Wigan 2013 Challenge Cup Champions

The Wigan Warriors have claimed the 2013 Challenge Cup final with a 16-0 victory over Hull FC in wet conditions at Wembley Stadium.

A strong crowd of 78,137 witnessed Wigan do what they needed to do to secure their 19th Challenge Cup. The conditions saw the quality of football reduced with the number of errors from both sides sky high.

As a result, there were just two tries posted in the contest. Iain Thornley opened the scoring for Wigan 22 minutes into the contest after a tough first half. Thornley scored as he fooled the defence with a brilliant dummy to cross the whitewash.

Wigan held a 6-0 lead at the break after Matt Smith failed to land a last ditch field goal as the siren sounded.

Pat Richards in his final Challenge Cup match before heading back to Australia to play with his former club, Wests Tigers, posted two penalties goals to extend Wigan's lead to 10 points, 10-0 after 60 minutes.

Sam Tomkins secured Wigan's victory with a last minute as he dived on a pin-point Blake Green kick in goal. The Warriors doing enough to down Hull FC, 16-0, as the red and white fans at Wembley celebrated the victory.

Match Details
Hull Football Club 0 Wigan Warriors 16
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Crowd: 78137
Halftime Score: Wigan Warriors 6-0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Matthew Smith
2 points - Blake Green
1 point - Michael McIlorum

HULL FOOTBALL CLUB (0)
Tries:
Field Goals:
Conversions:
Penalty Goals:

WIGAN WARRIORS (16)
Tries: Iain Thornley, Sam Tomkins
Field Goals: Matthew Smith (0/1)
Conversions: Pat Richards (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Pat Richards (2/2)

