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8th September 2002: Wigan 48 St Helens 8
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 21 2013 - 21:27

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Wigan Warriors v St Helens - Tetley's Super League VII Round 26.
Sunday 8th September 2002. Kick Off 3:05pm at JJB Stadium.

CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith

O'Neill Oh Yeah!

Julian O'Neill scored a hat trick of tries and a bag full of goals infront of Super League's biggest crowd of the season.

Wigan bounced back from their disappointing defeat at Hull last week. They turned on the style against the showmen from Knowsley Road and beat them at their own game - passing out of tackles, giving the ball plenty of width and running their luck.

Wigan scored more points in this game than Saints have scored against them in all four meetings this season. Julian O'Neill got the greatest points haul of his career with three tries and eight goals. the Australian stand-off has his critics but Wigan fans are at least grateful that his finest games have been against their arch rivals from the otherside of Billinge Hill, including his influential role in Wigan's Challenge Cup Final victory in Edinburgh.

St Helens were without Sean Long, who on Monday had exploratory surgery on his left knee, but had enough of their big guns on the field for injury to be no excuse.

The victory leaves Wigan in third place in Super League, three points adrift of Bradford and St Helens, but the margin of Saint's loss means they trail the Bulls on points difference.

St Helens opened the scoring after seven minutes with a Paul Sculthorpe penalty, but then came O'Neill. He kicked a penalty on 10 minutes and went over for his first try a few minutes later. Adrian Lam, in outstanding form yet again, fed the ball to his half back partner direct from the scrum. O'Neill converted his own effort and was again accurate converting Andrew Farrell's 100th career try on 21 minutes.

Before half time O'Neill grabbed his second and added the extras to tries from Ainscough then Hodgson to put the home side into an unassailable lead.

Martin Gleeson, spared some St Helens blushes by diving over the whitewash on the stroke of half time and Sculthorpe converted well from the right touch line.

O'Neill completed his hat trick on 58 minutes after an awful mistake by Hoppe which epitomised Saint's day. He failed to deal with a kick from Adrian lam, leaving the ball free in the in goal for O'Neill to lay a hand on.

Sean O'Loughlin, who had come on to replace Farrell in the closing stages of the first half, took the next try, again from an Adrian Lam kick. The final try came from Jamie Ainscough but was made by Cassidy. The second row is playing as well as he ever has, running wide, fast and direct and his superb support runs mean he invariably finds gaps.

Farrell pulled his quad muscle and it is a cause for concern for his coach. Raper said: 'Hopefully he will be alright, but we won't know until the medical staff see him.'

Danny Sculthorpe made his Wigan debut on his 23rd birthday and must have been pleased to get one over his elder brother. Raper said: "I was always going to include him but only three people knew, I had to tell him not to tell Paul".

Team Sheets

Wigan - St Helens
No.
Player
Pos No.
Player
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back 5 Darren Albert
5 Brian Carney Wing 22 Ade Gardner
4 Gary Connolly Centre 3 Martin Gleeson
14 David Hodgson Centre 4 Paul Newlove
3 Jamie Ainscough Wing 19 Anthony Stewart
6 Julian O'Neill Stand Off 13 Paul Sculthorpe
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half 17 Mick Higham
8
Terry O'Connor Prop
8
Darren Britt
9 Terry Newton Hooker 9 Keiron Cunningham
10 Craig Smith Prop 16 Sonny Nickle
26 Danny Tickle 2nd Row 23 Mike Bennett
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row 14 John Stankevitch
13 Andrew Farrell L.Forward 12 Peter Shiels
17 Harvey Howard Sub 2 Sean Hoppe
18 Mark Smith Sub 10 Barry Ward
22 Sean O'Loughlin Sub 12 Chris Joynt
24 Danny Sculthorpe Sub 20 Tommy Martyn

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 48 --- St Helens 8
Tries (8):
Julian O'Neill 3
Andy Farrell
Jamie Ainscough 2
Dave Hodgson
Sean O'Loughlin
--- Tries (1):
Martin Gleeson
Goals:
Julian O'Neill 8
--- Goals:
Paul Sculthorpe 2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

07mins:21 Wigan 00 St Helens 02 Penalty Goal: Paul Sculthorpe
10mins:12 Wigan 02 St Helens 02 Penalty Goal: Julian O'Neill
13mins:09 Wigan 06 St Helens 02 Try: Julian O'Neill
- Wigan 08 St Helens 02 Conversion: Julian O'Neill
20mins:08 Wigan 12 St Helens 02 Try: Andy Farrell
- Wigan 14 St Helens 02 Conversion: Julian O'Neill
28mins:02 Wigan 16 St Helens 02 Penalty Goal: Julian O'Neill
29mins:01 Wigan 20 St Helens 02 Try: Julian O'Neill (2)
- Wigan 22 St Helens 02 Conversion: Julian O'Neill
32mins:19 Wigan 26 St Helens 02 Try: Jamie Ainscough
- Wigan 28 St Helens 02 Conversion: Julian O'Neill
35mins:01 Wigan 32 St Helens 02 Try: David Hodgson
- Wigan 34 St Helens 02 Conversion: Julian O'Neill
39mins:13 Wigan 34 St Helens 06 Try: Martin Gleeson
- Wigan 34 St Helens 08 Conversion: Paul Sculthorpe
Half Time Wigan Warriors 34 St Helens 08
58mins:07 Wigan 38 St Helens 08 Try: Julian O'Neill (Hatrick)
- Wigan 38 St Helens 08 J.O'Neill Missed Conversion
64mins:17 Wigan 42 St Helens 08 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Wigan 44 St Helens 08 Conversion: Julian O'Neill
75mins:25 Wigan 48 St Helens 08 Try: Jamie Ainscough (2)
- Wigan 48 St Helens 08 J.O'Neill Missed Conversion
Full Time Wigan Warriors 48 St Helens 08

