3rd September 2020: Hull Kingston Rovers 34 Wigan 18
Posted by Bilko on September 07 2020 - 10:44

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Thursday 3rd September 2020
Hull Kingston Rovers 34 Wigan Warriors 18
Headingley, Leeds
(Switched from Craven Park, Hull due to Covid-19 Restrictions)
Betfred Super League 25 - Round 11 of 22

Kick Off 6:00pm

 

- Wigan       - Hull KR    
6 Bevan French       19 Will Dagger    G2 
21 Dom Manfredi       23 Ethan Ryan    
1 Zak Hardaker    G3    3 Shaun Kenny-Dowall    
4 Oliver Gildart       4 Kane Linnett    
23 Jake Bibby       5 Greg Minikin  T3   
28 Harry Smith  T      7 Jordan Abdull    G 
31 Jackson Hastings  T      20

Mikey Lewis

   G2 
20

Liam Byrne

      11

Weller Hauraki

   
9 Sam Powell  T      18 Jez Litten    
14

Ben Flower

      15

George Lawler

   
11 Willie Isa       28 Matty Storton    
12 Liam Farrell       13 Dean Hadley  T   
17

Oliver Partington

      27

Elliott Minchella

 T2   
Interchange:
15 Joe Greenwood       12 Harvey Livett    
22 Mitch Clark       16 Daniel Murray    
32 Amir Bourouh       24 Joe Keyes    
33 Joe Shorrocks       32 Nathaniel Peteru    
               
Report: 

I thought Wigan started well on the front foot for the first 15 minutes of this game but after that it was a sorry show with Hull KR more than deserving the victory.

Wigan just didn't look in this game physically or mentally and it was just an off night all round. Response is key to what to fully make of this.

That good start had seen a lovely short ball by Harry Smith send Sam Powell over on 9 minutes for 6-0 after Hardaker converted.

But things turned quickly on 17 minutes when the limited game time of Ben Flower and Oliver Partington began to show up a little around the marker position. They are not quite set as first and second marker and Litten goes past them before a weak tackle from Liam Byrne sees the break finished by Elliott Minchella under the sticks.

Two more tries followed within six minutes. A poor lazy forward pass by Jackson Hastings gifted easy territory and just quick hands left got Greg Minikin over for 10-6, kick missed.

Then more tired marker play from Flower got Jordan Abdull away and it was a great offload to be fair that got Minchella over for his second. Conversion meant Wigan had gone from 6-0 up to 16-6 down in 4 minutes and 24 seconds.

Wigan though seemed to recover well when Harry Smith found Isa and then got the return pass to go over for 16-12 on 26 minutes.

It looked like that would carry till half time and I think both coaches would have been happy to go in at 16-12 but Rovers found another try with just 31 seconds remaining. Another soft effort to concede, finished by Minikin and compounded by Will Dagger kicking sideline extras for 22-12 at the break.

Most disappointing for Wigan was the fact they lost this game within six minutes of the restart after conceding two more soft tries to first Dean Hadley and then Minikin completing a hat-trick. Dagger converting the first for 32-12.

So having conceded three tries in 4:24 earlier in the game, Wigan had conceded three more tries 6:10. These were collapses that Wigan were suffering early in 2019 and it all goes down to poor control around the ruck. That was the damage being done and when you've players lacking game time and needing to get fit without reserve action its difficult to infiltrate that into the squad. Whether it was all done too much at once is a question but despite this loss it may well prove later to have been the best thing to do. Squad will be important down the line.

Wigan though still had 32 minutes to go but a comeback never ever looked on, Wigan always looking well defeated. In fact 32-12 held for a full 24 minutes before Wigan found a consolation effort through a close range Jackson Hastings try. Even that had come against 12 men following a sin bin to Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Hull KR wrapped up their deserved win with a late penalty goal to Jordan Abdull completing a 34-18 victory.

Scoring: 
08:41 Hull KR 00 Wigan 04

Try: Sam Powell

Hull KR 00 Wigan 06

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (1/1)

18:06 Hull KR 04 Wigan 06

Try: Elliott Minchella

Hull KR 06 Wigan 06

Conversion: Mikey Lewis (1/1)

20:01 Hull KR 10 Wigan 06

Try: Greg Minikin

Hull KR 10 Wigan 06

Missed Conv: Mikey Lewis (1/2)

22:30 Hull KR 14 Wigan 06

Try: Elliott Minchella (2)

Hull KR 16 Wigan 06

Conversion: Mikey Lewis (2/3)

25:55 Hull KR 16 Wigan 10

Try: Harry Smith

Hull KR 16 Wigan 12

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (2/2)

39:29 Hull KR 20 Wigan 12

Try: Greg Minikin (2)

Hull KR 22 Wigan 12

Conversion: Will Dagger (1/1)

Half` Time Hull Kingston Rovers 22 Wigan Warriors 12
42:08 Hull KR 26 Wigan 12

Try: Dean Hadley

Hull KR 28 Wigan 12

Conversion: Will Dagger (2/2)

45:39 Hull KR 32 Wigan 12

Try: Greg Minikin (3)

Hull KR 32 Wigan 12

Conversion: Will Dagger (2/3)

70:12 Hull KR Sin Bin

Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Professional Foul)

70:32 Hull KR 32 Wigan 16

Try: Jackson Hastings

Hull KR 32 Wigan 18

Conversion: Zak Hardaker (3/3)

77:16 Hull KR 34 Wigan 18

Penalty Goal: Jordan Abdull (1/1)

Full Time Hull Kingston Rovers 34 Wigan Warriors 18
Referee: 

Tom Grant

Attendance: 

0 (No Fans in Attendance due to Covid-19 Restrictions)

Note: 

Played as part of a double header at Leeds due to Covid-19 Restrictions..

This match was originally meant to be Round 19 of 29 in original fixture list and played on Sunday 28th June 2020.

Betfred Super League 25 - Round 11 Results
Thu 3 Sep Hull KR 34 Wiga 18 (at Leeds) 0
Thu 3 Sep Salford 30 Castleford 37 (at Leeds) 0
Fri 4 Sep Huddersfield 6 St Helens 54 (at Leeds) 0
Fri 4 Sep Warrington 37 Hull FC 12 (at Leeds) 0
Postponed Wakefield v Leeds (at Leeds)  

2020 Betfred Super League 25 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 10 7 0 3 282 115 +167 14
2 Warrington Wolves 10 7 0 3 216 122 +94 14
3 Wigan Warriors 10 7 0 3 239 170 +69 14
4 Catalan Dragons 7 5 0 2 216 141 +75 10
5 Leeds Rhinos 8 5 0 3 201 162 +39 10
6 Castleford Tigers 10 5 0 5 203 204 -1 10
7 Huddersfield Giants 9 4 0 5 150 209 -59 8
8 Hull FC 10 4 0 6 206 279 -73 8
9 Salford Red Devils 9 2 0 7 166 253 -87 4
10 Wakefield Trinity 8 2 0 6 115 226 -111 4
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 9 2 0 7 146 259 -113 4

Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs / No Relegation