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Wigan Warriors 48-24 Hull FC

Wigan Warriors (24) 48
Tries: Richards, Goulding 2, Gleeson, Roberts, S Tomkins 2, Phelps Goals: Richards 8

Hull FC (6) 24
Tries: Whiting, Hall, Long, Horne Goals: Tickle 4

Pat Richards
Super League's top try scorer Richards took his haul to nine in six games

Super League leaders Wigan responded superbly to last weekend's first defeat at Odsal by storming to a stunning eight-try romp against Hull FC.

The visitors arrived at the DW Stadium knowing that a win would take them top.

But Pat Richards, Darrell Goulding, Martin Gleeson and Amos Roberts had the game all but wrapped up by the break.

And second-half tries from Goulding, Sam Tomkins (2), and Cameron Phelps kept the Warriors top, as three of Hull's four tries came simply too late.

A half-fit Sean Long, Craig Hall and Richard Horne added to Richard Whiting's first-half effort - but they could not prevent a second defeat of the campaign for Richard Agar's side.

Any fear of a hangover from Wigan's second-half collapse against Bradford Bulls seven days earlier was removed by the interval, as all the Warriors three-quarters scored tries in a clinical display.


And, by the end, all the Wigan backs had got among the tries, led by right winger Richards, the Super League's leading scorer, who added a penalty and seven conversions to his ninth try of the season for another 20-point haul.

Warriors coach Michael Maguire responded to last week's loss by axing Paul Deacon and Iafeta Paleaaesina, while restoring Cameron Phelps to the full-back berth following his recovery from injury.

New Hull skipper Long also made his return from injury against his home-town club.

But, roundly booed with every touch of the ball, and looking like he was not fully over the hamstring injury that has kept him out for three games, all he had to show for his efforts was a cut head until he grabbed a consolation try five minutes from the end.

Wigan coach Michael Maguire:

"The boys throughout the week really showed a lot of commitment to their training and they got their rewards.

"We were committed until around the 72nd minute and we need to look at that.

"The boys themselves are quite disappointed too. You've got to go for 80 minutes."

Hull FC coach Richard Agar:
"I thought Wigan played strongly but we heaped a bit of pressure on ourselves with some errors in our own half and poor kick-finishes and a whole host of penalties.

"We needed a decent share of possession and field position in the start of the second half we couldn't get out of our own half.

"We know we've been well beaten but we know exactly where we've gone wrong."

Wigan: Phelps, Roberts, Gleeson, Goulding, Richards, S Tomkins, Leuluai, Fielden, Riddell, Coley, Hansen, J Tomkins, O'Loughlin.
Replacements: Prescott, Bailey, O'Carroll, Mossop.

Hull: Tansey, Hall, Whiting, Yeaman, T Briscoe, Horne, Long, O'Meley, Berrigan, Dowes, Tickle, Manu, Fitzgibbon.
Replacements: Radford, Lauaki, Cusack, Houghton.

Referee: Thierry Alibert (Toulouse).

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see also
The BBC's Super League Show
15 Mar 10 |  Super League
Bradford 22-20 Wigan
05 Mar 10 |  Super League
Hull 42-22 Castleford
05 Mar 10 |  Super League

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