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13th August 2000: Wigan 20 Halifax 12

Wigan Warriors v Halifax Blue Sox - Tetley's Super League V Round 23
Sunday 13th August 2000. Kick Off 6:35pm at JJB Stadium

Wigan reclaimed top spot in Super League - but only after grinding down a magnificent Halifax side in an absorbing contest at the JJB Stadium.

The Warriors trailed 8-4 after an hour, but came good with three tries in 11 minutes to secure a sixth successive win.

The Blue Sox, with only one win from their last 11 matches, held Bradford to a draw a week ago and looked well capable of pulling off another upset against one of the title contenders.

They stunned Frank Endacott with some ferocious tackling and scored the only try of the first half through impressive stand-off Martin Moana.

The visitors almost scored after six minutes when centre Greg Florimo, one of four ex-Wigan men in their ranks, put a superb kick into space and full-back Daryl Cardiff won the race to the ball but narrowly failed to ground it over the line.

They deservedly went ahead, after running a penalty, when Moano made the most of some ineffective tackling to jink his way over for a 13th minute try.

Jamie Bloem kicked the conversion and added a penalty for ball-stealing to put Halifax 8-0 ahead and Wigan's only reply came from the boot of skipper Andy Farrell, who put over two penalty goals.

A superb covering tackle by Olly Marns and Marvin Golden halted Wigan full-back Kris Radlinski after the Warriors best attacking move of the half - but the Great Britain star was to gain his revenge as he went on to score twice and notch up a personal landmark of a century of tries.

As Wigan overcame their early lethargy and Moana's kicking game deteriorated, the visitors were forced to spend long periods camped in their own 20-metre area in the second half.

The turning point came on 59 minutes with the inspired introduction of substitute Terry Newton.

Within four minutes his half break and kick had set up Radlinski for a crucial try, which was eventually determined after prolonged deliberation by the video referee.

Farrell's conversion put Wigan in front for the first time and they stretched their lead with two more quick-fire scores.

First Radlinski profited from a lightening break by winger Jason Robinson and then Newton got on the end of a marvellous break by centre Steve Renouf.

Farrell took his goal tally to four, but the brave Blue Sox battled to the end and had the final say when hooker Paul Rowley crossed for his side's second try in injury time.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Halifax -
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back Darryl Cardiss 1
18 Wes Davies Winger Marvin Golden 4
4 Gary Connolly Centre Damian Gibson 3
3 Steve Renouf Centre Greg Florimo 6
5 Jason Robinson Winger Oliver Marns 17
13 Andy Farrell Stand Off Martin Moana 13
6 Tony Smith Scrum Half Andrew Dunemann 7
8 Terry O'Connor Prop Brett Goldspink 23
22 Mark Smith Hooker Paul Rowley 9
10 Neil Cowie Prop Jim Gannon 10
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row Gary Mercer 11
12 Denis Betts 2nd Row Danny Tickle 31
14 Lee Gilmour L.Forward Jamie Bloem 13
9 Terry Newton Substitute Phil Hassan 5
17 Tony Mestrov Substitute Stephen Holgate 20
23 Brady Malam Substitute Gael Tallec 22
26 David Hodgson Substitute Rob Roberts 26

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 20 --- Halifax Blue Sox 8
Kris Radlinski 2
Terry Newton
--- Tries:
Martin Moana
Paul Rowley
Andy Farrell 4
--- Goals:
Jamie Bloem 2

Other Information

Attendance: 8,268
Referee: Russell Smith

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