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Match Report: Wigan 18 Harlequins 30
Posted by Bilko on April 17 2006 - 14:35

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Easter Monday 17th April 2006
Wigan Warriors 18 Harlequins 30
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 11 - Round 10 of 28
Kick Off 12:30pm

- Wigan       - Harlequins    
7 Dennis Moran  T      1 Mark McLinden    
29 Chris Ashton       22 Rikki Sheriffe  T   
25 Sean Gleeson       18 Matt Gafa  T   G 
3 Pat Richards       4 Tyrone Smith  T   
5 Brett Dallas       5 Nick Bradley-Qalilawa    
14 Kevin Brown  T      6 Luke Dorn  T2   
6 Danny Orr       7 Thomas Leuluai    
16 Bryn Hargreaves       15 David Mills  T   
9 Mick Higham       23 Chris Randall    
32 Oliver Wilkes       10 Daniel Heckenberg    
15 Danny Tickle    G1    13 Rob Purdham    G2 
31 Tim Jonkers       12 Lee Hopkins    
13 Sean O'Loughlin  T      16 Joe Mbu    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       9 Neil Budworth    
18 Wayne Godwin       14 Danny Williams    
33 Eamon O'Carroll       17 Mark Tookey    
34 Jordan James  T      25 Zebastian Luisi    


Well having watched that I now believe that relegation might be the best thing for this club. We are so dead we need to clear out and start again.

To do anything in sport you have to have belief and once Harlequins scored in the 3rd minute, heads dropped completely.

Honestly I think Brian Noble would be a lunatic to come here. We looked beyond help today. But I dread to think what will happens if he doesn't take the job. Who else is there who'd want to come?

18-30 is so flattering. Harlequins had several near tries disallowed for being in touch, offside etc. Correct calls but they were taking the p*ss out of us in the end I thought.

Today the tackling was woeful. It was embarrassing. Too much shirt grabbing!

Credit to some of the lads for showing fight in the second half, we'll need that in the coming weeks but all season we have been a 40 minute team and again it proved true today. We will not stay up playing one half per game.

Huddersfield and Hull away next, it doesn't get any easier. But regardless of what happens in those two, it's going to be the two back to back matches early next month against Castleford (home) and Wakefield (away - again) which will either condemn us or give us hope.

The massacre began as early as the third minute when Chris Ashton allowed Thomas Leuluai's kick to bounce. This left Ashton flat footed and Luke Dorn cruised under the sticks for 4-0 which became six with a conversion from Matt Gafa.

Harlequins looked confident and scored a second in the 8th minute. Hooker Chad Randall sent a good pass out wide which allowed Gafa to squeeze over in the corner. Rob Purdham missed the conversion, 10-0.

It was soon 16-0 as Dorn scored his second. He ran from 40 metres out and beat full back Dennis Moran to score, Purdham converted.

Wigan got a glimmer of hope when Moran scored in the 18th minute but I was just sat there thinking we are not going to win because our defence was so bad.

The glimmer soon flicked out. Rikki Sheriffe scored in the corner for Quins to make it 20-4. It could have been worse as Dorn looked to be heading for a hat-trick as he intercepted a terrible pass from Wigan but was pulled back for offside

In the 34th Minute Wigan scored again through Jordan James but we needed to keep them out before half time to give ourselves a chance.

We couldn't do it. Ex Widnes prop David Mills went over and Purdham's conversion left us trailing 26-8 at the break. Boos rang round the JJB.

Within two minutes of the restart Quins scored again through Tyrone Smith. Conversion was missed but 30-8 = Game Over.

Wigan never gave up they fought and fought but they had no conviction to finish off good possession. Once they had 7 sets in a row but failed to score.

We did score twice through Sean O'Loughlin and Kevin Brown, both good individual runs, but it was too little too late.

3rd Minute Wigan 00 Harlequins 04 Try: Luke Dorn
- Wigan 00 Harlequins 06 Conversion: Matt Gafa (1/1)
8th Minute Wigan 00 Harlequins 10 Try: Matt Gafa
- Wigan 00 Harlequins 10 R.Purdham Missed Conversion (0/1)
14th Minute Wigan 00 Harlequins 14 Try: Luke Dorn
- Wigan 00 Harlequins 16 Conversion: Rob Purdham (1/2)
18th Minute Wigan 04 Harlequins 16 Try: Dennis Moran
- Wigan 04 Harlequins 16 D.Tickle Missed Conversion (0/1)
23rd Minute Wigan 04 Harlequins 20 Try: Rikki Sheriffe
- Wigan 04 Harlequins 20 R.Purdham Missed Conversion (1/3)
34th Minute Wigan 08 Harlequins 20 Try: Jordan James
- Wigan 08 Harlequins 20 D.Tickle Missed Conversion (0/2)
37th Minute Wigan 08 Harlequins 24 Try: David Mills
- Wigan 08 Harlequins 26 Conversion: Rob Purdham (2/4)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 08 Harlequins 26
42nd Minute Wigan 08 Harlequins 30 Try: Tyrone Smith
- Wigan 08 Harlequins 30 R.Purdham Missed Conversion (2/5)
56th Minute Wigan 12 Harlequins 30 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Wigan 14 Harlequins 30 Conversion: Danny Tickle (1/3)
74th Minute Wigan 14 Harlequins 30 R.Purdham Missed Penalty Goal (2/6)
80th Minute Wigan 18 Harlequins 30 Try: Kevin Brown
- Wigan 18 Harlequins 30 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 18 Harlequins 30

