The two teams had battled out three close encounters in 2005, with the Warriors taking two victories, including an unlikely 21-15 win at the KC on Easter Monday, and Hull gaining revenge 28-24 at the JJB later in the season. With both teams coming into the game on the back of impressive victories no one expected such a result.
The game began in the usual cauldron of noise that is created at the KC, although it was the Warriors fans who were in top voice throughout, yet again traveling in their thousands to support the cherry and whites.
It was the Warriors who started most promisingly, an O’Loughlin break with Ashton in support, resulted in a long pass wide to McAvoy on debut who was agonizingly tackled into touch inches from the line.
Hull responded by going the full length of the field, Horne putting Radford through a gap and the former Bull scored the opening try of the match. Cooke converted to make it 6-0 after 4 minutes.
The Warriors re-established field position following two penalties; some neat passing but they were pulled close to the line for a forward pass from Goulding to McAvoy. Again the Hull side capitalized, gaining meters before some neat blind side play for Yeaman to keep up his incredible scoring run to put FC in front 10-0. Cooke added the conversion to make it 12-0 after 12 minutes.
A long pass from GB International Stand Off Richard Horne set up winger Kirk Dixon for a try, before further tries from Blacklock and Tony. Cooke converted all three to effectively end the game as a contest after 28 minutes with Hull leading 30-0.
Wigan came close to scoring on the half hour mark as Ashton weaved his way across field to feed McAvoy who dropped the ball over the line. Blacklock picked up the ball and raced away. Two tackles later Swain scooted from dummy half to feed Tony who went over under the sticks. Moments later Blacklock also scored his second of the afternoon, with Cooke adding both conversions to make it 42-0 at half time.
The Warriors opened the second half scoring through Pat Richards. A Motu Tony error handed position to the Warriors on the Hull 40 meter line. Strong forward play took the Warriors within 10 meters and a high cross-field kick from Dennis Moran was well collected by the big Aussie winger. Richards converted his own try to make it 42-6.
Hull scored next; Jamie Thackray shrugging off two Wigan defenders, the pass to Richard Horne who sidestepped Chris Ashton to score the four-pointer. Cooke made it a six pointer with the conversion to take the score to 48-6 after 53 minutes.
Both team had tries disallowed, before Jordan James scored for the Warriors on 72 minutes. Richards adding his second kick off the afternoon to make it 48-12.
Hull completed the scoring with a second try for Kirk Dixon, converted by man of the match Cooke who capped an impressive display with nine out of nine kicks.
Brian Noble will be disappointed with his Warriors first half display, but will take positives from the second half. It sets up a huge match against Castleford Tigers next at the JJB Stadium with both teams at the foot of the Super League ladder.
Hull FC: Tony, Blacklock, Domic, Yeaman, Dixon, Cooke, Horne, Dowes, Swain, Thackray, Radford, McMenemy, Washbrook
Subs: King, Higgins, Brough, Briscoe
Wigan Warriors: Ashton, Richards, Brown, Goulding, McAvoy, Orr, Moran, Paleaaesina, Higham, Seuseu, Fletcher, Tickle, O'Loughlin.
Subs: Hargreaves, Godwin, James, Wilkes
Hull FC: 54
Tries: Radford, Yeaman, Dixon (2), Blacklock (2), Tony (2), Horne
Goals: Cooke (9 from 9)
Wigan Warriors: 12
Tries: Richards, James
Goals: Richards (2 from 2)
Referee: Richard Silverwood
MOM: Paul Cooke