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2003 Match Preview: London (H)
Wigan v London Match Preview Posted on Thursday, March 27 2003 @ 21:06:38 GMT by Bilko
London Broncos visit the JJB on Friday Night for our second home league game of the season which kicks off at 8pm.

The Wigan team is: Radlinski, Dallas, Johnson, Hodgson, Carney, O'Loughlin, Lam, C. Smith, M. Smith, O'Connor, Cassidy, Tickle, Hock. Subs: Bibey, Sculthorpe, Newton, Robinson.

 
Wigan Warriors v London Broncos Tetley's Super League VIII Round 4
Friday 28th March 2003. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.
Match Introduction
The return of Terry O'Connor, Terry Newton, Brian Carney and Mick Cassidy for this match is a massive boost. Especially O'Connor and Cassidy who's experience will benefit the younger squad members in what could be a very tight game against London.

I say could be tight because who knows what to expect from the Broncos?

In Super League Round 2 they put in a very creditable performance to win at the new Kingston Communications Stadium against Hull 10-4. On that night they produced a gritty defensive display and took their chances when they arose to ground out the victory. Broncos coach Tony Rea said on that night that he was "very pleased". "It's testament to the character of the players how they handled that one." he said. 

But just a fortnight after that great win, last Saturday they produced a woeful performance at home to Warrington. After this loss Rea blasted his sides "lack of enthusiasm" and said the performance was "probably as bad as it gets"

How on earth you can go from a "very pleasing" win one game to "as bad as it gets" the next match I don't know. But this highlights London's major problem. They lack again kind of consistency and that's why more often than not they fail to make it into the play offs. 

Still if they play to their full potential this could be a very tight game. They like to come away from home and play defensive as proved against Hull three weeks a go and when they visited the JJB last August.

On that occasion we extended an unbeaten run to 11 matches with a tough 19-12 win which was sealed by a try from Stuart Jones, who has since moved to St Helens, and an Adrian Lam drop goal.

But last May the Broncos came to the JJB and we won comfortably 42-10. Those two games again highlight their lack of consistency.

Over the summer era Wigan have a 7-0 record against the Broncos on home soil with just one draw which proved to be a costly one.

That draw was back in June 1996 when Terry Matterson scored a late penalty to pinch an unlikely point which many say cost us the Super League title that season.

Friday Night's match will see Barnsley referee Ronnie Laughton take charge of his first Wigan game. Laughton has been newly appointed to the Super League this year, his first match being Leeds v Huddersfield last weekend. I wonder if we will be grumbling about him or praising him in the weeks and months to come?

Opposition One to Watch

Chris Thorman

Had a bit of a nightmare last week against Warrington. He got into some great positions, cutting open the Wolves defence many times, but the final pass from him was lacking on the night. But if he can time his passes more accurately this week, he'll give the Wigan defence all sorts of problems

Chris was part of Huddersfield's NFP Grand Final winning side last season.

SQUAD NUMBER: 23
Team News
Wigan London
Terry O'Connor will make his first appearance of the season whilst Terry Newton and Brian Carney also return along with Mick Cassidy, whose return will enable Paul Johnson to revert to his normal centre position. Jamie Ainscough is out with a knee injury whilst Andy Farrell is still not being risked following his minor knee surgery. London keep the side that lost at home to Warrington, with scrum-half Denis Moran continuing his comeback from a knee re-construction. Chris Thorman is at stand-off for the injured Rob Purdham, who is still getting over an ankle injury.
 
Match Referee
Ronnie Laughton (Barnsley)
Pre Match Quotes
Wigan London
"It's a relief to get back in the side and I'm looking forward to playing with the young players who are coming through and have done a great job over the last few weeks, and especially Craig Smith who has been the granddad of the side." Terry O'Connor on Official Website.
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Current League Positions
Pos Team P W D L F A Pts Form
6 Wigan Warriors 3 2 0 1 77 70 4 W2
8 London Broncos 3 1 0 2 40 59 2 L1
Opposition Form (Last 6)
Date Opposition Competition Result Score
22/03/03 Warrington (H) SL8 Round 3 Lost 8-29
07/03/03 Hull FC (A) SL8 Round 2 Won 10-4
01/03/03 Leeds (A) C.Cup Round 5 Lost 12-21
23/02/03 Halifax (H) SL8 Round 1 Lost 22-26
09/02/03 Oldham (H) C.Cup Round 4 Won 42-12
02/02/03 Warrington (A) Friendly Lost 16-26

Wigan Form (Last 6 all comps most recent game first): WWWWLW

Super League 8 Stats
Top Try Scorers
Wigan:
Jamie Ainscough, Martin Aspinwall, David Hodgson & Adrian Lam all 2.
London: Steve Hall, Andy King, Tony Martin, Bill Peden all 1

Top Goal Kickers
Wigan:
Julian O'Neill 11
London: Tony Martin 10
Previous Super League Meetings in Wigan
Date Result Match Report

Att

9th June 1996 Wigan 18 London 18 No Report ?
9th May 1997 Wigan 38 London 10 Click Here 7350
26th April 1998 Wigan 24 London 10 Click Here 9233
7th July 1999 Wigan 22 London 4 Click Here 7725
14th April 2000 Wigan 48 London 6 Click Here 6697
3rd Aug 2001 Wigan 46 London 18 Click Here 8400
31st May 2002 Wigan 42 London 10 Click Here 9226
16th Aug 2002 Wigan 19 London 12 Click Here 7550

SL Record at Central Park/JJB: Wigan 7 London 0 (Draws 1)
Overall Super League Record: Wigan 11 London 2 (Draws 1) 

Matchday Weather

From weather.co.uk.

Cloudy Cloudy
Wind: 8mph from the North West.
Temps: Max: 15°C Low: 2°C

Ticket & Ground Details
North Stand (Visitors): Adults: £12.00 Under 18 yrs: £8.00 Senior Citizens: £8.00
West Stand: Adults: £16.00 No Concessions.
East Stand: Adults: £14.00 Concessions/Juniors/OAP's: £10
South Stand: Adults: £12.00 Concessions/Juniors/OAP's: £8.00
Click for JJB Stadium Ground Guide.
Media Coverage
TV: Audio of this match from BBC Five Live Sports Extra can be heard on Sky Digital Channel 907, Freeview (ex ITV Digital) Channel 76 & also on NTL (864) & Telewest Digital Cable (908).
Radio: 95.1 BBC GMR will have full 80 minutes commentary with Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt at the JJB.
Internet: Live full match commentary from BBC Five Live Sports Extra at bbc.co.uk/fivelive/sportsextra on air from 7:45pm. Or alternatively listen via the BBC London website.
Opposition Views
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Prediction
Wigan 22 London 10
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