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5th July 1998: Wigan 38 St Helens 14
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 21 2013 - 00:30

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Sunday 5th July 1998
Wigan Warriors 38 St Helens 14
Central Park, Wigan
JJB Sports Super League 3 - Round 13 of 23

Kick Off: 6:35pm


Wigan Team


Kris Radlinski



Mark Bell



Gary Connolly



Danny Moore



Jason Robinson    


Henry Paul    


Tony Smith    


Neil Cowie    


Robbie McCormack    


Tony Mestrov    


Denis Betts    


Lee Gilmour    


Andy Farrell  T   G7 




Simon Haughton  T2   


Mick Cassidy    


Terry O'Connor  T   


Paul Johnson  T   

St Helens 

1. Paul Atcheson, 14. Chris Smith, 21. Damien Smith, 4. Paul Newlove, 5. Anthony Sullivan, 20. Tommy Martyn, 3. Sean Long, 23. Brett Goldspink, 9. Keiron Cunningham, 15. Julian O'Neill, 11. Chris Joynt, 13. Paul Sculthorpe, 6. Karle Hammond.
Interchange: 8. Apollo Perelini, 10. Ian Pickavance, 12. Paul Davidson, 24. Anthony Stewart (not used).

Tries: Paul Sculthorpe, Paul Newlove
Goals: Sean Long 3


Superb skipper Andy Farrell masterminded a wonderful Wigan performance that enabled the Super League leaders to open up a two-point gap. St Helens threw everything they had at their arch rivals but there was a touch of inevitability about their fifth successive derby triumph. And the bad news for Saints, who are in danger of slipping out of the top five, is that they must meet Wigan again in three weeks' time "on the road" in Swansea. Wigan boss John Monie is giving his players a week off before then and how they deserved it after a thoroughly impressive show, highlighted by another influential display by man of the match Farrell. Saints threatened to cause an upset when former Wigan utility back Sean Long kicked them into a 4-0 lead inside six minutes but Farrell remained cool and took a decisive hand to put his side firmly in control by half-time.

He took the sting out of Saints' early dominance by landing four penalties from as many attempts as the visitors lost their discipline. Saints could not apply the finishing touches to some clever approach work and Wigan showed them how it could be done when young Lee Gilmour made the initial breach and Henry Paul and Gary Connolly produced some neat handling skills to work the ball out to winger Mark Bell, who finished strongly for a 13th-minute try. And Farrell delivered a hammer blow to St Helens' morale in first-half injury time when he followed up own kick to the corner and beat Paul Atcheson to the touchdown. Saints were still reeling when the classy loose forward kicked to the corner where full-back Kris Radlinski palmed the ball back for substitute Paul Johnson to race through a scattered defence.

Wigan maintained the pressure and went further in front on 51 minutes when another substitute, prop forward Terry O'Connor, burst through some weak tackling for his first try of the season, although he appeared to lose control of the ball as he touched down. St Helens captain Chris Joynt obviously saw the knock-on but his protests only earned him a spell in sin bin. At 28-4, it threatened to become a rout but 12-man Saints hit back with tries from Paul Sculthorpe and Paul Newlove, although they were merely consolation efforts and Wigan still had plenty in reserve. A third scoring substitute, Simon Haughton, demonstrated his awesome power to cross for two tries in the last 13 minutes and Farrell took his goal tally to seven from 10 attempts.

Half Time: 

Wigan 16 St Helens 4




Russell Smith (Castleford)


Live Coverage on Sky Sports 1

Super League 3 - Round 13 Results
Fri 3 July - Leeds Rhinos 22 Bradford Bulls 33 - 16,824
Fri 3 July - Sheffield Eagles 22 Castleford Tigers 16 - 3,000
Sun 5 July - Huddersfield Giants 6 Halifax Blue Sox 48 - 5,091
Sun 5 July - London Broncos 38 Hull Sharks 6 - 4,000
Sun 5 July - Salford Reds 14 Warrington Wolves 25 - 4,538
Sun 5 July - Wigan Warriors 38 St Helens 14 - 12,461

Top of the JJB Sports Super League 3 - After This Round
1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 13 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 24
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 13 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 22
3rd Place:l Halifax - Played - 13 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 20
4th Place:l Bradford - Played - 13 - Won - 8 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 16
5th Place:l St Helens - Played - 13 - Won - 7 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 6 - Points: - 14
6th Place:l Sheffield - Played - 13 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 7 - Points: - 11
7th Place:l Warrington - Played - 13 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 7 - Points: - 11


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