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5th September 2003: St Helens 4 Wigan 28
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 21 2013 - 21:41

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St Helens v Wigan Warriors Tetley's Super League VIII Round 26
Friday 5th September 2003 Kick Off 8:00pm at Knowsley Road

Match Report

Wigan are counting the cost of a 28-4 derby win over Saints after both Andy Farrell and Adrian Lam pickedup serious looking injuries.

The Warriors outplayed the reigning champions to complete a hat-trick of Super League wins over their arch-rivals and move to within a point of second-placed Leeds.

The impressive four-try success maintained their unbeaten record under caretaker coach Mike Gregory. But it came despite the loss of the two main playmakers.

Farrell twisted a knee in the opening stages, although he briefly returned and scored his 2,000th Super League point, and Lam suffered a recurrence of the ankle injury that kept him out of Wigan's four previous matches.

"Hopefully they are not too serious but we'll know more on Monday," said Gregory. "We are trying to get them in for MRI scans tomorrow."

"We're looking good but we don't want to get carried away. Defensively is where we won it and that was part of our focus. Our defence in the last five games has been the best it's been all season."

Wigan's win condemned St Helens to a fourth-place finish and kept alive their own hopes of pipping Leeds for second spot.

"That's always been our aim and this gives us a chance but it's still out of our hands," added Gregory.

"We have to rely on Leeds losing two games but there will be lots of twists and turns yet."

Saints, without four regulars from their pack, had lively performers in stand-off Sean Long and home debutant Willie Talau but they paid the price for an inability to finish off promising moves.

They also suffered heavily from the first-half sin-binning of Jason Hooper, with Wigan scoring 12 points while the home side were down to 12 men.

"We made as many breaks as they did in the first half but they took their chances and we didn't," admitted coach Ian Millward.

"It didn't help that we had a few missing and it's always crucial when you have anybody in the sin bin."

Wigan romped into a 20-0 half-time lead, thanks largely to a brace of tries from Irish winger Brian Carney.

Saints had their moments but failed to finish off some enterprising attacking moves and paid dearly for the 31st-minute sin-binning of second row forward Darren Smith for taking Wigan prop Terry O'Connor off the ball as he chased Terry Newton's kick to the line.

He was forced to watch from the sidelines as the visitors scored at a point a minute during his 10-minute spell in the bin.

Farrell punished Smith's error with his landmark penalty and, after St Helens winger Anthony Stewart unwisely tried to force a pass near his own line, Hock reached out of a two-man tackle to touch down.

Farrell's second goal made it 16-0 and it got even worse for the reigning champions when Carney collected a kick 10m from his own line and, after bursting through the first line of defence, showed a clean pair of heels for a glorious 90m try.

Carney, a strong candidate to win his first Great Britain cap in the end-of-season Ashes Series, had earlier scored the game's first try, racing onto a lofted kick to the corner from prop Quentin Pongia.

Danny Tickle kicked the touchline conversion to add to an earlier penalty to give his side a dream start, which only got better.

Wigan were forced to start the second half without vice-captain Adrian Lam, but Luke Robinson proved a capable deputy as he set up Wigan's fourth try on 61 minutes, combining with Tickle to get second-rower Paul Johnson charging through a gap.

Tickle's third goal made it 26-0 before Smith claimed a consolation try for Saints on 64 minutes only for Robinson to wrap up the scoring with a late penalty.

