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18th July 2003: London 12 Wigan 28
London Broncos v Wigan Warriors Tetley's Super League VIII Round 19
Friday 18th July. Kick Off 8:00pm at Griffin Park.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Bilko
First of all big thank you to Sky for sending us down to the capital on a Friday Night. The traffic was awful and it took us seven hours to get down there, meaning we didn't have time to pub crawl round the ground.

Anyway on to the match. London took first blood with a try from Paul Sykes. He raced in down the right wing beating both Dave Hodgson and Sean O'Loughlin in the process after just five minutes.

A penalty from Farrell made the score 4-2 then an Adrian Lam try gave Wigan the lead. He took Terry Newton's pass before dancing round a static Broncos defence.

Farrell converted and added another penalty but it was London who went in at the break with the lead.

Jim Dymock's long pass sent Billy Peden over the whitewash and that together with Chris Thorman's conversion had them leading 12-10 at half time.

The second half was all Wigan as they, and Adrian Lam in particular, stepped up a couple of gears and took control of then game with two tries in the ten minutes after half time.

Lam first set up Shaun Briscoe with a beautiful chip kick, which was well collected by the full back, then he set up Martin Aspinwall who took advantage of yet more poor defence from the Broncos. Farrell converted both to make the score 22-12 with half an hour to go.

London tried their level best to get back into the game but were denied by a number of spurned opportunities and excellent Warriors defence.

Wigan sealed the game in the 75th minute when our top try scorer David Hodgson just managed to touch down.

Five minutes earlier he had been denied when he failed to get downward pressure on an Andy Farrell kick but at the second attempt he just managed to ground the ball before his foot went into touch.

So the final score was 28-12. It was a good professional job and coach Stuart Raper was very happy with the win.

He said: "I thought our defence in the second half laid the foundations for the win.

"Adrian Lam was very sharp tonight, he and Andrew Farrell controlled the game with their kicking."

Broncos coach Tony Rea believe his side was a bit over eager in their approach.

He said: "Clearly we were bursting with desire. We were so keen we blew some good try-scoring opportunities.

"Emotionally we are back on track and if we could just have calmed down we would have been OK.

"It's exciting that we are creating the opportunities but it is frustrating not to see the efforts rewarded."

Team Sheets



Pos No.
3 Nigel Roy Full Back 22 Shaun Briscoe
25 Andrew King Wing 5 Brian Carney
4 Tony Martin Centre 18 Martin Aspinwall
21 Rob Jackson Centre 15 Sean O'Loughlin
1 Paul Sykes Wing 14 David Hodgson
6 Rob Purdham Stand Off 28 Nick Graham
23 Chris Thorman Scrum Half 7 Adrian Lam
14 Neil Budworth Prop 8 Terry O'Connor
24 Russell Bawden Hooker 9 Terry Newton
10 Richard Marshall Prop 10 Craig Smith
12 Steele Retchless 2nd Row 11 Mick Cassidy
9 Bill Peden 2nd Row 12 Danny Tickle
13 Jim Dymock L.Forward 13 Andy Farrell
7 Dennis Moran Sub 20 Luke Robinson
8 Francis Stephenson Sub 23 Gareth Hock
26 Damien Kennedy Sub 25 Kevin Brown
29 Tommy Gallagher Sub 30 Quentin Pongia
Score Sheet
London Broncos 12-28 Wigan Warriors

Paul Sykes (4)
Bill Peden (31)

Adrian Lam (19)
Shaun Briscoe (47)
Martin Aspinwall (50)
David Hodgson (75)

Chris Thorman 2

Andy Farrell 6

Match Info

Half Time: 12-10 London
Match Attendance: 3,984
Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)
Cherry and White Star Man: Adrian Lam

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