Wigan Warriors edged a fiery encounter with Hull FC 16-14 at the DW Stadium.
Wigan took the lead after 10 minutes. A mistake from Mahe Fonua at the back gave Wigan field position close to the line. Soon after, Jackson Hastings spotted a gap and went over from short range. Zak Hardaker scored the conversion to put the Warriors up by six points.
Hull levelled seven minutes later after another mistake. This time, it was Bevan French who knocked on after trying to break free and play the ball. From the resulting field position, Jake Connor’s cutout pass found Adam Swift, who scored in the corner. Marc Sneyd scored the conversion.
Just after the half-hour, Hull were reduced to 12 men after Jake Connor was sent to the sin bin after a high tackle on Zak Hardaker.
Three minutes later came a controversial point. After giving a penalty to Hull for a high tackle by Liam Farrell on Mahe Fonua, James Child called over Andre Savelio and Sam Powell and said there had been an allegation of a racist remark by a Wigan player, which was put on report.
When the action resumed, Sneyd kicked the resulting penalty to put Hull into a two-point lead.
That was not the last action of the half. Sneyd put an attempted kick to touch out on the full. From the resulting field position, Hastings put Farrell through, and he stepped around the defender to score. Hardaker missed the conversion, meaning Wigan led by two at the break.
Hull almost struck within 30 seconds of the second half, but Josh Griffin couldn’t quite get it down after a loose pass from Harry Smith.
Six minutes into the second half, Hull got through again and this time it was given. Mahe Fonua rose highest from a Marc Sneyd kick to get over. Sneyd missed the conversion, meaning they led by two points.
That lead soon became four points, as Sneyd kicked another penalty after Ethan Havard was punished for a shoulder charge on Ligi Sao.
Just before the hour, Wigan levelled the scores once again. A good move saw the ball spread from left-to-right and Jake Bibby got in in the corner. Hardaker missed the conversion.
Eight minutes later, Wigan took the lead again after Hardaker kicked a penalty. The penalty was given after Connor would not let Hastings play the ball in front of the posts.
Both sides face each other in the Challenge Cup next week.
Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Jake Bibby, WIllie Isa, Liam Farrell, Bevan French, Jackson Hastings, Harry Smith, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Tony Clubb, Morgan Smithies, John Bateman, Oliver Partington.
Subs: Joe Bullock, Liam Byrne, Ethan Havard, Joe Shorrocks.
Head Coach: Adrian Lam.
Hull FC: Jake Connor, Mahe Fonua, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Adam Swift, Ben McNamara, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Ligi Sao, Andre Savelio, Jordan Lane, Joe Cator.
Subs: Brad Fash, Jordan Johnstone, Chris Satae, Cameron Scott.
Head Coach: Brett Hodgson.