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14th May 2000: Wigan 48 Wakefield 30

Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Wildcats - Tetley's Super League V Round 10
Sunday 14th May 2000. Kick Off 3:00pm at JJB Stadium

Wigan re-claimed top spot in the Tetley Bitter Super League after being made to fight hard by the Wildcats who stunned the home side especially in the first half.

Wigan aided the Wakefield cause turning the ball over on too many occasions in the opening 40 and Wakefield were clearly heartened, reducing the home side's lead to just two points at the break.

The second half though saw the Warriors move up a couple of gears thanks to the introduction of 18-year-old livewire hooker Mark Smith who became a thorn in the visitors' side.

Earlier Wakefield had cancelled out early tries from Terry Newton and Willie Peters when Francis Stephenson darted over after the first of a number of lapses by Wigan.

Adam Hughes capitalised on another error by crossing for the Wildcats before Wigan's Peters scored the try of the game three minutes before the break with a scorching 90-metre interception try.

On the stroke of half-time the Wildcats proved that they were up for the fight when Hudson and Hughes combined for winger Neil Law to squeeze in at the corner and Graham Law's superb touchline kick reduced the arrears to just 22-20 points at the half-time hooter.

A Farrell penalty two minutes into the re-start signalled another Wigan assault in which Peters, Radlinski and Robinson (twice) all crossed the Trinity line.

But yet again Wigan were guilty of lapsing under the hot sun as Paul Sampson and Hughes chalked up late consolation tries for the gritty visitors.

Wigan coach Frank Endacott said: "We let them back into the game by half-time and it was all about getting the players back on track.

"Wakefield gave us a wake-up call and we responded in the second half. We weren't at our best but at least we got the two points."

Wakefield head coach Andy Kelly added: "We came here with a positive attitude and overall it wasn't a bad 80 minutes. The first 40 was an even affair.

"There are a lot of young players in the team because of injuries and I was pleased with the effort and commitment everybody put in."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Wakefield -
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back Steve Prescott 1
2 Brett Dallas Winger Paul Sampson 24
14 Lee Gilmour Centre Ben Westwood 27
3 Steve Renouf Centre Adam Hughes 20
5 Jason Robinson Winger Neil Law 2
13 Andy Farrell Stand Off Graham Law 22
7 Willie Peters Scrum Half Glen Tomlinson 7
23 Brady Malam Prop Francis Stephenson 8
9 Terry Newton Hooker Ryan Hudson 21
10 Neil Cowie Prop Martin Masella 10
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row Gary Price 15
19 Chris Chester 2nd Row Andy Fisher 16
12 Denis Betts L.Forward Willie Poching 12
8 Terry O'Connor Substitute Warren Jowitt 11
18 Wes Davies Substitute Paul March 14
22 Mark Smith Substitute Frank Watene 17
26 David Hodgson Substitute Paul Jackson 18

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 48 --- Wakefield Wildcats 30
Terry Newton
Willie Peters 2
Brett Dallas
Mark Smith
Kris Radlinski
Jason Robinson 2
--- Tries:
Francis Stephenson
Adam Hughes 2
Neil Law
Paul Sampson
Andy Farrell 8
--- Goals:
Graham Law 5

Other Information

Attendance: 8,214
Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick

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