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|Friday 29th July 2011|
|Hull FC 16 Wigan Warriors 30|
|Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull|
|Engage Super League 16 - Round 23 of 27|
Kick Off 8:00pm
|1||Sam Tomkins||T2||20||Cameron Phelps|
|25||Josh Charnley||3||Richard Whiting|
|12||Joel Tomkins||19||Jordan Turner||T|
|4||George Carmont||T||4||Kirk Yeaman||T|
|5||Pat Richards||T2||G5||5||Tom Briscoe|
|17||Brett Finch||6||Richard Horne|
|6||Paul Deacon||30||Sam Obst|
|15||Jeff Lima||8||Mark O'Meley|
|7||Thomas Leuluai||9||Danny Houghton|
|10||Andy Coley||23||Sam Moa|
|22||Liam Farrell||16||Willie Manu||T|
|16||Ryan Hoffman||12||Danny Tickle||G2|
|13||Sean O'Loughlin||14||Danny Washbrook|
|9||Michael McIlorum||2||Will Sharp|
|21||Lee Mossop||10||Lee Radford|
|34||Gareth Hock||15||Epalahame Lauaki|
|35||Ben Cross||17||Ewan Dowes|
This trip was always going to be a difficult game, being sandwiched between two massive cup ties against Warrington and St Helens. I don't think the performance really mattered, it was all about getting the result and moving on. Fair enough the league leaders shield is a nice thing to win but it's chicken feed compared to a potential trip to Wembley.
Coach Michael Maguire again chose to rotate his squad with Harrison Hansen and Paul Prescott dropping out from the cup victory at Warrington to be replaced by Liam Farrell and Ben Cross.
Hull got off to the perfect start with a third minute try from their top scorer Kirk Yeaman. Bit of luck because Mark O'Meley nearly dropped the ball but again our right side defence is being punished. Not sure you can just lay the blame on Joel Tomkins and Josh Charnley for this one though. They were left in a 2 on 4 situation and your not going to stop that. The defensive line didn't slide well enough! Danny Tickle converted to make it 6-0.
Wigan continued to be on the back foot with a penalty conceded by Sean O'Loughlin and a knock on from George Carmont giving Hull more shots at our line but our defence was pretty solid.
Amazingly it took 12 minutes before Wigan got some possession in the opposition half, following an error from O'Meley, but they showed how clinical they are by scoring on their first real attack. Nice grubber from Brett Finch was collected by Sam Tomkins and he reached over to score under the posts. Easy conversion made it 6 all.
That try had got Wigan into the contest and they had Hull on the back foot for the period following that equalising try, but it took a 95 metre intercept from Pat Richards to give us the lead.
It came in the 26th Minute. Danny Tickle threw a forward pass straight into the arms of Pat and despite good chasing from Danny Houghton and Tom Briscoe he went all the way for the score. He couldn't convert though so the score was just 10-6 to Wigan,
Fate would continue to prove to be on Wigan's side with two more scores in quick succession. First a lovely grubber from Sam bounced wickedly for Hull but kindly for George Carmont to score from. Then the mother of all brain farts saw Jordan Turner, almost on his own try line, pass to absolutely no one. Finch scooped up the loose ball and offloaded nicely to give Pat what was probably the easiest try of his Wigan career. Hull must hate playing against Pat because that was his 17th try in 11 Wigan appearances against them. Only once has he failed to score when playing them. He converted both tries to make it 22-6 to Wigan and we'd hardly broke sweat. It was at this point, six minutes before the break, that coach Maguire interchanged Sam Tomkins perhaps with next week in mind?
Maybe that contributed to Wigan being guilty of switching off late in the half? Three penalties helped march Hull up field and they managed to score right on the hooter. A grubber from Richard Horne bounced everywhere and fell kindly for Turner to score. Tickle missed a poor conversion though.
With a 22-10 half time score the first try of the second half was going to be a big one and when Hull got it on 49 minutes it was always going to be game on after that. It was a nice try with Willie Manu scoring under the posts, although both Gareth Hock and Ginger Farrell were guilty of poor missed tackles. Easy Tickle conversion made it 22-16.
Maybe it was sheer coincidence but Hull had scored twice in Sam Tomkins' absence so after that score he was sent back onto the field and this settled Wigan back down. On 58 minutes Pat kicked a simple penalty goal to make it 24-16 and although it proved that Hull wouldn't score again in this game, we still very much needed a try to seal the win.
It came from that man Sam on 72 minutes. He scored a classy one against Warrington last week and this was better for me. He is 72 metres away from the try line. Hull had just gifted possession back to Wigan and Sam noticed they are all at sea in defence. Such is his confidence he barrels Carmont and Mike McIlorum away from the play the ball area as if to say "sod off, this is mine!". Why's he done that? Because he has spotted the gap and he just gets the ball, darts through it and goes all the way under the sticks. You cannot teach quick thinking mentality like that, you either have it or you don't. Tickle and Houghton were both too tired to deal with him and, especially after his long rest earlier in the game, he had the pace the burn. He is just getting better and better and better isn't he? Pat converted and a 30-16 lead sealed the two points. Job done - bring on next week!
Super League 16 - Round 23 Results
|Fri 29 July||Salford City Reds 22 Leeds Rhinos 30||4,024|
|Fri 29 July||Hull FC 16 Wigan Warriors 30||11,729|
|Sat 30 July||Catalan Dragons 48 Harlequins 22||8,471|
|Sat 30 July||Huddersfield Giants 46 Hull Kingston Rovers 26||6,464|
|Sun 31 July||Warrington Wolves 64 Bradford Bulls 6||10,641|
|Sun 31 July||Castleford Tigers 26 St Helens 46||6,802|
|Sun 31 July||Wakefield Wildcats 6 Crusaders 40||6,428|
Engage Super League 16 Table - After This Round
|9||Hull Kingston Rovers||23||10||0||13||599||610||-11||20|
|10||Salford City Reds||23||9||0||14||476||664||-188||18|
*Crusaders and Wakefield both deducted 4 points for entering administration.