Phil Bentham (Warrington)



Super League 11 - Round 10 Results
Mon 17 Apr Wigan Warriors 18 Harlequins 30 12,239
Mon 17 Apr Salford City Reds 18 Leeds Rhinos 24 7,609
Mon 17 Apr Hull FC 36 Wakefield Wildcats 24 9,898
Mon 17 Apr Castleford Tigers 6 Warrington Wolves 64 5,681
Mon 17 Apr Catalan Dragons 20 St Helens 34 8,294
Tue 18 Apr Bradford Bulls 52 Huddersfield Giants 18 10,932

Engage Super League 11 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 10 10 0 0 315 106 +209 20
2 Leeds Rhinos 10 8 0 2 328 141 +187 16
3 Bradford Bulls 10 7 1 2 280 174 +106 15
4 Salford City Reds 10 7 0 3 236 150 +86 14
5 Warrington Wolves 10 5 0 5 246 199 +47 10
6 Hull FC 10 5 0 5 240 248 -8 10
7 Huddersfield Giants 10 4 0 6 246 260 -14 8
8 Harlequins 10 3 1 6 156 296 -140 7
9 Wakefield Wildcats 10 3 0 7 219 258 -39 6
10 Les Catalans Dragons 10 3 0 7 214 403 -189 6
11 Castleford Tigers 10 3 0 7 214 403 -189 6
12 Wigan Warriors 10 1 0 9 176 324 -148 2

kiwi93 on April 17 2006 - 15:48
Maurice, It is now time for you to GO! This dross that we watched today can no longer be tolerated. The players body language looked as if they didn't want to be there at all. There is No leader/leadership present out on the pitch what so ever. Why are these manager's that YOU bring in, going so quickly without even questions being asked of your suitability and lack of leadership. Well you brought them here, so why aren't you now saying it's time for me to go"? No more dross! Clear out these players that don't play with there heart on there sleeves and get us back to the good old central park days. Bring us more of Feka. At least he wants to show us he wants to fight for our club.
mattypp on April 17 2006 - 17:39
ok we can blame Maurice for some of this cos he picked the players but he has been a great servent to wigan for alot of years. Lets start making a stand and just sacking some players instead of the coaches. Today was pathetic but how we going to encourage them if we boo them at the end. We need to get behind them. Considering we have no coach to speak of and the ref obviously on the quins team sheet was it really that bad enough to boo them? Alot needs to be done thatys obvious but its support they need not putting down and the people who leave the game early everytime its not going our way should stay away as far as im concerned. You should be behind the team all the way and through good and bad.
Fawdoffshed on April 18 2006 - 15:39
The majority of the players on the pitch for Wigan yesterday were a disgrace to professional rugby league. Why Tickle kept giving the ball to Dallas to move forward is quite beyond me. Why were attempts to off-load the ball done after only one tackle so near to our own goal-line? The effort put in by many was abysmal and in my eyes only Dallas and Orr deserved any credit. Tickle to me just gives the impression he doesn't want to be there...and that goes for many who had the temerity to pull on a cherry and white jersey. They were a disgrace and didn't deserve the quite splendid attendance yesterday, given that Harlequins RL wouldn't have brought up more than a few hundred. Although I didn't boo myself, I fully understood a large section of the crowd doing this to a once proud team that is now reduced to looking like a rank bad schoolboy outfit. My message to them? If you don't want to play and earn a very good salary, then go and don't come back. If you do want to play, then pull your socks up and start giving the Wigan crowd the success they deserve and stop biting the hand that feeds you.
superdyke on April 19 2006 - 14:35
call urselfs wiganers. let me tell a little about true wiganers no matter what comes around we stick together. all of you who boo our lads on saturday should be ashamed to call urselfs wiganers. we won the second half didnt we the lads tried at least to do that so come on all you true wiganers stand up and be counted and give the lads what they need a big cheer to help them cause beleave me booing dose not help. COME ON LADS //-_-\\
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