Match Report: Wigan 30 Hull FC 24
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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


- Wigan       - Hull FC    
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    

Ben Flower

 T      10

Liam Watts

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.

08mins:52 Wigan 04 Hull FC 00 Try: Oliver Gildart
Wigan 06 Hull FC 00 Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (1/1)
21mins:10 Wigan 10 Hull FC 00 Try: Josh Charnley
Wigan 12 Hull FC 00 Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (2/2)
30mins:00 Wigan 16 Hull FC 00 Try: John Bateman
Wigan 18 Hull FC 00 Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (3/3)
35mins:09 Wigan 18 Hull FC 04 Try: Jamie Shaul
Wigan 18 Hull FC 06 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (1/1)
38mins:07 Wigan 18 Hull FC 10 Try: Jack Logan
Wigan 18 Hull FC 12 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (2/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 18 Hull FC 12
60mins:27 Wigan 22 Hull FC 12 Try: Ben Flower
Wigan 24 Hull FC 12 Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (4/4)
66mins:23 Wigan 26 Hull FC 12 Penalty Goal: Ryan Hampshire (5/5)
69mins:17 Wigan 26 Hull FC 16 Try: Jordan Rankin
Wigan 26 Hull FC 18 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (3/3)
71mins:35 Wigan 26 Hull FC 22 Try: Jack Logan (2)
Wigan 26 Hull FC 24 Conversion: Marc Sneyd (4/4)
73mins:26 Wigan Sin Bin Taulima Tautai (Dangerous Tackle)
79mins:32 Wigan 30 Hull FC 24 Try: Joe Burgess
Wigan 30 Hull FC 24 Missed Conv: Ryan Hampshire (5/6)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 30 Hull FC 24

James Child



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
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 28 19 1 9 902 605 +297 39
2 Wigan Warriors 28 19 1 9 737 500 +237 39
3 Huddersfield Giants 28 17 2 9 700 494 +206 36
4 St Helens 28 18 0 10 732 578 +154 36
5 Castleford Tigers 28 15 0 13 690 677 +13 30
6 Warrington Wolves 28 13 0 15 634 614 +20 26
7 Catalan Dragons 28 12 2 14 705 698 +7 26
8 Hull FC 28 12 0 16 576 654 -78 24

Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs