|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
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
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