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Match Report: Wigan 12 Hull KR 20
Posted by Bilko on May 15 2009 - 22:20

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Friday 15th May 2009
Wigan Warriors 12 Hull Kingston Rovers 20
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 14 - Round 13 of 27
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan       - Hull KR    
21 Cameron Phelps       1 Shaun Briscoe    
2 Amos Roberts       2 Peter Fox    
22 Martin Gleeson       4 Jake Webster  T   
4 George Carmont       19 Kris Welham    
5 Pat Richards    G2    5 Liam Colbon    
6 Tim Smith       6 Paul Cooke  T   
7 Thomas Leuluai       7 Michael Dobson  T   G4 
8 Stuart Fielden       18 Scott Wheeldon    
17 Michael McIlorum       9 Ben Fisher    
15 Andy Coley       11 Clint Newton    
11 Gareth Hock       14 Stanley Gene    
12 Phil Bailey       12 Ben Galea    
13 Sean O'Loughlin  T2      13 Scott Murrell    
9 Mark Riddell       8 Nick Fozzard    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       15 Daniel Fitzhenry    
14 Joel Tomkins       16 Jason Netherton    
19 Paul Prescott       17 Makali Aizue    


First of all - What a Game! One of the best matches I've seen in a long, long time. Played in terrible conditions but the effort from both sides was superb and plenty of massive hits. It was a real war of attrition.

But us Wigan fans are left steaming by a refereeing decision right on half time. We led 6-0 and the hooter sounded with the Hull KR man tackled. Referee Richard Silverwood for some reason allowed another tackle to which they scored from and in the heavy rain it was a massive try and moment in the match.

Having said that, fact is we soon retook the lead early second half and just did not have the guile to win the match. We've now lost five of our seven home matches this year and quite honestly we could have won all five defeats. But we don't have the craft and guile when it matters and that is a big issue.

Rovers certainly had it in the form of Michael Dobson who despite limping for most of the game managed to lead Rovers to victory. Outstanding effort which takes them top of the league till tomorrow at least. You also need luck to win close games and on this occasion it swung Rovers way.

The match began with Wigan managing to somehow scramble back after a clean break up the middle by Clint Newton. Dobson almost slid over from ten metres away but Amos Roberts was ruled to have held him up.

Wigan's first attack on six minutes saw them open the scoring. Tim Smith it was who sent Sean O'Loughlin through a hole and a conversion from Richard's opened up a 6-0 lead.

In heavy rain ball handling was difficult and when either side did manage to attack defence was awesome. One attack saw Dobson look a certain try scorer but Mike McIlorum hit him with a awesome hit which flattened him on his arse. Long time since I've seen a tackle that good.

So it looked like 6-0 Wigan at the break but then game the controversy. The hooter sounded with a Hull KR man tackled but referee Silverwood allowed play on to which Dobson crashed over and converted to make it 6-6. Brian Noble was livid giving a verbal bashing to the reserve official. Doesn't matter which club is on the receiving end of a call like that but you'd be fuming over it. From Wigan's point of view it ruined a good half's work.

But into the second half it took just 81 seconds for Wigan to retake the lead. After a knock on from Jason Netherton, Sean O'Loughlin carved straight through the middle of the Rovers defence after nice work from Thomas Leuluai. Richards converted to make it 12-6.

It was a massive lead in this weather and for me a drop goal would have won it for Wigan despite loads of time left. But Rovers got back into the game with Tim Smith being caught on a last tackle.

40 metres from his own line he was trying to get a kick away but Paul Cooke charged it down and managed to hack in on and ground over the line. Dobson converted to make it 12-12.

Then five minutes later they took the lead for the first time. Jake Webster it was who took advantage of a missed tackle from George Carmont. He looked suspect for Jason Demetriou's try last week and was caught out again here. Not good when Shaun Ainscough is out the side for apparent poor defence. Dobson hit a beautiful touchline conversion to make it 18-12 to Rovers with 23 minutes to go.

