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5th April 2002: Wigan 18 Hull FC 20
Posted by Bilko on January 28 2016 - 23:04

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Wigan Warriors v Hull FC - Tetley's Super League VII Round 6.
Friday 5th April 2002. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith

Wigan crash to third defeat

A late try from Richard Horne brought Hull from behind to win in Wigan for the first time in ten years.

Wigan had done the hard work in clawing back a 2-14 deficit to establish an 18-14 lead but very poor defence let the Airlie Birds take the game 18-20.

Horne's try came in the 73rd-minute to level the scores and Matt Crowther calmly slotted over the match winning conversion, his fourth goal from as many attempts.

Wigan are now left in a state of panic. This is their worst ever start to Super League, just three wins from six games, but with the Challenge Cup semi-final only a week away it would be a gamble to make wholesale changes.

As against St. Helens, Wigan were in disarray defending kicks. Toa Kohe-Love took advantage of Dallas's particular weakness in this area to score Hull's first try. The New Zealand centre touched down Jason Smith's cross field effort fumbled by Dallas. Crowther converted.

Hull went further ahead on 22 minutes and exposed another of Wigan's weak spots, defending around the ruck at the line. Lee Jackson burrowed his way over despite terry O'Connor and Radlinski being in attendance. Again Crowther converted.

A sloppy try brought Wigan back into the game. Hull full back Steve Prescott was at fault in allowing Farrell's up and under to bounce. He tried to stop it with his foot but it ricocheted behind him. Chris Smith dived on the ball but rolled over it and Radlinski got a hand to it before it rolled dead.Farrell kicked the conversion.

With each side converting a penalty the half time score was 8-14

Wigan emerged from the dressing rooms a greatly improved side but it begs the question why Stuart raper does not say before the match what he says at half time or why the team do not take notice.

Brett Dallas scored soon after the restart. Having made a 30 metre break to bring the Warriors close to Hull's line, Terry Newton fired an accurate pass from dummy half back to Dallas to score on the blind side. A great touchline conversion from Farrell, on his bad side drew Wigan level.

Wigan took the lead through David Hodgson, currently a better centre than Ainscough, but this time Farrell failed to add the extra two points.

Sean O'Loughlin, making his first team debut, nearly put the game out of Hull's reach but his deft kick to the right corner just eluded Connolly. At this stage the home side looked in complete control and seemed sure to hold their lead for the remaining twenty minutes but poor decision making, defensive lapses and lack of concentration were their downfall.

With just seven minutes remaining Wigan had to defend their line. Lee Jackson switched play and Horne wove through a number of defenders with alarming ease to dive over.

Less than a minute from time Wigan were awarded a penalty just inside the Hull half on the left wing. Two points would have again brought the scores leve and a draw would have been a fair result.

Surprisingly Farrell kicked for touch and not goal.Whether this was confidence in his teams ability to score or lack of confidence in his kicking only he knows, but with hindsight it was the wrong choice.

Shaun McRae said, "When they got it to 18-14, I thought jeez, is it going to be one of those days? Are we a 40 minute side?"

"I've got to say I think we have played better but we played well enough to win, it was a great show of courage and desperation."

A worried looking Stuart Raper said, " We had a poor first half and could have been even further behind but we did enough in the second half to win the game."

"We gave them a sniff to come back and win the game. They should have had the mental capacity to stay in control of the game. It was more a mental thing than a physical one."

Raper must now be under threat. Wigan do not have a history of giving coaches time. John Monie was hastily shown the door when his side hit a poor spell despite all the past glory he had brought to the club and Frank Endacott had a better start to the season just before he was ousted.

For those seeking silver linings, the Wigan youngsters played with conviction and showed good promise. Sean O'Loughlin was creative, Bibey and Wild were among the better forwards and Mark Smith caused the opposition problems.

Team Sheets

Wigan - Hull FC
No.
Player
Pos No.
Player
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back 1 Steve Prescott
2 Brett Dallas Wing 18 Chris Smith
14 David Hodgson Centre 33 Graham Mackay
4 Gary Connolly Centre 4 Toa Kohe-Love
5 Brian Carney Wing 5 Matt Crowther
13 Andrew Farrell Stand Off 6 Richard Horne
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half 13 Jason Smith
8
Terry O'Connor Prop 8 Craig Greenhill
9 Terry Newton Hooker 9 Lee Jackson
17 Harvey Howard Prop 20 Garreth Carvell
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row 11 Adam Maher
19 Stephen Wild 2nd Row 14 Sean Ryan
12 David Furner L.Forward 16 Paul Cooke
10 Craig Smith Sub 3 Deon Bird
16 Simon Haughton Sub 10 Paul King
21 Ricky Bibey Sub 12 Scott Logan
22 Sean O'Loughlin Sub 15 Steve Craven

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 18 --- Hull FC 20
Tries:
Kris Radlinski
Brett Dallas
Dave Hodgson
--- Tries:
Toa Kohe-Love
Lee Jackson
Richard Horne
Goals:
Andy Farrell 3
--- Goals:
Matt Crowther 4

Half Time

Wigan 8 Hull FC 14

Referee

Steve Ganson (St Helens)

Match Attendance

8,067

Television

Table after this Round

1st:l Bradford - Played - 6 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 10
2nd:l St Helens - Played - 6 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 10
3rd:l Leeds - Played - 6 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 8
4th:l Hull FC - Played - 6 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 8
5th:l

Wigan

- Played - 6 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 6
6th:l Widnes - Played - 6 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 6

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7th:l Castleford - Played - 6 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 5
8th:l London - Played - 6 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 5
9th:l Halifax - Played - 6 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 4
10th:l Wakefield - Played - 6 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 4
11th:l Salford - Played - 6 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 4
12th:l Warrington - Played - 6 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 2

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Top 6 Qualified for Play Offs

Super League 7 - Round 6 Results

Fri 5th April - Wigan Warriors 18 Hull FC 20 - 8,067
Sat 6th April - St Helens 30 Leeds Rhinos 26 - 10,236
Sun 7th April - London Broncos 15 Bradford Bulls 14 - 4,605
Sun 7th April - Salford City Reds 16 Castleford Tigers 74 - 4,101
Sun 7th April - Wakefield Wildcats 32 Warrington Wolves 20 - 2,910
Sun 7th April - Widnes Vikings 26 Halifax Blue Sox 47 - 6,011
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