This Weeks’s Retro Match of the Week goes back to September 2009
Hull Kingston Rovers v Wigan Warriors - Saturday 26th September 2009
Venue: Craven Park, Hull
Competition: Engage Super League 14 – Elimination Play Off Match
Kick Off: 5:30pm
In the News: A poll suggests that Prime Minister Gordon Brown is more unpopular than ex Labour Leader Neil Kinnock. Chancellor Alistair Darling suggests the party has “lost the will to live” with a general election just nine months away. Meanwhile, goals from Titus Bramble, Hugo Rodallega and Paul Scharner help Wigan Athletic end Chelsea’s six match 100% start to the Premier League season with a 3-1 victory at DW Stadium.
On Television: Series Seven of Strictly Come Dancing is airing on BBC ONE with celebrities including Ricky Whittle, Ali Bastian, Natalie Cassidy, Joe Calzaghe and Phil Tufnell. Tennis player Martina Hingis is first to be voted off.
At the Cinema: Number One at the Box Office was a computer animated film called “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”.
Top of the Charts: “Break Your Heart” – Taio Cruz
In 2008 Wigan had finished fourth with 29 league points but in this 2009 season despite earning a point more that was only good enough to finish sixth in the table.
Seven defeats in the opening ten league matches had made it a really tough start but 2009 had seen the introduction of a new top eight play-off system that allowed plenty of time to recover.
A good run in the mid-season ensured play off football but Wigan had too much work to do to make the top four, so it was knock out rugby all the way if Brian Noble’s side were to win at Old Trafford.
Wigan had seen off Castleford at DW Stadium the previous week and now faced a trip away to Hull Kingston Rovers who under coach Justin Morgan had finished a credible fourth place in just their third season in Super League.
The match was played on a Sunny Saturday Night with over 8,000 in attendance at Craven Park to witness a try from Feka Paleaaesina being the stand out moment.
Wigan Team That Day…
- Cameron Phelps, 2. Amos Roberts, 22. Martin Gleeson, 4. George Carmont, 5. Pat Richards, 25. Sam Tomkins, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 15. Andy Coley, 9. Mark Riddell, 19. Paul Prescott, 14. Joel Tomkins, 16. Harrison Hansen, 13. Sean O’Loughlin
Interchange: 8. Stuart Fielden, 10. Iafeta Paleaaesina, 17. Mick Higham, 26. Mark Flanagan
Match Attendance: 8,162
Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)
CLICK HERE to see the full game, only on Wigan TV.