Wigan Warriors beat Hull FC 16-0 to win rugby league's Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium in London.
On a rainswept afternoon, which made for difficult handling and served up a largely forgettable encounter that was low on quality, the Warriors went in at halftime with a 6-0 lead.
Those points came courtesy of a try from Iain Thornley and an impressive conversion from Pat Richards. Hull's defence had done its job well, aside from the moment Danny Tickle missed his tackle on Thornley and allowed the centre to break through and go over.
Wigan extended their lead to 9-0 with a penalty from Richards early in the second half, and by that point the result already seemed like a formality.
But Hull did manage to lift their fans with a fine run from Jamie Shaul, which very nearly got them back in the game. Shaul evaded several challenges before eventually being halted with a fine tackle from Josh Charnley.
Having dealt with that scare, Wigan pulled further ahead with a second penalty from Richards. That made it 12-0, and the icing on the cake arrived when Sam Tomkins finished well to add a second try and complete the scoring at 16-0 to Wigan.
As per Andy Wilson's report for the Guardian, Hull's loss made it eight defeats in eight Wembley finals.
Wrote Wilson of the Black and Whites:
"They became the first team to fail to score a point in a cup final since St Helens were crushed 27-0 by the all-conquering Wigan team of the late-80s, and the tired old gag can never have felt more appropriate—Hull really were lucky to get nil."
Wigan, meanwhile, claimed a record 19th Challenge Cup success. It was a just a shame they couldn't help deliver a better final.
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