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26th July 1998: St Helens 2 Wigan 36
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 21 2013 - 00:38

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Sunday 26th July 1998
St Helens 2 Wigan Warriors 36
Vetch Field, Swansea
JJB Sports Super League 3 - Round 14 of 23

Kick Off: 6:45pm

 

Wigan Team
1

. 

Kris Radlinski

 T2   
5

. 

Mark Bell

   
4

. 

Gary Connolly

 T   
3

. 

Danny Moore

   
2

. 

Jason Robinson    
6

. 

Henry Paul    
7

. 

Tony Smith  T2   
16

. 

Terry O'Connor    
9

. 

Robbie McCormack    
10

. 

Tony Mestrov    
11

. 

Denis Betts    
12

. 

Simon Haughton    
13

. 

Andy Farrell  T   G6 

Interchange:

14

. 

Mick Cassidy    
15

. 

Jon Clarke    
20

. 

Lee Gilmour    
25

. 

Paul Johnson    

St Helens 

1. Paul Atcheson, 14. Chris Smith, 21. Damien Smith, 4. Paul Newlove, 5. Anthony Sullivan, 3. Sean Long, 7. Bobbie Goulding, 8. Apollo Perelini, 9. Keiron Cunningham, 23. Brett Goldspink, 11. Chris Joynt, 13. Paul Sculthorpe, 20. Tommy Martyn.
Interchange: 6. Karle Hammond, 10. Ian Pickavance, 12. Paul Davidson, 25. Paul Anderson.

Tries: (None)
Goals: Bobbie Goulding 1

Report: 

Wigan were at their imperious best in front of a bumper crowd in Swansea to bring down Super League's Roadshow series in style. It was unfortunate that the biggest crowd of the six-match pioneering programme should witness the most one-sided game as St Helens proved no match for a Wigan side that simply oozed power and class.

An attendance of 8,572 at the Vetch Field took the number of Roadshow fans to 30,387 and ensured a success of the bold venture. While the turn-out, in driving rain, will have encouraged the hopes of the Swansea consortium vying with Cardiff and Gateshead for a Super League franchise, the Welsh public learned little new about the state of the game. Wigan, the dominant force of the late 1980s and early 90s, are back to their peerless best, able to combine brilliant attacking skills with magnificent defence to open up a two-point lead at the top. Saints were simply outclassed and a sixth straight defeat at the hands of the old enemy will only add to the pressure on coach Shaun McRae, who is due to have talks about his future at Knowsley Road on Tuesday.

Inevitably, captain Andy Farrell was at the heart of everything good from the Wigan side, organising and probing intelligently and place kicking with typical accuracy. His tally of 16 points took him through the 400 barrier in a record 36-match scoring run stretching back to last June. A double strike by another Great Britain ace, full-back Kris Radlinski, put Wigan in firm control by half-time. The 22-year-old full-back twice pounced onto slide-rule kicks on the greasy turf to grab tries that put his side 10-2 ahead after 21 minutes. Bobbie Goulding, returning to the St Helens side after injury, pulled two points back with an 11th-minute penalty.

But when former Saints centre Gary Connolly sidestepped past Karle Hammond for a third try after half an hour and Farrell kicked his third goal, Wigan were coasting at 18-2. The passions normally associated with the biggest derby in British rugby league were evident from the second minute when the usually cool Farrell took exception to a high challenge from Damien Smith and lashed out with a right hook. And Simon Haughton (Wigan) and Keiron Cunningham (St Helens) were sent to the sin-bin after a flare-up just before the break. Saints lost full-back Paul Atcheson at half-time and their play went from bad to worse as Wigan made light of the difficult handling conditions to run in three further tries. Farrell ran onto a pass from lively scrum-half Tony Smith to touch down and the former player then pounced twice in five minutes to take his Super League try tally for the season to nine and pile on the misery for their arch-rivals.

Half Time: 

St Helens 2 Wigan 18

Attendance: 

8,572

Referee: 

Stuart Cummings (Widnes)

Television: 

Live Coverage on Sky Sports 1

Super League 3 - Round 14 Results
Fri 10 July - Leeds Rhinos 34 Salford Reds 16 - 4,122 - (at Gateshead International Stadium)
Fri 17 July - Halifax Blue Sox 32 Sheffield Eagles 10 - 3,087 - (at Sixfields, Northampton)
Sat 18 July - Bradford Bulls 8 London Broncos 22 - 6,863 - (at Tynecastle, Edinburgh)
Fri 24 July - Hull Sharks 21 Huddersfield Giants 10 - 4,306 - (at Gateshead International Stadium)
Sat 25 July - Warrington Wolves 16 Castleford Tigers 23 - 4,431 - (at Cardiff Arms Park)
Sun 26 July - St Helens 2 Wigan Warriors 36 - 8,572 - (at Vetch Field, Swansea)

Top of the JJB Sports Super League 3 - After This Round
1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 14 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 26
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 14 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 24
3rd Place:l Halifax - Played - 14 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 22
4th Place:l Bradford - Played - 14 - Won - 8 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 6 - Points: - 16
5th Place:l St Helens - Played - 14 - Won - 7 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 7 - Points: - 14
6th Place:l London - Played - 14 - Won - 6 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 8 - Points: - 12
7th Place:l Sheffield - Played - 14 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 8 - Points: - 11

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