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29th April 2021, 21:59 | super_league
Wigan Warriors maintained their perfect start to the 2021 Betfred Super League season with a hard-fought 16-14 victory over Hull FC at the DW Stadium.
Both sides came into the contest unbeaten in 2021, however Adrian Lam’s side were marginally ahead of the Airlie Birds in the standings due to Hull FC’s recent draw with Warrington Wolves.
Warriors halfback Jackson Hastings was voted as the Our League Player of the Match and it was Hastings who opened the scoring after nine minutes forcing his way over from close-range.
Hull soon hit back however as fullback Jake Connor came back on the blind-side from acting halfback to find Adam Swift who did well to finish under pressure out wide. The visitors would be reduced to 12 men for ten minutes as Connor was sent to the sinbin for a high tackle on opposing fullback Zak Hardaker, but a Marc Sneyd penalty goal a few moments later give them a brief advantage.
But Wigan would take a two-point lead into half-time as Liam Farrell sliced through the Hull defence on the left-hand side three minutes before the interval.
The back-and-forth nature of the game continued after the break as Hull regained the lead. A well-weighted kick from Sneyd was taken by Fonua, with the Tongan winger outclimbing Bevan French to touch down out wide.
Just before the hour-mark, Wigan shifted the ball to the right-hand side and free-scoring winger Jake Bibby managed to make the most of the space provided powering over Swift in the process of scoring.
With the scores level at 14-14, Connor was penalised for an incident at the play-the-ball with Hastings and Hardaker duly converted the resulting penalty goal from in front of the posts.
Despite the best efforts of Hull FC, Hardaker’s penalty goal proved the difference.
Wigan Warriors 16-14 Hull FC
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