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9th April 2000: Wigan 20 Halifax 8

Wigan Warriors v Halifax Blue Sox- Tetley's Super League V Round 4
Sunday 9th April 2000. Kick Off 3:00pm at JJB Stadium

Wigan won this Super League battle to keep up their unbeaten run and at the same time put an end to Halifax's winning sequence.

But the game proved expensive for the Yorkshire club who had player-coach Gary Mercer stretchered off in the second half with what looked to be a serious injury to his right leg.

Both defences were on top of their game in the opening 40 minutes with just one try on the board.

This came Wigan's way after 10 minutes. Their pressure paid off when skipper Andy Farrell - again revelling in the unfamiliar stand-off role - spread the ball out to fellow half-back Willie Peters who fed Lee Gilmour for the all-important touchdown.

The Blue Sox had threatened on several occasions with Mercer, Jamie Gannon and Greg Florimo all going close to scoring.

Martin Pearson landed a penalty goal for Halifax when Denis Betts was judged to have obstructed, but Wigan led 8-2 at the break thanks to a couple of penalties landed by Farrell.

An inspired substitution by coach Frank Endacott at half-time paid off within four minutes of the restart.

Farrell's clever chip was collected by the ever-alert Kris Radlinski before the busy full-back in turn fed Mick Cassidy for the substitute to finish off under the posts.

The best try of the match came on the hour following a mistake by the visitors' livewire Aussie scrum-half Andrew Dunemann whose loose pass was scooped up by Wigan flyer Brett Dallas who set off on a scintillating 40-yard dash for the Halifax line.

Credit to the visitors who never gave up the battle but their last-minute try through former Wigan player Brett Goldspink proved poor consolation for the beaten visitors.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Halifax -
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back Darryl Cardiss 1
2 Brett Dallas Winger Jamie Bloem 12
4 Gary Connolly Centre Greg Florimo 6
3 Steve Renouf Centre Marvin Golden 4
5 Jason Robinson Winger Phil Hassan 5
13 Andy Farrell Stand Off Martin Pearson 14
7 Willie Peters Scrum Half Andrew Dunemann 7
8 Terry O'Connor Prop Brett Goldspink 23
9 Terry Newton Hooker Paul Rowley 9
10 Neil Cowie Prop Jim Gannon 10
12 Denis Betts 2nd Row Gary Mercer 11
16 Simon Haughton 2nd Row David Foster 19
14 Lee Gilmour L.Forward Martin Moana 13
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11 Mick Cassidy Substitute Andy Hobson 8
15 Paul Johnson Substitute Lokeni Savelio 15
17 Tony Mestrov Substitute Gael Tallec 22
24 Mark Reber Substitute Jim Naylor 27

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 20 --- Halifax Blue Sox 8
Tries:
Lee Gilmour
Mick Cassidy
Brett Dallas
--- Tries:
Brett Goldspink
Goals:
Andy Farrell 4
--- Goals:
Martin Pearson 1
Jamie Bloem 1

Other Information

Attendance: 6,663
Referee: Russell Smith

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