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16th May 2003: Wigan 21 Warrington 20
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves Tetley's Super League VIII Round 10
Friday 16th May 2003. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith

Captain returns to win it

Andy Farrell marked his return from injury with a match winning drop goal a minute from time.

The Wigan and Great Britain captain, playing in just his second game of the season, looked to have salvaged a draw with his 56th minute penalty goal, but the never say die spirit of the Warriors saw them grab victory at the death.

Stuart Raper said: "It wasn't the greatest of victories but sometimes it goes for you and sometimes it doesn't. Tonight it was our turn but I thought Warrington were a little unlucky."

"It was a tough game and Warrington really took it too us. They played a very basic game and made it tough.”

A mistake from full back Shaun Briscoe gave Warrington the early advantage. He failed to collect a Lee Briers kick, which gave Sid Domic the chance to pounce on the loose ball to score.

Wigan's reply came on 23 minutes. Adrian Lam dropped his shoulder, found the gap and scampered over from the 20 metre line to score.

Farrell converted to level the scores, but the visitors took a 12-6 lead into half-time after poor defending from Jamie Ainscough. The tall Australian winger was shamefully beaten to a high Lee Briers kick by Rob Smyth. The former Wigan winger then palmed the ball to Brent Grosse to touchdown.

Then Briscoe bounced back from his early fumble and showed he is an able deputy for Kris Radlinski, who is out for 12 weeks for a wrist operation.

The 20-year-old scored two second half tries in quick succession to put the Warriors 18-12 up.

But Lee Briers, who had kicked superbly well all evening, splitting the Warriors defence many times, turned on the magic to level the scores. A neat run-around with Mike Wainwright saw him cut through and score. Briers converted his own try and then ten minutes later looked to seal victory with two well worked drop goals.

But idiotic ill-discipline from Warrington gave Farrell the opportunity to draw level with a penalty before he sent the Wigan faithful into raptures with his one-point winner.

Team Sheets

Warriors

Wolves

No.
Player

Pos

No.
Player
22 Shaun Briscoe Full Back 1 Lee Penny
5 Brian Carney Wing 2 Rob Smyth
18 Martin Aspinwall Centre 3 Brent Grose
14 David Hodgson Centre 12 Ian Sibbit
3 Jamie Ainscough Wing 5 Graham Appo
28 Nick Graham Stand Off 6 Lee Briers
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half 11 Darren Burns
8 Terry O'Connor Prop 8 Nick Fozzard
9 Terry Newton Hooker 9 Jon Clarke
16 Danny Sculthorpe Prop 10 Mark Hilton
4 Paul Johnson 2nd Row 13 Sid Domic
12 Danny Tickle 2nd Row 23 Mike Wainwright
13 Andy Farrell L.Forward 15 Jerome Guisset
11 Mick Cassidy Sub 14 Mark Gleeson
17 Mark Smith Sub 16 Paul Wood
21 Ricky Bibey Sub 17 Warren Stevens
23 Gareth Hock Sub 18 Paul Noone
Score Sheet
Wigan Warriors 21-20 Warrington Wolves

Tries:
Adrian Lam (25)
Shaun Briscoe 2 (48, 51)

Tries:
Sid Domic (18)
Brent Grose (34)
Lee Briers (56)

Goals:
Andy Farrell 4

Goals:
Lee Briers 3

Drop Goal:
Andy Farrell (80)

Drop Goals:
Lee Briers 2 (68, 73)
Match Info

Half Time: 6-12 Warrington
Match Attendance: 11,224
Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)
Cherry and White.co.uk Star Man: Andy Farrell

Alternative Match Reports
Wolves just miss out - Warrington rlfans.com
Farrell clinches Wigan win - BBC Online
Wigan win it at the death - Sky Sports
Faz celebrates return with winning drop goal - Press Association
Farrell drops it nicely - superleague.co.uk
Farrell boot saves Warriors - The Times
Faz ends injury nightmare in dramatic style - wiganrl.com
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