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13th May 2001: Salford 31 Wigan 30

Salford City Reds v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League VI Round 10
Sunday 13th May 2001. Kick Off
3:00pm at The Willows

Graham Holroyd's drop-goal, four minutes from time, ended Salford's four-match losing sequence. But, perhaps more significantly, it sent Wigan slipping to a third successive away defeat after losses at Bradford and London.

Wigan had teenage prop Ricky Bibey sent off in only his second senior appearance 10 minutes after replacing Neil Cowie as a half-time substitute.

Bibey was dismissed for an incident which left Michael Hancock prostrate and he now faces a mandatory 15-day lay-off with concussion.

However, Bibey's premature departure was no excuse for Wigan succumbing to a defeat on a par with Bradford's shock reverse at Wakefield last month.

Wigan led 22-12 at half-time and coach Frank Endacott admitted: "It was the worst result I could have imagined, and I am in a state of shock."

Holroyd was outstanding as the scrum-half general in a side lacking six regulars which made the magnitude of Wigan's defeat even more embarrassing.

Holroyd failed with two conversion attempts, including one from straight in front of the posts, but landed a touchline goal to Nick Pinkney's hat-trick try which levelled the scores at 30-30.

Holroyd's line-kicking was also of the highest order and he showed his coolness with the drop-goal winner after Matthew Johns failed with two late one-pointer attempts for Wigan.

Holroyd had now kicked 499 career goals but admitted: "None have been as important as that drop goal."

Wigan boasted the best defence in Super League but it was breached five times with Martin Offiah and Hancock going over before Pinckney's fist hat-trick for the club in the second half.

Adrian Lam was at the hub of most Wigan attacks in the first half, scoring a try and engineering another for David Furner.

Wingers Brett Dallas and David Hodgson also scored long-range tries with Andy Farrell kicking seven goals from seven attempts.

However, few people would begrudge Salford this victory, their first against Wigan in eight attempts.

Maloney failed to add to his 11-try tally which has taken him to the top of the Super League charts this season but his partnership with Pinkney played a major role in the victory.

Mel Meninga, the former Australian Test captain was last week linked with the Wigan coaching job despite Endacott having 18 months of his contract to run.

The stories may have been mischievous from sources Down Under but this defeat increases the pressure on the affable Endacott.

Team Sheets

- Salford Position Wigan -
1 Gary Broadbent Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
2 Nick Pinkney Winger Brett Dallas 2
3 Francis Maloney Centre Gary Connolly 4
4 Michael Hancock Centre Steve Renouf 3
5 Martin Offiah Winger David Hodgson 23
7 Graham Holroyd Stand Off Matthew Johns 6
9 Malcolm Alker Scrum Half Adrian Lam 7
10 Paul Southern Prop Terry O'Connor 8
12 Darren Brown Hooker Mark Smith 21
15 Damien Driscoll Prop Neil Cowie 10
23 Mike Wainwright 2nd Row Terry Newton 9
18 Stuart Littler 2nd Row Dave Furner 14
30 Jason Nicol L.Forward Andy Farrell 13
13 Paul Highton Substitute Mick Cassidy 11
20 Andy Coley Substitute Denis Betts 12
21 Iain Marsh Substitute Paul Johnson 15
25 Lee Marsh Substitute Ricky Bibey 26

Score Sheet

Salford City Reds 31 --- Wigan Warriors 30
Martin Offiah
Michael Hancock
Nick Pinkney 3
--- Tries:
Brett Dallas
Adrian Lam
David Furner
Dave Hodgson
Graham Holroyd 5
--- Goals:
Andy Farrell 7
Drop Goals:
Graham Holroyd 1
--- ---

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