Match Report

v Wigan Warriors

1st April 2013 KCOM Craven Park

An injury-ravaged Rovers side were handed a club record defeat at the hands of a rampant Wigan side this afternoon.

36 hours after their impressive derby win over Hull FC, the Robins were in action again as the table-topping Wigan Warriors visited Craven Park. With Travis Burns joining Michael Dobson on the sidelines after suffering a dislocated shoulder on Good Friday, 18-year-old scrum-half Matty Beharrell was handed his full debut alongside Craig Hall in the half-backs.

The quick turn-around saw Cory Paterson and David Hodgson also miss out after picking up niggling injuries, but Sam Latus made his first appearance of the campaign on the wing, and Jordan Cox also returned to lend some fresh legs in the forwards. The Robins started confidently, but the well-oiled Wigan machine were soon into their stride, as a flowing move allowed Iain Thornley to release Pat Richards down the touchline.

Liam Salter did brilliantly to pull the big winger down with a textbook cover tackle, but on the next play, the ball was quickly moved wide, Matty Smith's long ball beat Kris Welham, and Darrell Goulding put Josh Charnley in at the corner. The winger was injured in scoring, forcing a reshuffle in the Warriors' line-up, but the visitors were soon back on the attack again, after a penalty for a ball-steal gave them a repeat set.

Rovers looked to be short on numbers on their right flank, but Sam Latus rushed in and produced a great ball-and-all tackle on Jack Hughes to stop the Wigan move in its tracks. However on the next play, Sam Tomkins took the ball down the short side and former Robin Blake Green barged over to score.

The Red and Whites had been coping well with the Warriors' attack, but in their next set Wigan looked to attack from deep, and a good ball from Smith put Tomkins on the outside of Welham, and the full-back carved his way into the backfield before finding Thornley in support to score.

Richards converted, and three minutes later, the powerful winger added a try of his own when Mike McIlorum's long pass put him away down the touchline. Greg Eden came across, but Richards kicked past the full-back and beat Graeme Horne to the touchdown, adding the extras himself.

Despite Wigan's four-try burst in a little over ten minutes, Rovers were looking steady and controlled with the ball, and looked to build some pressure on the visitors' defence, but Craig Hall's kick to the in-goal area was just too strong. The Warriors got the game underway again quickly though, and two plays later, Jack Hughes beat Matty Beharrell, escaped the clutches of Eden and raced in to score.

Richards converted, and seven minutes later, Green went over for his second with a trademark dummy and step to bring up the 30-point mark for Wigan. Rovers were digging deep to stem the tide of pressure from the visitors, and Graeme Horne and Eden combined to hold Sam Powell up over the line as he looked to get on the scoresheet.

As the half came to a close, the Red and Whites began to exert some serious pressure on the Wigan defence, Hall's grubber was just knocked dead by Tomkins as Welham raced through. That bought the Robins a repeat set, and after Salter had gone close himself, Hall threaded another well-placed kick through and Eden swooped in to score. Hall converted himself with the last action of the half, and Rovers went into the interval with at least a foothold in the game.

Half Time: Hull KR 6       Wigan Warriors 30

Having had to battle in defence for the majority of the first half, the Robins needed to get out of the blocks quickly in the second period, but the Warriors had other ideas, and went on the offensive immediately.

Smith and Tomkins combined to release Goulding out wide, but Hall did well to track the centre, forcing him to kick back inside and Latus was tracking across in cover to knock the ball dead. Rovers' line couldn't hold off the Warriors from the drop-out though, as Powell scooted out of dummy half before finding Green, and he darted inside Evarn Tuimavave to touch down under the posts for his hat-trick try.

The Robins responded, as Horne produced a one-on-one steal on Gil Dudson to put the Red and Whites in a good attacking position, and although Beharrell's short ball to put Tuimavave through a hole was called forward, a Wigan mistake from the scrum handed them another chance.

Hall attacked the short side, throwing a long cut-out ball to give Brown a chance at the corner, but Thornley managed to get underneath him and force the winger over the sideline. The visitors immediately got themselves back on the front foot through a well-placed 40-20 from the boot of Smith, and in the resulting set, Smith capitalised himself - taking the ball at pace and ghosting over to score.

Rovers were being forced into all-out defensive mode, with a despairing ankle-tap from Latus stopping a Tomkins break, and Hall, Brown and Eden combining to force Thornley over the sideline a couple of minutes later. On a rare visit to the Warriors' quarter, youngster Beharrell almost unlocked the visitors' defence with a well-judged reverse kick to the middle, but Eden was just unable to get to the ball and the chance was gone.

