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16th March 2003: Swinton 12 Wigan 70

Swinton Lions v Wigan Warriors Powergen Challenge Cup Quarter Final
Sunday 16th March. Kick Off 3:00pm at JJB Stadium.
Match was switched to JJB Stadium due to insufficient capacity at Swinton's Moor Lane ground.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
Holders Wigan progressed to the semi-finals of the Powergen Challenge Cup as predicted but they were surprisingly behind for the first 25 minutes of the game.

Peter Roe, the Swinton coach, was proud of the performance his Lions turned in, even though they were ultimately beaten 70-12 and out scored by 13 tries to two.

The National League Two side shocked the 5,000 crowd at the sunny JJB stadium by scoring first through loose forward Rob Russell after eight minutes.

He raced under the posts after Simon Knox beat Kris Radlinski to palm back Chris Hough's up and under. Hough converted to give the Lions a 6-0 lead.

David Hodgson got Wigan off the mark with his try in the 23rd minute. But because Luke Robinson failed to convert Swinton held the lead for two more minutes before a Brett Dallas try put the Warriors ahead.

Wigan were now in their stride and further scores from Robinson, Hock, Johnson and Ainscough took them to 30-6 ahead by half-time.

Wigan, missing Farrell, O'Connor, Tickle, Cassidy and Carney, turned the screw in the second half and racked up seven more tries.

Ricky Bibey audaciously swatted away Swinton defenders for his try on 42 minutes.

Brett Dallas got his second on 48 minutes but the Lions did not cave in. They were tired and disheartened but their valiant desperate defence kept the Warriors out for another ten minutes until the floodgates opened.

Mark Smith, Adrian Lam, Martin Aspinwall, and Sean O'Loughlin all went over for Wigan before Swinton prop Andy Leatham sent the 1,000 or so Swinton supporters in the North Stand into raptures by touching down after a well deserved try.

David Hodgson scored his second try of the day just before the full time whistle.

Swinton coach Peter Roe saluted his team and their fans. He said: "To score first was an achievement and for 20 minutes there wasn't much between the two teams.

"But we are realistic and knew what a good side Wigan are.

"I'm proud of the players and the supporters were magnificent. They never stopped shouting and never gave up on us even when it looked at one time as if Wigan would run up a cricket score."

Stuart Raper said afterwards: "The game panned out just as I expected. All credit to Swinton for their performance - it was their big day.

"Once we got control we played some good footie and scored some excellent tries.

"We still haven't been tested but I was pleased with the attitude and commitment for the whole 80 minutes."

Team Sheets




Pos No.
1 Wayne English Full Back 1 Kris Radlinski
2 Jason Roach Wing 2 Brett Dallas
3 Kris Tassell Centre 18 Martin Aspinwall
4 Phil Hassan Centre 14 David Hodgson
5 Hugh Thorpe Wing 3 Jamie Ainscough
6 Chris Hough Stand Off 20 Luke Robinson
7 Peter Cannon Scrum Half 7 Adrian Lam
8 Andy Leathem Prop 16 Danny Sculthorpe
9 Rob Barraclough Hooker 9 Terry Newton
10 Simon Knox Prop 10 Craig Smith
11 Craig Wingfield 2nd Row 23 Gareth Hock
12 Phil Cushion 2nd Row 4 Paul Johnson
13 Robert Russell L.Forward 15 Sean O'Loughlin
14 Lee Hudson Sub 6 Julian O'Neill
15 Jason Johnson Sub 17 Mark Smith
16 Andy Cheetham Sub 19 Stephen Wild
17 David Ellison Sub 21 Ricky Bibey
Score Sheet
Swinton Lions 12-70 Wigan Warriors

Robert Russell (9)
Andy Leathem (74)

David Hodgson 2 (23, 79)
Brett Dallas 2 (26, 49)
Luke Robinson (27)
Gareth Hock (32)
Paul Johnson (35)
Jamie Ainscough (39)
Ricky Bibey (42)
Mark Smith (57)
Adrian Lam (63)
Martin Aspinwall (65)
Sean O'Loughlin (67)

Chris Hough 2

Luke Robinson 2
Julian O'Neill 7
Match Info

Half Time: 30-6 Wigan
Match Attendance: 5,114
Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)
Cherry and White.co.uk Man of the Match : Gareth Hock

Alternative Match Reports
Swinton do National League 2 proud - Swinton Official Site Match Report
Warriors crush Swinton - BBC Match Report
Wigan sweep into semis despite early fright - Sky Sports Match Report
Wigan send Lions packing - Press Association Match Report
Wigan continue cup defence in style - superleague.co.uk Match Report
Wigan too fit for spirited Swinton - rleague.com Match Report
Relentless Wigan put Swinton in their place - The Times Match Report
Raper's youngsters show their maturity - The Independent Match Report
Reborn Lions happy to walk into Wigan's Den - Guardian Match Report
Wigan progress with convincing win - wiganrl.com report

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