Hardaker drop goal sinks FC

  • Match Report as Wigan Warriors beat Hull FC 15-14 at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday night.

  • Zak Hardaker scored a late drop-goal to secure the two points for Adrian Lam’s side.

  • Liam Marshall scored either side of half-time to close the gap between fourth placed Wigan and third placed Hull to two points in the Betfred Super League table.

A late Zak Hardaker drop-goal gave Wigan Warriors a 15-14 win over Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday night.

Liam Marshall was on the scoresheet either side of half-time to help his team on their way to the two points.

The Warriors have nkw closed the gap between themselves and third placed Hull to just two points in the Betfred Super League table.

It was the home side who took the lead after eight minutes of play, as Marc Sneyd made it 2-0, successfully converting a penalty in front of the sticks.

Six minutes later, the Hull kicker then doubled his sides advantage, once again adding a penalty to make it 4-0.

Wigan got the first try of the match in the 25th-minute, as winger Marshall rose up to catch a Tommy Leuluai kick to go over in the corner.

As well as converting the try, Hardaker also kicked two extra points from a penalty, which was awarded for a high tackle on Marshall as he gathered the ball to score.

Just after the half hour mark, the full-back then added two more points from another penalty to make it 10-4.

With seconds of the first half remaining, Sneyd converted a penalty for Hull, reducing Wigan’s lead to 10-6 at the break.

Eight minutes into the second half, Marshall grabbed his second try of the game as he forced himself over to ground in the corner. Hardaker’s kick went wide of the post.

As Hull looked to respond and break down field through Ratu Naulago, prop Tony Clubb quickly came across and produced an enormous tackle to stop the move from developing further on the right edge.

With fifteen minutes of the game remaining, Scott Taylor pulled a try back for the home side. Sneyd added the extras to make it 12-14.

In the 71st-minute, Hull levelled things as Sneyd kicked his fourth penalty of the evening.

Things didn’t stay tied for long though, as Hardaker won the game for Adrian Lam’s side with a 76th-minute 40-metre drop-goal.

The 15-14 victory helped to close the gap on third placed Hull, as Wigan cement their place further in the Betfred Super League play-off positions.

Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Josh Griffin, Carlos Tuimavave, Ratu Naulago, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Chris Green, Mark Minichiello, Jordan Lane, Joe Westerman.

Interchanges: Jake Connor, Masi Matongo, Brad Fash, Gareth Ellis.

Tries: Taylor (65’)

Conversions: (1/1)

Penalties: Sneyd (4/4)

Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Liam Marshall, Dan Sarginson, Oliver Gildart, Joe Burgess, George Williams, Thomas Leuluai, Romain Navarrete, Sam Powell, Oliver Partington, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Morgan Smithies.

Interchanges: Tony Clubb, Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Byrne, Jarrod Sammut (unused).

Tries: Marshall (25’, 48’)

Conversions: Hardaker (1/2)

Penalties: Hardaker (2/2)

Drop-goals: Hardaker (76’)

Referee: B. Thaler Touch Judges: T. Grant, M. Craven. Video Referee: R. Hicks

Attendance: 10,153

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