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Match Preview: Hull FC (H) - 13th March 2011 at DW Stadium
Posted by Bilko on March 11 2011 - 12:08

Wigan Warriors v Hull FC - Engage Super League XVI Round 5.
Sunday 13th March 2011. Kick Off 3:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Preview

I suspect that most sides faced with having to wait a whole month into the season to play their first home league game would be desperate to play on their own turf, but perhaps not Wigan.

We've won just four of our last ten games at DW Stadium, a record that is not the form of champions! St George-Illawarra, Leeds, Huddersfield, Warrington, St Helens and the mighty Harlequins have all claimed victories here in the past 11 months.

Now thankfully we've been able to rely on exceptional away form which has seen us go 17 games unbeaten (including neutral venues). But we can't continue to rely on that. We need to get our home form sorted.

To be honest the bigger test will be when Warrington visit in two weeks time. We should roll over Hull FC. I think they are an awful side with an awful coach and their supporters deserve better.

I don't know how Richard Agar remains in a job. Since he became coach in May 2008, Hull have won just 5 of 29 matches against sides that finished the season sixth or above, and amazingly all but one of those 5 wins came in February. Two of those five wins were first matches of the season.

So take February out the equation, they've won just 1 match against a top six side, home or away, since he became coach in May 2008. Even then they had to come back from 26-6 down against St Helens to beat them 27-26 last year at KC Stadium. That's a pretty damning and pathetic record for a big club like Hull FC.

I've probably set us up for a fall having brought that up, but the last time Hull managed a win here in Wigan was back in 2005 when the Wigan team included Dennis Moran at Full Back, Liam Botham at Loose Forward, a 20 year old Kevin Brown at Stand Off and a bench that included a 19 year old Bryn Hargreaves, an 18 year old Joel Tomkins and Chris Ashton, who was also 18 and making his debut. The only other Hull Super League victory in Wigan was claimed in April 2002 when they won 20-18.

Since that last win in 2005 Hull have suffered coming to Wigan. We had a relegation survival party in 2006 when we beat them 38-16. In 2007 they led 16-2 before a brace of tries from Trent Barrett and a Pat Richards hatrick saw Wigan win 47-16. In 2008 we pumped them 66-6 with Joel Tomkins scoring four tries on the night. Hull did compete a bit in the 2009 clash but in 2010 the final score of 48-24 was flattered by three late Hull scores.

News this week that Stuart Fielden has been ruled out for 4 months has been met with some panic on our message board but I'd rather lose players now than at the back end of the season but we'll cope.

We have a strong squad and like coach Michael Maguire I look at the positives. He was telling Wish FM that it's positive that down the track we will be able to recall Brett Finch (in 2-3 weeks), Pat Richards (not long after), Gareth Hock (late June) and Fielden as well. If we can just hang around the top of the table in the interim we'll be in a great position towards the back end of the season. Those are four quality, quality players to return to a squad that is already doing fine this season.

I think Fielden's absence gives a big opportunity to Lee Mossop. He's done a solid job so far playing prop this season. Bigger tests will come when we play Huddersfield, Warrington and Leeds in the following weeks but early signs are he is coping well with the step up to the front row.

One player who won't be getting a recall soon is Eamon O'Carroll. Sadly he has been ruled out "long term" and it's got to raise big questions about his Wigan career now. He is out of contract at the end of the year, but how can you give a contract to a player that has missed 50 of 68 games in the past two seasons and likely to miss most, if not all, of this season as well? Such a shame. We wish him well!

Overall I think Wigan will just beat Hull out wide. They seem a very pedestrian side to me which struggles for and against pace. Hull have the top two marker tacklers in the league so far (Craig Fitzgibbon and Danny Houghton) so we should be looking to clear the ruck quickly. I'm not sure this will be a big scoring victory. I think we'll be made to work hard for it but I just can't see Hull having the tools to control and then beat us.

19 Man Squads

Wigan
IN:l No Changes
OUT:l No Changes
Full 19: Sam Tomkins, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Paul Deacon, Thomas Leuluai, Michael McIlorum, Andy Coley, Harrison Hansen, Joel Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin, Paul Prescott, Jeff Lima, Ryan Hoffman, Amos Roberts, Lee Mossop, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Stefan Marsh, Josh Charnley.

Hull FC
IN:l Cameron Phelps
OUT:l Jordan Turner
Full 19: Will Sharp, Richard Whiting, Kirk Yeaman, Tom Briscoe, Richard Horne, Mark O'Meley, Danny Houghton, Lee Radford, Joe Westerman, Danny Tickle, Craig Fitzgibbon, Danny Washbrook, Epalahame Lauaki, Willie Manu, Ewan Dowes, Cameron Phelps, Reece Lyne, Sam Moa, Sam Obst.

