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2003 Match Preview: Halifax (H)
Wigan v Halifax Preview. Posted on Friday, August 08 2003 @ 23:12:50 BST by Bilko
Wigan welcome bottom of the table Halifax to the JJB for a rare Sunday afternoon home fixture.


 
Wigan Warriors v Halifax Tetley's Super League Round 22
Sunday 10th August. Kick Off 3:00pm at JJB Stadium.
Match Preview
Results have proven that Halifax just aren't good enough for Super League this year.

They haven't won since the opening day of the season, way back on February 23rd. Come Sunday that will be 168 days since they last tasted victory.

From then they've been hammered most weeks and had their only two points deducted for breaching the 2002 salary cap.

It's not hard to see why they are struggling. During the last year and a half they've had to release players such as Jamie Bloem, Robbie Beckett, Jamie Thackray, Jason Flowers, Andrew Dunemann, Gavin Clinch, Brett Goldspink,  Jim Gannon, Colum Halpenny, Shayne McMenemy and Danny Tickle.

That's almost a whole team gone, replaced by players who are clearly not up to the task. They are in real danger of finishing the season with zero points which would be pretty embarrassing for any side.

Still knowing that they've been all but relegated for a while now will probably turn out to a blessing in disguise. They will be able to prepare financially for the drop down to National League 1 which will be vital for the future of the club.

For Wigan the game is basically going to be a precession of tries. Halifax will do their best but they just haven't got the defence to cope with any Super League side, let alone a side third in the table.

Adrian Lam is missing, which is a blow, but this is a perfect match to start Luke Robinson who will be a natural replacement for Lam when he decides to retire.

Those who went to Warrington last week saw Robbo take control of the game during the final quarter. That was one of the main reasons we were able to come back and nick the two points.

Their are also many other injury doubts in the form of Terry O'Connor, Paul Johnson, Nick Graham and Mick Cassidy. Well coach Mike Gregory is saying that they are injured but I reckon they are being saved for the big matches coming up against Leeds and Bradford.

However Danny Sculthorpe does return which is great news. The prop forward trio of Scully, O'Connor and Craig Smith have all been outstanding this year and one of them should be our player of the year this season. They have all showed the young kids how it should be done and backed up by old man Quentin Pongia, they will play a vital role in our play off campaign later in the year. 

Shaun Briscoe also makes a welcome return. Dave Hodgson lived up to his "dodgy" nickname last week with a bit of a mare at full back, fumbling a kick which led to a try which nearly cost us the match. So to have Briscoe back will stop our hearts pounding a little when the ball is high in the air.

Opposition One to Watch

Dane Dorahy

This player has scored almost 100 points more than any other Halifax player this season.

He is the clubs top try scorer, top goal kicker and top points scorer this year with a total of 118 points in 19 appearances.

SQUAD NUMBER: 20

 

Team News
Wigan Halifax
Wigan are without Adrian Lam who is out for up to three weeks with an ankle injury but Craig Smith and Andy Farrell are OK despite knocks at Warrington. Shaun Briscoe returns at Full Back after his ankle problem while Prop Danny Sculthorpe is back on the bench after recovering from a knee operation. Missing are Paul Johnson, Terry O'Connor who damaged his knee at Warrington, Nick Graham and Mick Cassidy. Halifax face a tough task without key pair Johnny Lawless (elbow) and Andy Hobson (knee), who both require operations that could keep them out for a month. Heath Cruckshank (shoulder) is also very doubtful, but Lee Finnerty is back from suspension and Daryl Cardiss could return after an ankle injury to face his first professional club.
Team Sheets
Wigan Team
Shaun Briscoe, Brett Dallas, Martin Aspinwall, David Hodgson, Brian Carney, Sean O’Loughlin, Luke Robinson, Craig Smith, Terry Newton, Quentin Pongia, Danny Tickle, Stephen Wild, Andrew Farrell
Subs - Kevin Brown, Gareth Hock, Danny Sculthorpe, Mark Smith.
Halifax Team
TBC
Match Referee
Russell Smith (Castleford)
Pre Match Quotes
Wigan Halifax
"If we under estimate Halifax, even though they are bottom of the table, then we will be under prepared. Part of my job is to make sure we are ready for whatever they throw at us. Tony Anderson will have his players fired up because they have nothing to lose and ultimately they will be hunting for a Wigan scalp. We have come up short sometimes when we have played lesser teams." Coach Mike Gregory.
 
Current League Positions
  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts Form
3 Wigan Warriors 21 13 1 7 539 438 +101 27 W1
12 Halifax* 21 1 0 20 292 883 -591 0 L20

* Deducted two points for breaching 2002 salary cap.

Opposition Form (Last 6) - Halifax
Date Opposition Competition Result

Score

Match Report
01/08/03 Wakefield (H) SL8 Round 21 Lost 18-30 Click Here
27/07/03 Warrington (A) SL8 Round 20 Lost 6-66 Click Here
18/07/03 Leeds (A) SL8 Round 19 Lost 6-54 Click Here
11/07/03 Bradford (H) SL8 Round 18 Lost 12-60 Click Here
06/07/03 Castleford (A) SL8 Round 17 Lost 12-38 Click Here
28/06/03 London (H) SL8 Round 16 Lost 16-50 Click Here

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

Super League 8 Stats
Top Try Scorers
Wigan:
David Hodgson 12
Halifax: Dane Dorahy 7

Top Goal Kickers
Wigan:
Andy Farrell 66
Halifax: Dane Dorahy 45

Top Points Scorers
Wigan:
Andy Farrell 153
Halifax: Dane Dorahy 118
Previous Super League Meetings at JJB Stadium
Date

Result

Match Report

Att

26th July 1996 Wigan 34 Halifax 26 No Report

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16th March 1997 Wigan 20 Halifax 18 Click Here

11,586

19th April 1998 Wigan 40 Halifax 6 Click Here

12,841

11th July 1999 Wigan 30 Halifax 4 Click Here

6,836

9th April 2000 Wigan 20 Halifax 8 Click Here

10,000

13th Aug 2000 Wigan 20 Halifax 12 Click Here

8,268

15th June 2001 Wigan 50 Halifax 18 Click Here

7,413

4th July 2002 Wigan 28 Halifax 10 Click Here

7,701

23rd May 2003 Wigan 58 Halifax 12 Click Here

7,393

SL Record in all games at Wigan: Wigan 9 Halifax 0
SL Record in games at the JJB: Wigan 5 Halifax 0
Overall Super League Record: Wigan 15 Halifax 1

Matchday Weather

From bbci.

sunny Warm & Sunny with Cloudy Spells
Wind: 7mph from the North West.
Temps: Max: 24°C Low: 16°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:   95.1 BBC GMR will have coverage during Sunday Sport from 2:30pm.
Net:  GMR Sunday Sport online at bbc.co.uk/manchester.
Opposition Views
Other Links
Official Website
Halifax Forum
Prediction
Wigan 60 Halifax 12
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