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13th August 1997: Wigan 32 Warrington 16

Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves - 1997 Super League II Round 15.
Wednesday 13th August 1997. Kick Off 7:30pm at Central Park.

Match Report from www.theboltonnews.co.uk

Wigan did enough to stop the rot but not to dispel the fears that their problems are a thing of the past.

This was the Warriors' first win in four Super League games but coach Eric Hughes was quick to admit that there are still major faults which need ironing out

"It was a welcome two points that we badly need if we are to get into the top four.

"But we are not kidding ourselves the faults have gone away. We switched off again and allowed Warrington to come back into the game. But on the whole it was a much better display and we were able to give some of the youngsters a run out.

"Warrington were always in the game and we could never relax. I was pleased with Mick Cassidy's work rate while Andy Farrell and Jason Robinson were exceptional and Henry Paul appears to be getting better with every game."

Skipper Farrell was the architect of many of Wigan's moves and he combined well with half-backs Paul and Craig Murdock to torment a committed but indisciplined Wolves side.

The Warriors raced into an 18-6 half-time lead with Farrell grabbing the first 10 points through three goals and a try in the 19th minute which came in bizarre fashion.

The ball was flicked out on the sixth tackle and prop Neil Cowie frantically put in a left footed bomb that Mark Forster failed to gather and Farrell pounced.

Tony Tatupu grabbed a try and Jon Roper closed the gap with a goal, but right on the hooter Paul slipped the ball to Gary Connollly and he raced half the length of the field to score and Farrell goaled.

Another try two minutes after the break when Farrell sent out a delightful long ball for Danny Ellison to race over in the corner, put Wigan in the driving seat.

Roper's powerful run earned him a try which he goaled but when Cassidy sent Andy Johnson in at the corner the Wolves were dead and buried. Farrell showed his mastery again when he put Murdock in and added the goal before Warrington completed the scoring five minutes from time when Paul Wingfield crashed over.

The win, before the smallest crowd of the season at Central Park, was just the confidence booster the Warriors need as they prepare for Sunday's second derby clash against Salford Reds. Scrum-half Tony Smith is expected to recover from a side strain for the game.

WIGAN: Robinson, Johnson A, Connolly, Radlinski, Ellison, Paul, Murdock, Cowie, Hall, O'Connor, Cassidy, Tallec, Farrell. Subs: Johnson P (for Robinson 75), Hansen (for O'Connor 27), Clarke (for Hall 50), Holgate (for Cowie 58), O'Connor (for Hansen 66).

Wigan Warriors   Warrington Wolves
Gary Connolly
Danny Ellison
Andy Farrell
Andy Johnson
Craig Murdock
Tries Jon Roper
Tony Tatupu
Paul Wingfield
Andy Farrell (6)
Goals Jon Roper (2)
  Field Goals  

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