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21st May 2000: Huddersfield-Sheffield 8 Wigan 56

Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's SL V Round 11
Sunday 21st May 2000. Kick Off 6:35pm at
McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield

Wigan roared back to the top of Super League after this merciless thrashing of rock-bottom Huddersfield-Sheffield.

The Warriors' star-studded backs scored eight of their side's nine tries against a hopelessly-outclassed Giants side that played most of the match a player short.

Gene Ngamu, the New Zealander hoping to impress Kiwi national boss Frank Endacott, was sin-binned after 26 minutes for laying on in the tackle and had only just returned to action when team-mate David Bradbury was sent off by referee Steve Ganson, rather harshly, for a high tackle on Wigan forward Denis Betts.

A daunting task had suddenly become mission impossible and even the damage-limitation exercise proved beyond John Kear's men, who showed just why they have the worst defence in the League.

The match was over as a contest by half-time when Wigan led 22-2 after scrum-half Willie Peters had set up tries for Gary Connolly and Brett Dallas with accurate, lofted kicks to the corner.

Former Australian Test centre Steve Renouf had scored the first try, touching down from skipper Andy Farrell's long cut-out pass, and he repeated the feat early in the second half before retiring from the action.

With Wigan cruising to their anticipated victory, Endacott also took the opportunity to rest other key players with next Friday's visit to Leeds in mind.

The Warriors, with skipper Andy Farrell dictating matters at will from stand-off, piled on the agony for the home side with five tries in a devastating 17-minute spell early in the second half.

Winger Jason Robinson, who is thought to be close to making a switch to rugby union with Sale, supported Renouf for his first try and then demonstrated his unique talent by racing 70 metres from dummy half for a second.

Full-back Kris Radlinski and second rower Mick Cassidy also touched down and Farrell kicked 10 goals from 12 attempts.

The Giants' only first-half points came from Ngamu, who levelled the scores with an eighth-minute penalty after Wigan prop Neil Cowie was pulled up for dissent.

It was all one-way traffic after that until they managed a late consolation try through French international Yacine Dekkiche, with Ngamu kicking his second goal.

Team Sheets

- Hudds-Sheff Position Wigan -
6 Gene Ngamu Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
14 Paul Reilly Winger Brett Dallas 2
1 Waisale Sovatabua Centre Gary Connolly 4
3 Karl Lovell Centre Steve Renouf 3
25 Ben Cooper Winger Jason Robinson 5
19 Chris Thorman Stand Off Andy Farrell 13
7 Gavin Clinch Scrum Half Willie Peters 7
8 Steve Molloy Prop Terry O'Connor 8
9 Johnny Lawless Hooker Mark Smith 22
10 Dale Laughton Prop Neil Cowie 10
15 Darren Turner 2nd Row Mick Cassidy 11
22 Dave Bradbury 2nd Row Chris Chester 19
13 Jeff Hardy L.Forward Denis Betts 12
2 Danny Arnold Substitute Lee Gilmour 14
11 David Lomax Substitute Simon Haughton 16
12 Richard Marshall Substitute Wes Davies 18
31 Yacine Dekkiche Substitute Brady Malam 23

Score Sheet

Huddersfield-Sheffield 8 --- Wigan Warriors 56
Yacine Dekkiche
--- Tries:
Steve Renouf 2
Gary Connolly
Brett Dallas
Jason Robinson 2
Kris Radlinski
Lee Gilmour
Mick Cassidy
Gene Ngamu 2
--- Goals:
Andy Farrell 10

Other Information

Attendance: 3,241
Referee: Steve Ganson

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