Match Report: Hull Kingston Rovers 28 Wigan 36
Posted by Bilko on June 28 2009 - 20:58
Well I couldn't go tonight due to lack of funds but this was good news. On the very rare occasions I can't go we always win and tonight it proved again.

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Hull Kingston Rovers v Wigan Warriors - Engage Super League XIV Round 18.
Sunday 28th June 2009. Kick Off 6:15pm at Craven Park.

Match Report

Well what a massive effort from Wigan tonight to come back and win after a dreadful start and the week of off field insecurity we've just had. Well done boys.

But for me the story of that match was simple. Mark Riddell playing hooker I think the score was 22-0 to Hull KR. McIlorum at hooker and the score was 36-6 to Wigan. Might be a massive coincidence but I texted people during the match that we'll win this easy as long as Riddell didn't come back on. Riddell did came back on and a  comfortable 30-16 lead became 30-28. Maybe I'm harsh?

Tim Smith going off injured after 7 minutes with what looked like a dislocated shoulder was also a blessing because Sam Tomkins was outstanding. I reiterate what I said on the board it is pointless playing Tim Smith when it looks like he is leaving at the end of the season. We may as well blood Sam and reap the future rewards.

Anyway Wigan started the game dreadfully or maybe the match started dreadfully for them? George Carmont took an early knock and Tim Smith came off with a suspected broken arm. Rovers dominated possession and took advantage with two early tries for winger Peter Fox.

The first on three minutes came after Amos Roberts, with the sun in his eyes, failed to collect a Michael Dobson bomb, easy plonk down for Fox. Then Kris Welham sent Fox racing down the left wing and he looked to have bombed a certain try when tripped over his own boots. But luckily for him the only player that could stop him scoring was Tim Smith who clearly had injured his arm. Fox gave himself up actually but Smith just couldn't do anything. Dobson converted one of the two tries to make it 10-0.

Fox then could have claimed a hatrick before Wigan finally started to get into the game. 10-0 flattered Wigan but it was a scoreline that kept them in the game and the introduction of Sam Tomkins and Mike McIlorum was a big factor in the turnaround as well as getting some good possession.

Wigan opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. A kick to the corner from Sean O'Loughlin was collected by Amos Roberts who sent Phil Bailey over from close range. Richards couldn't convert off the touchline so it was 10-4.

On 22 minutes the scores were levelled. Sam Tomkins produced it with a beautiful jinking step to break through the Rovers line and he found the supporting George Carmont who had shaken off an early injury. The try was converted by Richards to make it 10-10.

Wigan were now on a roll and on 27 minutes they took the lead for the first time. From a scrum Wigan swung the ball out wide and Pat Richards drove at Shaun Briscoe and took him over the line whilst scoring in the corner. Video ref had to decide if he grounded before his leg went in touch. Tough call it was a bugs dick between it but I think he just got it right. Couldn't convert though so it was 14-10.

Rovers would hit back to retake the lead before half time. Mick Vella drove over from close range and Dobson converted to make it 16-14 at the break.

Into the second half and Wigan hit Rovers just like they had done to them at the start of the match. They dominated territory and scored three scores in a 13 minute spell. Three minutes in and Bailey drifted over for a soft try to which Richards again failed to convert. 18-16 though now to Wigan.

Then on 49 minutes Sam Tomkins kicked a superb 40/20 which saw Harrison Hansen go over from the resulting scrum. He had taken a forward pass in truth but after the hooter farce at the JJB earlier in the season proved - you take your luck!

Wigan continued to pressure and after Kris Welham knocked on in his own half Wigan scored after O'Loughlin sent Sam over for a last tackle score. Richards found his kicking boots to convert both those two efforts to make the score 30-16 to Wigan.

It was a painful watch after that because you knew Wigan just needed one more score to win it but they couldn't find it. Riddell came back onto the field for McIlorum and maybe a coincidence but Hull KR came back into the match after that.

Errors from Wigan also helped with 3 conceded penalties and a couple of handling errors in a spell which saw first Daniel Fitzhenry and then Jake Webster score. Dobson converted both to leave Wigan sweating on a 2 point lead in the final 7 minutes. Rovers attacked the Wigan line twice in that period before a break from under his own posts from Richards won the game.

Richards brought it out from under the posts towards the right passed out wide to Roberts who raced away and drawing the full back passed back inside to Richards who went on to embarrass a tired defender by rounding it under the sticks when he should have been trapped out wide. Stevo on Sky claimed it didn't really matter because the game was won but fact is it did matter. The easy conversion made it an 8 point lead and game over rather than 6 point lead and a slender chance for Hull KR to draw.

It was such a relief but well deserved victory I thought. The three early missed conversions from Pat made it tougher than it perhaps should have been but 7 tries to 5 in Wigan's favour shows how they deserved it.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "Of course (the off field distractions affected the side), it was national headlines for goodness' sake so you can't hide the players from it. So you have to find a formula and they found a formula. The only way we'll be judged on writing this 2009 chapter for Wigan is through our performances on the field and I think we took some huge steps in making people realise we aren't going to go away. It was a nervy finish and it shouldn't have been. We gave ourselves a shocking start and found ourselves 10-0 down and it looked like being one of those nights but we knew pretty much all week that we were determined to do well here. I knew that if we could get our fingers into the game we could compete and we did and we clawed our way back into the game and it should have been more comfortable at 60 minutes. And then we went away from what we were doing and let Hull KR back in."

Hull KR coach Justin Morgan: "We never really got chance to become front-runners. We made a lot of errors in our own half and gave away a lot of penalties in their half. We gifted them the opportunity to put some points on us. I thought the first 15 minutes of the game we deserved to be where we were. But then for the rest of the first half and most of the second we were taught a lesson by a team that played with a little bit more vigour and energy than we did."

