Hull FC v Wigan Warriors
League VII Round 5
Friday 4th April. Kick Off 8:00pm at Kingston Communications
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
Troubled times ahead for Warriors.
Wigan face a major battle to improve ahead of next weekend's cup semi-final
after slumping to their second successive defeat at the KC Stadium in
A second half try from Gareth Hock was all that the Warriors could
manage against a Hull side whose kicking game put Wigan's to
Hull's victory sent them to the top of the league table. In
contrast Wigan languish in sixth position and will drop into the bottom half
after this round of matches is completed.
It was the nature of the defeat
rather than the defeat itself that will concern cherry and white fans as they
turn their thoughts to next week's semi-final against Bradford.
not that Wigan lacked effort, in fact their defence was better than it was
against London last week.
But they were devoid of attacking ideas, seemed
without leadership and kicked appallingly. They were also incapable of
converting any advantage which came their way.
Stuart Raper was
philosophical : 'It's always disappointing to lose but I'm proud of the guys'
efforts and I don't think the score line reflected the match.'
every faith in the guys. They'll stick together and get better.'
Farrell, Mick Cassidy, Jamie Ainscough and Julian O'Neill all missed the game
for a variety of reasons and although the young replacements showed great
potential, the combined loss of experience took its toll.
will definitely miss the semi-final after picking up a hamstring injury. Mark
Smith and Stephen Wild are also in doubt with shoulder and ankle problems
A glimmer of hope came with Terry Newton's performance. He
appeared after starting hooker Mark Smith went off injured and looked lively and
provided greater urgency to the attack.
Two penalty goals in the first 35
minutes gave Hull a 4-0 lead and just before the break Jason Smith's precision
cross field kick on the last tackle put winger Colin Best in for a try. Best out
jumped Dallas, caught the ball on the second attempt and touched down.
impressive touchline conversion from Prescott sent Hull into the plush dressing
rooms 10-0 ahead.
Hull took just three minutes to score after the restart
when Chris Chester's kick was pounced on by Adam Maher.
darted down the left wing from dummy half to score a cheeky try but it was too
little to late. Kirk Yeaman went over for Hulls third try on 70 minutes and
Prescott added another penalty goal.
If the Challenge Cup holders are to
have a hope of beating beefy Bradford in next week's semi-final Stuart Raper's
team will have to improve their kicking game and seize their opportunities.
Hull FC 20
Wigan Warriors 4
Tries: Colin Best
(35) Adam Maher (42) Kirk Yeaman (68)
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