Hull FC 0-10 Wigan: Player ratings and major talking points

On a crisp September Saturday afternoon Hull FC hosted Wigan Warriors in a repeat of the 2017 Challenge Cup Final. However, judging by the quality shown by both sides, they were far from those heights of just four years ago as the Warriors successfully completed another home and away double over Hull with a 10-0 win in what was a low scoring contest.

Major Talking Points:

1. Both sides low on confidence

This was not the first time the MKM stadium has seen a 0-0 half-time score in rugby league but unfortunately, both sides seemed too nervous with the ball in hand. Okay, the defences were top notch but both Hull and Wigan were guilty of too much predictability in attack. Is that down to nerves or perhaps lack of confidence?

2. Back-to-back clean sheets away from home for Wigan

Not including their recent trip to Newcastle, Wigan Warriors have recorded back-to-back clean sheets on the road. Their 10-0 win at Hull followed their 22-0 triumph at Castleford Tigers two weeks prior as they went a step closer to securing a top four finish and that all-important home tie in the play-offs. It also shows that they could still be a difficult side to beat in the play-offs such is their quality in defence.

3. Worrying times for Hull

Hull continued their recent poor form with another sullied show. In truth, their performances at the end of the season are quite worrying. After going unbeaten until the end of May, Hull look on course for a bottom four finish following their eighth defeat from nine matches. This is not the first time this has happened. They infamously lost 11 consecutive games in 2018 and failed to make the play-offs in 2019 after a sluggish end to the season. Where to now for Hull? Will they bounce back to their heights of 2016 and 2017 ever again?

Player Ratings:

Hull FC
29 Jamie Shaul – 6
2 Bureta Faraimo – 7
3 Carlos Tuimavave – 7
5 Mahe Fonua – 4
27 Mitieli Vulikijapani – 6
1 Jake Connor – 7
7 Marc Sneyd – 5
10 Chris Satae – 7
14 Jordan Johnstone – 5
13 Ligi Sao – 7
24 Cameron Scott – 6
11 Andre Savelio – 6
12 Manu Ma’u – 7
Substitutes
16 Jordan Lane – 6
17 Brad Fash – 5
19 Ben McNamara – 6
23 Connor Wynne – 6

Wigan Warriors
3 Zak Hardaker – 7
28 Sam Halsall – 6
22 Jake Bibby – 7
4 Oliver Gildart – 7
5 Liam Marshall – 6
31 Jackson Hastings – 7
20 Harry Smith – 6
8 Brad Singleton – 6
9 Sam Powell – 7
14 Oliver Partington – 6
12 Liam Farrell – 7
13 John Bateman – 6
15 Morgan Smithies – 6
Substitutes
19 Liam Byrne – 6
21 Ethan Havard – 6
25 Joe Shorrocks – 6
27 Kai Pearce-Paul – 6

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