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30th May 1997: Wigan 58 Paris 20

Wigan v Paris - 1997 Super League II Round 13.
Friday 30th May 1997. Kick Off 7:30pm at Central Park.

Match Report from www.theboltonnews.co.uk

WIGAN leave for Australia today with confidence sky high after rattling up a fifth successive victory.

Since their disappointing show against Salford the Warriors have been transformed and struggling Paris were swatted away with contempt as a late points rush saw them home with ease.

The preparations for Down Under clearly affected their performance, however, and it was only when the French side hit back just after the break that Wigan hit top gear.

They had cruised to a 24-8 half-time lead with tries by livewire Tony Smith, Jason Robinson and Darryl Cardiss with Andy Farrell adding six goals. But the Warriors relaxed too much allowing Jason Martin, Jason Eadie and Deon Bird to score and Matthew O'Connor added four goals. Paris were right back in the game, but any hopes of a shock win were quickly dashed as Wigan turned on the style with six tries in a dazzling 20 minutes burst.

Andy Johnson, Gael Tallec, Radlinski, Smith, Paul Koloi on his debut and Farrell all crossed with Farrell adding another five goals to equal the Super League record of 11 in successive games.

Skipper Farrell had another magnificent game but said he was disappointed that Wigan had leaked in 20 points.

"We are going to Australia and our defence will have to be much better. But we have come off some good wins and maybe we didn't concentrate as hard as we should have done. "It has been a hard week with plenty of distractions because of all the meetings and preparations for the trip."

"We are going over there to test ourselves and the five wins have been ideal. I wouldn't like to go on the back of a couple of poor displays. It is looking good for Wigan."

Coach Eric Hughes said it was a good dress rehearsal because Paris contained so many Australians.

"They had good habits, were tight around the play-the-ball and it was ideal preparation. We have been lucky with injuries recently and it sets us up nicely for Australia."

Wigan: Cardiss, Robinson, Connolly, Radlinski, Johnson, Paul, Smith, Cowie, Hall, Hansen, Haughton, Cassidy, Farrell. Subs: Koloi (for Connolly 39), Tallec (for Cassidy HT), Holgate (for Cowie 50), Lester (for Hansen 64).

Wigan Warriors 58   Paris St Germain 20
Tony Smith (2)
Daryl Cardiss
Andy Farrell
Andy Johnson
Paul Koloi
Kris Radlinski
Jason Robinson
Gael Tallec
Tries Deon Bird
Jason Eade
Jason Martin
Andy Farrell (11)
Goals Matt O'Connor (4)
  Field Goals  

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