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.
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.
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
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
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."
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
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
Tries: Shaun Briscoe 2 (13,
18) Martin Aspinwall (45)
Tries: Francis Cummins (27) Mark
Calderwood (39) Danny McGuire (51) Rob Burrow (63) Gary Connolly
Goals: Andy Farrell
Goals: Kevin Sinfield
Terry Newton - Fighting with Bailey (74th
Ryan Bailey - Fighting with Newton (74th
Half Time: 14-12 Wigan Match Attendance:
11,393 Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham) Cherry and White.co.uk Star Man: Shaun
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