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

1 min: Pat Richards kicks off for Wigan and the 2013 Challenge Cup is UNDERWAY at Wembley Stadium
1 min: Poor start for Wigan, Pat Richards kick is out on the full, Hull FC get a penalty on halfway and will get first use of the ball
2 min: Penalty to Wigan for a high tackle from Hull FC. Matt Smith finds the sideline with the free kick and the Warriors attack on halfway
3 min: Blake Green provides a short kick for the in goal, but Pat Richards is held up in goal by the Hull FC chasers. Back to the 10 metre line for the Warriors, knock on called against Hull FC so it's the zero tackle.
5 min: Video Referee for the Warriors, Darrell Goulding has come flying in off a short kick. We have NO TRY but looking at a possible obstruction and offside from the kick.
5 min: NO TRY ruled for Josh Charnley, but it's a line drop out as Hull FC forced the ball dead.
6 min: Sam Tomkins rolls a grubber kick through the line and Ben Crooks forces the ball dead once again. Line drop out for Wigan
7 min: UNFORCED ERROR HULL FOOTBALL CLUB
Matthew Smith makes an unforced error.
Iain Thornley is denied a try as, Matthew Smith was unable to take a short pass from Liam Farrell. Knock on called and a scrum packs for Hull FC on their own 10 metre line
11 min: UNFORCED ERROR WIGAN WARRIORS
Darrell Goulding makes an unforced error.
Darrell Goulding coughs up possession in a tackle and Hull FC attack 30 metres from the Warriors goal line.
12 min: Jacob Miller with a grubber kick on the last tackle, he was collected but no penalty comes for it on the last tackle. Sam Tomkins cleans up and returns to the field of play, he earns a penalty as Daniel Holdsworth failed to allow him to play the ball. The Warriors march up to 10 metres shy of halfway
13 min: UNFORCED ERROR WIGAN WARRIORS
Pat Richards makes an unforced error.
Pat Richards leapt for the ball and unable to take the catch. Hull FC get the zero tackle
14 min: Penalty to Hull FC on the back of the mistake as the Warriors were called offside. They march up to halfway
15 min: Sam Tomkins has been collected in the air as he jumped up to take the catch from Hull FC. Danny Tickle come running in to make the tackle, and he is penalised as a result. Wigan kick for line and attack 10 metres short of halfway
15 min: INJURY: Gareth Ellis has come off the field for Hull FC with a possible rib injury. He has gone straight up the tunnel into the sheds.
19 min: Daniel Holdsworth has been cleaned up and the pass is wayward and Warriors pack a scrum 30 metres off their goal line
20 min: UNFORCED ERROR WIGAN WARRIORS
Ben Crooks makes an unforced error.
Ben Crooks jumped for the Blake Green kick and was unable to hold onto the ball as he was tackled. Scrum feed packs for the Warriors 10 metres from the Hull FC goal line
21 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Wigan Warriors, Iain Thornley is claiming a try down the short side with a brilliant dummy. We are looking at the pass and the grounding
22 min: TRY WIGAN WARRIORS
Scored by Iain Thornley. Conversion attempt by Pat Richards successful.
Iain Thornley is awarded his try as he cleaned up a wayward pass and raced through the defence with a brilliant dummy pass. He crashed over in the eastern corner to post the first points of the Challenge Cup final. Pat Richards from the sideline slots the conversion to extend the lead
Wigan Warriors 6-0
23 min: Michael McIlorum broke the Hull FC defence and raced 35 metres before putting the ball on the boot to kick ahead for Josh Charnley but it's dived on by Hull FC.
25 min: UNFORCED ERROR HULL FOOTBALL CLUB
Danny Tickle makes an unforced error.
Liam Farrell takes the mistake from Danny Tickle and gets the zero tackle as the Warriors put Hull FC under pressure 10 metres on their goal line
28 min: Jacob Miller looking for Kirk Yeaman on the western wing, but his long pass is misguided and ends up in the front row of the grandstand. Scrum packs for Wigan 20 metres from the goal line
31 min: Hull FC managing to defence the mess end to the Wigan set as the kick was taken in the field of play. Charnley and Thornley almost coming up with points
32 min: UNFORCED ERROR HULL FOOTBALL CLUB
Ben Crooks makes an unforced error.
Ben Crooks with another mistake as Danny Tickle provided him the short pass on the eastern side. Scrum feed packs for the Warriors 35 metres out from the Hull FC goal line
33 min: UNFORCED ERROR WIGAN WARRIORS
Josh Charnley makes an unforced error.
Josh Charnley dived low into a tackle of two Hull FC defenders and unable to hold onto the ball in the wet conditions. Scrum packs for Hull FC 20 metres away from their own line
34 min: Jacob Miller almost caught on the last tackle but managed to get a chip kick over the top. Scrum packs for Wigan 20 metres from their own line
35 min: Differential penalty is awarded to Wigan from the scrum with Hull FC ruled offside at the scrum. They kick for line and attack over halfway
36 min: Penalty to Hull FC as the Wigan defence tackle a player off the ball as Hull FC roll on 10 metres from the goal line
37 min: UNFORCED ERROR HULL FOOTBALL CLUB
Jacob Miller makes an unforced error.
Jacob Miller juggled the pass as he looked to link with Danny Tickle, the ball is dropped and Wigan pack a scrum on their 10 metre line
39 min: Another mistake from Hull FC and a scrum packs for Wigan 40 metres from the goal line.
40 min: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL WIGAN WARRIORS
Field goal attempt by Matthew Smith unsuccessful.
Matt Smith on the last play of the first half snapped a shot at one point but it's pushed to the left of the posts.
Wigan Warriors 6-0
40 min: HALF TIME at Wembley Stadium in the 2013 Challenge Cup Final sees the Wigan Warriors lead Hull FC 6-0 with just one try the difference in wet conditions
41 min: Second half is underway as Hull FC kick off and trail the Warriors 6-0
