Rugby League - Leaders Wigan see off Hull

Wigan may have announced a raft of changes this week but it remained business as usual for the Super League leaders as they survived a Tom Lineham hat-trick to beat Hull 28-20.

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Tom Lineham, left, scored a hat-trick for Hull FC

In a news-heavy week, the Warriors have confirmed the arrival of rugby union international Andy Powell and the future departures of Gareth Hock, Lee Mossop and Pat Richards. But if Hull had bargained on a split camp then they were given a rude awakening as they moved three points clear of Huddersfield.

Richards - who is heading back to Wests Tigers after eight points-laden seasons - kicking them to victory with six goals from as many attempts. Sam Tomkins scored two tries while Iain Thornley and Josh Charnley also crossed. It came in the face of a spirited show from Hull, for whom rookie winger Lineham scored a second treble of the season but could not prevent a first defeat in five.

Wakefield climbed above Widnes in the table thanks to a hard-earned 28-26 victory at the Stobart Stadium.

A 30-metre penalty from Lee Smith stretched the Wildcats' advantage to eight points four minutes from time, before Phil Joseph's late try - converted by Kevin Brown - gave the scoreline a tighter look.

Wakefield led 16-12 at half-time thanks to tries from Paul Aiton, Tim Smith and Ben Cockayne, before second-half scores from Lee Smith and Oliver Wilkes lifted them to 10th in the standings. Brown crossed twice for the Vikings while Joe Mellor and Chris Dean also scored.

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