Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors
League VII Round 21 Sunday 3rd August 2003 Kick Off 3:00pm at Wilderspool
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
A converted try five minutes from time gave caretaker
coach Mike Gregory his first win in charge of his home town team.
victory was even more poignant as it was over his former club Warrington in
probably the last local derby at Wilderspool.
Wigan showed great
spirit and determination, if not always skill and composure, to battle back from
behind and deal a mighty blow to Paul Cullen's side's play off
Warrington held a 14-6 advantage with just 13 minutes to go before
Wigan snatched victory with tries from Brett Dallas and Craig Smith, converted
Gregory was not entirely satisfied with the win and admitted
there was a lot of work to do.
He said: 'Our completion rate wasn't the
best and we knew Warrington would give us trouble. But we made a lot of unforced
errors although those can be sorted out.
I'll enjoy this success and it
was an emotional occasion in my first match especially at my old
Warrington started the brighter, defying the sweltering heat, and
looked certain to take an early score through an Ian Sibbit long range run but
was denied by a superb Brian Carney tackle.
Despite dominating play
throughout the first half the Wolves went in trailing 2-6 and with only a Graham
Appo penalty to show for their effort. Wigan's score came from Gareth Hock after
a Terry Newton pass.
But the lead changed hands 12 minutes into the
second half when Nathan Wood touched down after David Hodgson, playing at full
back in the absence of Briscoe and Radlinski, fumbled a kick from Darren
Appo converted that and then his own try to take the home side to
Brett Dallas narrowed the gap with a try in the corner, converted
by Farrell. And the captain held his nerve again when he converted Smith's try
to win the match.
Tries: Nathan Wood
(50) Graham Appo (58)
Tries: Gareth Hock (33) Brett
Dallas (66) Craig Smith (74)
Goals: Graham Appo
Goals: Andy Farrell
Nathan Wood - Fighting with C.Smith (78th
Craig Smith - Fighting with Wood (78th
Half Time: 6-2 Wigan Match Attendance:
8,705 Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury) Cherry and White Star Man:
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