43 min: Richard Whiting has been penalised for a high tackle on Scott Taylor as the Warriors rolled quickly through the Hull FC defence.
43 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL WIGAN WARRIORS
Penalty goal attempt by Pat Richards successful.
The Warriors opting to take the penalty goal on offer to extend the lead to 8 points from beside the uprights
Wigan Warriors 8-0
44 min: Sam Tomkins is penalised for a high tackle on Danny Houghton as he darted through the Warriors defence. Hull FC attack 10 metres out
45 min: UNFORCED ERROR HULL FOOTBALL CLUB
Danny Tickle makes an unforced error.
Danny Tickle comes up with another mistake as he lost the ball in a tackle. Warriors get the zero tackle 10 metres off their own goal line
48 min: UNFORCED ERROR HULL FOOTBALL CLUB
Jamie Shaul makes an unforced error.
Richard Whiting darted through the Warriors defence and offloaded for Jamie Shaul but he wasn't able to retain possession. Mistake sees a scrum pack for the Warriors 30 metres from the Hull FC goal line
49 min: Incredible play from Josh Charnley to chase down Jamie Shaul who bolted 65 metres downfield, Charnley pumped the ball out and the Warriors come up with possession.
53 min: Jason Crooks has been penalised for an obstruction play play on Pat Richards from the kick. Warriors attacking 15 metres from the goal line of Hull FC
54 min: UNFORCED ERROR WIGAN WARRIORS
Ben Flower makes an unforced error.
Joe Westerman and Richard Whiting crunch Ben Flower in a tackle and the ball pops out, Hull FC pack a scrum 10 metres off their goal line
55 min: Penalty awarded to the Warriors as Darrell Goulding has been knocked out by a high tackle. Video referee having a look at this play
55 min: Horrible scenes as the medical staff are on, Darrell Goulding hasn't moved as the stretcher and neck brace are out for him. Penalty will be awarded to Wigan once he is taken off the park
55 min: Darrell Goulding has been put on a stretcher and play continues as Hull FC attack
56 min: UNFORCED ERROR HULL FOOTBALL CLUB
Daniel Holdsworth makes an unforced error.
Daniel Holdsworth coughs up possession as Hull FC looked to attack 10 metres out from the Warriors goal line. Scrum packs for Wigan
57 min: UNFORCED ERROR WIGAN WARRIORS
Matthew Smith makes an unforced error.
Matthew Smith comes up with a mistake as the slippery ball is hard to handle. Zero tackle for Hull FC 25 metres out
57 min: Mark O'Meley is awarded a penalty for a strip in the ruck after the held call. Hull FC attack 20 metres out
58 min: UNFORCED ERROR HULL FOOTBALL CLUB
Joe Westerman makes an unforced error.
Joe Westerman drops the ball before Hull FC can get a roll on. Drop ball as cost Hull FC possession all match so far.
58 min: Joe Westerman compounds the mistake as he gives away a penalty for a high tackle. Warriors attack on halfway from the free kick
60 min: Chris Tuson with a great kick chase from the Matthew Smith kick to the in goal, Hull FC concede the line drop out and the Warriors have a repeat set.
61 min: Aaron Heremaia is penalised for a lifting spear tackle. Pat Richards will line up the penalty goal to extend the lead
61 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL WIGAN WARRIORS
Penalty goal attempt by Pat Richards successful.
Pat Richards makes no mistake with the penalty goal from in front of the posts. Warriors extend their lead to 10 points
Wigan Warriors 10-0
63 min: Blake Green cleans up a mistake from Hull FC and the Warriors attack just 10 metres out, a try here would secure the Cup
63 min: UNFORCED ERROR WIGAN WARRIORS
Sam Tomkins makes an unforced error.
Sam Tomkins is spun in a tackle by Mark O'Meley and the ball comes free from his grip. Chance for Wigan gone begging as a scrum packs for Hull FC 15 metres off their own goal line
65 min: Sam Tomkins comes up with a mistake and a scrum packs for Hull FC and they attack 30 metres out
66 min: UNFORCED ERROR HULL FOOTBALL CLUB
Mark O'Meley makes an unforced error.
Mark O'Meley comes up with another mistake, taking Hull FC's total error count to 13 for the match
66 min: Jason Crooks comes up with a shocker, he forces the ball over the sideline as he tried to take the catch of the grubber kick. Scrum feed for the Warriors 15 metres out from the Hull FC line
71 min: UNFORCED ERROR HULL FOOTBALL CLUB
Danny Houghton makes an unforced error.
Danny Houghton unable to take the poor pass from Jacob Miller, Hull FC see another chance gone begging. Warriors get a scrum feed deep in their own half
72 min: UNFORCED ERROR WIGAN WARRIORS
Josh Charnley makes an unforced error.
Josh Charnley is tackled heavily and Hull FC have a shot at the line with a scrum feed 10 metres out
73 min: Hull FC didn't drop the ball in the set amazingly and are awarded a line drop out as Daniel Holdsworth's grubber kick is forced dead.
73 min: UNFORCED ERROR HULL FOOTBALL CLUB
Daniel Holdsworth makes an unforced error.
Daniel Holdsworth with a poor attempt at catch from the line drop out and a scrum packs for Wigan on halfway
74 min: UNFORCED ERROR WIGAN WARRIORS
Sean O'Loughlin makes an unforced error.
Sean O'Loughlin dived into a two man tackle of Hull FC and the slippery ball pops out again, scrum feed packs for Hull FC 10 metres away from their own line
75 min: UNFORCED ERROR WIGAN WARRIORS
Pat Richards makes an unforced error.
Pat Richard comes up with a mistake and scrum feed packs for Hull FC on halfway
78 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Wigan Warriors, Sam Tomkins has scored to seal the win but we are looking at onside from the kick from Matt Smith
79 min: TRY WIGAN WARRIORS
Scored by Sam Tomkins. Conversion attempt by Pat Richards successful.
Sam Tomkins has been awarded his four-pointer as he as he raced in off a pin-point kick from Blake Green. Pat Richards slots the conversion to seal the victory for Wigan
Wigan Warriors 16-0
80 min: FULL TIME at Wembley Stadium has seen the Wigan Warriors claim the 2013 Challenge Cup over Hull FC, winning 16-0.
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