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31st August 2002: Hull FC 26 Wigan 18
Posted by Bilko on January 29 2016 - 15:40

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Saturday 31st August 2002
Hull FC 26 Wigan Warriors 18
The Boulevard, Hull
Tetley's Super League 7 - Round 25 of 28

Kick Off: 7:05pm


- Wigan       - Hull FC    
1 Kris Radlinski       1 Steve Prescott    
5 Brian Carney  T      2 Gareth Raynor    
4 Gary Connolly       3 Toa Kohe-Love    
14 David Hodgson       33 Graham Mackay    
3 Jamie Ainscough       - Matt Crowther    G7 
6 Julian O'Neill  T   G3    6 Richard Horne  T2   
7 Adrian Lam       7 Tony Smith  T   
8 Terry O'Connor       8 Craig Greenhill    
9 Terry Newton       9 Lee Jackson    
10 Craig Smith       10 Paul King    
11 Mick Cassidy       11 Adam Maher    
12 Dave Furner       12 Scott Logan    
13 Andy Farrell  T      17 Chris Chester    
17 Harvey Howard       16 Paul Cooke    
18 Mark Smith       19 Richard Fletcher    
22 Sean O'Loughlin       20 Garreth Carvell    
26 Danny Tickle       24 Kirk Yeaman    


Unlucky Thirteen

Wigan's 12 match unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt at the Boulevard as they went down to a Richard Horne inspired Hull.

The defeat keeps the Warriors in third position in Super League and Hull move up to fourth ahead of Leeds.

Had Wigan won they would have taken second spot above Bradford.

The chance of finishing top now seems all but gone and to finish second, and gain a vital second chance in the play-offs, looks a very tough task with games against St Helens, Bradford and Leeds remaining.

On paper, Wigan should have won the game with some ease. Hull were without five regulars, including their most valuable player Jason Smith whilst Wigan were at virtually full strength for the first time in many weeks.

Stuart Raper was so annoyed at the performance of his men he has ordered them in on Sunday morning for extra training and cancelled their scheduled time off.

He said: "I'm very disappointed, not so much with the result but with the way we came into the game and the way we played - Hull out-enthused us."

Injury to Steve Prescott forced Shaun McRae to switch young stand-off Richard Horne to full-back and put three inexperienced backs on the bench.

Horne proved his class with a match winning display, scoring two tries, including the match winner two minutes from time.

Worryingly for steve Prescott, Horne's performance left his coach pondering whether he should remain in the position.

Wigan created enough half-breaks to win a couple of matches but they could not penetrate the Hull defence on the line. Wigan threw everything they could at it and with the scores at 20-18 the Warriors seemed odds on to snatch victory in the final minutes.

They were camped on the Hull line and sent a cross field kick over to Crowther's wing. He slipped, leaving the way clear for either Connolly and Carney to call, catch and put the ball down in the corner. Neither player appeared to call, they both jumped and collided with each other, leaving the ball to roll out of play.

Wigan had made a good start. Julian O'Neill read a reverse pass from Radlinski to score first. Hull soon hit back through Wigan old boy Tony Smith. He touched down a Paul Cooke kick. Both tries were converted.

Kris Radlinski saved Wigan from going behind by taking the ball from Smith just as he was diving over to score. On 27 minutes Wigan edged ahead. A great break from Brian Carney, a former Hull player, lead to Andy Farrell scoring Wigan's second try.

O'Neill failed with the conversion and Crowther was successful with two penalties to level the score.

Just before the break an O'Neill penalty edged Wigan ahead again.

Richard Horne scored a superb individual try at the start of the second-half to give the home side the lead, which they never lost.

Crowther got the conversion and two more penalties as Wigan's discipline and compose faultered.

Jamie Ainscough was sin-binned for blatantly holding down. Wigan did well not to conceed any points whilst Ainscough was off the field and added some when Hull were reduced to 12. Carvell was also given 10 minutes for holding down.

Wigan made the overlap pay with a Carney touch down inthe corner.

O'Neill, still with the kicking responsibility ahead of Farrell, did well to convert from the touch line and the warriors should have gone on to win from there but Carney and Connolly's failure to collect the easy kick was indicative of the teams performance all night.

