Written by Daniel Church
Super League round 7 kicked off with the Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC. Both teams were in great form going into the match and had both scored the same number of points before the game (141) and were within one point of each other on the points conceded. A close match was predicted, and a close match was what we got. A MOTM performance from Jai Field again gave Wigan the edge, but Hull FCs Lovodua had an outstanding game respectively.
A superb start from Wigan, passing the ball smoothly towards the danger man Jai Field who darted past the three Hull defenders and scored after four minutes in the corner, his 8th try of the season. Hardaker’s kick went wide keeping the score at 4-0.
Hull FC defended the next few sets well, despite giving away a penalty. Wigan opted to kick which was sensible based on the area and Hardaker knocked it over the posts to extend the Warrior’s lead.
End to end rugby from both teams. Kicking well, tackling well, and completing sets with no errors. Hull then had a golden opportunity, Mcintosh broke the line, put a kick into Gale who dropped the ball meters from the try line.
Hull FC attacked for the next few sets after their error, smooth passing and a final overlap to Adam Swift who darted over to eat into Wigans 6-0 lead. Gale converted with ease.
Goodnight ☺️#WWRL #SLWIGHUL pic.twitter.com/rSzacu9IVF
— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) March 31, 2022
Hull then broke the line again with just minutes to go, Vulikijapani with the break, sending a ball to Lovodua who played a ridiculous ball over to Houghton who dived over putting Hull FC ahead. Gale again converted to put the visitors ahead at the break, 6-12.
A quick start from Wigan, great attacking play saw the ball get out to Havard from very close range, diving over. Hardaker added the extras putting them level.
The next 10 minutes saw both teams completing sets, breaking the line and very good passing. Not close enough tho as the score remained level until the 58th, when Lovodua played an audacious play over to Chris Satae from close range, allowing him to dive over. Gale made it 3/3 for the evening.
Jai Field did what Jai Field does best, breaking through the line and putting the burners on at the halfway line. Racing all the way and crashing over. It’s very clear why he Is the biggest meter runner in the entire league so far! This will have put him even further in the lead! Hardaker added the extras drawing Wigan level at 18-18 with 15 minutes to go.
Very defensive from both sides for the next 10, before Wigan found themselves in drop-goal territory in the 78th. Harry Smith knocking the ball over very late, 19-18. That was his second match winning drop goal so far this season.
A poor effort from Luke Gale on his return, with many fans flocking to twitter saying that they were better off without him. Which is statistically true. But he did kick all 3 goals today.
Harry Smith, nerves of steel 😎
Another late @WiganWarriorsRL drop goal winner 🎯#SuperLeague pic.twitter.com/uuBf7vXbJP
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) March 31, 2022
Hull FC 18
Wigan: Field, Hardaker, Bateman, Bibby, Marshall. Cust. Smith, Singleton, Powell, Byrne, Isa, Farrell, Smithies
Interchanges: French, Mago, Partington, Havard
Tries: Field 2, Havard
Goals: Hardaker (3/4)
Drop Goals: Smith (1)
Hull FC: Connor, Swift. Vulikijapani. Griffin. McIntosh, Lovodua. Gale, Sao, Houghton, Satae, Savelio, Ma’u, Lane
Interchanges: Brown, Fash, Johnstone. Wynne
Tries : Swift, Houghton, Satae
Goals: Gale (3/3)
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