Match Referee

Steve Ganson (St Helens) - Age 41
First Pro Game: Barrow v Carlisle - 27th August 1995
First Super League Game: Castleford 22 Paris 18 - 17th August 1996
First Wigan Game: Halifax 18 Wigan 46 - 18th May 1997

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 47 and Lost 22 (4 draws) from 73 appointments.
This Season:  First Appointment.

Video Referee

Not in use for this match.

Current Super League XVI League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
5th Wigan Warriors 3 2 1 0 92 42 +50 5
9th Hull FC 4 1 0 3 92 104 -12 2

Super League Team Stats - Averages per Game

- Wigan Hull League Best League Worst
Attack Points per Game 30.6pts

23pts

Wigan 30.6pts Catalan 16.2pts
Defence Pts Agst per Game 14pts

26pts

(2 Teams) 14pts Salford 34pts
Tries Scored per Game 5.7

4.2

Wigan 5.6 Catalans 3
Tries Conceded per Game 2.7

4.8

Hudds'field 2.5 Salford 6
Metres Made per Game 1305m

1148m

St Helens 1513m Hull KR 1063m
Ball Carries per Game 209

192

St Helens 238 Hull KR 1
Av.Meters per Ball Carry 6.23m

5.98m

Hudds'field 6.59m Salford 5.89m
Tackle Busts per Game 22

25

St Helens 31 Wakefield 17
Clean Breaks per Game 6.3

5.5

Leeds 7.2 Catalans 2.7
Offloads per Game 8.3

13.5

Leeds 16.5 Hull KR 7
Attacking Kicks per Game 8.3

9.7

Hudds'field 15.2 Wigan 8.3
Kicks in Gen Play per Game 20.3

17.2

St Helens 22.7 Leeds 17.2
Dummy Half Runs per Game 46.3

23.2

St Helens 53.5 Hull KR 18
Tackles per Game 274.5

322.7

Huddersfield 335 Castleford 288.3
Marker Tackles per Game 57

46

Wigan 57 Castleford 36.6
Errors per Game 10.6

15.5

Crusaders 10.2

Bradford 16
Penalties Against per Game 8.3

5.7

Harlequins 5.5 (2 Teams) 9.7

Individual Player Stats

- Wigan Hull League Leader
Top Try Scorer Hansen/Leuluai 3

Will Sharp 4

Ryan Hall 5
Top Try Assister George Carmont 3

(3 Players) 2

Scott Dereau 6
Top Metre Maker Sam Tomkins 494m

Tom Briscoe 393m

James Roby 762m
Top Ball Carrier Sam Tomkins 59

Mark O'Meley 66

James Roby 159
Top Tackle Buster Sam Tomkins 17

Willie Manu 14

C.Schifcofske 18
Top Clean Breaker Sam Tomkins 6

Kirk Yeaman 5

(2 Players) 6
Top Offloader Carmont/Hoffman 5

Sam Moa 13

C.Schifcofske 18
Top Attacking Kicker Thomas Leuluai 9

Sam Obst 10

Danny Brough 32
Top General Kicker Sam Tomkins 22

Sam Obst 18

Danny Brough 51
Top DH Runner Mike McIlorum 52

Danny Houghton 46

James Roby 129
Top Tackler Liam Farrell 107

Craig Fitzgibbon 198

C.Fitzgibbon 198
Top Marker Tackler Mossop/Farrell 20

Craig Fitzgibbon 39

C.Fitzgibbon 39
Worst Miss Tackler Deacon/Coley 6

Danny Tickle 11

E.Whitehead 21
Most Errors Sam Tomkins 4

Danny Tickle 9

Joel Monaghan 11
Most Pens Conceded Sean O'Loughlin 7

O'Meley/Houghton 4

Michael Witt 10

Super League Era Head to Head Record

Overall Played 32 Wigan 23 Wins Hull FC 7 Wins 2 Draws
At Wigan Played 16 Wigan 13 Wins Hull FC 2 Wins 1 Draws
At DW Stadium Played 14 Wigan 11 Wins Hull FC 2 Wins 1 Draw

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches - Won 4 Drawn 1 Lost 1

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
4th March Salford (A)

SL 16 Round 3

Won 32-16
27th February St George (H) World Challenge Lost 15-21
20th February Bradford (A) SL 16 Round 2 Won 44-10
12th February St Helens (N) SL 16 Round 1 Draw 16-16
2nd February Warrington (A) Pre Season Won 24-18
16th January Salford (A) Pre Season Won 30-24

Wigan 2011 League Home Record
First Home Fixture

Hull FC Form Guide - Last Six Matches - Won 3 Lost 3

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
4th March Crusaders (H) SL 16 Round 4 Won 42-18
27th February Huddersfield (A) SL 16 Round 3 Lost 10-20
18th February Leeds (H) SL 16 Round 2 Lost 18-32
13th February Hull KR (N) SL 16 Round 1 Lost 22-34
30th January Castleford (A) Pre Season Won 22-20
23rd January Doncaster (A) Pre Season Won 56-00

Hull FC 2011 League Away from Home Record
Played 2: Won 0 and Lost 2 (Ranked: Worst in League) - 0% Win Rate.
*Only side yet to win a game away from home this season.

