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27th February 2000: Wigan 38 Doncaster 2

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Wigan Warriors v Doncaster - Silk Cut Challenge Cup Round 5
Sunday 27th February 2000. Kick Off 3:00pm at JJB Stadium

Silk Cut Challenge Cup favourites Wigan Warriors eased their way into the quarter-final stages with a seven-try victory over a very determined Dragons outfit who never gave up the cause.

The Northern Ford Premiership side fielded eight players with Super League experience and proved excellent value - especially in the opening half hour when they came close to scoring on two occasions.

But it was the introduction of international pack man Denis Betts that sparked the turning point as Wigan capitalised with two late tries before a half time hooter.

The first came from a dreadful mistake by Dragons winger Craig Moore, who allowed himself to be pushed into touch on the first tackle. It proved costly as Wigan skipper Andy Farrell took the ball from the scrum and fired over the Doncaster whitewash to register the opening try.

Four minutes later it was Betts who knocked a massive hole through the visitors' defence with a 25-yard drive finally finished by Gary Connolly.

Trailing 12-2 at the interval Doncaster must have had hopes of getting something out of this match but Wigan showed an air of professionalism by running in five tries in the second half with Betts, Farrell, Simon Haughton and Chris Radlinski all running powerfully.

Wigan's new recruit, 20-year-old Willie Peters, marked his first class debut with a try seven minutes into the second half when he followed up a bomb from Tony Smith - and that signalled the end of a defiant Doncaster attempt.

Man of the match Latham Tawhai - the Dragons scrum half - was a constant thorn in the favourites' side, displaying a cool head when under pressure and spraying the ball about in excellent fashion.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Doncaster -
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back Lynton Stott 1
2 Brett Dallas Winger Craig Moore 2
3 Steve Renouf Centre Craig Weston 3
4 Gary Connolly Centre Carl Hall 4
5 Jason Robinson Winger Mick Coult 5
6 Tony Smith Stand Off Colin Carter 6
7 Willie Peters Scrum Half Latham Tawhai 7
8 Terry O'Connor Prop Asa Amone 8
9 Terry Newton Hooker Peter Edwards 9
10 Neil Cowie Prop Joe Berry 10
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row Rob Wilson 11
16 Simon Haughton 2nd Row Carl Gillespie 12
13 Andy Farrell L.Forward Tony Miller 13
12 Denis Betts Substitute James Walker 14
14 Lee Gilmour Substitute Paul Lister 15
20 Phil Jones Substitute Billy Conway 16
23 Brady Malam Substitute Gavin Morgan 17

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 38 --- Doncaster Dragons 2
Andy Farrell
Gary Connolly
Willie Peters
Terry Newton
Brett Dallas
Steve Renouf
Kris Radlinski
--- ---
Andy Farrell 5
--- Goals:
Craig Weston 1

Other Information

Attendance: 6,225
Referee: Steve Presley

2000 Challenge Cup Round 5 Results

Saturday 26th February 2000
Leeds Rhinos 26 St Helens 20 (LIVE on BBC ONE)

Sunday 27th February 2000

Castleford Tigers 10 Halifax Blue Sox 11 (LIVE on BBC TWO)
Dewsbury Rams 35 Villeneuve 10
Hull FC 82 Rochdale Hornets 10
London Broncos 21 Salford City Reds 22
Wakefield Wildcats 0 Bradford Bulls 46
Warrington Wolves 84 York City Knights 1
Wigan Warriors 38 Doncaster Dragons 2

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