Super League  Friday 26th April 2013  Kingston Communications Stadium  Att: 11,403

Squad

Bowden, T. Briscoe, Crookes, Crooks, Green, Heremaia, Horne, Houghton, Johnson, Lineham, Lynch, McDonnell, O'Meley, Pitts, Shaul, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Squad

Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Goulding, Green, Hansen, Hughes, McIlorum, Mossop, O'Loughlin, Powell, Richards, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, L. Tomkins, S. Tomkins.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Tom Lineham

Tom Lineham

Ben Crooks

Tom Lineham

GOAL SCORERS:

Joe Westerman

Joe Westerman

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Sam Tomkins

Josh Charnley

Sam Tomkins

Iain Thornley

GOAL SCORERS:

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Wigan Warriors may have announced a raft of changes this week but it remained business as usual for the Super League leaders as they survived a Tom Lineham hat-trick to get the better of Hull FC.

In a news-heavy week, the Warriors have confirmed the arrival of rugby union international Andy Powell, the future departures of Gareth Hock, Lee Mossop and Pat Richards. But if Hull had bargained on a split camp then they were given a rude awakening.

Powell was in the stands to watch his new team-mates move three points clear of Huddersfield Giants, with Richards - who is heading back to Wests Tigers after eight point-laden seasons - kicking them to victory with six goals from as many attempts.

It came in the face of a spirited show from Hull, for whom rookie winger Lineham scored a second treble of the season but could not prevent a first defeat in five.

The Warriors have scored points for fun this season and, on their last visit to East Yorkshire, put 84 on Hull KR. So, when they set about scoring two quick tries, the signs looked ominous for the home side.

Blake Green had already sent out a warning with a dart that was stopped by an ankle tap, but, with 13 minutes gone, Iain Thornley barrelled his way over for a 10th of the season.

Richards slotted the extras before laying on a brilliant second for Sam Tomkins. After feeding Richards, Tomkins got on the end of a kick and grounded as part of an audacious forward roll in-goal.

His 19th try of the year was topped up by Richards but, to their credit, Hull decided to dig in and when Lineham spotted a gap in Wigan's normally watertight defence, he drilled his way into it.

There was no doubting that Wigan were rattled and when Tomkins failed to hit a set-move pass from Green, it showed. Hull sensed their chance and seconds before the break closed to within two points when Ben Crooks reached out to touch down after Liam Watts had gone close.

Words from coach Shaun Wane clearly had an effect on Wigan during the break and, six minutes after the restart, they were in again, Matty Smith and Tomkins combining to send Josh Charnley in at the corner.

The try was not the prettiest on the eye but Wigan's fourth certainly was, with Jack Hughes breaking from his own half and feeding Tomkins for a 20th of the campaign under the posts.

As in the first half, though, a response was at hand, as Lineham got his second with 25 minutes left, swooping after Crooks got to Richard Horne's kick ahead of Richards.

The winger has made quite the impression since breaking into Hull's first team this season, and a second hat-trick of the campaign was not far away as he scrambled over the line after another pass from Crooks.

With Joe Westerman finding his range to kick a second goal, Hull were back to within four points at 24-20 and, so concerned were Wigan that - when they got two penalties 30 metres out - Richards kicked both rather than playing for a try.

The eight-point buffer was always going to be tough for Hull to erase and so it proved as Wigan scrapped for their lives to hang on.

Match Action

  • 71m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 68m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 59m
    goal

    Joe Westerman

    Hull

  • 59m
    try

    Tom Lineham

    Hull

  • 56m
    try

    Tom Lineham

    Hull

  • 50m
    try

    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 50m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 48m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 48m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 40m
    try

    Ben Crooks

    Hull

  • 40m
    goal

    Joe Westerman

    Hull

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Liam Watts

    Hull

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Mark O'Meley

    Hull

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Harrison Hansen

    Wigan

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Logan Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Jack Hughes

    Wigan

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Michael McIlorum

    Wigan

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Dom Crosby

    Wigan

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Lee Mossop

    Wigan

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Andy Lynch

    Hull

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Paul Johnson

    Hull

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Gil Dudson

    Wigan

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Ben Flower

    Wigan

  • 22m
    try

    Tom Lineham

    Hull

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Mark O'Meley

    Hull

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Josh Bowden

    Hull

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Jay Pitts

    Hull

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Liam Watts

    Hull

  • 15m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 15m
    try

    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 12m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 12m
    try

    Iain Thornley

    Wigan