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|Thursday 23rd July 2015|
|Hull FC 12 Wigan Warriors 48|
|KCOM Stadium, Hull|
|First Utility Super League 20 - Round 23 of 23|
Kick Off 8:00pm
|1||Matty Bowen||T2||32||Jordan Rankin|
|2||Josh Charnley||2||Tom Lineham|
|14||John Bateman||T||5||Feluti Talanoa|
|3||Anthony Gelling||24||Jack Logan|
|5||Joe Burgess||T||19||Steve Michaels|
|6||George Williams||T||27||Jordan Abdull|
|7||Matty Smith||G8||7||Marc Sneyd||G2|
|8||Dom Crosby||T||8||Micky Paea|
|9||Michael McIlorum||9||Danny Houghton|
|11||Joel Tomkins||21||Richard Whiting||T|
|12||Liam Farrell||12||Mark Minichiello|
|13||Sean O'Loughlin||T||13||Joe Westerman||T|
|16||Sam Powell||T||15||Chris Green|
|17||Tony Clubb||16||Jordan Thompson|
|24||Taulima Tautai||17||Dean Hadley|
|28||Ryan Sutton||22||Josh Bowden|
Wigan took control of the game early on and were 12-0 up after 15 minutes thanks to tries from Joe Burgess and John Bateman. FC tried to fightback but Wigan were just too good and scored further first-half tries from Sam Powell and George Williams.
The second-half went a similar way to the first with Wigan again comfortably outplaying and outscoring the home side. Matty Bowen crossed the tryline twice with Sean O’Loughlin and Dom Crosby also getting on the scoreboard.
Shaun Wane brought in Matty Bowen for Ryan Hampshire in the full-back position. Youngsters Sam Powell and Ryan Sutton also came in on the bench replacing Lee Mossop and Larne Patrick.
This Wigan team love a wide pitch and they took full advantage of it early doors when Anthony Gelling attracted the attention of both Fetuli Talanoa and Tom Lineham to pass to Joe Burgess who raced through and scored from 70 metres out. Birthday boy Matty Smith added the two and Wigan led 6-0 in as many minutes.
The Cherry and Whites soon doubled their lead with a truly fantastic piece of skill. Matty Smith’s half-break allowed George Williams to move within touching distance of the Hull line. From the play the ball Smith lofted the ball to the right to find Josh Charnley who passed the ball mid-air to John Bateman to dive over the line. Smith with the conversion made it 12-0 to Wigan.
On top early doors, Wigan just needed to stay composed. The referee however found reason to penalise the Warriors on two occasions, once for interference at the play the ball then for dragging the Hull player into touch. The penalties gifted FC possession inside the Wigan half and they found a way over as Richard Whiting hit a great line to score his side’s first of the night. Marc Sneyd converted to make it Hull 6-12 Wigan.
No sooner had the Warriors had their lead halved they were back to 12. A good set pushed Wigan up field before Matty Bowen’s kick was flicked on by Gelling for Sam Powell to collect and score under the posts. Hull FC felt Powell was offside but the video referee had a look and the try stood. Smith with the two, Wigan 18-6 up after 25.
A lively encounter continued and FC had a near miss in the left corner, Jack Logan went over the whitewash but the pass from Jordan Rankin was correctly called forward by Ben Thaler.
The home fans felt aggrieved with the call and were soon to feel even worse when Joe Westerman’s sloppy pass in the middle of the park found nobody, George Williams picked up the pieces and raced 40 metres to score his 14th try on his 50th appearance for the Warriors. Smith goaled again and Wigan had a healthy 24-6 lead.
The Warriors won a penalty on the stroke of half-time near the half-way line. Smith opted to go for the difficult penalty goal and missed with the final kick of the half. Shaun Wane would certainly go in the happier of the two coaches.
In a carbon copy of the first-half, Wigan scored the first try of the half in the sixth minute of the half. Having won a penalty right on the Hull line for an offside offence, Wigan threw the ball around, Sam Powell found Joel Tomkins who passed back inside to find Matty Bowen to fly over. Matty Smith added his fifth successful conversion of the night and Wigan led 30-6.
The home side tried to find a way back into the game but kept making errors and throwing chances away.
Wigan on the other hand looked lethal whenever they entered the Hull half of the field and Sean O’Loughlin was next to add his name to the list of try scorers as he crashed over in the 56th minute. Another goal from Smith made it Hull FC 6-36 Wigan.
Desperate to give their fans something to cheer about the Black and Whites kept going and their efforts were rewarded when Joe Westerman managed to ground the ball over the line despite Wigan’s best efforts. Sneyd added the conversion to make it 36-12 to Wigan.
The try seemed to wake Wigan up a little though and from nothing Matty Bowen managed to escape a few would-be defenders and dart over the line from 10 metres out to score his second of the game. Smith with another two-pointer, Wigan 42-12 up.
Dom Crosby added a try in the dying stages to put the seal on a fine Wigan performance, exactly what was required ahead of the Super 8s.
First Utility Super League 20 - Round 23 Results
|Thu 23 July||Hull FC 12 Wigan Warriors 48||10,787|
|Fri 24 July||St Helens 52 Hull Kingston Rovers 12||10,781|
|Sun 26 July||Huddersfield Giants 34 Wakefield Wildcats 24||4,839|
|Sun 26 July||Leeds Rhinos 36 Catalan Dragons 22||15,534|
|Sun 26 July||Widnes Vikings 21 Salford Red Devils 20||5,479|
|Sun 26 July||Castleford Tigers 6 Warrington Wolves 44||7,239|
First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs
|10||Hull Kingston Rovers||23||9||0||14||534||646||-112||18|
|11||Salford Red Devils||23||8||1||14||447||617||-170||17|