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Wigan coach Shaun Wane admitted his side were well beaten as Hull ruined Sam Tomkins' eagerly-awaited return to Super League at the DW Stadium.
Tomkins, who has belatedly returned from a two-year stint in the NRL with New Zealand Warriors, scored a try during the Warriors' revival but the visitors finished strongly to secure a 30-16 victory that takes them level with leaders Warrington on 10 wins from 14 matches.
"We started poor," Wane told Sky Sports. "We got out-muscled and they ran a bit harder than us. They're far bigger than us, we're a detailed team and our detail wasn't there and because of that we gave penalties away.
"I'm disappointed with our performance. We had a chance to get back into the game in the second half and we just threw it away. We didn't give ourselves a chance to win.
"We got what we deserved. I wish they had beat us by more because we were miles off."
Tomkins watched from the dug-out as Hull scored three tries in the first 15 minutes through former Wigan prop Scott Taylor, winger Steve Michaels and scrum-half Marc Sneyd, who also kicked two conversions and a penalty.
Oliver Gildart pulled a try back before Tomkins, on his first appearance since recovering from major knee surgery, made his entrance five minutes before the break when the home side trailed 18-4.
John Bateman continued Wigan's comeback on 52 minutes with a second try and six minutes later Tomkins forced his way over from a diagonal run, with Smith converting both to cut the deficit to just two points.
However, Jamie Shaul sidestepped his way past Tomkins on his way to scoring Hull's fourth try on 65 minutes and three minutes later Fetuli Talanoa went over in spectacular fashion in the corner to clinch his side's eighth win from their last nine league games.
"We knew we had to be right on our game to get anything out of tonight and thankfully we were," said Hull coach Lee Radford, whose side followed up their impressive Challenge Cup win at St Helens.
"In the second half we were a bit reserved in how we were playing. We went into our shell and it worked against us - it always does when you play a team like that.
"They've been an unbelievably successful club over the last five or six years and you could see why. I thought Bateman for them was absolutely outstanding tonight.
"We just got to make sure we don't get carried away, stay grounded and keep working hard. That's what got us the results we have."