Video Highlights

Referee

Russell Smith (Castleford)

Match Attendance

18,789

CherryandWhite.co.uk Man of the Match

Julian O'Neill

Weather

Sunny

Television

Table after this Round

1st:l Bradford - Played - 26 - Won - 21 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 42
2nd:l St Helens - Played - 26 - Won - 21 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 42
3rd:l

Wigan

- Played - 26 - Won - 19 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 6 - Points: - 39
4th:l Hull FC - Played - 26 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 10 - Points: - 32
5th:l Leeds - Played - 26 - Won - 15 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 11 - Points: - 30
6th:l London - Played - 26 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 12 - Points: - 27

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7th:l Widnes - Played - 26 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 12 - Points: - 27
8th:l Castleford - Played - 26 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 12 - Points: - 26
9th:l Halifax - Played - 26 - Won - 7 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 19 - Points: - 14
10th:l Warrington - Played - 26 - Won - 7 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 19 - Points: - 14
11th:l Wakefield - Played - 26 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 20 - Points: - 10
12th:l Salford - Played - 26 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 21 - Points: - 9

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Top 6 Qualified for Play Offs

Super League 7 - Round 26 Results

Fri 6th Sept - Leeds Rhinos 18 Bradford Bulls 20 - 15,238
Sun 8th Sept - London Broncos 10 Hull FC 6 - 3,604
Sun 8th Sept - Salford City Reds 26 Halifax Blue Sox 34 - 4,135
Sun 8th Sept - Wakefield Wildcats 20 Widnes Vikings 36 - 3,284
Sun 8th Sept - Warrington Wolves 29 Castleford Tigers 14 - 6,103
Sun 8th Sept - Wigan Warriors 48 St Helens 8 - 18,789
Opinion: Easy! Easy! Easy! - Thoughts on the Saints game.
Posted on Monday, September 09 2002 @ 17:29:32 BST by Bilko

It's not often you can shout Easy! Easy! Easy! in a Wigan v Saints derby match but it's very rare than you can afford to sing that during the first half!

A truly magnificent performance!



Well, I think I'm just about recovered from Sundays very surprising 48-8 victory over St Helens. I doubt any of the 18,749 in attendance would of expected a result like that.

Like Rebecca said in our site Match Report our players "beat them at their own game - passing out of tackles, giving the ball plenty of width and running their luck." That is a spot on comment in my opinion. That is why we won the game and further more we stopped Saints from doing that in return. I watched carefully for a few minutes early in the second half to see how many times Saints were offloading the ball and they hardly made any offloads, mainly due to tremendous Warriors tackling.


Julian O'Neill

Julian O'Neill must be congratulated on a fantastic individual performance. He scored a total of 28 points in the game including a hatrick of tries. It was the greatest points haul of his career with three tries and eight goals and he thoroughly deserved his Tissot watch.

Even though he had a great game on Sunday at Stand Off, I still think Julian would be better playing the centres because that role would suit his tough tackling style more. But he hasn't been a bad signing at stand off for me. He started his Wigan career slowly which was understandable due to the sad tragic death of his young daughter late last year but it the last few months he has shown that he is a worthy signing for me.

Jamie Ainscough still has his critics and many fans still want to see him on a plane back to Australia come the end of the season but the fact is he is now our top try scorer in Super League matches with 13 tries. I feel he gets sometimes unfair criticism from some Wigan fans because he is Steve Renouf's replacement. Renouf was much loved at Wigan and many fans, including myself to be honest, felt he should have been retained. Maybe Ainscough is getting the brunt of many fans anger at Renouf's departure?


Jamie Ainscough

Early on in the season, Ainscough played in the centres and really he was useless and deserved criticism. But since he switched to the wing how can you argue with 13 tries? Ok, he does bomb a few tries but I think the criticism he gets is no longer justified. Having said that though whether he'll keep his place once Brett Dallas returns remains to be seen. I think we are lucky to have three good wingers who all score tries at the club in the shape of Ainscough, Dallas and the only Irish winger the world has ever seen, Brian Carney.

Speaking of Carney, I felt his tackle which put Anthony Stewart into touch in the first half was a very key moment in this game. That tackle sparked a deluge of Wigan tries. Also what a great try saving tackle in touch by Kris Radlinski early in the second half on Ade Gardner! Rads flew like superman to get him and that together with Tommy Martyn's laughable pass to the wing, that ended up nearer row Z of the Adidas stand, ended any hopes of a Saints revival. They seemed to give up for me after that.

Must say it was great to see Danny Sculthorpe finally make his Warriors debut on Sunday after his nightmare season and the early signs look good. He put in a good solid performance as a 60th minute substitute. You can't expect much from him during the remaining matches of this season after an eight month lay off but next season I'm sure we'll see some good stuff from him, if he can keep fit.

At the end of the day it was a perfect performance. I can't see how you can ask for better than that in a fiercely contested local derby like Wigan v Saints. We have proved that on our day we can compete with anyone but its important we don't get too carried away. We hammered Saints at Knowsley Road, 42-4 back on the last day of the 2000 season, only to lose at home, 54-16, in the play offs two weeks later. So its a great win but it will mean nothing whenever Wigan and Saints next meet.

Finally, just a shame that we lost last week at Hull or else we would be in a real shout now for not only 2nd place but possibly the so called "minor premiership" as well. Anyway lets just hope for a repeat performance away at Bradford on Saturday and then it's fingers crossed we can nick a top two spot the week after.

Keep enjoying your Rugby League. How can you not after Sunday afternoons like that?

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