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9th May 1997: Wigan 38 London 10

Wigan v London - 1997 Super League II Round 9.
Friday 9th May 1997. Kick Off 7:30pm at Central Park.

Match Report from www.theboltonnews.co.uk

Wigan Warriors 38 London Broncos 10

What a difference a game makes!. Two weeks ago woeful Wigan crashed to defeat at Salford, but last night they produced their best display of the season.

New half-back pairing Tony Smith and Nigel Wright made all the difference and laid the foundation for victory.

With Simon Haughton, Lee Hansen and Andy Farrell outstanding in the pack Wigan produced just the confidence boosting performance coach Eric Hughes had been praying for.

"I'm a much happier man," admitted Hughes. "Apart from Neil Cowie it was the first opportunity to choose rom a full strength side and we looked much better balanced.

"The understanding is starting to show. We took on a form side and had a handsome victory."

Hughes was particularly impressed with his two Yorkshire half-backs.

"Smith is a class act and with Wright starting for the first time they formed an effective midfield triangle with Farrell."

It was the visitors who struck first after five minutes thanks to the brilliance of scrum-half Josh White who jinked his way through Wigan's defence to put Tony Martin in at the corner.

But any fears of another defeat were quickly allayed. Wigan looked sharp in attack and after Farrell had added a penalty Smith scorched through a gap for a touchdown. Farrell added the goal and another penalty before Haughton scored the first of his two tries on the half hour with another unstoppable run from 10 yards out.

The Warriors led 16-4 at the break and with White out of action with a leg injury and Shaun Edwards a shadow of his former self on his return to Central Park, the Broncos rarely posed any real problems.

Wigan grew in confidence and the tries flowed from Farrell, Haughton, Gary Connolly and Mick Cassidy, with Farrell adding another three goals.

Edwards grabbed a consolation try in the final minute and Greg Barwick goaled, but it was Wigan's night.

Hughes is hoping this is the start of an improved run of form.

"We need to build a platform before we go to Australia next month. It is starting to come together and we are not a million miles away."

WIGAN: Paul, Robinson, Connolly, Radlinski, Johnson, Wright, Smith, Hansen, Hall, O'Connor, Haughton, Cassidy, Farrell. Subs: Murray, Holgate (for O'Connor 23), Tallec (for Holgate 49), Cardiss.
 

Wigan Warriors 38   London Broncos 10
Simon Haughton (2)
Tony Smith
Andy Farrell
Gary Connolly
Mick Cassidy
 
Tries Tony Martin
Shaun Edwards
 
Andy Farrell (7)
 
Goals Greg Barwick
 

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Attendance: 7,350

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