Match Report: Wigan 13 Hull FC 12
Posted by Bilko on March 15 2015 - 16:42
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Friday 13th March 2015
Wigan Warriors 13 Hull FC 12
DW Stadium, Wigan
First Utility Super League 20 - Round 5 of 23
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan         - Hull FC    
1 Matty Bowen         32 Jordan Rankin    
2 Josh Charnley         31 Callum Lancaster  T   
3 Anthony Gelling         19 Steve Michaels    
4 Dan Sarginson  T        4 Kirk Yeaman    
22 Dom Manfredi         5 Feluti Talanoa  T   
16 Sam Powell         6

Leon Pryce

7 Matty Smith    G2   DG    7 Marc Sneyd    G2 
17 Tony Clubb         22 Josh Bowden    
9 Michael McIlorum         9 Danny Houghton    

Lee Mossop


Gareth Ellis

11 Joel Tomkins  T        17 Dean Hadley    
12 Liam Farrell         12 Mark Minichello    
14 John Bateman         13 Joe Westerman    
6 George Williams         10 Liam Watts    
24 Taulima Tautai         14 Iafeta Paleaaesina    
25 Larne Patrick         15 Chris Green    
29 James Greenwood         16 Jordan Thompson    


In a funny way I thought Wigan played well here, but it depends how your judging "playing well". I can't really say that in the conventional sense of beating the opposition in good style with free flowing rugby, but in terms of correcting severe issues from the Castleford match, Wigan did that!

At Castleford the issues were discipline, poor defence and a paltry lack of metres in good forward. Here against Hull the discipline was definitely better, so was the defence and we did make 1,527 metres forwards compared to just 942 at Cas.

I don't think we could say it was a good watch though but part of me thinks Wigan needed to strip back to those kind of basics after the awful effort the week before. However, the other part of me worries that we still laboured over the finish line in a game we should have won far more comfortably.

Coach Shaun Wane has said a couple of times recently that "we will click" and with some of the passes going to ground I can see where he is coming from but on the other hand the standard of attacking play hasn't been great to watch.

In this match against Hull, Wigan took the lead in the 9th Minute. After forcing a drop out, Sam Powell and Matty Smith combined to send Joel Tomkins through a gap in the defence to score the right of the posts, Smith converting for 6-0.

The next 25 minutes saw a lot of midfield play. There were hardly any stoppages with both sides going set for set without threatening much.

In the three minutes before half time though, Wigan doubled their lead and that would prove crucial in the end result. First Smith kicked a penalty goal for 8-0 and then, after great work down the right wing by Joel Tomkins, and a correctly given "back to one", Wigan swung left to get Dan Sarginson over. Smith's conversion was woefully off target but Wigan would be happy for 12-0 at the break.

If Wigan had got the first score of the second half I think Hull would have been ripe for a big score against them but once again, like seen a few times before this season, they gifted the opposition hope with a poor try conceded.

Just two minutes in, kick went up by Sneyd and running from opposite directions Anthony Gelling and Matty Bowen both ran into each other, creating the error, and Feluti Talanoa had a gift touch down. Opta stats registered the error down to Bowen but Gelling surely has to leave that to the full back? Poor communication either way and after Sneyd converted it was 12-6.

Though Hull got back in it, they barely threatened Wigan. Odd occasions from deep but rarely were Wigan pressed back on their own line.  Wigan meanwhile had opportunities but wasted them repeatedly. One simple try for Joe Burgess being bombed by Matty Bowen's forward pass being an example. Wigan ended up kicking a drop goal on 65 minutes from Matty Smith and that lead seemed comfortable.

That was until 72 minutes when Danny Houghton chucked a unconventionall pass out right that allowed Callum Lancaster to score in the corner. Sneyd converted off the touchline to make it 13-12 and a sweaty finish for Wigan.

Now Hull came mightily close to nicking a draw, or maybe even a win, chucking it about in the last minute but in the main I thought Wigan dealt with the late pressure superbly. They controlled possession for most of that time and whilst you could argue that they should of kicked a penalty goal when they got the opportunity, playing for field position wasn't a bad option either. In fact I'd argue that was the more positive option of the two.

After losing leads to both Widnes and Hull KR, Wigan could have flapped mentally after both the gift try for 12-6, and then at 13-12 with still seven minutes to go. They didn't really do that though. I'm not sure if that was all down to Wigan themselves or Hull not doing enough but we have to draw positives from that, because that's the kind of season it's been so far.

In the end this one goes in the "a win is a win" category. Next week will be another proper gauge of Wigan's potential this season. We will need to rise a hell of a lot in standard to win at Leeds and whilst I've not seen anything to make me positive about that, I'm hoping to be proved wrong.

9th Minute Wigan 04 Hull FC 00 Try: Joel Tomkins
Wigan 06 Hull FC 00 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
37th Minute Wigan 08 Hull FC 06 Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (2/2)
39th Minute Wigan 12 Hull FC 00 Try: Dan Sarginson
Wigan 12 Hull FC 00 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (2/3)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 12 Hull FC 00
42nd Minute Wigan 12 Hull FC 04 Try: Fetuli Talanoa
Wigan 12 Hull FC 06 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (1/1)
65th Minute Wigan 13 Hull FC 06 Drop Goal: Matty Smith
72nd Minute Wigan 13 Hull FC 10 Try: Callum Lancaster
Wigan 13 Hull FC 12 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (2/2)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 13 Hull FC 12

Ben Thaler



First Utility Super League 20 - Round 5 Results
Thu 12 Mar Huddersfield Giants 22 Castleford Tigers 0 5,257
Fri 13 Mar Warrington Wolves 18 Leeds Rhinos 16 10,075
Fri 13 Mar Widnes Vikings 20 St Helens 30 7,772
Fri 13 Mar Wigan Warriors 13 Hull FC 12 11,718
Sun 15 Mar Hull Kingston Rovers 50 Catalan Dragons 20 6,723
Sun 15 Mar Salford Red Devils 24 Wakefield Wildcats 18 2,712

First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 5 5 0 0 141 63 +78 10
2 Leeds Rhinos 5 4 0 1 155 90 +65 8
3 Warrington Wolves 5 4 0 1 97 82 +15 8
4 Catalan Dragons 5 2 1 2 118 138 -20 5
5 Wigan Warriors 5 2 1 2 93 114 -21 5
6 Salford Red Devils 5 2 1 2 110 160 -50 5
7 Huddersfield Giants 5 2 0 3 86 83 +3 4
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 5 2 0 3 150 156 -6 4

Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

9 Wakefield Wildcats 5 2 0 3 118 148 -30 4
10 Widnes Vikings 5 1 1 3 118 130 -12 3
11 Castleford Tigers 5 1 0 4 90 94 -4 2
12 Hull FC 5 1 0 4 77 95 -18 2