Team Sheets

St Helens - Wigan
No.
Player
Pos No.
Player
1 Paul Wellens Full Back 1 Kris Radlinski
5 Darren Albert Wing 5 Brian Carney
3 Martin Gleeson Centre 18 Martin Aspinwall
4 Paul Newlove Centre 14 David Hodgson
19 Ade Gardner Wing 2 Brett Dallas
7 Sean Long Stand Off 15 Sean O'Loughlin
14 Mick Higham Scrum Half 7 Adrian Lam
12 John Stankevitch Prop 30 Quentin Pongia
9 Keiron Cunningham Hooker 9 Terry Newton
17 Mike Bennett Prop 10 Craig Smith
16 Darren Smith 2nd Row 11 Mick Cassidy
32 Willie Talau 2nd Row 12 Danny Tickle
6 Jason Hooper L.Forward 13 Andy Farrell
2 Anthony Stewart Sub 4 Paul Johnson
15 Tim Jonkers Sub 8 Terry O'Connor
22 Stuart Jones Sub 20 Luke Robinson
26 Keith Mason Sub 23 Gareth Hock

Score Sheet

St Helens 4 --- Wigan Warriors 28

Try (1):
Darren Smith

---

Tries (4):
Brian Carney 2
Gareth Hock
Paul Johnson

Goals:
Sean Long 0/1
--- Goals:
Danny Tickle 3/3
Andy Farrell 2/2
Kris Radlinski 0/1
Luke Robinson 1/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

06mins:10 St Helens 00 Wigan 02 Penalty Goal: Danny Tickle (1/1)
12mins:05 St Helens 00 Wigan 06 Try: Brian Carney
- St Helens 00 Wigan 08 Conversion: Danny Tickle (2/2)
29mins:23 St Helens Sin Bin Jason Hooper (Obstruction)
30mins:30 St Helens 00 Wigan 10 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell (1/1)
34mins:09 St Helens 00 Wigan 14 Try: Gareth Hock
- St Helens 00 Wigan 16 Conversion: Andy Farrell (2/2)
37mins:39 St Helens 00 Wigan 20 Try: Brian Carney
- St Helens 00 Wigan 20 K.Radlinski Missed Conversion (0/1)
Half Time St Helens 00 Wigan Warriors 20
59mins:34 St Helens 00 Wigan 24 Try: Paul Johnson
- St Helens 00 Wigan 26 Conversion: Danny Tickle (3/3)
62mins:56 St Helens 04 Wigan 26 Try: Darren Smith
- St Helens 04 Wigan 26 S.Long Missed Conversion (0/1)
77mins:00 St Helens 04 Wigan 28 Penalty Goal: Luke Robinson (1/1)
Full Time St Helens 04 Wigan Warriors 28

Video Highlights

Referee

Russell Smith (Castleford)

Match Attendance

14,508

CherryandWhite.co.uk Man of the Match

Brian Carney

Television

Table after this Round

1st:l Bradford - Played - 26 - Won - 21 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 42
2nd:l Leeds - Played - 26 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 3 ` Lost - 6 - Points: - 37
3rd:l Wigan - Played - 26 ` Won - 17 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 7 - Points: - 36
4th:l St Helens - Played - 26 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 9 - Points: - 31 *
5th:l

Hull FC

- Played - 26 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 3 ` Lost - 10 - Points: - 27 *
6th:l London - Played - 26 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 12 - Points: / 26

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7th:l Warrington - Played - 26 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 13 - Points: / 25
8h:l Castleford - Played - 26 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 14 - Points: / 23
9th:l Huddersfield - Played - 26 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 14 - Points: / 23
10th:l Widnes - Played - 26 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 14 - Points: / 23
11th:l Wakefield - Played - 26 - Won - 6 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 19 - Points: - 13
12th:l Halifax - Played - 26 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 25 - Points: - 0 *

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Top 6 Qualified for Play Offs

*Deducted 2 Points on 29th May for Salary Cap Breaches

Super League 8 - Round 26 Results

Fri 5th Sept - St Helens 4 Wigan Warriors 28 - 14,508
Sun 7th Sept - London Broncos 38 Wakefield Wildcats 14 - 2,916
Sun 7th Sept - Warrington Wolves 40 Halifax 18 - 5,071
Sun 7th Sept - Hull FC 32 Castleford Tigers 12 - 10,631
Sun 7th Sept - Huddersfield Giants 25 Widnes Vikings 12 - 3,510
Sun 7th Sept - Bradford Bulls 21 Leeds Rhinos 20 - 21,102
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