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|Friday 22nd February 2008|
|Hull FC 24 Wigan Warriors 22|
|Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull|
|Engage Super League 13 - Round 3 of 27|
|Kick Off 8:00pm|
|1||Richard Mathers||1||Motu Tony|
|14||Liam Colbon||29||Danny Williams|
|3||Darrell Goulding||25||Todd Byrne|
|4||George Carmont||T||4||Craig Hall|
|5||Pat Richards||T||G3||5||Gareth Raynor|
|6||Trent Barrett||13||Danny Washbrook|
|7||Thomas Leuluai||9||Shaun Berrigan||T|
|15||Andy Coley||8||Ewan Dowes|
|9||Mick Higham||23||Thomas Lee|
|10||Iafeta Paleaaesina||26||Peter Cusack|
|12||Phil Bailey||T||16||Willie Manu|
|16||Harrison Hansen||11||Lee Radford||T|
|13||Sean O'Loughlin||12||Danny Tickle||T||G4|
|11||Gareth Hock||T||15||Paul King|
|17||Michael McIlorum||17||Graeme Horne|
|19||Paul Prescott||18||Scott Wheeldon|
|24||Eamon O'Carroll||20||Danny Houghton||T|
I was hearing all game "ref was poor", "ref is rubbish, "ref not giving us anything" and we may well have been battered on the penalty count. But I always prefer to look at ourselves.
Simply we should have won that. When Bailey went over to give us a 22-14 lead we should of shut up shop, calmed down and seen the match out. We needed to keep Hull out for as long as we could but to let them score so quickly after we'd gone eight up was in the end what cost us.
We had a great 16 minute spell up to half time but for once we had a poor second half and that is credit to Hull I think.
One of the features of this match was the kick offs from Pat Richards which caused Hull all sorts of problems. Motu Tony, who is struggling to replace Shaun Briscoe at full back, fumbled the match kick off but Wigan failed to capitalise - they did get over but a Harrison Hansen touch down was pulled back after a forward pass.
It was Hull who scored first in the 7th minute. Danny Washbrook sent Shaun Berrigan over and Tickle's conversion made it 6-0.
Deja Vu as the restart was fumbled, this time by Ewan Dowes, but again Wigan failed to capitalise.
Apart from the kick offs, Wigan had started poorly and Hull should have gone further ahead. Washbrook had sent Tickle over but the ex Wigan man knocked on trying to score and to make it worse he did it in front of the travelling Wigan fans. Tickle did add a penalty goal on 20 minutes to make it 8-0 though.
Another restart and although not from the initial kick off, Hull fumbled again. This time Berrigan knocked on and finally Wigan made them pay. Tommy Leuluai sent Gareth Hock in for his first try of the season. His only try in 2007 came in the plays off at Hull and his last try before that was also against Hull in the last match of 2006 at the JJB - so Gaz would like to play them every week! Richards had an easy conversion which made it 8-6.
The next 15 minutes to half time was all Wigan and they cashed in with two more scores.
Down the left hand side Leuluai put a neat kick in which Richards patted back to Carmont for the score. He did well Richards as he must have been a bugs dick away from the try line. Richards then hit a beauty off the touchline to convert and Wigan led for the first time on the night - 12-8.
Right on half time we scored our third try. Again down the left, a neat kick caused confusion, Carmont returned the favour to Richards by sending him over with a sublime pass. Richards failed to convert this time though so the half time score was 16-8 to Wigan.
First try after the break was always going to be crucial and it was the home side which got it. Teenage hooker Danny Houghton bounced over for a first senior try. Tickle converted 16-14.
Moments later Craig Hall broke clear but a brilliant tackle from Richard Mathers bundled him into touch.
Hull were on top but Wigan scored next. Leuluai found the right pass to send Phil Bailey in for a score and Richards conversion made it 22-14 with 20 minutes left. We just needed to go slow and keep calm - see the game out. But Hull came back with a quick score.
I mentioned in the match preview how I felt despite injuries Hull would be on top in the forwards and I think its this department that would Hull the match. They made easy yards late on and this was a factor in the try Lee Radford finished off on 63 minutes. Tickle missed the conversion so Wigan led by four.
Hull though continued to stream forward at every opportunity and Wigan began to lose their discipline, conceding two vital penalties in a row.
After troubling Hull with kicks all night the fortunes were unfortunately turned. On a last tackle a bomb was put up, Liam Colbon dropped it in the in goal and Tickle pounced for the try under the posts. His conversion gave Hull a 24-22 lead with 9 to go.
Wigan never really looked close to coming back although a break down the left by Micky Higham gave us hope - but he didn't have the legs. I'm afraid their is still a big lack of pace in the Wigan side.
Super League 13 - Round 3 Results
|Fri 22 Feb||Bradford Bulls 16 St Helens 22||10,756|
|Fri 22 Feb||Hull FC 24 Wigan Warriors 22||13,226|
|Fri 22 Feb||Leeds Rhinos 34 Catalan Dragons 6||14,083|
|Sat 23 Feb||Harlequins 34 Wakefield Wildcats 18||3,176|
|Sun 24 Feb||Huddersfield Giants 64 Castleford Tigers 12||7,184|
|Sun 24 Feb||Hull Kingston Rovers 28 Warrington Wolves 29||8,704|
Engage Super League 12 Table - After This Round
|6||Hull Kingston Rovers||4||2||0||2||88||91||-3||4|