Team Sheets

- Hull KR Position Wigan -
1 Shaun Briscoe Full Back Cameron Phelps 21
2 Peter Fox Winger Amos Roberts 2
19 Kris Welham Centre Phil Bailey 12
4 Jake Webster Centre George Carmont 4
28 Ben Cockayne Winger Pat Richards 5
6 Paul Cooke Stand Off Tim Smith 6
7 Michael Dobson Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
20 Michael Vella Prop Andy Coley 15
9 Ben Fisher Hooker Mark Riddell 9
18 Scott Wheeldon Prop Paul Prescott 19
11 Clint Newton 2nd Row Joel Tomkins 14
12 Ben Galea 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 16
13 Scott Murrell L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
- - - - -
3 Chev Walker Substitute Stuart Fielden 8
8 Nick Fozzard Substitute Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
15 Daniel Fitzhenry Substitute Mike McIlorum 17
16 Jason Netherton Substitute Sam Tomkins 25

Score Sheet

Hull Kingston Rovers 28 --- Wigan Warriors 36
Tries (5):
Peter Fox 2
Michael Vella
Daniel Fitzhenry
Jake Webster
--- Tries (7):
Phil Bailey 2
George Carmont
Pat Richards 2
Harrison Hansen
Sam Tomkins
Michael Dobson 4/5
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 4/7

Scoring and Incident Pattern

2mins:20 Hull KR 04 Wigan 00 Try: Peter Fox
- Hull KR 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Michael Dobson (1/1)
4mins:47 Hull KR 10 Wigan 00 Try: Peter Fox (2)
- Hull KR 10 Wigan 00 M.Dobson Missed Conversion (1/2)
16mins:20 Hull KR 10 Wigan 04 Try: Phil Bailey
- Hull KR 10 Wigan 04 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
21mins:35 Hull KR 10 Wigan 08 Try: George Carmont
- Hull KR 10 Wigan 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
27mins:34 Hull KR 10 Wigan 14 Try: Pat Richards (via Video Ref)
- Hull KR 10 Wigan 14 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/3)
35mins:18 Hull KR 14 Wigan 14 Try: Michael Vella (via Video Ref)
- Hull KR 16 Wigan 14 Conversion: Michael Dobson (2/3)
Half Time Hull Kingston Rovers 16 Wigan Warriors 14
42mins:21 Hull KR 16 Wigan 18 Try: Phil Bailey (2)
- Hull KR 16 Wigan 18 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/4)
48mins:02 Wigan 40/20 Kick Sam Tomkins
48mins:51 Hull KR 16 Wigan 22 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Hull KR 16 Wigan 24 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/5)
52mins:25 Hull KR 16 Wigan 28 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Hull KR 16 Wigan 30 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/6)
64mins:22 Hull KR 20 Wigan 30 Try: Daniel Fitzhenry
- Hull KR 22 Wigan 30 Conversion: Michael Dobson (3/4)
71mins:04 Hull KR 26 Wigan 30 Try: Jake Webster
- Hull KR 28 Wigan 30 Conversion: Michael Dobson (4/5)
77mins:45 Hull KR 28 Wigan 34 Try: Pat Richards (2)
- Hull KR 28 Wigan 36 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/7)
Full Time Hull Kingston Rovers 28 Wigan Warriors 36

Video Highlights


Thierry Alibert (France)

Penalties Conceded

Hull KR 3 Wigan 8

Video Referee

Ben Thaler (Wakefield)

Match Attendance




Sunny and Hot.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 14 Round 18

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 18 15 0 3 565 290 +275 30
2 Leeds Rhinos 18 13 0 5 480 283 +197 26
3 Hull Kingston Rovers 18 11 1 6 432 351 +81 23
4 Huddersfield Giants 18 11 0 7 422 292 +130 22
5 Harlequins 17 10 0 7 421 337 +84 20
6 Wakefield Wildcats 18 10 0 8 433 413 +20 20
7 Warrington Wolves 18 9 0 9 403 437 -34 18
8 Wigan Warriors 18 8 0 10 426 371 +55 16
9 Hull FC 18 8 0 10 342 407 -65 16
10 Castleford Tigers 18 8 0 10 378 449 -71 16
11 Catalans Dragons 17 7 0 10 386 462 -76 14
12 Bradford Bulls 17 6 1 10 364 452 -88 13
13 Salford City Reds 17 5 0 12 274 481 -207 10
14 Celtic Crusaders 18 2 0 16 258 559 -301 4

Round 17 Results
Fri 19 June Huddersfield Giants 13 Castleford Tigers 16 6,010
Fri 19 June Hull FC 14 Salford City Reds 12 11,218
Sat 20 June Celtic Crusaders 18 Hull Kingston Rovers 32 3,015
Sat 20 June Harlequins 14 Leeds Rhinos 48 4,378
Sat 20 June Catalan 12 Warrington 34 (in Barcelona) 18,150
Sun 21 June Bradford Bulls 18 St Helens 44 10,599

Round 18 Results
Fri 26 June Leeds Rhinos 33 Bradford Bulls 20 17,824
Fri 26 June St Helens 30 Celtic Crusaders 0 8,684
Fri 26 June Salford City Reds 10 Huddersfield Giants 34 3,721
Sat 27 June Castleford Tigers 20 Catalan Dragons 22 5,508
Sun 28 June Warrington Wolves 24 Hull FC 12 9,170
Sun 28 June Wakefield Wildcats 20 Harlequins 18 5,079
Sun 28 June Hull Kingston Rovers 28 Wigan Warriors 36 9,007