Wigan Warriors 33 Hull FC 34

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane

TWO Daniel Holdsworth drop-goals in the last four minutes condemned Wigan to a harsh Super league defeat given the superb performance of Shaun Wane’s fresh-faced side with an average age of just 21.

Anthony Gelling’s try 11 minutes from time looked to have earned a deserved second victory in a week, but a cruel end for the Warriors saw Hull wash a little of the taste of their Challenge Cup Final defeat away.

The Warriors were given a rare start on the coupon given the number of changes from the Challenge Cup winning side but the squad stood-up and received a loud endorsement from the crowd.

After going behind twice in the first half hour, the Wigan’s Welsh crusade charged into action to settle the score.

On 22 minutes, Andy Powell scored his first Warriors try just two minutes after coming on with a thunderous run, flattening four defenders to crash over the line like a wrecking ball to cancel out Hulls opener through Jason Crookes.

During a 15-minute first half spell, the ex-union international ran hard and made a couple of well-placed offloads to show he is on his way with learning the craft of the 13-man game.

Tom Briscoe put Hull back in front before Ben Flower scored a near copy of Powell’s four-pointer.

As the clock ran-down for half-time, Ryan Hampshire raced the length of the field once Gelling had found space, putting the underdogs on course for the win.

But the second half proved to be a nailbiter.

Joe Burgess and Iain Thornley extended Wigan’s lead but the Airlie Birds were determined to give their band of followers something to belt out a rendition of ‘Old Faithful’ for - and they did.

Two tries in three minutes as the hour mark approached for Crookes’ hat-trick and Joe Westerman added his name to the scoresheet.

Gelling’s late try was cancelled-out by Briscoe’s second but Sam Powell’s drop-goal looked to provide enough of a cushion.

But Holdsworth slotted over two one-pointers to seal a dramatic win.

Wigan Warriors: Lewis Tierney; Joe Burgess, Anthony Gelling, Iain Thornley, Dominic Manfredi; Ryan Hampshire, Sam Powell; Dom Crosby, Logan Tomkins, Gil Dudson, Rhodri Lloyd, Jack Hughes; Chris Tuson

Replacements: Scott Taylor, Ben Flower, James Greenwood, Andy Powell

Hull FC: Jamie Shaul; Jason Crookes, Richard Whiting, Kirk Yeaman, Tom Briscoe, Daniel Holdsworth, Josh Bowden, Liam Kent, Danny Tickle; Joe Westerman

Replacements: Richard Horne, Chris Green, Paul Johnson, Jay Pitts

Wigan Warriors:

Tries: A Powell, Flower, Hampshire, Burgess, Thornley, Gelling

Goals: Hampshire 4

DG: Powell

Hull FC:

Crookes 3, Briscoe 2, Westerman

Goals: Tickle 3

DG: Holdsworth 2