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|Friday 11th September 2015|
|Wigan Warriors 30 Hull FC 24|
|DW Stadium, Wigan|
|First Utility Super League 20 Super 8s - Round 5 of 7|
Kick Off 8:00pm
|20||Ryan Hampshire||G5||1||Jamie Shaul||T|
|2||Josh Charnley||T||2||Tom Lineham|
|3||Anthony Gelling||32||Jordan Rankin||T|
|34||Oliver Gildart||T||34||Jack Logan||T2|
|5||Joe Burgess||T||20||Curtis Naughton|
|6||George Williams||27||Jordan Abdull|
|7||Matty Smith||7||Marc Sneyd||G4|
|8||Dom Crosby||8||Mickey Paea|
|9||Michael McIlorum||9||Danny Houghton|
|11||Joel Tomkins||12||Mark Minichello|
|14||John Bateman||T||26||Jack Downs|
|24||Taulima Tautai||17||Dean Hadley|
|16||Sam Powell||14||Iafeta Paleaaesina|
|17||Tony Clubb||25||Jansin Turgut|
|23||Lee Mossop||28||Brad Fash|
|31||Connor Farrell||35||Masi Matongo|
Funny game this. Going forward I thought Wigan were excellent with
great forward displays from John Bateman, Ben Flower, Lee Mossop
and Tony Clubb in particular.
However defensively, 44 missed tackles tell it's own story. That highlighted a slight eye off the ball for this game against Hull, so to get the win still isn't a bad thing.
A lot of talk around this game was about the youthfulness of the Hull side but Wigan's side wasn't that old either with Ryan Hampshire and Connor Farrell joining Oliver Gildart and George Williams in the 17.
The absences of the experienced Matty Bowen and Sean O'Loughlin perhaps hinted at taking this Hull side a little lightly but Shaun Wane insisted they were both injured with a "fat knee" and a "tight calf" respectively and to be fair Wane was always adamant it would be a tough battle.
Like I said though, I felt it was a great effort going forward and that's why the way we let Hull score tries doesn't worry me too much as a one off. We will fix that I'm sure.
Although doing the commentary I was worried about Anthony Gelling all night. He was either missing his tackle or absent from his position, allowing Hull to hit through them holes. Him and Matty Smith topped the missed tackles with six each and that has to get better.
After thirty minutes Wigan had built up an 18-0 lead with three excellent tries. First Oliver Gildart combined with George Williams for a good length try before a beautiful offload from Gelling squeezed Josh Charnley in the right corner. Then John Bateman, who was back in the second row and tormenting Hull, crashed over near the posts and Ryan Hampshire on goal kicking converted all three.
The fact Hull hit back with two tries in the final four minutes of the half wasn't that much of a shock to me in the sense that Wigan had been getting away with those missed tackles earlier in the half. An intercept return 95 metres by Jamie Shaul is one of those things but the defence around Jack Logan's try was horrible. Marc Sneyd converting both made it 18-12 at the break.
Wigan regrouped at half time but no further scoring occurred until the hour with Wigan having two scores chalked off by the video. Ben Flower though crashed over on 61 minutes for 24-12 and when Ryan Hampshire added a penalty 67 minutes you expected Hull to fold away and accept defeat.
Credit them. They didn't do that. They found two tries in the next five minutes with first Jordan Rankin scoring from a great kick and then Logan claiming his second. Hull cashed in on more poor defending by Wigan and two Sneyd conversions made it 26-24 with still eight to play.
Things looked worse for Wigan when Taulima Tautai was sin binned for a poor dangerous tackle that will surely leave him sweating on the disciplinary on Monday.
Wigan, to be fair though, muscled up with twelve men in the final six minutes to see the game out and add a last minute try through Joe Burgess that made it 30-24 and although Rocky missed his first goal of the night, it didn't matter because the clock had gone.
So not pretty but the win is the importance here. It keeps us well in control of a home play off and Leeds poor loss in France still leaves us with a great shot of league leadership. Winning the derby next week would be huge for many reasons and that's why getting Bowen and O'Loughlin fresh isn't a bad call.
First Utility Super League 20 Super 8s - Round 5 Results
|Thu 10 Sept||Castleford Tigers 38 St Helens 42||5,253|
|Fri 11 Sept||Wigan Warriors 30 Hull FC 24||12,028|
|Sat 12 Sept||Catalan Dragons 46 Leeds Rhinos 16||8,851|
|Sun 13 Sept||Huddersfield Giants 48 Warrington Wolves 10||5,563|
First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
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