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21st April 2000: St Helens 38 Wigan 14
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 21 2013 - 21:33

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Good Friday 21st April 2000
St Helens 38 Wigan Warriors 14
Knowsley Road, St Helens
Tetley's Super League 5 - Round 6 of 28

Kick Off: 12:35pm

 

Wigan Team
1

. 

Kris Radlinski

 T   
2

. 

Brett Dallas

   
15

. 

Paul Johnson

 T   
3

. 

Steve Renouf

   
5

. 

Jason Robinson    
6

. 

Tony Smith    
7

. 

Willie Peters    
8

. 

Terry O'Connor    
9

. 

Terry Newton    
10

. 

Neil Cowie    
11

. 

Mick Cassidy    
12

. 

Denis Betts    
13

. 

Andy Farrell    G3 

Interchange:

4

. 

Gary Connolly    
14

. 

Lee Gilmour    
16

. 

Simon Haughton    
17

. 

Tony Mestrov    

St Helens 

17. Paul Wellens, 2. Chris Smith, 3. Kevin Iro, 15. Sean Hoppe, 5. Anthoyn Sullivan, 20. Tommy Martyn, 7. Sean Long, 8. Apollo Perelini, 9. Keiron Cunningham, 10. Julian O'Neill, 26. John Stankevitch, 14. Fereti Tuilagi, 11. Chris Joynt.
Interchange: 12. Sonny Nickle, 18. Bryan Henare, 24. Steve Hall, 30. Mike Bennett.

Tries: Julian O'Neill, Kevin Iro 3, Tommy Martyn 2
Goals: Sean Long 7

Report: 

In-form St Helens maintained their unbeaten record under Ian Millward to end the 100% Super League record of big rivals Wigan and pile on the misery for Warriors coach Frank Endacott.

Just two hours after watching his New Zealand side crash to a record 52-0 hammering in the Anzac Test in Sydney, Endacott received news of his club's first League defeat in a high-quality derby at Knowsley Road.

Saints, who have not looked back since showing the door to Ellery Hanley a month ago, came up with only their second win in 10 derby fixtures to leapfrog their neighbours into second in the table.

Ironically for Endacott, his club's destroyer-in-chief was former Kiwi Test player Kevin Iro, who scored his second hat-trick of the season as Saints finished with a flurry of 16 points in the last 11 minutes.

Yet Wigan had made the best possible start, with skipper Andy Farrell shaking off a poor attempted tackle from Julian O'Neill to set up a sixth-minute try for centre Paul Johnson.

Farrell added the conversion and Wigan put the Saints defence under enormous pressure but the home side turned the game on its head with three tries in 19 minutes.

There was a touch of good fortune about the first, with O'Neill profiting from a ricochet off defender Mick Cassidy, but class was stamped all over their other first-half touchdowns.

Hugely-impressive full-back Paul Wellens handled superbly to get Iro over after 16 minutes and then stand-off Tommy Martyn combined in trademark fashion with half-back partner Sean Long to race.

Saints enjoyed a 12-point cushion at the break and they could have been even further ahead but for a moment of controversy when Iro had what looked to be a perfectly-good try disallowed by a busy video referee.

Smart handling by Martyn, Long and 20-year-old Wellens appeared to get Iro over his second score of the half but referee Stuart Cummins referred the matter to the fourth official, who ruled that Saints initially had illegally gained possession from a ball-steal in their own half.

It looked like a potential turning point when Wigan substitute Simon Haughton got into his powerful stride to send full-back Kris Radlinski over for a 54th-minute try, to which Farrell added his third goal to make it 20-14.

But Long created a cushion with a 67th-minute penalty - his 100th point of the season - and Saints cut loose with three late tries.

Iro reached out of Tony Smith's tackle for his second and then raced in for his hat-trick before Martyn grabbed his second following a stunning solo run.

Half Time:  St Helens 20 Wigan 8
Attendance: 

13,037

Referee: 

Stuart Cummings (Widnes)

Super League 5 - Round 6 Results
Thu 20 Apr - Wakefield Wildcats 12 Castleford Tigers 22 - 6,138
Fri 21 Apr - Bradford Bulls 32 London Broncos 12 - 13,239
Fri 21 Apr - Halifax Blue Sox 20 Warrington Wolves 30 - 6,123
Fri 21 Apr - Hull FC 26 Salford City Reds 22 - 5,862
Fri 21 Apr - Leeds Rhinos 20 Huddersfield-Sheffield 10 - 10,725
Fri 21 Apr - St Helens 38 Wigan Warriors 14 - 13,037

Tetley's Super League 5 Table - After This Round
1st:l Bradford - Played - 6 - Won - 6 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 0 - Points: - 12
2nd:l

Wigan

- Played - 6 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 10
3rd:l St Helens - Played - 6 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 10
4th:l Castleford - Played - 6 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 8
5th:l Hull FC - Played - 6 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 6

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6th:l Warrington - Played - 6 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 6
7th:l Halifax - Played - 6 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 6
8th:l Wakefield - Played - 6 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 4
9th:l Salford - Played - 6 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 4
10th:l Leeds - Played - 6 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 2
11th:l London - Played - 6 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 2
12th:l Hudds-Sheff - Played - 6 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 2

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