Wigan swamped Hull 48-10 in a Super league results on Friday to go five points clear to the delight of coach Shaun Wane.
Goalkicking winger Josh Charnley bagged 24 points as he became the league’s leading scorer and fullback Sam Tomkins scored two tries while emerging talent and halfback Sam Powell – deputising for injured Australian playmaker Brett Finch – landed the last of his side’s nine tries.
Hooker Michael McIlorum also went over to cap a dominant display.
“There were times when we could have attacked a bit better and our defence was a bit sloppy in the first half but overall I’m very happy with the performance,” Wane said.
“We were without both our halves but credit must go to John Winder, our head of youth, because we had 14 there who have come through the ranks. That’s what made the victory more special for me.
“It was really pleasing to see Sam Powell coming back from a broken leg and playing the way he did. He’s a really good kid and works hard at his game.
“We’ve some great kids in Wigan and he’s a good example. It was really pleasing to see him score that try.”
Hull suffered in the absence of injured Jordan Turner and Danny Houghton and they also lost England centre Kirk Yeaman to an ankle injury midway through the first half, while forwards Jay Pitts and Liam Watts also failed to finish the game after sustaining collarbone and knee injuries respectively.
“We started our last training session with 19 men and finished with 16,” said Hull coach Peter Gentle.
“We had guys playing tonight that shouldn’t have played.”