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Match Report: Wigan 34 Hull FC 22
Posted by Bilko on September 04 2009 - 21:19

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Wigan Warriors v Hull FC - Engage Super League 14 Round 26.
Friday 4th September 2009. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Wouldn't call this a poor performance but it was a very flat effort tonight. It had the feeling of a pre season game - your just wanting to get it out of the way and get the play offs started.

Despite the official site claiming Wigan could "ensure a home play off tie" if they won this, we would have to have seen at least a 170 points difference turnaround in two games for us to cock that up! It was a nothing to play for game this - simple as that - and it definitely showed on the pitch! We never went out of first gear and sadly Hull never forced us into having to put a sweat on to win. They had plenty of enthusiasm, but just lacked the quality to do us some real damage.

Hull came out and tried to hit us early. They forced two drop outs in the first five minutes but Wigan almost took the lead without trying after Richard Horne threw an intercept straight into the arms of George Carmont. He's the veteran of the Wigan side and it showed with him not having the legs to take it all the way.

Carmont took us 70 metres up field but from that territory Sean O'Loughlin bombed a certain try by knocking on a Harrison Hansen pass over the line. Wigan then got reduced to twelve men with Andy Coley being binned for supposedly delaying a quick twenty metre restart. Not sure without seeing a replay but Ben Thaler was in no doubts.

No real danger came during that ten minutes. In fact for the first half hour both sides struggled to get near to scoring with final passes going to ground. You could tell the week off had just knocked a bit of sharpness out of them.

The deadlock was finally broken on the half hour. O'Loughlin made the break and found Amos Roberts in support. Nice flick pass sent Amos in the corner but Pat couldn't convert off the touchline so they lead was just 4-0.

Hull soon scored themselves after we knocked on in our own half. Sam Moa collected the loose ball to which Richard Horne put in a delicate kick for Danny Tickle to touch down. Still think it's unjust that Tickle had a fanny about 9 a side tournament, that Hull took part in last week, count as a 1 match suspension so he could play today. Anyway he scored and then converted to give Hull a 6-4 lead.

That looked to be the first half scoring complete but Wigan retook the lead with seconds to go. Sam Tomkins put in a kick for George Carmont to touch down - Richards converted this time to make it 10-6 at the break.

Wigan took just four minutes into the second half to pretty much wrap up the points. Both tries came from breaks. First Carmont collected his second intercept of the match - this time off a Danny Tickle pass. Luckily he had no defenders chasing him back so his veteran legs took him over the line.

Then on 44 minutes Mark Flanagan sent Roberts over for his second of the game - Richards converted both to put Wigan into a 22-6 lead.

Certainly flattered us but couldn't held feeling the game was won. Hull never gave up but I stood their knowing we had a 2nd, 3rd, maybe a 4th gear to step into if needed.

Perhaps Hull should be credited for not collapsing at this point. My match preview mentioned they are in worse form than what we produced to leave us rock bottom in early 2006! So to keep going is credit to them. That endeavour paid off on 63 minutes when Richard Horne was sent clear under the posts by Ewan Dowes - easy conversion for Tickle to make it 22-12.

They were thinking that a comeback was on the cards but it just never seemed likely to me. Anything was possibly though until Sam Tomkins stretched over from close range on 70 minutes to put the result beyond any doubt.

Still left time for three more scores in the final ten minutes. First Tom Briscoe scored for Hull then Feka Paleaaesina bombarded his way under the sticks in his trademark fashion. Craig Hall then completed the scoring in injury time with a 60 metre breakaway try. It was a bit comical because only Mark Riddell and Feka were in a position to chase him down. "Piggy" soon gave up but Feka chased him all the way to a least stop him rounding it under the sticks. Well done Feka! He got a big cheer for that effort - even though it meant little to the result.

A win is a win I suppose but it must have been tough for the players to get up for a game that meant very little in terms of our league position. Especially after so many big games in recent weeks. I just worried that we will enter the play offs a bit cold. We're used to going into them on red hot form. I know we got the two points but it was almost too easy tonight.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "It was a scruffy win, we dropped the ball over the line a couple of times. I thought we were the better team. We recognise that we need to be a whole lot better than that but we did enough. Hull had a decent team out, they came with a view to embarrass us. We got 22-6 up and can maybe be excused for not executing as good as should have. We are delighted we have secured a home play-off game now, we just wait to see who we play, we have one more team to play next week before all the rounds are finished but we are very determined as a group of people. George Carmont did well, his first run of the game he strained his hamstring but he played 60 minutes, he had a super game. Joel Tomkins and Stuart Fielden had super games. Pat Richards and Amos Roberts also performed well for us. Part of our success is that we need all 17 to be like that and that's what we need in the final run in."