Instead, the Warriors took the game by the scruff of the neck and showed just why they are the table-toppers, as they ruthlessly posted seven tries in the final 17 minutes. Chris Tuson went over twice, Smith and Thornley collected their second scores, Powell, Liam Farrell and Tomkins all got themselves on the scoresheet, with Richards adding 12 conversions to finish with a personal total of 28 points.

The Robins, though gritty in their resistance, were powerless to halt a rampant Wigan outfit, with an injury list which had grown to seven front-line starters after the derby victory on Good Friday. However, the Red and Whites had a full week to lick their wounds, before the chance to get back to winning ways with St Helens the next visitors to Craven Park.

Full Time: Hull KR 6       Wigan Warriors 84

Hull KR: 1. Greg Eden; 26. Alex Brown, 3. Kris Welham, 18. Liam Salter, 17. Sam Latus; 2. Craig Hall, 30. Matty Beharrell; 16. Adam Walker, 9. Josh Hodgson, 23. Mickey Paea; 15. Graeme Horne, 20. Jordan Cox, 11. Con Mika.

Replacements: 21. Keal Carlile, 13. Rhys Lovegrove, 8. Evarn Tuimavave, 25. George Griffin.

Wigan: 1. Sam Tomkins; 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Darrell Goulding, 17. Iain Thornley, 5. Pat Richards; 6. Blake Green, 7. Matty Smith; 21. Scott Taylor, 9. Mike McIlorum, 15. Ben Flower; 16. Chris Tuson, 12. Liam Farrell, 29. Greg Burke.

Replacements: 4. Jack Hughes, 20. Gil Dudson, 24. Sam Powell, 30. Tom Spencer.

Referee: Mr P. Bentham                  

Attendance: 7,894



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Match Statistics

Hull Kingston Rovers

Hull Kingston Rovers

Wigan Warriors

Wigan Warriors

Venue: Craven Park, Hull / Attendance: 7894
1 Tries 15
1 Conversions 12
0 Drop Goals 0
0 Penalties 0
0 Missed Conversions 3
  • Greg Eden
  • Blake Green (3)
  • Chris Tuson (2)
  • Iain Thornley (2)
  • Matty Smith (2)
  • Sam Tomkins
  • Sam Powell
  • Liam Farrell
  • Jack Hughes
  • Pat Richards
  • Josh Charnley
  • Craig Hall
  • Pat Richards (12)
Drop Goals
Missed Conversions
  • Pat Richards (3)

Team Line-ups

Hull Kingston Rovers

Hull Kingston Rovers Logo
  1. Greg Eden 1

    Greg Eden
  2. Alex Brown 26

    Alex Brown
  3. Kris Welham 3

    Kris Welham
  4. Liam Salter 18

    Liam Salter
  5. Sam Latus 17

    Sam Latus
  6. Craig Hall 2

    Craig Hall
  7. Matty Beharrell 30

    Matty Beharrell
  8. Adam Walker 16

    Adam Walker
  9. Josh Hodgson 9

    Josh Hodgson
  1. Mickey Paea 23

    Mickey Paea
  2. Graeme Horne 15

    Graeme Horne
  3. Jordan Cox 20

    Jordan Cox
  4. Constantine Mika 11

    Constantine Mika
  5. Keal Carlile 21

    Keal Carlile
  6. Rhys Lovegrove 13

    Rhys Lovegrove
  7. Evarn Tuimavave 8

    Evarn Tuimavave
  8. George Griffin 25

    George Griffin

Wigan Warriors

Wigan Warriors Logo
  1. Sam Tomkins 1

    Sam Tomkins
  2. Josh Charnley 2

    Josh Charnley
  3. Darrell Goulding 3

    Darrell Goulding
  4. Iain Thornley 17

    Iain Thornley
  5. Pat Richards 5

    Pat Richards
  6. Blake Green 6

    Blake Green
  7. Matty Smith 7

    Matty Smith
  8. Scott Taylor 21

    Scott Taylor
  9. Mike McIlorum 9

    Mike McIlorum
  1. Ben Flower 15

    Ben Flower
  2. Chris Tuson 16

    Chris Tuson
  3. Liam Farrell 12

    Liam Farrell
  4. Greg Burke 29

    Greg Burke
  5. Jack Hughes 4

    Jack Hughes
  6. Gil Dudson 20

    Gil Dudson
  7. Sam Powell 24

    Sam Powell
  8. Tom Spencer 30

    Tom Spencer