Challenge Cup Match Report: Hull KR 14 Wigan 46
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Hull Kingston Rovers v Wigan Warriors - Tetleys Challenge Cup Round 5.
Sunday 12th May 2013
. Kick Off 3:00pm at Craven Park.

Match Report

14 minutes! That's how long it took for Wigan to win this cup tie. A spell of that many minutes either side of half time, saw us rack up 28 points to blow the home side away.

You could never have envisaged that coming in the first 35 minutes though. Rovers tactically tried to rough Wigan up and in some respects it worked, in the sense it helped them compete.

However, whilst it might have sounded like Wigan were struggling, they were actually rising to the challenge in the pack with sterling efforts from Ben Flower, Dom Crosby, Eric Lauaki and Harrison Hansen in particular.

What stopped Wigan from pushing forward for long periods early on was the loss of Blake Green following a shocking hit by Rovers Corey Paterson. It was a very late and high! The fact he's been given a "Grade D" (possible 3-5 match) sentencing speaks volumes for how bad it was. Fair to say Waney wasn't best pleased. He was sat in front of the position I was doing the Wish FM commentary from and he went batshit crazy to say the least!

That incident happened in the 10th minute after Wigan had already fallen behind to an early try from David Hodgson, touching down a Michael Dobson kick in only the 2nd minute. Good reward for Rovers who had won a short kick off to put Wigan under pressure right from the off.

Conversion was missed by Dobson meaning Rovers had just a 4-0 lead when Green left the field with not only concussion but he had also turned his ankle at the same time.

Having already lost Matty Smith to injury the week before, this left his young replacement Sam Powell now teaming up with Sean O'Loughlin in the half back role and I think it's fair to say this didn't really work. More so on the part of O'Loughlin if I'm brutally honest. Rovers simply shut him down completely. Tough situation for Powell to lose his experienced partner but he did ok overall in this match. He should learn a lot from this match.

What Wigan did superbly in this period of the game was hang in. By that I don't mean we were on the back foot or anything but mentally we didn't buckle. This was a real test of character and we stood up to it well. Hope we can carry that forward to the big games at the back end of the season.

From Rovers point of view they really needed more than 4-0 in reward for their efforts. They had half chances but Wigan's defence was very strong.

Then came some good coaching from Wane. He recognised O'Loughlin in the halves wasn't working, so he switched Sam Tomkins to scrum half and it pretty quickly paid dividends. He scored a hat-trick within 8 minutes of game time and the tie was turned completely on its head.

First of those came on 35 minutes with a lovely step helping him leave Rhys Lovegrove flat footed to score under the posts. Then just before half time he put in a little grubber that was not dealt with by Greg Eden and he was left with a simple plonk down. Two Pat conversions made it 12-4 at half time.

Then his hat-trick try came on 43 minutes. Lovely pass from Hansen got Richards, who had switched to full back, away up the middle of the park and Sam was in support to finish. Another conversion made it 18-4 and you could literally see Rovers spirits withering away in front of you.

Especially when Wigan backed up with two more tries. Sam again with a lovely grubber to allow Pat to score close to the posts, then Darrell Goulding put in a neat kick for Josh Charnley to finish off out wide on the right. Pat missed his first kick for that last try, but at 28-4 the game looked won, even though 30 minutes remained,

Another score came on 54 minutes with Sam sending Iain Thornley racing down the left wing. Hhe ran 70 metres to complete the score despite Omari Caro chasing him for much of the way. Great effort that one for 34-6.

Rovers did respond with a try from Craig Hall ten minutes later but Wigan quickly hit back with Sam sending Liam Farrell over for his 12th try of the campaign. Conversion made it 40-10.

By now Sam had reverted to full back again, with the game won, and he managed to get over for a fourth try following a nice kick from O'Loughlin into space for him to chase. Nice vision from Lockers I felt. Easy conversion for 46-10.

Rovers had the last try when Hall claimed a second following a charge down of a Sam Powell kick, but after a rough house start, Wigan had come through this tie well and can now switch off from the cup with the next round not being for two months!

Reaction to the Action

Coach Shaun Wane: "It would be great for our little town in the north-west (if Wigan won the Challenge Cup to add to Wigan Athletic winning the FA Cup). We're another round down and will be going all out to get to Wembley ourselves. It's been a great weekend for Wigan.  It was shocking (tackle on Blake Green). Blake is in a bad way. He was knocked unconscious and damaged his ankle on the way down. You can't give your opinion of what happened, you can't be honest. I give up and can't say what I want to say. It was obvious the plan was to disrupt us and that makes it a more satisfying win. We showed guts and determination and that's as good a win as we've had since I've been here."

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock: "It was really disappointing as we bombed a couple of dead-set tries. We deserved to be in the lead by more than four but you can't do that against really good sides like Wigan. We needed to take our opportunities and didn't. I was really disappointed with that."

Team Sheets

- Hull KR Position Wigan 1
1 Greg Eden Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
19 Omari Caro

Winger

Josh Charnley 2
18 Liam Salter Centre Darrell Goulding 3
2 Craig Hall Centre Iain Thornley 17
5 David Hodgson Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Travis Burns Stand Off Blake Green 6
7 Michael Dobson Scrum Half Sam Powell 24
23 Mickey Paea Prop Ben Flower 15
9 Josh Hodgson Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
16 Adam Walker Prop Dom Crosby 26
15 Graeme Horne 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
12 Cory Paterson 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
13 Rhys Lovegrove L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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11 Constantine Mika Substitute Jack Hughes 4
14 Lincoln Withers Substitute Epalahame Lauaki 8
22 Rich Beaumont Substitute Scott Taylor 21
25 George Griffin Substitute Logan Tomkins 23
- Craig Sandercock Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Hull Kingston Rovers 14 --- Wigan Warriors 46
Tries (3):
David Hodgson
Craig Hall 2
--- Tries (8):
Sam Tomkins 4
Pat Richards
Josh Charnley
Iain Thornley
Liam Farrell
Goals:
Micheal Dobson 1/2
Craig Hall 0/1
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 7/8

Scoring and Incident Pattern

2nd Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 00 Try: David Hodgson
- Hull KR 04 Wigan 00 M.Dobson Missed Conversion (0/1)
35th Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 04 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Hull KR 04 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
40th Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 10 Try: Sam Tomkins (2)
- Hull KR 04 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
Half Time Hull Kingston Rovers 04 Wigan Warriors 12
43rd Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 16 Try: Sam Tomkins (Hat-Trick)
- Hull KR 04 Wigan 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
46th Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 22 Try: Pat Richards
- Hull KR 04 Wigan 24 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
49th Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 28 Try: Josh Charnley
- Hull KR 04 Wigan 28 P.Richards Missed Conversion (4/5)
54th Minute Hull KR 04 Wigan 32 Try: Iain Thornley
- Hull KR 04 Wigan 34 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/6)
62nd Minute Hull KR 08 Wigan 34 Try: Craig Hall
- Hull KR 10 Wigan 34 Conversion: Michael Dobson (1/2)
66th Minute Hull KR 10 Wigan 38 Try: Liam Farrell
- Hull KR 10 Wigan 40 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/7)
75th Minute Hull KR 10 Wigan 44 Try: Sam Tomkins (4)
- Hull KR 10 Wigan 46 Conversion: Pat Richards (7/8)
79th Minute Hull KR 14 Wigan 46 Try: Craig Hall (2)
- Hull KR 14 Wigan 46 C.Hall Missed Conversion (0/1)
Full Time Hull Kingston Rovers 14 Wigan Warriors 46

Referee

Richard Silverwood

Match Attendance

4,280

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