Hull FC coach Richard Agar: "I thought we had some good individual efforts across the board. We're disappointed the game has been lost in a three or four-minute period either side of half-time. I thought our effort, commitment and willingness to have a go was pretty good -and we scored some good tries. There is a lot that can be learnt from tonight. We have not finished yet and want to go out with a good performance and a win at home."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Hull FC -
21 Cameron Phelps Full Back Richard Whiting 14
2 Amos Roberts Winger Gareth Raynor 5
22 Martin Gleeson Centre Craig Hall 24
4 George Carmont Centre Graeme Horne 17
5 Pat Richards Winger Tom Briscoe 21
25 Sam Tomkins Stand Off Danny Washbrook 15
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Richard Horne 6
15 Andy Coley Prop Ewan Dowes 8
9 Mark Riddell Hooker Danny Houghton 20
19 Paul Prescott Prop Josh Cordoba 30
14 Joel Tomkins 2nd Row Danny Tickle 12
16 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Willie Manu 16
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Lee Radford 11
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8 Stuart Fielden Substitute Chris Thorman 7
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina Substitute Paul King 19
24 Lee Mossop Substitute Sam Moa 27
26 Mark Flanagan Substitute Epalahame Lauaki 32

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 34 --- Hull FC 22
Tries (6):
Amos Roberts 2
George Carmont 2
Sam Tomkins
Iafeta Paleaaesina
--- Tries (4):
Danny Tickle
Richard Horne
Tom Briscoe
Craig Hall
Goals:
Pat Richards 5/6
--- Goals:
Danny Tickle 2/2
Craig Hall 1/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

6th Minute Wigan Sin Bin Andy Coley (Delaying Restart)
30th Minute Wigan 04 Hull FC 00 Try: Amos Roberts
- Wigan 04 Hull FC 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
33rd Minute Wigan 04 Hull FC 04 Try: Danny Tickle
- Wigan 04 Hull FC 06 Conversion: Danny Tickle (1/1)
40th Minute Wigan 08 Hull FC 06 Try: George Carmont
- Wigan 10 Hull FC 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 10 Hull FC 06
41st Minute Wigan 14 Hull FC 06 Try: George Carmont (2)
- Wigan 16 Hull FC 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
44th Minute Wigan 20 Hull FC 06 Try: Amos Roberts
- Wigan 22 Hull FC 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
63rd Minute Wigan 22 Hull FC 10 Try: Richard Horne
- Wigan 22 Hull FC 12 Conversion: Danny Tickle (2/2)
70th Minute Wigan 26 Hull FC 12 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 28 Hull FC 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/5)
73rd Minute Wigan 28 Hull FC 16 Try: Tom Briscoe
- Wigan 28 Hull FC 16 C.Hall Missed Conversion (0/1)
79th Minute Wigan 32 Hull FC 16 Try: Iafeta Paleaaesina
- Wigan 34 Hull FC 16 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/6)
80th Minute Wigan 34 Hull FC 20 Try: Craig Hall
- Wigan 34 Hull FC 22 Conversion: Craig Hall (1/2)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 34 Hull FC 22

Referee

Ben Thaler (Wakefield)

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 4 Hull FC 4

Match Attendance

12,491 (657 Away Supporters)

Weather

Dry but very windy.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 14 Round 26

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 26 20 0 6 775 429 +346 40
2 St Helens 26 19 0 7 721 442 +279 38
3 Hull Kingston Rovers 26 17 1 8 640 492 +148 35
4 Huddersfield Giants 26 17 0 9 642 400 +242 34
5 Wigan Warriors 26 15 0 11 643 503 +140 30
6 Wakefield Wildcats 26 15 0 11 661 599 +62 30
7 Castleford Tigers 26 13 0 13 610 680 -70 26
8 Catalans Dragons 26 12 0 14 589 648 -59 24
9 Bradford Bulls 26 11 1 14 632 650 -18 23
10 Warrington Wolves 26 11 0 15 605 671 -66 22
11 Harlequins 26 11 0 15 557 647 -90 22
12 Hull FC 26 10 0 16 484 602 -118 20
13 Salford City Reds 26 7 0 19 432 724 -292 14
14 Celtic Crusaders 26 3 0 23 335 839 -504 6

Round 26 Results
Fri 4 Sept Leeds Rhinos 18 St Helens 10 19,997
Fri 4 Sept Wigan Warriors 34 Hull FC 22 12,491
Sat 5 Sept Hull Kingston Rovers 40 Warrington Wolves 16 8,579
Sat 5 Sept Celtic Crusaders 16 Huddersfield Giants 42 1,988
Sat 5 Sept Catalan Dragons 20 Wakefield Wildcats 34 8,755
Sun 6 Sept Bradford Bulls 44 Salford City Reds 18 8,167
Sun 6 Sept Harlequins 0 Castleford Tigers 48 3,824

Comments
bikerpie on September 07 2009 - 13:06
For the record, it was a very obvious and simple decision to sinbin Coley. He was looking over his shoulder at the man running the ball out to play it, and running straight across his path. Stupid move by Coley!
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