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
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
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
Wigan were now in their stride and further scores from Robinson,
Hock, Johnson and Ainscough took them to 30-6 ahead by half-time.
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
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.
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
David Hodgson scored his second try of the day just before the full
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
"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
Tries: Robert Russell
(9) Andy Leathem (74)
Tries: 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)
Goal: Chris Hough 2
Goals: Luke Robinson 2 Julian O'Neill
Half Time: 30-6 Wigan Match Attendance:
5,114 Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington) Cherry and White.co.uk Man of
the Match : Gareth Hock
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