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28th March 2003: Wigan 30 London 34
Wigan Warriors v London Broncos Tetley's Super League VII Round 4
Friday 28th March. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Bilko
Wigan gift London victory at the JJB.

Wigan somehow managed to bomb a 16-0 lead against a London side who could have easily rolled over after the poor start.

But shocking defence and the second of two late interceptions gave the Broncos victory.

On this evidence we are in for one tough season.

Wigan started off like a house on fire but never pushed on.

Sean O'Loughlin created the first try with a beautiful chip over the Broncos defence which was collected by Danny Tickle, who strolled over the line for his first try of the season on just 2 minutes. However Tickle failed to convert his own try.

Then Brett Dallas set up Dave Hodgson who made it 10-0 and then Paul Johnson was sent in after more good work from O'Loughlin.

That made it 16-0 after just 14 minutes. At this stage I'm thinking well we are better than a point a minute here and I was expected a high score but it just didn't materialise.

London hit back on 24 minutes with a try from Jim Dymock who used his power to drive over.

Then in the final moments of the first half London gave Wigan a kick in the personals with two tries that gave them an unlikely lead.

On 38 minutes Dymock scored his second after London had received a penalty due to the returning Terry O'Connor's dissent.

Then bang on half time Russell Bawden went through woeful Wigan defence like a knife through butter setting up Andy King to give the Londoners an 18-16 half time lead.

Straight after the break Chris Thorman scored to increase the Broncos lead further with a wonderful individual effort. 24-16 on 42 minutes.

Wigan then applied the pressure but the Broncos defended superbly.

Gareth Hock did find a way through on 54 minutes to bring the scores back down to two points but after that Wigan seemed to lack the ideas to win this game.

They didn't give up but twice threw interceptions to Dennis Moran when attacking the London line. To do that once is bad but twice is criminal and this in my opinion is what gifted London the game. I'm positive we'd have won if we have had more composure.

On his first interception Moran didn't have any support but second time round Tony Martin was there to score on 64 minutes and make the score 30-22.

Wigan then received two penalty's following that try with the clock ticking down. The score was 22-30 to London and on the first occasion we didn't decide to go for goal but after a few more minutes had dropped off the clock we went for it. Now surely we should have got the two points at the first attempt giving us more time to snatch a draw? or maybe even victory?

I mean Brian Carney scored a late try and although the two points wouldn't have made a difference in the end they could have done if we hadn't have thrown the interception that gave the Broncos victory.

Before Carney's consolation try, former Wigan youngster Rob Jackson clinched the game to for the Broncos on 77 minutes and completed the Warriors punishment.

Bottom line is 16-0 leads for any Super League side should not be thrown away. The defence was truly awful but we also lacked leadership. Captain Andy Farrell's expected return next week will be a big boost.

Don't lose the faith these youngsters will come good in time with patience but at the moment whilst good enough in attack, in defence I'm afraid they are struggling.

After the match coach Stuart Raper said: "To be 16-0 up and then go in at half-time losing 18-16 was a bit of a shock.

"The guys thought they were going to score from every set of six we had. But you have to be patient and we started dropping the ball and dropping off the tackles and London fought back bravely.

"Even in the second half I was confident we could pull it back. But the team let themselves down after being in a winning position.

"It's an 80-minute game and we are still getting to grips with that. We have a lot more learning to do."

London coach Tony Rea refused to get carried away with the win.

He said: "It was something that was on our minds before the game but I sort of knew that we would do it.

"Even when Wigan were in front early on we were playing alright. Jim Dymock was outstanding and he provided a great example of controlled leadership.

"Wigan are probably the biggest name in rugby league to Londoners and I think they will be very proud of us and this result will certainly help with our support."

Team Sheets

Warriors

Broncos

No.
Player
Pos No.
Player
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back 3 Nigel Roy
2 Brett Dallas Wing 25 Andrew King
4 Paul Johnson Centre 4 Tony Martin
14 David Hodgson Centre 21 Rob Jackson
5 Brian Carney Wing 5 Steve Hall
15 Sean O'Loughlin Stand Off 23 Chris Thorman
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half 7 Dennis Moran
10 Craig Smith Prop 8 Francis Stephenson
17 Mark Smith Hooker 14 Neil Budworth
8 Terry O'Connor Prop 10 Richard Marshall
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row 11 Mat Toshack
12 Danny Tickle 2nd Row 12 Steele Retchless
23 Gareth Hock L.Forward 13 Jim Dymock
9 Terry Newton Sub 15 Mark Cox
16 Danny Sculthorpe Sub 17 Tom Haughey
20 Luke Robinson Sub 22 Andrew Hamilton
21 Ricky Bibey Sub 24 Russell Bawden
Score Sheet
Wigan Warriors 30-34 London Broncos

Tries:
Danny Tickle (2)
David Hodgson (7)
Paul Johnson (14)
Gareth Hock (54)
Brian Carney (80)

Tries:
Jim Dymock 2 (24, 38)
Andrew King (40)
Chris Thorman (42)
Tony Martin (65)
Rob Jackson (77)

Goals:
Danny Tickle 4
Luke Robinson 1

Goals:
Tony Martin 5
Match Info

Half Time: 16-18 London
Match Attendance: 8,375
Referee: Ronnie Laughton (Barnsley)
CherryandWhite.co.uk Man of the Match: Sean O'Loughlin

Alternative Match Reports
History is made in Wigan - London rlfans.com Forum 2 Match Report
Broncos stun Wigan - BBC Match Report
Broncos cause upset at Wigan - Sky Sports Match Report
Broncos end Wigan hoodoo - Press Association Match Report
Broncos claim first ever win in Wigan - superleague.co.uk Match Report
Dymock inspires Broncos historic and unlikely win - The Independent
Dymock leads way in famous Broncos win - The Times Match Report
Broncos earn spurs at Wigan - Daily Telegraph Match Report
London win for the first time ever in Wigan - rleague.com Match Report
Wigan come unstuck against Broncos - wiganrl.com Match Report
Raper's rookies self destruct - Manchester Evening News
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