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globalrugbyleague - Wed, 03 Oct 2007 08:43:00 GMT
Wigan defied the odds once again as they defeated Hull FC 21-18 last Saturday.

Second half tries from Liam Colbon and Gareth Hock ensured that the Warriors progress to the final eliminator on Friday night at Headingley Stadium.

The game itself was another cracker leaving fans, players, and coaches alike unsure of the final outcome right until the last play of the match.

Hull went into the sheds leading 14-10 at half time after tries from Richard Horne and Gareth Raynor cancelled out the earlier efforts from Wigan’s Pat Richards who scored a try and three goals.

In a see-saw encounter, it was Brian Noble’s men who grabbed the all important first score of the second half to swing the momentum back in their favour.

Gareth Hock shacked off would be Hull tackles to squirm his way over the whitewash and put Wigan level with the black and whites.

Not long after, a superb Trent Barrett miss-pass was drilled into the chest of winger Liam Colbon who strolled into the corner for a four pointer from five metres out.

Richards then added a tough conversion to give Wigan a 20-14 lead.

With time running out, in a rough and tough playoff eliminator both sets of forwards looked dead on their feet.

Pat Richards slotted his second career drop goal with seven minutes remaining, which then gave Wigan some breathing room.

Gareth Raynor though ensured another nervy finish for Warriors fans as he slid over in the corner with four minutes remaining.

Tickle missed the touchline conversion and a resolute Wigan defence stood their ground well to ensure a meeting with Leeds next weekend.
Wigan coach Brian Noble told the BBC: “There are still two games to go. We are not getting carried away.
“There is still another game to get to the big game.
“We understand the measure of the task next week but we are showing the desire and effort.
“We have just got to be a bit smarter next week.”
Warriors second row Gareth Hock was awarded the man of the match award in a tough forward battle of a game.

As Hull bow out, Wigan and Leeds are now just one win away from a Grand Final clash with World Club Champions St. Helens.

Hull 18: Tries – Raynor (2), R. Horne
Goals – Tickle (3)

Wigan 21: Tries – Richards, Hock, Colbon
Goals – Richards (4)
DGs – Richards

Hull: Tony, Sing, Whiting, Yeaman, Raynor, Washbrook, R. Horne, Dowes, Lee, Carvell, Radford, Manu, Tickle. Replacements: Head, Godwin, G. Horne, Wheeldon. Coach: Peter Sharp
Wigan: Richards, Calderwood, Bailey, Vaealiki, Colbon, Barrett, Leuluai, Fielden, Millard, Paleaaesina, Hansen, Fletcher, O'Loughlin Replacements: Goulding, Higham, Prescott, Hock. Coach: Brian Noble.
Referee: S Ganson (St Helens) Attendance: 16,291 - Read More, Here