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Saturday 19th September 2020 Hull FC 4 Wigan Warriors 36 AJ Bell Stadium, Salford
(Switched from KCOM Stadium, Hull due to Covid-19 Restrictions)
Coral Challenge Cup Quarter Final
Kick Off 5:00pm
- Wigan - Hull FC 6 Bevan French T2 25 Conner Wynne 21 Dom Manfredi 24 Mahe Fonua T 1 Zak Hardaker G4 3 Carlos Tuimavave 4 Oliver Gildart T 4 Josh Griffin 5 Joe Burgess T 2 Bureta Faraimo 7 Thomas Leuluai 6 Jake Connor 31 Jackson Hastings 7
9 Sam Powell T 16 Jordan Johnstone 30
11 Willie Isa 12 Manu Ma'u 12 Liam Farrell T2 21 Jordan Lane 13
Interchange: 15 Joe Greenwood 9 Danny Houghton 22 Mitch Clark 10 Chris Satae 28 Harry Smith 13 Ligi Sao 33 Joe Shorrocks 30 Jack Brown
Two weeks ago after the Hull KR game I said that "response is key to what you fully make of (that) game" and you have to say a 28-12 win at Catalan followed by this 36-4 cup result is an emphatic response. Sometimes you can have good losses and that Hull KR one could prove to be just that.
In this cup tie, that saw captain Sean O'Loughlin return for the first time since February, Wigan were at it right from the off. Tries from Sam Powell and Liam Farrell opened up a 12-0 lead inside ten minutes.
Wigan were then pushing for a third try but didn't manage to find it. Eventually once interchanges came in, Hull did find some foothold in the game with Danny Houghton, Chris Satae and Ligi Sao providing impetus of the bench. Its a mystery, albeit in hindsight, why those three didn't start.
Whilst Hull were getting into the arm wrestle, Wigan managed to increase their lead with Bevan French spinning out of a tackle to finish and make it 16-0 with Hardaker failing to convert this time.
Wigan then lost both Dom Manfredi and Sam Powell to head injury assessments on 32 and 34 minutes and they would have been well content to hold 16-0 to half time to be honest. Hull were putting pressure on but often ending sets poorly, in particular Jake Connor looking well out of place at Stand Off.
On one the best traits any side can have though is soaking up pressure and then going up the other end to score themselves and Wigan did just that in devastating fashion just before half time. 70 metres out, Sixty metres out, French and Willie Isa combined to get Hardaker away down the right and his inside kick back towards French bounced perfectly for the full backs second try just two minutes before half time. Conversion made it 22-0 and a more than happy scoreline for Wigan.
But it got better! Hull won a short kick off to give them ball as time was expunging but they reached 40:00 on the clock without realising so and thus in hearing the hooter began offloading wildly. Too wildly! Ball to ground and Joe Burgess scoops up for a 75 metre sprint for our fifth try of the half. Hardaker missed the kick but 26-0 was a tremendous lead that had highlighted Wigan's ruthlessness in attack because the actual game stats were pretty even bar the only one that matters - the scoreboard!
Second half was just a case of how easy or hard Wigan would make the victory and baring in mind they had a third head injury assessment loss of Thomas Leuluai, whilst not choosing to return Sam Powell they only had one interchange on the bench for most of the second half.
That didn't stop Liam Farrell claiming a second try before Oliver Gildart wrapped up Wigan's scoring for 36-0 with thirteen minutes to go.
Hull did find a consolation score eventually from Mahe Fonua but given the lack of interchange options it would be harsh to complain about not getting the nil.
04:02 Hull FC 00 Wigan 04
Try: Sam Powell
Hull FC 00 Wigan 06
Conversion: Zak Hardaker (1/1)
09:04 Hull FC 00 Wigan 10
Try: Liam Farrell
Hull FC 00 Wigan 12
Conversion: Zak Hardaker (2/2)
27:18 Hull FC 00 Wigan 16
Try: Bevan French
Hull FC 00 Wigan 16
Missed Conv: Zak Hardaker (2/3)
37:26 Hull FC 00 Wigan 20
Try: Bevan French (2)
Hull FC 00 Wigan 22
Conversion: Zak Hardaker (3/4)
40:00 Hull FC 00 Wigan 26
Try: Joe Burgess
Hull FC 00 Wigan 26
Missed Conv: Zak Hardaker (3/5)
Half` Time Hull FC 0 Wigan Warriors 26 55:14 Hull FC 00 Wigan 30
Try: Liam Farrell (2)
Hull FC 00 Wigan 30
Missed Conv: Zak Hardaker (3/6)
66:56 Hull FC 00 Wigan 34
Try: Oliver Gildart
Hull FC 00 Wigan 36
Conversion: Zak Hardaker (4/7)
69:37 Hull FC 04 Wigan 36
Try: Mahe Fonua
Hull FC 04 Wigan 36
Missed Conv: Marc Sneyd (0/1)
Full Time Hull FC 4 Wigan Warriors 36 Referee:
0 (Non Fans in Attendance due to Covid-19 Regulations)
2020 Coral Challenge Cup Round 5
Wednesday 11th March 2020
Toronto 18 Huddersfield 0 (at Huddersfield - Live on RFL OuRLeague)
Friday 13th March 2020
Featherstone 46 Hunslet 6
Wakefield 17 Bradford 14
Sheffield 34 Workington 18
Sunday 15th March 2020
Hull KR 22 Leigh 19
Newcastle 38 Dewsbury 30
Widnes 32 Swinton 16
York 70 Rochdale 12
2020 Coral Challenge Cup Round 6
Friday 3rd-Sunday 5th April 2020
Leeds v Hull KR - Postponed due to Covid-19 Outbreak
Newcastle v Toronto - Postponed due to Covid-19 Outbreak
Salford v St Helens - Postponed due to Covid-19 Outbreak
Sheffield v Hull FC - Postponed due to Covid-19 Outbreak
Wakefield v Featherstone - Postponed due to Covid-19 Outbreak
Widnes v Catalan - Postponed due to Covid-19 Outbreak
Wigan v Warrington - Postponed due to Covid-19 Outbreak
York v Castleford - Postponed due to Covid-19 Outbreak
*On 28th July it was announced the competition would be restructured and Round 6 be redrawn due to the withdrawal of Toronto and Championship clubs from competition due to Covid-19 Outbreak.
2020 Coral Challenge Cup Round 6 (Redrawn)
Saturday 22nd August 2020
Catalan 36 Wakefield 24 (at Huddersfield - Live on BBC ONE)
Castleford v Hull FC - Postponed due to failed Covid-19 Tests
Sunday 13th September 2020
Castleford 16 Hull FC 29 (at St Helens - Live on BBC ONE)
Round 6 Byes: Hull KR, Leeds, Salford, St Helens, Warrington, Wigan
2020 Coral Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Friday 18th September 2020
Catalan 18 Salford 22 (at St Helens - Live on Sky Sports Arena)
Leeds 48 Hull KR 18 (at St Helens - Live on Sky Sports Arena)
Saturday 19th September 2020
Warrington 20 St Helens 18 (at Salford - Live on BBC ONE)
Hull FC 4 Wigan 36 (at Salford - Live on BBC TWO)