Sam Tomkins returned for his second birth in a Cherry and White jersey after recovering from a knee injury following his move back from the New Zealand Warriors. Despite making a try-scoring appearance on the night, the score-line did not go in Wigan’s favour as an energised Hull FC put the frighteners on the Warriors as they ran out 30-16 winners on the night.
Hull got off to a quick start as they put 10 points past Wigan in as many minutes, they then got themselves even further in front as ex-Wigan boy Scott Taylor crashed over for the visitors, before Marc Sneyd added a penalty goal for the black and whites, to make it 18-0.
Wigan got themselves back in it before half time as Oliver Gildart side-stepped his marker to get the ball down. This was followed by a standing ovation as Sam Tomkins made his return to the Wigan pitch after 2 years away, but the half-time score read in Hull’s favour at 18-4.
A quiet start to the second period so a lot of errors from both sides, but it was Wigan who got there first. 10 minutes after the restart, John Bateman found his way over the line, before Sam Tomkins added to the scoresheet to reduce the deficit to 18-16 in favour of the away team.
When Wigan looked as though they could catch their Yorkshire counterparts, an acrobatic finish from Talanoa, followed by a second for Scott Taylor and another penalty goal made sure of the win as Hull racked up the win.
Prop forward, Tony Clubb, feels that Wigan were not quick enough off the mark on the night. See what he had to say here: