Hull 39 Wigan 26
Match report as Wigan lose 39-26 to Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium
Warriors down 26-4 at the break and leave themselves with too much to do
- Tom Davies 2, Liam Marshall 2, Lewis Tierney, Joe Burgess with Wigan’s tries
A lacklustre first-half meant Wigan left themselves with too much to do as they went down to defeat against Hull.
The hosts led 26-4 at the break after crossing for four tries from Steve Michaels (2), Mark Minichello and Danny Houghton. Liam Farrell was sent to the sin bin but Wigan scored their only try of the half during his absence as Tom Davies went over.
Tries from Liam Marshall and Lewis Tierney looked to have given Wigan a lifeline but it was short lived as Jamie Shaul’s try pulled Hull clear again before Albert Kelly’s effort made sure of the win.
Kelly added a one-pointer but late tries from Marshall and Davies made it six-tries apiece but Hull comfortable 39-26 winners.
Joel Tomkins, Joe Burgess and Liam Forsyth all returned after missing the Wakefield game. Sean O’Loughlin was a late withdrawal with a hamstring problem.
A third game in ten days and the start was always going to be crucial and Wigan were left ruing the first-half as Hull built up a healthy lead.
Just four minutes in Steve Michaels dived in at the corner and give the home side the advantage.
Jake Connor missed the extras but his opposite number- Wigan’s Tommy Leuluai was soon off the field for a concussion assessment.
Having already lost O’Loughlin before the game and with Leuluai off the field Wigan’s task was becoming increasingly difficult. The Airlie Birds didn’t care though as Mark Minichello barged over on the left after the video referee made sure of it. The conversion was off target but Jake Connor had a second shot at goal and slotted home from in front after an infringement by Lewis Tierney as he tried to stop Minichello from scoring.
Down by ten points just 12 minutes in, the Warriors had their first real attempt at the Hull line 17 minutes in but Tom Davies ran out space on the right and was bundled into touch.
Minutes later and an overlap on Hull’s right edge allowed Michaels to score in the corner. Connor on target again, 16-0 Hull ahead.
Interference at the play-the-ball from Wigan allowed Connor a chance to extend the lead with a penalty goal, which he did. The home side were beginning to turn the screw and a break from Danny Washbrook allowed Danny Houghton to go over under the posts.
24-0 down and Wigan were soon a man down as Liam Farrell was sent to the sin-bin following the try for speaking to the referee.
Wigan reacted well to the sin-binning, Liam Marshall was unlucky not to score – his effort ruled out after a double knock-on ruled by the video ref. The Warriors soon did have their first try as following a 60-metre break from Joe Burgess, the ball went left and Tom Davies went in. Liam Marshall couldn’t convert but Wigan were finally on the board.
A scuffle just before the break saw Phil Bentham an eighth penalty and the Connor opted to take the two points meaning Hull led 26-4 at the break
HALF TIME: Hull FC 26-4 Wigan Warriors
22 points down, Wigan had left themselves with a lot to do but they set about the task the right way as a few quick play-the-balls allowed space down the left and Liam Marshall darted over after a 40-metre break. Williams failed to convert but Wigan were within three-converted tries early in the half.
The Warriors won their penalty of the game ten minutes into the second-half and were starting to get a slight foothold in the game.
Hull were under pressure and Jack Connor raced out of the line to catch a pass from dummy-half but knocked-on. From the resulting scrum Wigan threw the ball around and eventually Liam Farrell created space for Lewis Tierney to go over. Marshall adeds the two and it was a two-try game all of a sudden.
Any hope of a comeback was dashed in cruel fashion as Hull got near the Wigan line for the first time in the half and Jamie Shaul won the foot race to his own chip kick to give the hosts breathing space again.
Wigan looked to work another attack minutes later but Williams’ low kick was caught on the full by Kelly who raced 80-metres to score. Nick Rawsthorne added both conversions and the Black and Whites were now 38-14 to the good.
Joe Burgess scored Wigan’s fourth try of the game in the 69th minute after a bouncing kick from Williams.
Kelly added a drop-goal late on but there was still time for Liam Marshall to catch the Hull defence napping and barge over from dummy-half.
Wigan added another consolation try in the last minute through Tom Davies.
It finished six-tries apiece but in reality Wigan left themselves with far too much to do after a slow start with Hull worthy winners, their first win over Wigan at home since 2009.
FULL TIME: Hull FC 39-26 Wigan Warriors
Hull FC - 39
Tries: Steve Michaels 2, Mark Minichiello, Danny Houghton, Jamie Shaul, Albert Kelly.
Goals: Jake Connor 5/7, Nick Rawsthorne 2/2
Drop Goal: Albert Kelly
Wigan Warriors - 26
Tries: Tom Davies 2, Liam Marshall 2, Lewis Tierney, Joe Burgess.
Goals: Liam Marshall 1/6, George Williams 0/1
Hull FC: 1. Jamie Shaul, 19. Steve Michaels, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 23. Nick Rawsthorne, 6. Albert Kelly, 14. Jake Connor, 15. Chris Green, 9. Danny Houghton, 16. Jordan Thompson, 17. Danny Washbrook, 12. Mark Minichello, 21. Sika Manu
Interchange: 25. Jansin Turgut, 27. Jack Downs, 28. Brad Fash, 29. Masi Matongo
Wigan Warriors: 21. Lewis Tierney, 36. Tom Davies, 32. Liam Forsyth, 5. Joe Burgess, 35. Liam Marshall, 6. George Williams, 7. Tommy Leuluai, 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 9. Michael Mcilorum, 19. Ryan Sutton, 28. Jack Wells, 12. Liam Farrell, 20. Willie Isa
Interchange: 11. Joel Tomkins, 16. Sam Powell, 17. Taulima Tautai, 37. Callum Field
Referee - Phil Bentham