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21st April 2000: St Helens 38 Wigan 14
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 21 2013 - 20:33

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St Helens v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League V Round 6
Friday 14th April 2000. Kick Off 12:35pm at Knowsley Road

Match 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.

Team Sheets

- St Helens Position Wigan -
17 Paul Wellens Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
2 Chris Smith Winger Brett Dallas 2
3 Kevin Iro Centre Paul Johnson 15
15 Sean Hoppe Centre Steve Renouf 3
5 Anthony Sullivan Winger Jason Robinson 5
20 Tommy Martyn Stand Off Tony Smith 6
7 Sean Long Scrum Half Willie Peters 7
8 Apollo Perelini Prop Terry O'Connor 8
9 Keiron Cunningham Hooker Terry Newton 9
10 Julian O'Neill Prop Neil Cowie 10
26 John Stankevitch 2nd Row Mick Cassidy 11
14 Fereti Tuilagi 2nd Row Denis Betts 12
11 Chris Joynt L.Forward Andy Farrell 13
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12 Sonny Nickle Substitute Gary Connolly 4
18 Bryan Henare Substitute Lee Gilmour 14
24 Steve Hall Substitute Simon Haughton 16
30 Mike Bennett Substitute Tony Mestrov 17
- Ian Millward Coach Frank Endacott -

Score Sheet

St Helens 38 --- Wigan Warriors 14
Tries:
Julian O'Neill
Kevin Iro 3
Tommy Martyn 2
--- Tries:
Paul Johnson
Kris Radlinski
Goals:
Sean Long 7
--- Goals:
Andy Farrell 3

Half Time

St Helens 20 Wigan 8

Referee

Stuart Cummings (Widnes)

Match Attendance

13,037

Television

Live Coverage on Sky Sports 3

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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Top 5 Qualified for Play Offs

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
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