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1st May 2000: Warrington 16 Wigan 42

Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League V Round 8
Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2000. Kick Off 12:05pm at Wilderspool

Wigan stormed back to the top of Super League after basking in the midday sun at Wilderspool.

The Warriors made the most of perfect conditions to turn up the heat on Challenge Cup winners Bradford Bulls, who are not back in League action until Wednesday.

Warrington had threatened to thwart their rivals' bid for the summit with a remarkable fightback that transformed an early 12-0 into a 16-12 interval lead.

But Wigan coach Frank Endacott, back at the helm after his trip Down Under, will have been delighted with his side's sparkling second-half show that brought 30 unanswered points.

There were two tries for former Australian Test centre Steve Renouf against his former Brisbane Broncos team-mates Allan Langer and Andrew Gee while winger Jason Robinson marked his 100th Super League start with a wonderful solo touchdown.

Skipper Andy Farrell, once more filling in at stand-off for the injured Tony Smith, missed a chance to open the scoring when he was wide with a penalty but he went on to convert all seven tries.

Full-back Kris Radlinksi grabbed the first, profiting from a kind bounce after Willie Peters' towering kick had eluded Lee Penny, and Renouf finished off a sparkling six-man handling move for the second.

Half-backs Allan Langer and Lee Briers then sparked the rightback as the hungry Wolves conjured up three tries in the last 10 minutes of the first half.

First second rower Ian Knott touched down after juggling with Briers' final pass, the half-backs combined with centre Ian Sibbit to get winger Jon Roper over at the corner and then, with just 15 seconds left on the clock, Briers dummied his way past Lee Gilmour for a third try, to which he added his second goal.

At that stage, Wigan were rocking but Endacott's interval pep talk worked wonders as the visitors controlled matters from the re-start.

A last-ditch tackle from Penny denied Wigan second rower Mick Cassidy a try after a superb break by impressive hooker Terry Newton and Langer and Danny Nutley performed similar heroics to catch Farrell in possession on the last tackle.

But the Warriors once more displayed incisive finishing to turn the game on its head for a second time with three further tries in a sensational nine-minute spell.

First Farrell produced wonderful sleight of hand to release Renouf for his second try, Robinson popped up in midfield to sprint through a gap and then prop Terry O'Connor took Denis Bett's pass to crash over.

Wigan's domination was complete by then and they piled on the misery for the Wolves with two more tries in the last 16 minutes.

Second rower Simon Haughton crashed over after neat handling from Newton and Radlinksi and loose forward Denis Betts rounded off the scoring when he took substitute Chris Chester's pass to cross for a seventh try.

Team Sheets

- Warrington Position Wigan -
1 Lee Penny Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
3 Alan Hunte Winger Brett Dallas 2
20 Ian Sibbit Centre Steve Renouf 3
4 Toa Kohe-Love Centre Lee Gilmour 14
2 Jonathan Roper Winger Jason Robinson 5
6 Lee Briers Stand Off Andy Farrell 13
7 Allan Langer Scrum Half Willie Peters 7
8 Andrew Gee Prop Neil Cowie 10
9 Danny Farrar Hooker Terry Newton 9
10 Danny Nutley Prop Brady Malam 23
12 Ian Knott 2nd Row Mick Cassidy 11
14 Steve McCurrie 2nd Row Simon Haughton 16
13 Tawera Nikau L.Forward Denis Betts 12
16 Gary Chambers Substitute Terry O'Connor 8
17 Steve Blakeley Substitute Wes Davies 18
18 Mark Hilton Substitute Chris Chester 19
21 Jerome Guisset Substitute David Hodgson 26

Score Sheet

Warrington Wolves 16 --- Wigan Warriors 42
Ian Knott
Jon Roper
Lee Briers
--- Tries:
Kris Radlinski
Steve Renouf 2
Jason Robinson
Terry O'Connor
Simon Haughton
Denis Betts
Lee Briers 2
--- Goals:
Andy Farrell 7

Scoring Pattern

13mins:21 Warrington 00 Wigan 04 Try: Kris Radlinski
- Warrington 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
15mins:06 Warrington 00 Wigan 10 Try: Steve Renouf
- Warrington 00 Wigan 12 Conversion: Andy Farrell
29mins:49 Warrington 04 Wigan 12 Try: Ian Knott
- Warrington 06 Wigan 12 Conversion: Lee Briers
34mins:59 Warrington 10 Wigan 12 Try: Jon Roper
- Warrington 10 Wigan 12 L.Briers Missed Conversion
39mins:43 Warrington 14 Wigan 12 Try: Lee Briers
- Warrington 16 Wigan 12 Conversion: Lee Briers
Half Time Warrington Wolves 16 Wigan Warriors 12
48mins:00 Warrington 16 Wigan 16 Try: Steve Renouf (2)
- Warrington 16 Wigan 18 Conversion: Andy Farrell
51mins:53 Warrington 16 Wigan 22 Try: Jason Robinson
- Warrington 16 Wigan 24 Conversion: Andy Farrell
57mins:45 Warrington 16 Wigan 28 Try: Terry O'Connor
- Warrington 16 Wigan 30 Conversion: Andy Farrell
64mins:12 Warrington 16 Wigan 34 Try: Simon Haughton
- Warrington 16 Wigan 36 Conversion: Andy Farrell
75mins:36 Warrington 16 Wigan 40 Try: Denis Betts
- Warrington 16 Wigan 42 Conversion: Andy Farrell
Full Time Warrington Wolves 16 Wigan Warriors 42

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Attendance: 7,983
Referee: Russell Smith

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