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1st April 2002: St Helens 19 Wigan 0
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 21 2013 - 21:21

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Easter Monday 1st April 2002
St Helens 19 Wigan Warriors 0
Knowsley Road, St Helens
Tetley's Super League 7 - Round 5 of 28

Kick Off: 8:05pm

 

- Wigan       - St Helens      
4 Gary Connolly       1 Paul Wellens      
2 Brett Dallas       19 Anthony Stewart  T     
3 Jamie Ainscough       3 Martin Gleeson      
15 Paul Johnson       4 Paul Newlove      
5 Brian Carney       5 Darren Albert      
6 Julian O'Neill       20 Tommy Martyn  T     DG 
7 Adrian Lam       7 Sean Long    G3   
8 Terry O'Connor       8 Darren Britt      
9 Terry Newton       9 Keiron Cunningham      
10 Craig Smith       12 Peter Shiels  T     
11 Mick Cassidy       11 Chris Joynt      
12 Dave Furner       15 Tim Jonkers      
13 Andy Farrell       13 Paul Sculthorpe      
Interchange:
14 David Hodgson       2 Sean Hoppe      
16 Simon Haughton       10 Barry Ward      
17 Harvey Howard       14 John Stankevitch     
18 Mark Smith       17 Mick Higham      

Report: 

Wigan nilled by Saints

Wigan were taught a lesson in taking chances in a classic easter encounter between the old enemies.

In a tryless first half Wigan had a number of opportunities to score but were kept out by a combination of their own mistakes and superb Saints defence.

Martyn's skill proved the difference between the two sides but the game will be best remembered for a fantastic tackle from Keiron Cunningham to deny Mark Smith a try.

A full house of 15, 100 packed into Knowsley Road and saw a thrilling, but for Warriors' fans ultimately disappointing, game.

Just a Sean Long penalty seperated the teams at the break the half did not lack attacking flair. Both sides had opportunities to score.

Wigan ought have got a try in the first five minutes. Julian O'Neill broke clear down the right but instead of passing outside to unmarked centre Paul Johnson he ran the ball himself on the inside and lost posession.

The video referee spared Gary Connolly's blushes on fifteen minutes. His failure to palm the ball over the dead ball line nearly allowed Sculthorpe to score.

The Warriors had periods of sustained pressure on the Saints line but just could not penetrate the magnificent defence.

O'Neill again bust the line but again lost the ball in a try scoring position.

O'Neill was forced to leave the field early in the second half with a foot injury and joined Paul Johnson in the treatment room who had hobbled off in the first half.

When Keiron Cunningham denied Mark Smith a try the match turned in St. Helens favour. David Hodgson got clear down the right, drew in full back Wellens and passed inside to Mark Smith. The nippy hooker looked certain to score in the corner but amazingly his counter part Cunnigham not only caught him but turned him over, used his legs to stop him touching down and then took him into touch.

Millward described Cunninghams tackle as "The greatest tackle I have seen in my coaching career."

Seizing on Wigan's disappointment Tommy Martyn then gave a master class in half back play.

He put a chip behind the Wigan line, collected it and then whilst looking the other way passed to Peter Shiels to score under the post. Long converted.

Two minutes later Martyn scored himself, swooping on a Long grubber kick missed by Connolly. Long again converted and a minute later Martyn audaciously dropped a goal to take the score to 15-0.

By this time the Warriors had run out of ideas.

Stewart added insult to injury with a last minute touch down, brushing off Brian Carney in the process.

Raper said afterwards, " I am disappointed not disheartened. It was a game of missed chances for us."

Half Time:  St Helens 2 Wigan 0
Referee: 

Stuart Cummings (Widnes)

Attendance: 

15,100 (Sold Out)

Super League 7 - Round 5 Results
Mon 1st April - Halifax Blue Sox 12 Salford City Reds 15 - 3,808
Mon 1st April - Hull FC 30 London Broncos 26 - 7,281
Mon 1st April - St Helens 19 Wigan Warriors 0 - 15,100
Mon 1st April - Wakefield Wildcats 12 Bradford Bulls 44 - 6,647
Mon 1st April - Warrington Wolves 14 Widnes Vikings 20 - 9,105
Tue 2nd April - Castleford Tigers 16 Leeds Rhinos 36 - 10,017

Tetley's Super League 7 Table - After This Round
1st:l Bradford - Played - 5 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 0 - Points: - 10
2nd:l Leeds - Played - 5 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 8
3rd:l St Helens - Played - 5 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 8
4th:l Widnes - Played - 5 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 6
5th:l

Wigan

- Played - 5 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 6
6th:l Hull FC - Played - 5 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 6

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

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