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11th October 2002: St Helens 24 Wigan 8
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 21 2013 - 22:29

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Friday 11th October 2002
St Helens 24 Wigan Warriors 8
Knowsley Road, St Helens
Tetley's Super League 7 Elimination Play Off

Kick Off: 8:00pm

 

- Wigan       - St Helens    
1 Kris Radlinski       1 Paul Wellens    
5 Brian Carney       5 Darren Albert    
4 Gary Connolly       3 Martin Gleeson    
20 Martin Aspinwall       4 Paul Newlove    
27 Shaun Briscoe       19 Anthony Stewart  T   
6 Julian O'Neill       13 Paul Sculthorpe  T   G2 
7 Adrian Lam       7 Sean Long    G2 
8 Terry O'Connor       8 Darren Britt    
9 Terry Newton       9 Keiron Cunningham  T   
10 Craig Smith       10 Barry Ward    
11 Mick Cassidy  T      23 Mike Bennett    
12 Dave Furner       15 Tim Jonkers    
13 Andy Farrell    G2    11 Chris Joynt  T   
Interchange:
17 Harvey Howard       2 Sean Hoppe    
22 Sean O'Loughlin       12 Peter Shiels    
24 Danny Sculthorpe       14 John Stankevitch    
26 Danny Tickle       17 Mick Higham    

Report: 

Saints end Warriors season.

The away trip to St Helens proved to be a match too far for the Warriors as they went down 24-8 in very wet conditions at Knowsley Road.

Wigan huffed and puffed during the second half but had absolutely no answer to the superb defensive display produced by Saints.

The writing was on the wall for Wigan in the first set of six when Craig Smith criminally knocked on. Darren Britt was stopped short of the line but a wide pass from Sean Long allowed Anthony Stewart to the score in the corner after just 90 seconds. Paul Sculthorpe failed to add the extras but ill discipline from Wigan allowed him to make it 6-0 after 7 minutes.

Then a second vital error from the Warriors allowed Saints to increase there lead further. Adrian Lam, who had probably his worst ever Wigan performance in this game, kicked out on the full. Saints used the shortened field well and Sean Long made a great run from dummy half which sprung the gap for Chris Joynt to score. However Sculthorpe again missed the conversion so it was a 10-0 lead that Saints held after 13 minutes.

Wigan finally got on the scoreboard in 22nd minute when Andy Farrell slotted over a penalty but Paul Sculthorpe cancelled it out four minutes later by kicking a penalty of his own following a bit of hand bagging from Craig Smith and Sean Long. Both players where set to the sin bin and Smith penalised for apparent use of the elbow.

Sculthorpe then missed a penalty and moments after that Wigan got their only four pointer of the game. Mick Cassidy produced a great solo try after beating four defenders on the burst in what was our first real attack of the game. Farrell converted and despite not playing well we were in the game at 12-8 after 32 minutes.

Saints came straight back at Wigan though, Keiron Cunningham scored four minutes before the break. After three misses from Sculthorpe, Long took over the kicking duties and converted the try to stretch Saints lead back to ten points. The ended the first half scoring at 18-8 to St Helens.

Wigan needed the first points of the second half and they came out looking for it. They mounted a sustained spell of pressure for the first time in the game and Shaun Briscoe went over in the corner but it was ruled out by the video referee who ruled that he had touched the corner flag.

The Warriors were applying the pressure but when Saints finally got the ball the outstanding Long produced a superb chip kick which allowed Sculthorpe to increase the lead. Long conversion made the score 24-8 on 58 minutes.

After that try we then lost Harvey Howard with concussion, Mick Cassidy with a calf tear and Terry Newton aggravated his elbow injury.

In the last quarter, Wigan tried to get back in the game but couldn't thwart the excellent goal line defence from Saints. Kris Radlinski was stopped just short of the line and Brian Carney's break down the right coming to nothing.

At the final hooter the Wigan fans gave the lads a great cheer for a fantastic season. Dave Furner and Gary Connolly who are both leaving us for pastures new got special attention and it was great to see Dave kiss his Wigan badge. He may be off to Leeds but there's no doubt he wishes he was staying here. His heart is well and truly in Wigan.

At the end of the day Saints deserved the victory. Wigan had far too many walking wounded on the pitch and like our rivals the year before the injuries meant it was just too big a task.

At the end of the game coach Stuart Raper said:

"Losing is always tough, especially when it's your last game of the season,"

"That try before half time was hard on us but I thought we came out in the second half really strongly, Briscoe went pretty close and that could have changed the game for us.

"The conditions changed everyone's game plan and you've got to give credit to St Helens, they were definitely the better side on the day."

Half Time:  St Helens 18 Wigan 8
Referee: 

Russell Smith (Castleford)

Attendance: 

15,100 (Sell Out)

Results: 

2002 Super League Play Offs - Week 3

Friday 11th October 2002
Eliminator: St Helens 24 Wigan Warriors 8

2002 Super League Grand Final

Saturday 19th October 2002
Bradford Bulls 18 St Helens 19

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