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2nd March 2003: Doncaster 10 Wigan 50
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 final.

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.

Despite 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.

Stuart 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 minutes.

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 minutes.'

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 try.

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 sharp.'

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 mark.

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 down.

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.'
Team Sheets

Dragons

Warriors

No.
Player
Pos No.
Player
1 Chris Ross Full Back 1 Kris Radlinski
2 Paul Gleadhill Wing 2 Brett Dallas
3 Marvin Golden Centre 14 David Hodgson
4 Simon Irving Centre 3 Jamie Ainscough
5 Jason Lee Wing 5 Brian Carney
6 Paul Mansson Stand Off 6 Julian O'Neill
7 Mark Moxon Scrum Half 7 Adrian Lam
8 Gareth Handford Prop 10 Craig Smith
9 Peter Edwards Hooker 17 Mark Smith
10 Maea David Prop 16 Danny Sculthorpe
11 Peter Green 2nd Row 12 Danny Tickle
12 Craig Lawton 2nd Row 11 Mick Cassidy
13 Matt Walker L.Forward 15 Sean O'Loughlin
14 James Walker Sub 9 Terry Newton
15 Craig Forsyth Sub 18 Martin Aspinwall
16 Shaun Leaf Sub 19 Stephen Wild
17 Dean Colton Sub 23 Gareth Hock
Score Sheet
Doncaster Dragons 10-50 Wigan Warriors

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 7
Match Info

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
Wigan Doncaster

"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 minutes." Stuart Raper

"We played reasonably well, I certainly didnt think the scoreline did us justice and I thought some of the decisions by the Referee were very borderline, but Im not going to grumble about the result because they showed some quality at times" Doncaster coach St John Ellis.
Alternative Match Reports
Dragons given lesson but not disgraced - Doncaster Official Site Report
Nine-try demolition - BBC Match Report
Dragons tamed by Wigan - Sky Sports Match Report
Hock double cheers Wigan - Press association Match Report
Carney hatrick douses Dragons fire - Independent Match Report
Hock makes outstanding senior debut for Wigan - rleague.com Report
Donny given reality check by Wigan - wiganrl.com report
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