1. Greg Barwick, 2. Darren Willis, 3. Graeme Bradley, 4. Brad Izzard, 5.
Graham Mackay, 6. Steve Carter, 7. Greg Alexander,
8. Brandon Lee, 9. Royce Simmons, 10. Paul Dunn, 11. Paul Clarke, 12. John
Cartwright, 13. Colin Van der Voort. Subs: Ben Alexander, Grant Izzard, Tony
Xuereb, Paul Smith.
Tries: Darren Willis
Wigan won the World Club Challenge for the second time
against a Penrith side that "had seemed at pains to get their excuses in
first" before the game but still competed well. Penrith certainly
wouldn't have been impressed with French referee Alain Sablayrolles who
penalised them nine times in the first 15 minutes, allowing Frano Botica to
dispatch four penalty goals for an 8-0 lead after just 12 minutes. Penrith
did recover to claim the games first try from Darren Willis in the 18th
Minute but a 27th Minute try from Sam Panapa put Wigan 14-4 up by half time.
No further scoring occurred until the 70th Minute when Botica kicked a fifth
penalty for 16-4 and the night was topped off for Wigan with a try from
David Myers three minutes from time and a late drop goal from Joe Lydon. One
newspaper did suggest the final score "rather flattered" Wigan and that "the
fixture once again had been amply justified".
Wigan 14 Penrith 4
Alain Sablayrolles (France)
Frano Botica (Wigan)
Delayed Highlights on BBC 1 during Sportsnight - Ray French &
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