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30th July 2002: Wigan 22 St Helens 8
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 21 2013 - 21:26

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Wigan Warriors v St Helens - Tetley's Super League VII Round 18.
Tuesday 30th July 2002. Kick Off 8:05pm at JJB Stadium.
Fixture was previously postponed on July 12th due to Australia v GB Test Match.

CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith

Wigan cast aside their injury worries to end their arch rivals' 10-match winning run and rekindle their own hopes of a top-two finish in Super League.

Defences were on top throughout a try-less first half but the Warriors overcame the absence of five internationals to secure a precious victory with three tries in a devastating 14-minute spell early in the second period.

What can you say, a fantastic performance by Wigan. Saints though were pathetic to say the least. They made over twenty handling errors and completed just three sets of six. That is awful.

The first half was a real defensive battle which was penalty-ridden. Wigan had an early opportunity to take the lead from Julian O'Neill boot but he missed the kick wide from 20 yards out.

In the 25 Minute however, O'Neill had a second opportunity to give us the lead and he did so.

On 29 Minutes, referee, Russell Smith sent Peter Shiels to the sin bin for persistent interference at the play-the-ball. Wigan failed to capitalise on this and just as the half time siren had sounded, referee Russell Smith awarded Saints a penalty after a professional foul awarded against second rower Mick Cassidy. He was also sent to the sin bin and Sculthorpe kicked the goal from 40 yards to tie the scores level at Half Time, 2-2.

Now having failed to make the most of their numerical advantage in the first half, Wigan managed to score the game's first try whilst down to 12 men.

The breakthrough came courtesy of some neat inter-play on the last tackle between centre David Hodgson and his winger, Jamie Ainscough, who raced down the left wing onto his partner's kick and timed his dive to perfection to claim the precious touchdown in the corner. O'Neill landed the touchline conversion to make it 8-2 after 45 minutes.

Six minutes later, Adrian Lam put Wigan in an attacking position with a successful 40-20 kick and he showed superb pace to beat the Saints defence and get the Warriors second try. O'Neill again added the extras and 8-2 became 14-2 on 51 minutes.

On 58 minutes, Saints' Paul Newlove was found guilty of interference at the play the ball and O'Neill kicked the penalty to extend our led to 16-2.

Moments later, Wigan went over for there third and final try of the night.

O'Neill set up David Furner with a neat reverse pass, to allow him to score his third try in two matches. O'Neill converted and the 22-2 scoreline left the visitors shell-shocked.

Saints did manage a consolation try on 69 minutes through substitute Tommy Martyn who intercepted O'Neill's pass deep inside his own half, holding off the cover to score. Sculthorpe added the goal but it was too little, too late for St Helens. Any chance of a comeback was bombed when Chris Joynt comically knocked on from the re-start following that try.

After the game coach Stuart Raper hailed his side's 22-8 victory over St Helens as one of the finest of his career.

"It's got to be up there with the best, with everything that's been going on," said Raper.

"We've had so much disruption, with guys out and others doubtful until the last minute.

"They dug deep and I'm really proud of them. All the kids showed up as well as the experienced guys.

"It probably wasn't a spectacle but the physical contest was terrific. I thought we had the right game plan. It was always going to be a game of field position."

Raper paid tribute to Australian threequarter Jamie Ainscough, who raced onto a kick from centre partner David Hodgson and timed his dive to perfection on the greasy surface to score the game's opening try.

"I don't think many other players could have scored that try," he said. "He's a bit of an enigma. A few people have had the daggers out for him but he's winning them over. He was outstanding tonight."

St Helens coach Ian Millward was left to rue a series of handling errors from his players, who were unable to cope with the slippery ball.

"They held the ball and we didn't," he said. "I've no problems with the result. We got what we deserved.

"But we'll be back here again and we'll try to get it right next time. I am sure we are not going to dig any graves tonight.

"We've had a good run but we find a loss very challenging. We learn a lot from it."

Team Sheets

Wigan - St Helens
No.
Player
Pos No.
Player
4 Gary Connolly Full Back 1 Paul Wellens
27 Shaun Briscoe Wing 19 Anthony Stewart
20 Martin Aspinwall Centre 3 Martin Gleeson
14 David Hodgson Centre 4 Paul Newlove
3 Jamie Ainscough Wing 5 Darren Albert
6 Julian O'Neill Stand Off 13 Paul Sculthorpe
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half
7
Sean Long
8
Terry O'Connor Prop
8
Darren Britt
9 Terry Newton Hooker 9 Keiron Cunningham
10 Craig Smith Prop 16 Sonny Nickle
19 Stephen Wild 2nd Row 11 Chris Joynt
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row 14 John Stankevitch
12 David Furner L.Forward 12 Peter Shiels
17 Harvey Howard Sub 10 Barry Ward
18 Mark Smith Sub 17 Mick Higham
21 Ricky Bibey Sub 20 Tommy Martyn
26 Danny Tickle Sub 23 Mike Bennett

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 22 --- St Helens 8
Tries (3):
Jamie Ainscough

Adrian Lam
Dave Furner
--- Tries (1):
Tommy Martyn
Goals:
Julian O'Neill 5
--- Goals:
Paul Sculthorpe 2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

23mins:11 Wigan 02 St Helens 00 Penalty Goal: Julian O'Neill
40mins:00 Wigan 02 St Helens 02 Penalty Goal: Paul Sculthorpe
Half Time Wigan Warriors 02 St Helens 02
45mins:03 Wigan 06 St Helens 02 Try: Jamie Ainscough
- Wigan 08 St Helens 02 Conversion: Julian O'Neill
50mins:08 Wigan 12 St Helens 02 Try: Adrian Lam
- Wigan 14 St Helens 02 Conversion: Julian O'Neill
56mins:53 Wigan 16 St Helens 02 Penalty Goal: Julian O'Neill
59mins:30 Wigan 20 St Helens 02 Try: Dave Furner
- Wigan 22 St Helens 02 Conversion: Julian O'Neill
68mins:09 Wigan 22 St Helens 06 Try: Tommy Martyn
- Wigan 22 St Helens 08 Conversion: Paul Sculthorpe
Full Time Wigan Warriors 22 St Helens 08

Video Highlights

Referee

Russell Smith (Castleford)

Match Attendance

14,138

Weather

Thunder Storms before kick off made conditions difficult. Cloudy with drizzle during the Match.

Television

Table after this Round

1st:l Bradford - Played - 20 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 34
2nd:l St Helens - Played - 20 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 32
3rd:l

Wigan

- Played - 20 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 29
4th:l Leeds - Played - 20 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 7 - Points: - 26
5th:l Hull FC - Played - 20 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 8 - Points: - 24
6th:l Widnes - Played - 20 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 9 - Points: - 21

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7th:l London - Played - 20 - Won - 9 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 10 - Points: - 19
8th:l Castleford - Played - 20 - Won - 7 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 11 - Points: - 16
9th:l Halifax - Played - 20 - Won - 6 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 14 - Points: - 12
10th:l Warrington - Played - 20 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 15 - Points: - 10
11th:l Wakefield - Played - 20 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 15 - Points: - 9
12th:l Salford - Played - 20 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 16 - Points: - 8

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