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3rd August 2003: Warrington 16 Wigan 18
Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors Tetley's Super 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.

And the 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 hopes.

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 by Farrell.

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 club.'

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 Burns.

Appo converted that and then his own try to take the home side to 14-6.

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.
Team Sheets



Pos No.
5 Graham Appo Full Back 14 David Hodgson
1 Lee Penny Wing 5 Brian Carney
3 Brent Grose Centre 18 Martin Aspinwall
12 Ian Sibbit Centre 4 Paul Johnson
4 Ben Westwood Wing 2 Brett Dallas
20 Dean Gaskell Stand Off 15 Sean O'Loughlin
7 Nathan Wood Scrum Half 7 Adrian Lam
10 Mark Hilton Prop 8 Terry O'Connor
9 Jon Clarke Hooker 9 Terry Newton
17 Warren Stevens Prop 10 Craig Smith
11 Darren Burns 2nd Row 12 Danny Tickle
16 Paul Wood 2nd Row 19 Stephen Wild
18 Paul Noone L.Forward 13 Andy Farrell
15 Jerome Guisset Sub 20 Luke Robinson
19 Gary Hulse Sub 23 Gareth Hock
23 Mike Wainwright Sub 25 Kevin Brown
26 Jamie Durbin Sub 30 Quentin Pongia
Score Sheet
Warrington Wolves 16-18 Wigan Warriors

Nathan Wood (50)
Graham Appo (58)

Gareth Hock (33)
Brett Dallas (66)
Craig Smith (74)

Graham Appo 4

Andy Farrell 3
Bad Boys


Sin Binned Nathan Wood - Fighting with C.Smith (78th Minute)


Sin Binned Craig Smith - Fighting with Wood (78th Minute)
Match Info

Half Time: 6-2 Wigan
Match Attendance: 8,705
Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)
Cherry and White Star Man: Luke Robinson

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