Wigan had plenty of opportunities to hit back after Rovers repeatedly knocked on their own half. Wigan attacked KR's line off the back of two errors, two penalties and a drop out but just but we didn't have the crucial killer pass or kick. They saw out a good 5-6 minutes pressure and after that they controlled the rest of the game.

The lead going into the final twenty minutes was always going to tell because both sides had given so much on a heavy pitch and sadly for us Rovers had that lead. The crucial moment in the whole match was perhaps a 40-20 from Dobson which relieved a lot of pressure. They did miss two drop goal attempts but held their nerve in defence and didn't gift Wigan easy yards up the field.

Another blow for Wigan was Feka coming off the bench with about twenty minutes to go and having to go off almost immediately after it looking like he broke his nose making a tackle. Blood pouring apparently and he did not return meaning Fielden had to go straight back on with little rest. Another bit of bad luck which perhaps highlighted that it wasn't going to be our night.

At the end of the match the timekeepers played an astonishing 8 minutes injury time but it was a penalty goal from Dobson early in the extra minutes that sealed the game.

Fell sorry for Wigan because they gave their all and had good reason to feel aggrieved. Maybe it's harsh to question team selection for that reason but the decision to bring back Mark Riddell at the expense of Sam Tomkins back fired for me. I didn't see the point of changing a winning formula. We'd had two excellent wins without him and his early season form in my opinion didn't warrant an instant return.

6th Minute Wigan 04 Hull KR 00 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Wigan 06 Hull KR 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
40th Minute Wigan 06 Hull KR 04 Try: Michael Dobson
- Wigan 06 Hull KR 06 Conversion: Michael Dobson (1/1)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 06 Hull Kingston Rovers 06
43rd Minute Wigan 10 Hull KR 06 Try: Sean O'Loughlin (2)
- Wigan 12 Hull KR 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
51st Minute Wigan 12 Hull KR 10 Try: Paul Cooke
- Wigan 12 Hull KR 12 Conversion: Michael Dobson (2/2)
56th Minute Wigan 12 Hull KR 16 Try: Jake Webster
- Wigan 12 Hull KR 18 Conversion: Michael Dobson (3/3)
80th Minute Wigan 12 Hull KR 20 Penalty Goal: Michael Dobson (4/4)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 12 Hull Kingston Rovers 20

Richard Silverwood



Super League 14 - Round 13 Results
Fri 15 May Castleford Tigers 22 Leeds Rhinos 24 8,082
Fri 15 May Wigan Warriors 12 Hull Kingston Rovers 20 13,415
Sat 16 May Hull FC 16 Warrington Wolves 18 10,997
Sat 16 May Catalan Dragons 28 St Helens 32 9,065
Sun 17 May Bradford Bulls 24 Celtic Crusaders 30 7,602
Sun 17 May Harlequins 24 Wakefield Wildcats 17 3,612
Sun 17 May Huddersfield Giants 4 Salford City Reds 24 6,903

Engage Super League 14 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 13 10 0 3 389 244 +145 20
2 Hull Kingston Rovers 13 9 1 3 340 229 +111 19
3 Leeds Rhinos 13 9 0 4 303 189 +114 18
4 Harlequins 12 8 0 4 311 231 +80 16
5 Huddersfield Giants 13 8 0 5 294 237 +57 16
6 Wakefield Wildcats 13 7 0 6 298 277 +21 14
7 Hull FC 13 7 0 6 272 258 +14 14
8 Castleford Tigers 13 7 0 6 311 321 -10 14
9 Wigan Warriors 14 6 0 8 332 287 +45 12
10 Warrington Wolves 13 5 0 8 295 366 -71 10
11 Bradford Bulls 12 4 1 7 259 325 -66 9
12 Catalans Dragons 13 4 0 9 290 370 -80 8
13 Salford City Reds 13 4 0 9 216 389 -173 8
14 Celtic Crusaders 12 1 0 11 188 375 -187 2

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