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19th March 2000: Wigan 20 Leeds 6

Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos - Tetley's Super League V Round 2
Sunday 19th March 2000. Kick Off 6:35pm at JJB Stadium

Super League title favourites Wigan bounced back from their Challenge Cup defeat to compound Leeds' miserable start to their league campaign.

Leeds, victorious on their last two league visits to the old Central Park ground, discovered their first visit to the JJB Stadium to be an altogether different prospect and now find themselves with a record of played two, lost two after the opening rounds of Super League V.

At least the Challenge Cup holders have their trophy defence to look forward to, although they face an agonising wait to see if Great Britain forward Adrian Morley will be available for next Sunday's semi-final against Hull.

The fiery second-rower was placed on report for a high-looking tackle on Wigan substitute Lee Gilmour whilst feigning an headbutt towards Tony Mestrov and he could be ordered to face disciplinary chiefs on Tuesday.

Morley, who also appeared to head-butt Wigan prop Neil Cowie in the first half, further incensed home supporters in the 11,200 crowd when he seemed to use his forearm on Simon Haughton and escaped with a lecture from referee Steve Presley.

The match official was the busiest man on the field and four players were sin-binned as tempers flared at regular intervals in a blood-and-thunder tussle.

Both Leeds props, Barrie McDermott and Darren Fleary, spent time in the 'cooler' and Wigan forwards Andy Farrell and Neil Cowie were also sin-binned in separate incidents.

It was while the Rhinos were down to 11 men that Wigan scored their third try, scrum-half Willie Peters getting a long ball out for Denis Betts to take advantage of an overlap caused when former Leeds hooker Terry Newton made the ball available after being tackled short of the line.

That try made it 18-6 and effectively sealed the match, which was a personal triumph for Farrell in his stand-off duel with Leeds captain Iestyn Harris.

Farrell, switched from his regular loose-forward spot to fill the vacancy caused by the suspension of stand-off Tony Smith, struck the first blow after only two minutes when he wrong-footed the Leeds defence for the opening try.

Wigan, in an explosive beginning, extended their lead just three minutes later when winger Brett Dallas pounced for a try after makeshift full-back Francis Cummins failed to take a high kick from Peters.

Harris, who was moved from full-back to counter the threat of Farrell, showed that whatever his Great Britain skipper could do he could at least match by gliding through for a copybook try on 10 minutes to bring Leeds back in the game.

Farrell kicked his third goal and, when he was sin-binned for holding down in the tackle, Peters added a penalty just before the break after Morley had been pulled up for a nasty-looking challenge on Gilmour.

There were no scores in the second half but the grudge match continued, with players apparently keen to win their personal battles.

The only scoring chance came when a jinking run from Jason Robinson set up the position for Steve Renouf to reach the line but the try was disallowed for a double movement.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Leeds -
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back Francis Cummins 5
2 Brett Dallas Winger Leroy Rivett 18
3 Steve Renouf Centre Richie Blackmore 3
4 Gary Connolly Centre Keith Senior 4
5 Jason Robinson Winger Karl Pratt 21
13 Andy Farrell Stand Off Iestyn Harris 1
7 Willie Peters Scrum Half Ryan Sheridan 7
8 Terry O'Connor Prop Darren Fleary 8
9 Terry Newton Hooker Lee Jackson 9
10 Neil Cowie Prop Barrie McDermott 10
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row Adrian Morley 11
16 Simon Haughton 2nd Row Anthony Farrell 17
12 Denis Betts L.Forward Andy Hay 16
14 Lee Gilmour Substitute Daryl Powell 6
15 Paul Johnson Substitute David Barnhill 12
17 Tony Mestrov Substitute Kevin Sinfield 13
18 Wes Davies Substitute Dean Lawford 19

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 20 --- Leeds Rhinos 6
Andy Farrell
Brett Dallas
Denis Betts
--- Tries:
Iestyn Harris
Andy Farrell 3
Willie Peters 1
--- Goals:
Iestyn Harris 1

Scoring Pattern

02mins:15 Wigan 04 Leeds 00 Try: Andy Farrell
- Wigan 06 Leeds 00 Conversion: Andy Farrell
05mins:13 Wigan 10 Leeds 00 Try: Brett Dallas
- Wigan 10 Leeds 00 A.Farrell Missed Conversion
08mins:24 Wigan 10 Leeds 04 Try: Iestyn Harris
- Wigan 10 Leeds 06 Conversion: Iestyn Harris
20mins:14 Wigan 12 Leeds 06 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell
22mins:41 Wigan 16 Leeds 06 Try: Denis Betts
- Wigan 18 Leeds 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
36mins:52 Wigan 20 Leeds 06 Penalty Goal: Willie Peters
Half Time Wigan Warriors 20 Leeds Rhinos 06
Full Time Wigan Warriors 20 Leeds Rhinos 06

Other Information

Attendance: 11,200
Referee: Steve Presley

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