnes last year.
So 66-6 and you can't complain on the night. But as Stuart
Fielden said himself "it means nothing if we don't do the same
next week!". If your going to France enjoy it because I'm not :(.