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Hull

  • Ellis, Talanoa, Shaul,
    Goals: Miller (2),
16 - 44

Wigan

  • Sarginson (3), Hughes, Gelling (2), Burgess, Manfredi,
    Goals: Smith (6),
  • Super League
  • 9th May 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 10,539

Super League: Wigan inflict heavy defeat on Hull FC

Last updated: 9th May 2014  

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Dan Sarginson's hat-trick helped injury-hit Wigan bounce back from their crushing defeat to Leeds with a 44-16 rout of Hull to climb into the top three of the First Utility Super League for the first time this year.

Centre Anthony Gelling also caught the eye with a devastating two-try display as the Warriors shrugged off the absence of seven regulars to condemn Hull to their heaviest defeat of the season.

It was Hull's third home defeat of the league campaign and, without another game at the KC Stadium for two months as the pitch is relaid, Lee Radford's men must regroup quickly on the road if they are to retain their top-eight spot.

England trio Josh Charnley, Sean O'Loughlin and Liam Farrell were among the champions' high-profile absentees but the replacements seized their opportunities, with Dominic Manfredi proving a handful on the wing while Sarginson proved to be a more-than-useful third-choice full-back after switching from the three-quarter line.

It was Sarginson who opened the scoring after seven minutes after a lively Gelling had turned defence into attack with a charge-down and breakaway run.

Left winger Joe Burgess looked set to add a second try before losing his footing while Hull full-back Jamie Shaul would have scored at the other end had he been able to regather cleanly after kicking ahead with the Wigan line breached.

The champions doubled their lead on 15 minutes when Gelling powered his way over and Matty Smith made it 14-0 with a penalty to add to his two conversions.

Wigan error

Hull's only reply before half-time came from a Wigan error, with Manfredi fumbling Richard Horne's kick to enable Jacob Miller to get skipper Gareth Ellis over for a 26th-minute try, to which Miller added the goal.

The visitors were full of invention and they duly increased their lead three minutes before half-time when Smith broke clear to send second rower Jack Hughes over for a third try and Smith maintained his 100 per cent record with his fourth goal.

There was no way back for Hull when Wigan scored twice within 11 minutes of the restart.

Gelling combined with Michael McIlorum to get Burgess over before Sarginson sliced through a back-pedalling Hull defence for his second try.

That made it 30-6 and, although Shaul pulled a try back with a powerful surge to the line to celebrate his new five-year contract, Manfredi took advantage of an overlap to go in for Wigan's sixth try on 62 minutes.

Hull's defence visibly tired in the last quarter and Gelling took full advantage to smash through their fragile line to register his second try and Smith took his goal tally to six from eight attempts.

Another storming run from Gelling paved the way for Sarginson to complete his hat-trick on 71 minutes but Hull had the final say when left winger Fetuli Talanoa went over for a third try four minutes from the end.

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6 Huddersfield Giants 22 28
7 Catalan Dragons 22 23
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10 Wakefield Wildcats 22 19
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12 Hull FC 22 16
13 Bradford Bulls * 22 4
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