Previous Six Meetings at DW Stadium

Date Opposition Report
12th March 2010 Wigan Warriors 48 Hull FC 24 Click Here
4th Sept 2009 Wigan Warriors 34 Hull FC 22 Click Here
1st Aug 2008 Wigan Warriors 66 Hull FC 06 Click Here
26th May 2007 Wigan Warriors 47 Hull FC 16 Click Here
15th Sept 2006 Wigan Warriors 38 Hull FC 16 Click Here
10th June 2005 Wigan Warriors 24 Hull FC 28 Click Here

Wigan v Hull FC in the past.....

5lyearslago:l The sides met in the final game of the regular season with Wigan claiming a 38-16 win at JJB Stadium thanks to tries from Chris Ashton (2), Iafeta Paleaaesina, Michael Dobson, Harrison Hansen, Nathan McAvoy and Gareth Hock. Brett Dallas failed to kick a farewell conversion late on, in what was his last appearance in cherry and white.
10lyearslago:l

A clash in July saw Wigan come out 36-12 winners at JJB Stadium with tries from Brian Carney (2), Steve Renouf, Kris Radlinski, Paul Johnson and Andy Farrell. Their was also a play off qualifier meeting at the JJB which saw Wigan having to hang on to a 27-24 lead for the final 7 minutes, an extra conversion and drop goal from Andy Farrell proving the difference,

25lyearslago:l Wigan claimed a very comfortable 44-6 win over Hull at Central Park with tries from Ray Mordt (2), Graeme West (2), Andy Goodway, Nicky Kiss, Joe Lydon and David Stephenson.
50lyearslago:l A tight contest in a pre christmas clash at Central Park. Wigan winning 21-15 with tries from Frank Carlton (2), John Barton and Billy Boston.
75lyearslago:l Hull ended up being league champions in 1935-36 season (knocking Wigan out of the play offs in the process) but in the league clash at Central Park, Wigan won by 20 points to 3 on New Year's Day. Alf Ellaby, Gordon Innes and Jack Morley all scored two tries each.
100lyearslago:l In the final game of the 1910-1911 regular season, Wigan spanked Hull 38-0 at Central Park. Bert Jenkins (2), Jim Leytham (2), Lance Todd, Joe Miller, Charlie Seeling and Johnny Thomas all got tries in the rout.

Hot Scoring Streaks

  • Josh Charnley has scored 7 tries in 8 Super League appearances to date (including loan spell at Hull KR).

  • George Carmont has scored 4 tries in 4 matches so far this season.

  • Harrison Hansen is a try scorer in every league game so far this season.

  • Thomas Leuluai has scored 3 tries in his last 2 league appearances.

  • Darrell Goulding has scored in his last 2 league appearances.

Cold Scoring Streaks

  • Paul Prescott holds the clubs current longest cold streak having now not scored a try in 75 appearances since scoring his only Wigan try in the away trip at Hull Kingston Rovers on 9th September 2007.
  • Paul Deacon has not scored a try in any of his last 16 appearances since he scored his only Wigan try at Salford on 11th April 2010.
  • Sean O'Loughlin has not scored a try in 14 appearances since scoring against Salford on 9th July 2010.
  • Andy Coley has not scored a try in 13 appearances since scoring against Catalans on 4th July 2010.

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concs/Juniors
West Stand Gold £22 £16
West Stand Blue £21 £15
East Stand Silver £20 £14
East Stand Red £19 £13
South Stand £18 £12
North Stand (Visitors) £18 £12

Ticket Hotline: 0871 66 33 552
Click Here for Stadium Seating Map

UK TV Coverage

Try Highlights Sunday 9:30pm
Try Highlights Sunday 11:25pm
Try Highlights Monday 11:00pm

Radio Commentary

102.4 Wish FM are on air from 2:50pm with full match uninterrupted commentary from Mark Wilson.

BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM) will have commentary of the game from 3:00pm with Trevor Hunt at DW Stadium. Build up begins from 2:00pm but their will be no usual post match phone in due to Manchester City commentary, which begins straight after the Wigan match at 4:45pm.

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan Win by 18-20 Points.

Weather Forecast

Cloudy.

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