Super League: Wigan Warriors 26-12 Hull FC

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Wigan’s Liam Byrne and Morgan Smithies both put in fine defensive displays against Hull FC
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Wigan Warriors (10) 26
Tries: French, Manfredi, Hastings, Isa Goals: Hardaker 5
Hull FC (8) 12
Tries: Swift, Griffin Goals: Sneyd 2

Wigan continued their strong start to the Super League season with a third win in four games as they beat Hull FC.

A tight first half saw Warriors’ Bevan French and Hull winger Adam Swift trade tries, with Zak Hardaker’s goals giving the hosts a narrow 10-8 lead.

But further scores from Dom Manfredi, Jackson Hastings and Willie Isa saw Wigan take control after the break.

Hull did have time for a consolation try from Josh Griffin but it was not enough to prevent back-to-back defeats.

Victory moved Wigan joint top with Huddersfield but Warriors have played a game more than the Giants, who beat Hull Kingston Rovers on Friday.

After victories in their opening two games, Hull have now lost twice in a row.

Despite an eye-catching breakaway try in the first half from Swift that was set up by Griffin’s interception on his own line, the game arguably got away from Hull early in the second half.

Both teams had been reduced to 12 men shortly before the break as Hull’s Griffin and Wigan second row Liam Farrell were sent to the sin-bin.

A scuffle ensued when Farrell and Danny Houghton scrapped after a tackle and it was Wigan who eventually capitalised with Manfredi’s try before Hastings put more daylight between the sides with a third score.

Hull’s misery was further compounded when Isa notched the fourth, pouncing on a loose ball in their in-goal area as Jamie Shaul could not control a smart chip-chase from Harry Smith.

Wigan Warriors head coach Adrian Lam told BBC Radio Manchester:

“It was a tight game and I was really pleased with the way we played.

“The first half, bar a couple of penalties and the intercept try, it brought Hull’s energy levels up and brought them back into the game.

“If you take away that I think it’s four weeks in a row now where we’ve only conceded two tries each game so we’re doing pretty good there.

“We took some steps forward in the right direction both in attack and defence. But I felt we still had a couple of levels left in us, which was promising.”

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford told BBC Radio Humberside:

“Second half we came up with some sloppy mistakes that let them in and it really hurt us.

“We said before the game that to come here, you have to put in an 80-minute performance and you’re in for a tough gruelling afternoon against this lot.

“We couldn’t take that important second step in the second half. We’ve got a week to get that fixed up as for two weeks now, it’s not been where it should be.

“What’s evident is we need our best team on the park to beat those sorts of teams.”

Wigan Warriors: French, Marshall, Bibby, Hardaker, Manfredi, Hastings, Leuluai, Clubb, Powell, Partington, Isa, Farrell, Smithies.

Replacements: Bullock, Byrne, Clark, Smith.

Sin-bin: Farrell (38 mins).

Hull FC: Shaul, Swift, Griffin, Fonua, Faraimo, Connor, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Sao, Lane, Jones, Fash.

Replacements: Ellis, Matongo, Bowden, Johnstone.

Sin-bin: Griffin (38 mins).

Referee: Robert Hicks (RFL).



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