Doncaster Dragons v Wigan Warriors Powergen Challenge Cup Round
5 Sunday 2nd March
2003. Kick Off 3.00pm at Belle Vue.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
Teenage sensation Gareth Hock scored two tries on a memorable debut
performance which took Wigan a step closer to the Powergen Challenge Cup
The 19-year-old had been selected on the bench as replacement for
the injured Andy Farrell but got an earlier start than expected after a calf
injury put Mick Cassidy out of the game after just two minutes.
the early loss of Cassidy and the second-half withdrawal of Kris Radlinski the
Warriors cruised passed Doncaster in a nine-try rout at Belle Vue.
Raper accused his team of easing up on their part-time opponents and letting
them get two consolation tries after Wigan had surged to a 50-0 lead within 55
He said: 'I'm pleased with certain aspects of our game but I'm
disappointed we let them in the game.'
'I think we were playing the
scoreboard and a few individuals let us down. We took the foot off the gas and
we can't afford to do that. We need to play consistent footie for the 80
Livewire Irish wingman Brian Carney got the scoring underway
with a try inside three minutes and went on to complete his hat-trick within
half-an-hour. He was joined on the first-half score sheet by Jamie Ainscough and
David Hodgson to give the Warriors a 28-0 advantage.
Adrian Lam shone as
the Warriors lynchpin much as he did in Farrell's absence last season. His deft
kick just after the restart put his half-back partner O'Neill in for a
Then came Hock's brace. 'Gareth had a great debut,' Raper said, 'It
was a good place for him to make his debut. I thought he looked
But the Wigan coach was keen to sing the praises of his
experienced prop, Craig Smith. He said: 'Craig was my man of the match. He led
from the front and really inspired our pack.'
The home side never gave up
trying and raptuous applause greeted winger Jason Lee's try on the hour
St John Ellis' men scored again four minutes later when Matt Walker
collected the ball from the base of a scrum and beat Danny Tickle to touch
The defeated coach was complimentary about the visitors saying:
'When they get their players back - Farrell, Johnson and Cassidy - they are
going to be very difficult to beat. They are a very formidable side and I don't
think we disgraced ourselves.'
Tries: Jason Lee
(61) Matt Walker (64)
Tries: Brian Carney 3 (2, 27,
30) Jamie Ainscough (22) Dave Hodgson (38) Julian O'Neill
(42) Gareth Hock 2 (44, 47) Terry Newton (55)
Goal: Simon Irving
Goals: Julian O'Neill
Half Time: 28-0 Wigan Match Attendance:
3,653 Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham) Cherry and White.co.uk Man of the Match
: Craig Smith
After Match Reaction
"I think we were playing
the scoreboard and a few individuals let us down. We took the foot off the gas
and we can't afford to do that. We need to play consistent footie for the 80
"We played reasonably well, I certainly didn’t think the
scoreline did us justice and I thought some of the decisions by the Referee
we’re very borderline, but I’m not going to grumble about the result because
they showed some quality at times" Doncaster coach St John
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