Half Time:  Hull FC 10 Wigan 12

Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)



Super League 7 - Round 25 Results
Fri 30th Aug - St Helens 38 Leeds Rhinos 18 - 10,186
Sat 31st Aug - Hull FC 26 Wigan Warriors 18 - 5,849
Sun 1st Sept - Bradford Bulls 46 London Broncos 14 - 8,965
Sun 1st Sept - Castleford Tigers 44 Wakefield Wildcats 6 - 7,134
Sun 1st Sept - Halifax Blue Sox 16 Warrington Wolves 19 - 6,103
Sun 1st Sept - Widnes Vikings 15 Salford City Reds 14 - 6,956

Tetley's Super League 7 Table - After This Round
1st:l St Helens - Played - 25 - Won - 21 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 42
2nd:l Bradford - Played - 25 - Won - 20 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 40


- Played - 25 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 6 - Points: - 37
4th:l Hull FC - Played - 25 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 9 - Points: - 32
5th:l Leeds - Played - 25 - Won - 15 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 10 - Points: - 30
6th:l Castleford - Played - 25 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 11 - Points: - 26


7th:l London - Played - 25 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 12 - Points: - 25
8th:l Widnes - Played - 25 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 12 - Points: - 25
9th:l Halifax - Played - 25 - Won - 6 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 19 - Points: - 12
10th:l Warrington - Played - 25 - Won - 6 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 19 - Points: - 12
11th:l Wakefield - Played - 25 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 19 - Points: - 10
12th:l Salford - Played - 25 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 20 - Points: - 9


Top 6 Qualified for Play Offs

Opinion: ''Too many cooks spoiling the broth'' - Thoughts on the Hull Game.
Posted on Tuesday, September 03 2002 @ 00:17:19 BST by Bilko

"Talk about too many cooks spoiling the broth"

That is how Sky TV's Stevo perfectly described the incident in which Brian Carney and Gary Connolly both went for the same ball, with a try begging, and blew Wigan's top two chances into oblivion. Of course we still mathematically can do it but I feel time is running out as far as a top two finish in concerned.

Yet again on Saturday we were treated to another thriller at the Boulevard. Like I said in my match preview we've witnessed some fantastic games there in recent years and, despite the loss, this game was no exception.

Coach Stuart Raper re-acted angrily to this performance and cancelled the players scheduled two days off. After watching the replay of the game on tape, I totally agree with his decision. Not because I felt we played that badly but because our discipline and defence let us down badly on Saturday. Hull were allowed to break the line on far too many occasions and four silly penalties for holding down at the play the ball was the difference in the scoreline at the end of the day.

Of course we should have clinched the game anyway despite the ill discipline. The incident in which Gary Connolly and Brian Carney both jumped for the same ball, with an easy try awaiting them after Matt Crowther had slipped, can only be described as shambolic. Many people have said that one of the players should have called and that is true but I also feel that Connolly should have left it. He is the more experienced player of the two and when the ball is kicked out wide like that surely the winger should be the one to catch it?

It is a shame for Carney that he was yet again involved in a incident where he failed to catch a high ball because he really has shown improvement in taking high bombs in recent matches, especially in defence. This was shown in the first half of the match when he took the ball deep in his own corner, made an arching run and gained about 60 metres. It was a fantastic run and he was in contention for my man of the match award but that late incident blew it for him.

Credit though must go to the Hull FC players for there performance. They lost influential Jason Smith and the experienced full back Steve Prescott to injury before kick off and in the first ten minutes it looked like the loss of those players had got to them. Two early handling errors and two kick offs going out on the full was not the best of starts but they overcame the poor start superbly. It was a great effort from the Hull players especially young Richard Horne who won a deserved man of the match award.

I feel that the loss at Hull together with Bradford's victory over London has now ended any hopes of a top two finish. I just can't see Bradford losing twice in three matches and also we have got to beat Saints, Bradford and Leeds ourselves. We are capable of doing it, but for me its too tall of a mountain to climb.

Its sad that I have to report crowd trouble at the end of the game in Hull. As we returned to our coaches a gang of youths assaulted one Wigan fan and threw bricks at one of the coaches. The lack of police was very disturbing, they where nowhere to be seen. It was a sad end to a great match but I shall still look forward to visiting the new Kingston Communications Stadium next season.

Keep enjoying your Rugby League. Bilko. :)

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