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14th April 2000: Wigan 48 London 6

Wigan Warriors v London Broncos - Tetley's Super League V Round 5
Friday 14th April 2000. Kick Off 7:30pm at JJB Stadium

Australian Test winger Brett Dallas demonstrated electrifying pace to grab two tries and set up two others as Wigan went top of the Tetley's Bitter Super League.

The ginger-haired former North Sydney flier pounced either side of half-time to help clinch a fifth straight win for the unbeaten Warriors, who overcame a sluggish start to show touches of genuine class and win with alarming ease.

Bradford will go back to the top of the table with a win at Salford on Sunday but Wigan, the bookmakers' pre-season favourites, have now conceded just two tries in their last three matches and are starting to unleash their star-studded backs.

All seven of them got on the scoresheet, with Paul Johnson showing excellent form in the centre to justify his surprise selection ahead of Great Britain veteran Gary Connolly.

It was a sobering experience for ex-Wigan coach John Monie and the five former Warriors in the Broncos' patched-up line-up.

They trailed 48-0 until Tulsen Tollet's late consolation try and are languishing near the foot of the table with just one win in their first five games.

Yet there was little hint of the one-sided action to come during a tense first quarter in which Wigan led only 8-0.

The disappointing 6,697 JJB Stadium crowd gave former hero Shaun Edwards a standing ovation before kick-off to mark his retirement but were then largely subdued by Wigan's inability to break down a keen Broncos defence.

Prop Neil Cowie, the only forward to break the backs' scoring domination, had scored the early try, profiting from a towering kick from Willie Peters that Dallas palmed back.

Andy Farrell, playing stand-off in the continuing absence of Tony Smith, added the conversion to an earlier penalty but was then despatched to the sin bin for 10 minutes for holding down London loose forward Andrew Wynyard in the tackle.

Even down to 12 men, however, Wigan's Scrooge-like defence was never seriously threatened.

The breakthrough came seven minutes before half time when right winger Dallas burst through Shane Millard's tackle after going from dummy half deep inside his own half and showed a clean pair of heels to the cover for a glorious try.

Then, on the stroke of the interval hooter, centre Steve Renouf took Farrell's pass to grab another try and put the game beyond the visitors.

The second half was only three minutes old when Wigan extended their lead and it was once more down to the sheer pace of Dallas, who raced onto Farrell's clever grubber kick.

That was the signal for Wigan to cut loose, with Johnson producing a superb break out of his own half to set up Radlinski and Renouf squeezing out a miraculous pass for Jason Robinson to score.

Peters then got in on the scoring act, supporting a break by Denis Betts, and Johnson deservedly scored his side's eighth and final try following more superb work from Dallas.

Farrell kicked his eighth goal from nine attempts but the Broncos finally gained some reward for their persistence when scrum-half Tollett touched down two minutes from the end and added the goal.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position London -
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back Greg Fleming 4
2 Brett Dallas Winger Rob Smyth 2
15 Paul Johnson Centre Danny Moore 3
3 Steve Renouf Centre Mat Toshack 13
5 Jason Robinson Winger Brett Warton 5
13 Andy Farrell Stand Off Andy Johnson 15
7 Willie Peters Scrum Half Tulsen Tollett 1
8 Terry O'Connor Prop Justin Dooley 8
9 Terry Newton Hooker Jon Clarke 21
10 Neil Cowie Prop Steve Barrow 23
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row Shane Millward 11
12 Denis Betts 2nd Row Steele Retchless 12
14 Lee Gilmour L.Forward Andrew Wynyard 14
4 Gary Connolly Substitute Scott Cram 10
16 Simon Haughton Substitute Frank Napoli 16
17 Tony Mestrov Substitute Anthony Seibold 17
24 Mark Reber Substitute Dominic Peters 19

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 48 --- London Broncos 6
Neil Cowie
Brett Dallas 2
Steve Renouf
Kris Radlinski
Jason Robinson
Willie Peters
Paul Johnson
--- Tries:
Tulsen Tollett
Andy Farrell 8
--- Goals:
Tulsen Tollett 1

Other Information

Attendance: 6,697
Referee: Steve Ganson

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