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9th February 2002: Wigan 34 Hull FC 10
Posted by Bilko on January 27 2016 - 22:51

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Saturday 9th February 2002
Wigan 34 Hull FC 10
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Kelloggs Nutri Grain Challenge Cup Round 4

Kick Off 1:15pm


- Wigan       - Hull FC    
1 Kris Radlinski  T      3 Deon Bird    
2 Brett Dallas       2 Gareth Raynor    
3 Jamie Ainscough       33 Graham Mackay  T   
4 Gary Connolly  T      4 Toa Kohe-Love    
5 Brian Carney       5 Matt Crowther    G 
6 Julian O'Neill       17 Chris Chester    
7 Adrian Lam  T      6 Richard Horne    
8 Terry O'Connor       8 Craig Greenhill    
9 Terry Newton  T      9 Lee Jackson    
10 Craig Smith  T      15 Steve Craven    
11 Mick Cassidy       14 Sean Ryan    
12 Dave Furner       11 Adam Maher    
13 Andy Farrell    G5    13 Jason Smith    
15 Paul Johnson       10 Paul King    
17 Harvey Howard       16 Paul Cooke    
19 Stephen Wild  T      20

Garreth Carvell

21 Ricky Bibey       23 Paul Parker    


Once mighty Wigan launched their latest attempt at reclaiming their position of Challenge Cup kings with an efficient dismissal of Hull from this year's competition at the JJB Stadium.

Coach Stuart Raper saw his side shrug off an early second-half fightback from their Super League rivals and gain revenge for the shock exit to theAirlie Birds two years ago.

Wigan took advantage of poor Hull handling to grab three tries in 13 minutes after Terry Newton and Gary Connolly had both crossed before the break.

Julian O'Neill, whose off-field antics have landed him in trouble more than once, advanced 40 metres from a quickly-taken tap penalty, causing a split in the Hull defence from which the visitors could not recover.

David Furner almost sneaked over from O'Neill's pass, but when the second-rower was hauled down inches short, Terry Newton scooped up from acting half-back and twisted over.

Farrell landed the conversion, then gave Hull full-back Deon Bird all sorts of problems with a towering kick which was caught in the strong wind at the home side's backs and fortunately for the visitors landed in an area where Bird could knock it dead.

Both teams profited from wayward passes by the opposition, with only a forward pass from Connolly preventing Irish winger Brian Carney heading off downfield for a certain Wigan score.

Hull skipper Jason Smith was the inspiration behind the visitors' most incisive attacking moves, but his failure to play the ball properly on the final tackle cost Gareth Raynor a scoring chance in front of the visiting fans.

The visitors were looking to exploit the power of centre Graham Mackay, back in the 13-man code after a recent unsuccessful stint with the Leeds Tykes union outfit, but Wigan's well-oiled defence moved up quickly to prevent any running opportunities.

Bird had not been enjoying the best of days but reacted quickly to palm the ball dead as Newton attempted to reclaim his own grubber kick underneath the Hull posts.

Mackay ridiculously appeared to forget which game he was playing when Carney hauled him to the floor a metre from the left touchline, releasing the ball on impact as he might have in union, conceding a scrum for an obvious knock-on.

Richard Horne broke over halfway, then chipped Wigan's last line of defence hoping for a clear run to the line, only for referee Stuart Cummings to rule that his subsequent collision with Kris Radlinski had been unintentional, much to the ire of the visiting fans.

Hull were marginally on top at that stage, but threw away all their good work in the final minute of the half when Paul King attempted to squeeze a pass out on halfway, but only found Farrell's grateful arms.

The Great Britain skipper charged 20 metres, then when the Hull defence shut down the room, found Connolly on his outside and the veteran centre raced past Bird to score.

Hull were back in it within two minutes of the re-start, with Wigan centre Jamie Ainscough at the centre of a remarkable chain of events which saw the visitors score.

The Australian looked to be heading for the Hull line when he intercepted a wayward pass, only to loose the ball completely when he was ankle-tapped by fellow-countryman Sean Ryan.

Hull took up possession and Horne went close, before Smith found Mackay with a reverse pass behind his back, giving the Scotland international just enough room to burrow his way over.

However, Ryan's handling was as poor as Ainscough's had been and the former Cronulla Shark put Wigan on the offensive with a mistake inside his own 20-metre area.

Lam and Terry O'Connor were both involved as the home side switched the ball left, but it was 20-year-old substitute Stephen Wild who juggled possession before forcing his way in for Wigan's third try.

Hull were hit by more handling blunders and by the 50th minute were virtually out of the contest, Newton feeding Lam after the visitors had again lost possession close to their own line, Toa Kohe Love falling for the Papua New Guinea man's outrageous dummy.

If that wasn't enough, Lam then provided the delicate kick onto which Radlinski sped to effectively seal the contest.

Gareth Carvell burst onto Smith's short pass with 15 minutes remaining, although Matt Crowther's conversion still left the visitors 18 points adrift.

And fittingly, the home side had the final word when Craig Smith took Mick Cassidy's pass and strode home from 10 metres in the final minute.

05mins:14 Wigan 04 Hull FC 00 Try: Terry Newton
- Wigan 06 Hull FC 00 Conversion: Andy Farrell
38mins:39 Wigan 10 Hull FC 00 Try: Gary Connolly
- Wigan 12 Hull FC 00 Conversion: Andy Farrell
Half Time Wigan Warriors 12 Hull FC 00
42mins:23 Wigan 12 Hull FC 04 Try: Graham Mackay
- Wigan 12 Hull FC 04 M.Crowther Missed Conversion
46mins:06 Wigan 16 Hull FC 04 Try: Stephen Wild
- Wigan 16 Hull FC 04 A.Farrell Missed Conversion
50mins:26 Wigan 20 Hull FC 04 Try: Adrian Lam
- Wigan 22 Hull FC 04 Conversion: Andy Farrell
59mins:03 Wigan 26 Hull FC 04 Try: Kris Radlinski
- Wigan 28 Hull FC 04 Conversion: Andy Farrell
65mins:10 Wigan 28 Hull FC 08 Try: Garreth Carvell
- Wigan 28 Hull FC 10 Conversion: Matt Crowther
79mins:32 Wigan 32 Hull FC 10 Try: Craig Smith
- Wigan 34 Hull FC 10 Conversion: Andy Farrell
Full Time Wigan Warriors 34 Hull FC 10



Stuart Cummings (Widnes)


2002 Challenge Cup Round 4

Saturday 9th February 2002
Bradford Bulls 4 Leeds Rhinos 17 (Live on BBC ONE)
Wigan Warriors 34 Hull FC 10 (Live on BBC ONE)

Sunday 10th February 2002
Barrow Raiders 0 Warrington Wolves 10
Batley Bulldogs 6 London Broncos 26
Castleford Tigers 19 Salford City Reds 6
Doncaster Dragons 30 Huddersfield Giants 10
Featherstone Rovers 24 Hull Kingston Rovers 31
Hunslet Hawks 2 Workington Town 34
Lancashire Lynx 6 Union Treiziste Catalane 20
Oldham Roughyeds 6 St Helens 40
Rochdale Hornets 20 Leigh Centurions 24
Saint-Gaudens 26 Halifax Blue Sox 48
Sheffield Eagles 6 Wakefield Wildcats 26
Swinton Lions 0 Widnes Vikings 54
Whitehaven 16 Dewsbury Rams 8
York Wasps 8 Villeneuve 17

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