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2003 Match Preview: Halifax (H)
Wigan v Halifax Preview. Posted on Thursday, May 22 2003 @ 21:17:55 BST by Bilko
Wigan will go above St Helens, until at least Monday Night, if they beat bottom of the table Halifax at the JJB this Friday Night.

 
Wigan Warriors v Halifax Tetley's Super League Round 11
Friday 23rd May. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium
Match Introduction
Halifax can't buy a win at the moment and look unlikely to get one this weekend.

They are currently on an nine match losing streak and have never won in Wigan during the summer era so the odds are highly stacked against them.

Their last win came all the way back on the 23rd February when they beat London Broncos 26-22 at Griffin Park.

It's all gone downhill for them since they finished a respectable 3rd back in 1998.

Major safety issues meant they had to leave the dilapidated Thrum Hall ground. They moved to a new stadium (The Shay) in partnership with Halifax Football Club but financial problems have meant the stadium remains incomplete. 

They have also been forced to sell their best players. Andrew Dunemann, Colum Halpenny, Jim Gannon, Jamie Bloem, Jason Flowers, Gavin Clinch and our very own Danny Tickle have all left during the past twelve months and have had to have been mainly replaced by kids who have been thrown in at the deep end.

Still the club should be given credit for dropping the ridiculous "Blue Sox" nickname. Talk about pointless nickname! I can only hope the management at the Wigan "Warriors" take note and see sense themselves in regards to these feeble monikers. 

Still despite a very poor season so far their is one shining light for Fax fans. Dane Dorahy has been a revelation for them this season scoring 78 points including 6 tries and 28 goals. To put that in perspective the rest of the team combined has scored just 74 points.

Amazingly Dorahy only joined the club on a trial basis. But after scoring 46 points during his four match trial period he was quickly signed up. Without his contribution I dread to think what state Fax would be in right now.

Wigan were expected to name a unchanged 17 for this match but Danny Sculthorpe is a late withdrawal.

He has succumbed to a number of injuries and needs to be rested so Ricky Bibey takes his spot in the starting line-up with Kevin Brown brought in on the bench.

Coach Stuart Raper said, "We were hoping for the first time to have the same seventeen but after what Danny has been through he needed a break and some time to heal. I am excited to give Kevin Brown some Rugby League against Halifax. As regard to the other injuries I am hopeful Sean O Loughlin and Craig Smith will return next week and Brett Dallas who was misreported in coming back on Friday has a good chance for the Leeds game." 

Losing Scully is a bit of a blow but coach Raper is right to be cautious with him. We need him fit for our next four games which are against Leeds, St Helens, Hull FC and Bradford respectively. 

Craig Smith still isn't fit so Terry O'Connor will have to play a big chunk of this match, helped by Ricky Bibey who for me can more than hold his own. 

Other changes include Paul Johnson moving back from 2nd row to centre to make way for Mick Cassidy who will start after appearing from the bench last week.

Wouldn't be surprised to see Mick Cassidy propping a bit at some stage during the 80 minutes as theirs no real prop support on the bench. We shall see though. 

With Johnson being moved back to his recognised position, Martin Aspinwall is dropped to the bench.

Bottom line ahead of this one is that Wigan should win comfortably. We need to boost our points difference which currently stands at -12.

A win will also see us reach our highest league position of the season of 4th and until Monday Night at least we'll be above St Helens, which will be nice! :)

Opposition One to Watch

Dane Dorahy

He's my one to watch for the reasons mentioned above.

The Australian is Halifax's top try scorer, top goal kicker and top points scorer. You can't ask for more than that.

By the way Dane is the 25 year old son of our former coach from the mid nineties John Dohary. 

He normally plays Stand Off but can also play hooker.

SQUAD NUMBER: 20
Team News
Wigan Halifax
Wigan have been forced to make one change to the side that beat Warrington. Prop Danny Sculthorpe has succumbed to a number of injuries and Ricky Bibey takes his spot in the starting line-up, with Kevin Brown brought onto the bench. Halifax have injury worries over loose forward Shayne McMenemy (back) and full-back Daryl Cardiss (ankle) but prop Chris Birchall is expected to play after recovering from a knock to the head against Wakefield and skipper Martin Moana's hamstring trouble has cleared up. Nineteen-year-old second rower Jaymes Chapman is added to the squad.
Team Sheets
Wigan Team
Shaun Briscoe, Brian Carney, Paul Johnson, David Hodgson, Jamie Ainscough, Nick Graham, Adrian Lam, Terry O' Connor, Terry Newton, Ricky Bibey, Mick Cassidy, Danny Tickle, Andy Farrell (C).
Subs: Martin Aspinwall, Kevin Brown, Gareth Hock, Mark Smith
Halifax Team
TBC
Match Referee
Russell Smith (Castleford)
Current League Positions
  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts Form
6 Wigan Warriors 10 5 1 4 210 222 -12 11 U3
12 Halifax 10 1 0 9 152 333 -181 2 L9
Opposition Form (Last 6) - Halifax
Date Opposition Competition Result

Score

Match Report
16/05/03 Wakefield (A) SL8 Round 10 Lost 18-22 Click Here
09/05/03 Warrington (H) SL8 Round 9 Lost 8-38 Click Here
02/05/03 St Helens (H) SL8 Round 8 Lost 0-38 Click Here
21/04/03 Hull FC (A) SL8 Round 7 Lost 18-46 Click Here
18/04/03 Huddersfield (H) SL8 Round 6 Lost 20-21 Click Here
06/04/03 Widnes (A) SL8 Round 5 Lost 16-44 Click Here

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

Super League 8 Stats
Top Try Scorers
Wigan:
David Hodgson & Jamie Ainscough 4
Halifax: Dane Dorahy 6

Top Goal Kickers
Wigan:
Danny Tickle 19
Halifax: Dane Dorahy 27

Top Points Scorers
Wigan:
Danny Tickle 50
Halifax: Dane Dorahy 78
Previous Super League Meetings in Wigan
Date

Result

Match Report

Att

26th July 1996 Wigan 34 Halifax 26 No Report

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16th Mar 1997 Wigan 20 Halifax 18 Click Here

11586

19th Apr 1998 Wigan 40 Halifax 6 Click Here

12841

11th July 1999 Wigan 30 Halifax 4 Click Here

6836

9th Apr 2000 Wigan 20 Halifax 8 Click Here

10000

13th Aug 2000 Wigan 20 Halifax 12 Click Here

8268

15th June 2001 Wigan 30 Halifax 18 Click Here

7413

4th July 2002 Wigan 28 Halifax 10 Click Here

7701

SL Record at JJB/Central Park: Wigan 8 Halifax 0
Overall Super League Record: Wigan 14 Halifax 1

Matchday Weather

From bbci.

light showers Light Showers and breezy.
Wind: 18mph from the west.
Temps: Max: 16°C Low: 8°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: No TV Coverage.
Radio: BBC GMR (95.1FM) will have full uninterrupted 80 minute commentary with Trevor Hunt from 8pm during Friday Night Sport.
Internet: No Internet Coverage.
Opposition Views
Click Here to visit our Halifax sister site.Other Links
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Fax Forum
Prediction
Wigan 40 Halifax 12
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