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Monday, 26 August 2013 00:00

Wigan 16 Hull 0: Black and Whites bemoan Wembley humbling

Underdogs distraught as Wigan cruise to Challenge Cup win
by Michael Jones

Rugby league: Hull's players admitted that they let the club down after losing to Wigan in the Challenge Cup final.

The Black and Whites, who went into the Wembley encounter as underdogs, were brushed aside by the Warriors who claimed a record-extending 19th triumph in the tournament.

And while many expected Hull to end second best, several of their players revealed that it was the manner of their defeat that hurt the most as they became the first team to be nilled in a final for 24 years.

Second rower Jay Pitts was no exception, admitting: “It’s not a nice feeling. The disappointment is that we didn’t throw anything at them.

“We’ve only got ourselves to blame, we turned the ball over a lot more than they did.”

Back-rower Danny Tickle, who is leaving for Widnes at the end of the current campaign, added: “It’s a very disappointed changing room. We know we could have done better on the day.

“If you ask any one of our players in that changing room if they could have done something better in that game the answer would have been ‘yes’.”

Meanwhile Wigan is laying claim to be the sporting capital of England after the town’s rugby league team emulated the feat of the football club by winning at Wembley in the same year.

Converted tries from centre Iain Thornley and full-back Sam Tomkins plus two penalties by Pat Richards secured the Cup for the Warriors.

It followed Wigan Athletic’s landmark of winning the FA Cup for the first time in their history thanks to a 1-0 win over Manchester City in May — and chairman Dave Whelan took the trophy with him when he went to watch
the rugby league final.

“Dave brought the FA Cup into the changing room to join (Warriors chairman) Ian (Lenagan) with the Challenge Cup and all the boys had their picture taken with them,” said Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin.

“For the town it’s a pretty special accomplishment.”

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