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6th April 2001: Halifax 10 Wigan 20

Halifax Blue Sox v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League VI Round 4
Friday 6th April 2001. Kick Off 8:00pm at The New Shay

Match Report from www.bbc.co.uk

Super League leaders Wigan were given a major scare by the unfancied Blue Sox before keeping their 100% record intact.

The Warriors were rocked by a Halifax revival that saw them cut the deficit to 14-10 after an hour, but hooker Terry Newton came to the rescue with his second try of a tightly-contested match played in atrocious conditions.

Quality football was at a premium after persistent heavy rain turned the pitch into a quagmire but Halifax, under new coach Steve Linnane, certainly held their own against their star-studded visitors.

The Blue Sox, inspired by former Warrior Gavin Clinch and ex-St Helens forward Paul Davidson, became the first team to post double figures against Wigan in Super League this season.

In treacherous conditions under foot, the game was always going to be decided by the team which took its chances and Wigan made the most of theirs in the first half to open up a crucial 12-point lead.

Halifax winger Oli Marns began a catalogue of handling errors in only the second minute and when he lost possession 10 metres from his own line Wigan took full advantage to work the ball out wide for Newton to force his way over.

History was against Halifax, who have won just one of 12 Super League clashes, but they caused Wigan plenty to think about.

Clinch, one of three former Wigan players in the Blue Sox ranks, pushed them back with a series of raking touch-finders while full-back Daryl Cardiss, another Warriors old boy, and full debutant Davidson made big inroads with their penetrative running.

But Wigan, who have conceded just one try in each of their four opening league matches, were typically miserly in defence and kept the home side at bay, apart from conceding a sixth-minute penalty to Jamie Bloem.

International half-backs Matthew Johns, making his return from a hamstring injury, and Adrian Lam worked hard to wield their magic in the awful conditions and they were both instrumental in Wigan's second try nine minutes before the break.

Lam caught the Blue Sox defence flat-footed with a quickly-taken tap penalty and, after combining with Johns, skipper Andy Farrell sold an outrageous dummy and slid through to touch down.

Farrell, who had put over a 20th-minute penalty, added his second conversion to move to within 11 points of 2,000 for the club.

The game appeared to be going beyond Halifax when right winger Brett Dallas crossed five minutes into the second half following outstanding work from second rower Dave Furner, but the try was disallowed by video referee Ian Ollerton for an obstruction in the build-up.

And the Blue Sox made the most of the escape four minutes later when Cardiss grabbed a richly-deserved try, pouncing on Martin Moana's grubber kick after Dallas had lost his footing on the treacherous surface.

Bloem added a superb conversion from wide out to cut the gap to just six points, which became four when he succeeded with a 59th-minute penalty.

If Cardiss had managed to hang onto Clinch's pass with the try line beckoning, Halifax might have savoured a rare victory but Newton raced over from dummy half following Lam's darting run to put the issue finally beyond doubt.

Team Sheets

- Halifax Position Wigan -
1 Daryl Cardiss Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
20 Danny Halliwell Winger Brett Dallas 2
2 Jamie Bloem Centre Steve Renouf 3
3 Damian Gibson Centre Paul Johnson 15
19 Oliver Marns Winger David Hodgson 23
13 Martin Moana Stand Off Matthew Johns 6
7 Gavin Clinch Scrum Half Adrian Lam 7
8 Andy Hobson Prop Terry O'Connor 8
9 Johnny Lawless Hooker Terry Newton 9
23 Brett Goldspink Prop Francis Stephenson 17
10 Jim Gannon 2nd Row Denis Betts 12
15 Paul Davidson 2nd Row Dave Furner 14
12 Shayne McMenemy L.Forward Andy Farrell 13
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14 Danny Tickle Substitute Mick Cassidy 11
16 Jamie Thackray Substitute Simon Haughton 16
17 Sean Penkywicz Substitute Wes Davies 18
18 Stuart Donlan Substitute Harvey Howard 20

Score Sheet

Halifax Blue Sox 10 --- Wigan Warriors 20
Tries:
Daryl Cardiss
--- Tries:
Terry Newton 2
Andy Farrell
Goals:
Jamie Bloem 3
--- Goals:
Andy Farrell 4

Scoring Pattern

01mins:21 Halifax 00 Wigan 04 Try: Terry Newton
- Halifax 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
05mins:59 Halifax 02 Wigan 06 Penalty Goal: Jamie Bloem
17mins:08 Halifax 02 Wigan 08 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell
28mins:31 Halifax 02 Wigan 12 Try: Andy Farrell
- Halifax 02 Wigan 14 Conversion: Andy Farrell
Half Time Halifax Blue Sox 02 Wigan Warriors 14
48mins:43 Halifax 06 Wigan 14 Try: Daryl Cardiss
- Halifax 08 Wigan 14 Conversion: Jamie Bloem
56mins:26 Halifax 10 Wigan 14 Penalty Goal: Jamie Bloem
65mins:07 Halifax 10 Wigan 18 Try: Terry Newton
- Halifax 10 Wigan 20 Conversion: Andy Farrell
Full Time Halifax Blue Sox 10 Wigan Warriors 20

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