Wigan Warriors v Widnes Vikings Tetley's Super League VIII Round
20 Saturday 26th
July 2003. Kick Off 6:00pm at JJB Stadium.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
Vikings get first ever win at JJB
Stuart Raper said that Craig Smith was the only Wigan player who could be
proud of his performance after Widnes picked up their first ever victory at the
It was a damning indictement of the rest of his team given
the tough Kiwi prop staggered off the field in the first half after taking a
heavy blow to the head, which left him dazed but able to return in the second
Widnes surged into a 10-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes with
tries from Deon Bird and Andy Hay and added two further tries before half-time
through Shane Millard and Dan Potter.
More impressive than the Vikings
attack, spearheaded by former Wiganner Jules O'Neill, was their heroic defence,
which frustrated the Wigan team.
But it could all have been so very
different if Adrian Lam's second minute try had not been disallowed. The video
referee ruled it out for ball stealing in a two-man tackle. And the replay
confirmed Nick Graham did touch Daniel Frame just as Lam pinched the
The Cherry and White army were given hope when David Hodgson, a
vulnerable looking last minute replacement for Shaun Briscoe, scored within 90
seconds of the restart. But the Warriors had left themselves too much to do in
the second half.
Scores from Luke Robinson and Kevin Brown in the last
five minutes made the score look more respectable but the result was never in
doubt and the better team won.
Raper, who last week announced he would be
returning to Australia at the end of the season, looked disappointed and
frustrated and admitted he had given the team a piece of his mind at
He said: 'We gave ourselves an enormous task after a very poor
first half. Our defence was soft and Widnes just played a good, strong game and
capitalised on that.' 'We will have some soul-searching and also some physical
stuff to do this week to get us right.'
Tries: David Hodgson
(42) Luke Robinson (76) Kevin Brown (80)
Tries: Deon Bird (5) Andy Hay
(10) Shane Millard (27) Dan Potter (34)
Goals: Andy Farrell
Goals: Julian O'Neill (26)
Half Time: 0-22 Widnes Match Attendance:
8,600 Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham) Cherry and White.co.uk Star Man: Craig
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