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18th May 1997: Halifax 18 Wigan 46

Halifax v Wigan - 1997 Super League II Round 10.
Sunday 18th May 1997. Kick Off 3:00pm at Thrum Hall.

Match Report from www.theboltonnews.co.uk

The Warriors rehabilitation continues as they notched their first double of the season.

To underline their improvement Wigan won at a canter in comparison to the opening game of the season which they scraped home by just two points.

Wigan clicked into gear against the London Broncos last week and followed it up with another dazzling attacking display.

The forwards laid the foundations with a powerful performance led once again by inspirational skipper Andy Farrell.

But it was in the backs where Wigan had the speed and class to outplay the Blue Sox.

Jason Robinson, Nigel Wright and Gary Connolly caught the eye as the Warriors made the most of any slackness in the Yorkshiremen's defence.

Coach Eric Hughes was delighted his side had continued in such a stylish fashion.

"We have had two big wins and I would certainly have settled for the scoreline before the kick-off. It is always difficult to play here but the lads came up with the goods," he said.

"They are a big side but we tackled well and there were a lot of plusses from the game. It is nice to play a settled side as the understanding is getting better with every game. It is a better balanced side and it showed."

Wigan had a dream start with Martin Hall diving over from acting half-back followed by Tony Smith racing over in the opening 12 minutes. Farrelll added both goals but Halifax bounced back when Martin Pearson went through a gap to score and he added the goal.

A solid Wigan defence kept the Yorkshiremen at bay for the rest of the half while at the other end Farrell was the architect for tries from Connolly and Kris Radlinski and he added a goal.

Halifax replied soon after the restart with a Martin Moana try and Pearson goal, but Robinson burst through three tacklers to race 40 yards to score and Farrell goaled. Again the Blue Sox replied when Pearson grabbed his second try and goaled but that signalled the start of late try spree from the Warriors which saw Wright, Connolly and Gael Tallec cross and Farrell added the goals.

Wigan: Paul, Johnson, Connolly, Robinson, Wright, Smith, O'Connor, Hall, Hansen, Cassidy, Haughton, Farrell. Subs: Ellison, Cowie (for Hansen 21), Tallec (for O'Connor 49), Cardiss (for Radlinski 61), Hansen (For Cassidy 78)..

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