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15th September 1997: Wigan 38 Leeds 22

Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos - 1997 Super League Premiership Quarter Final.
Monday 15th September 1997. Kick Off 7:30pm at Central Park.

Match Report from www.theboltonnews.co.uk

A DAZZLING hat-trick of tries by rejuvenated Henry Paul put Wigan on course for their fourth Premiership trophy.

The Kiwi stand-off has scored only seven tries this season but six have come in the last three games.

The resurgence of Paul has coincided with the Warriors' improvement in form and they carried it on last night against plucky Leeds.

The game was played at a frantic pace but the Warriors had the extra quality and more sound defence to book themselves a semi-final spot at home to surprise package Sheffield Eagles on Sunday at 6.30pm. In the first half Paul nipped over for two tries and laid one on for Kris Radlinski while Andy Farrell grabed three goals. But Leeds were undaunted and hit back with tries from Francis Cummins and livewire Phil Cantillon with Iestyn Harris adding two goals.

After the break Farrell added a penalty but Leeds were right back in contention when Leroy Rivett dived over in the corner.

Paul took a hand again and when he jinked over for his third try the Rhinos heads went down. The Warriors sealed the win with further tries by the influential Tony Smith and a first senior try from young hooker Jon Clarke. Farrell added three goals while Leeds replied with a late try by Cummins which Graham Holroyd goaled.

Coach Eric Hughes enthused over Paul saying: "He is back to his very best and is a real entertainer.

"Leeds played very well and gave us a hard game. We were put under pressure for long spells but defended very well and, although we were able to score quite easily, couldn't kill the game off."

WIGAN: Robinson, Johnson P, Connolly, Radlinski, Ellison, Paul, Smith, Hansen, Clarke, Cowie, Cassidy, Johnson A, Farrell. Subs: Wright, Holgate (for Hansen 31), O'Connor (for Cowie 49), Tallec (for Johnson A 54), Johnson A (for Johnson P 68).

Wigan Warriors 38   Leeds Rhinos 4
Henry Paul (2)
Simon Haughton
Andy Farrell
Gary Connolly
Danny Ellison
Andy Johnson
Tries Leroy Rivett
Andy Farrell (4)
Henry Paul

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