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30th May 2003: Wigan 20 Leeds 30
Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos Tetley's Super League VIII Round 12
Friday 30th May 2003. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
Rhinos Late Charge tramples Wigan

Ex-Wigan star Gary Connolly spoiled the party in a triumphant return to the JJB stadium on Andy Farrell's 28th birthday.

The former Wigan hero scored the try that sealed the scintilating match in Leeds favour.

Wigan marched into an early 14-0 lead with two tries from stand-in full-back Shaun Briscoe, but the Rhinos clawed themselves back to within two points at the interval with tries from Cummins and then Calderwood.

Calderwood's effort confirmed him as one ofthe game's current entertainers and will undoubtedly be on the shortlist for try of the season. After taking a Connolly pass on his own 20m line he swept past half the Wigan team on his way to the try line.

Wigan were disrupted by the departure of Danny Sculthorpe (shoulder) and Terry Newton (dizziness) but it was the loss of the quiet little general, Adrian Lam, that did the real damage.

His kick set up the first try of the second half. Martin Aspinwall eventually getting the touch-down after an in-goal scramble. But then came the Leeds fight back, and withhout Lam Wigan had no response.

McGuire darted over from close range then Burrow grabbed one on the hour to put the visitors ahead for the first time before Connolly's try clinged it.

Both teams ended the game with 12 men - Terry Newton and Ryan Bailey were both sin-binned after a flare-up.

A disappointed Stuart Raper is contemplating changes.

He said: "A lot of individuals under-performed and I'll be looking closely at making some positional changes."

"I'm pretty disappointed. I thought we had the opportunity to win the game but a lot of players let their mates down."

"If you give Leeds a sniff they take it and I thought we made two bad defensive decisions."

"I thought we looked flat and didn't want to do that little bit extra."

The addition of Sculthorpe, Lam and Dallas to the injury list will not lighten his mood.

In contrast Leeds coach Daryl Powell was glad to get back to winning ways after last week’s heavy defeat by Bradford.

He said: “We had a bit of a lesson last week and I'm really pleased with the response from the players after that result."

"We were beaten convincingly in the forwards last week but they really stood up today and set the platform to win this game. They were all magnificent."

He was also delighted for Mark Calderwood, who he said was turning into one of the competitions best wingers.

Team Sheets

Warriors

Rhinos

No.
Player

Pos

No.
Player
22 Shaun Briscoe Full Back 18 Gary Connolly
2 Brett Dallas Wing 2 Mark Calderwood
4 Paul Johnson Centre 3 Chris McKenna
14 David Hodgson Centre 4 Keith Senior
3 Jamie Ainscough Wing 1 Francis Cummins
15 Sean O'Loughlin Stand Off 14 Andrew Dunemann
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half 6 Danny McGuire
8 Terry O'Connor Prop 17 Wayne McDonald
9 Terry Newton Hooker 9 Matthew Diskin
16 Danny Sculthorpe Prop 10 Barrie McDermott
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row 11 David Furner
13 Andy Farrell 2nd Row 5 Chev Walker
28 Nick Graham L.Forward 13 Kevin Sinfield
12 Danny Tickle Sub 7 Rob Burrow
17 Mark Smith Sub 15 Chris Feather
18 Martin Aspinwall Sub 16 Willie Poching
21 Ricky Bibey Sub 19 Ryan Bailey
Score Sheet
Wigan Warriors 20-30 Leeds Rhinos

Tries:
Shaun Briscoe 2 (13, 18)
Martin Aspinwall (45)

Tries:
Francis Cummins (27)
Mark Calderwood (39)
Danny McGuire (51)
Rob Burrow (63)
Gary Connolly (66)

Goals:
Andy Farrell 4

Goals:
Kevin Sinfield 5
Bad Boys

Wigan:

Sin Binned Terry Newton - Fighting with Bailey (74th minute)

Leeds:

Sin Binned Ryan Bailey - Fighting with Newton (74th minute)
Match Info

Half Time: 14-12 Wigan
Match Attendance: 11,393
Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham)
Cherry and White.co.uk Star Man: Shaun Briscoe

Alternative Match Reports
Leeds become the comeback kings! - Leeds Southstander.com
Leeds return to the top - BBC Online
Connolly comes back to haunt Wigan - Sky Sports
Leeds storm back to top of the table - Press Association
Leeds bounce back from Bradford loss - superleague.co.uk
Memorable return for Connolly caps Leeds fightback - The Independent
Connolly crowns return for resurgent Leeds - Daily Telegraph
Connolly shows Wigan just what they are missing - The Times
Leeds bounce back defeating Wigan - rleague.com
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