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23rd May 2003: Wigan 58 Halifax 12
Wigan Warriors v Halifax Tetley's Super League VIII Round 11
Friday 23rd May 2003. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Bilko
Ooh Ah Kevin Brown!

Young Kevin Brown came off the bench and scored a fabulous hatrick as Wigan romped to an easy 58-12 victory over a woeful Halifax side.

Good luck to Halifax for the rest of the season because they are going to need it on this display. It was an absolute stroll in the park for Wigan as they condemned their opponents to a tenth straight defeat.

Wigan came straight out of the blocks putting pressure on the visitors from the kick off but it was Halifax that scored first. Dane Dorahy slotted over a forty metre penalty after just 6 minutes and Andy Farrell had to opportunity to do the same for us three minutes later but he missed a fairly easily penalty.

Three minutes later again and Wigan scored the first try of the game. Down the left hand side Dave Hodgson was sent over by Mick Cassidy. Farrell failed to convert so the lead was only 4-2.

Soon after Kevin Brown came off the bench to send Terry Newton racing down the right wing. He had Brian Carney in support who went over for our second try in the nineteenth minute. Farrell finally found his kicking accuracy to convert and make the score 10-2.

Farrell then scored and converted a try himself increasing our lead to 16-2 on 23 minutes. The writing was on the wall for Halifax and things got worse when both Paul Davidson and Chris Birchall were sin binned in separate incidents on 26 and 35 minutes respectively.

Surprisingly during the 19 minute spell where they only had 12 men we only scored one try. In fact Halifax had their a rare opportunity themselves when Martin Moana was held up over the line. But the lack of numbers finally told when Paul Johnson scored right on half time. Farrell converted and his side went in at the half with a 22-2 lead.

The start of the second half was very quiet until 18 year old Kevin Brown intercepted a Johnny Lawless pass to score his first try for the club. He was absolutely overjoyed. He belly flopped as he scored and we sang to him from the back of the east stand "Browny give us a wave" and he did with a huge smile on his face.

Before that try Halifax had finally got back to having 13 men on the field but it didn't last long. On 54 minutes Paul Davidson was sent to the sin bin for a second time along with Terry Newton for fighting.

Now wboth sides had 12 men for ten minutes and the open spaces seemed to suit Wigan has they scored 4 tries during that time.

First Andy Farrell got his second of the game on 56 minutes, then Kevin Brown scored twice in quick succession to complete his hatrick. On both occasions he again was told to give us a wave and he duly obliged.

On 64 minutes it was Farrell's turn to complete a hatrick and Jamie Ainscough rounded off the Warriors scoring with a try on 68 minutes. Farrell converted all the second half tries for a total of 9 goals.

During the last ten minutes with the game all sown up Wigan switched off. No doubt coach Stuart Raper will not be impressed that Halifax scored two late consolation tries. We had an opportunity to keep them tryless but didn't take it. Chris Birchall and Jaymes Chapman both scored but really it was scant consolation for them.

After the match coach Stuart Raper said: "It was a good type of game to put Kevin (Brown) in and he showed what a classy player he is.

"But to isolate one individual for praise would be unfair to the rest. I thought everybody showed some great touches."

Halifax coach Tony Anderson summed the game up in one sentence saying: "We were never going to win the game - we weren't up to it and Wigan were a different class."

Team Sheets

Warriors

Halifax

No.
Player

Pos

No.
Player
22 Shaun Briscoe Full Back 5 Lee Finnerty
5 Brian Carney Wing 33 Andrew Frew
4 Paul Johnson Centre 20 Ryan Clayton
14 David Hodgson Centre 3 Stuart Donlan
3 Jamie Ainscough Wing 15 Lee Greenwood
28 Nick Graham Stand Off 20 Dane Dorahy
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half 7 Sean Penkywicz
16 Danny Sculthorpe Prop 8 Andy Hobson
9 Terry Newton Hooker 9 Johnny Lawless
21 Ricky Bibey Prop 16 Chris Birchall
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row 11 Heath Cruckshank
12 Danny Tickle 2nd Row 12 Andy Brocklehurst
13 Andy Farrell L.Forward 6 Martin Moana
17 Mark Smith Sub 4 Danny Halliwell
18 Martin Aspinwall Sub 10 Paul Davidson
23 Gareth Hock Sub 17 Anthony Seuseu
25 Kevin Brown Sub 18 Jaymes Chapman
Score Sheet
Wigan Warriors 58-12 Halifax

Tries:
David Hodgson (12)
Terry Newton (19)
Andy Farrell 3 (23, 56, 64)
Paul Johnson (40)
Kevin Brown 3 (49, 59, 61)
Jamie Ainscough (68)

Tries:
Chris Birchall (72)
Jaymes Chapman (79)

Goals:
Andy Farrell 9

Goals:
Dane Dorahy 1
Lee Finnerty 1
Bad Boys

Wigan:

Sin Binned Terry Newton - Fighting with Davidson (54th minute)

Halifax:

Sin Binned Paul Davidson - Dissent (26th minute)
Sin Binned Chris Birchall - Holding Down (35th minute)
Sin Binned Paul Davidson - Fighting with Newton (54th minute)
Match Info

Half Time: 22-2 Wigan
Match Attendance: 7,393
Referee: Russell Smith (Castleford)
Cherry and White.co.uk Star Man: Kevin Brown

Alternative Match Reports
Ten defeats on the trot for Fax - Halifax Scratchingshed.com
Wigan run out easy winners - BBC Online
Bottom placed Halifax battered at JJB - Sky Sports
Wigan send out warning to the rest - superleague.co.uk
Young Warriors feast on woeful Halifax - The Times
Wigan too good for battling Fax - Halifax Evening Courier
Farrell's 30 points ensure Wigan thump Halifax - rleague.com
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