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9th April 2004: St Helens 21 Wigan 21
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 21 2013 - 22:47

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St Helens v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League IX Round 5.
Good Friday 9th April 2004
. Kick Off 12:45pm at Knowsley Road.
Kick Off was Delayed by 10 Minutes due to Crowd Congestion.

Match Report

After leading in the closing stages of the game through a magnificent Andrew Farrell drop goal, Wigan eventually held on for a point after Sean Long had managed the same. Wigan were a much improved side from the one that lost at the McAlpine Stadium last Sunday.

The traditional tie often brings the best out of both sides, and Wigan lifted themselves following a poor run of form in a superb Knowsley Road encounter.

Saints, who had won all of their Super League and Powergen Challenge Cup ties so far this year, looked set to lose the epic battle after Andy Farrell's 72nd minute drop goal, but Long popped up late on to secure a point.

The game was played at a frantic pace thoughout, and opened in explosive fashion, with Paul Sculthorpe stopping Quentin Pongia inches short.

Andy Farrell kicked Wigan into a 2-0 lead on six minutes after Mark Edmondson was penalised for accidental offside.

Saints hit back on 12 minutes, when Keiron Cunningham and Sean Long combined to send Lee Gilmour crashing over on the right, although Long could not convert.

Jason Hooper had to track back to stop Brett Dallas, while the end-to-end action continued as Cunningham was halted short following Wellens' initial break.

Saints moved 10-2 up on the quarter mark, with Long racing between Danny Tickle and Terry Newton before drawing Kris Radlinski and sending Gilmour over for his second score under the posts.

And they added a third try four minutes later, when Danny Orr lost the ball on half way and Jon Wilkin gathered and raced to the line.

Wigan pulled back six points on the half hour, when Danny Sculthorpe's pass created the space for youngster Kevin Brown to score out wide, Farrell adding a fine touchline goal.

Wigan held on late in the half as Saints pressed to extend their lead, and the Warriors then levelled the contest on 42 minutes.

Keith Mason had already produced a try-saving tackle before Danny Orr's grubber gave Wigan a repeat possession on the Saints line, and Terry Newton's well-timed pass allowed Danny Orr to dive in under the posts.

A piece of brilliance from Paul Wellens, whose delightful around-the-man pass put Willie Talau over on 46 minutes, enabled Saints to return to a 20-14 cushion, but Wigan again hit back.

This time, Newton turned from provider to scorer, following up his own grubber into the in-goal area to ground the ball, after Hooper had failed to deal with the kick.

Passions boiled over on 59 minutes, with Newton and Wilkin being sent for ten minutes in the sin-bin after their altercation sparked a brawl.

And tensions were high as both sides seeked a breakthrough, which finally came for Wigan on 72 minutes, when Farrell landed a drop goal from 40 metres to edge his side ahead.

Saints mounted a barrage of pressure as they looked for a try, but settled for a one-pointer themselves with two minutes remaining, Long cleverly darting out of dummy half to slot his kick through the posts.

The scrum half could have won the game when he broke through in the final minute, but Radlinski's desperate tackle ensured that honours were shared.

Team Sheets

- St Helens Position Wigan -
1 Paul Wellens Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
22 Dom Feaunati Winger Martin Aspinwall 3
6 Jason Hooper Centre Stephen Wild 19
4 Willie Talau Centre Kevin Brown 21
5 Darren Albert Winger Brett Dallas 2
13 Paul Sculthorpe Stand Off Sean O'Loughlin 15
7 Sean Long Scrum Half Danny Orr 6
8 Nick Fozzard Prop Terry O'Connor 8
9 Keiron Cunningham Hooker Terry Newton 9
18 Mark Edmondson Prop Quentin Pongia 18
11 Chris Joynt 2nd Row Mick Cassidy 11
12 Lee Gilmour 2nd Row Danny Tickle 12
21 Jon Wilkin L.Forward Andy Farrell 13
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2 Ade Gardner Substitute Craig Smith 10
9 Mick Higham Substitute Danny Sculthorpe 16
16 Keith Mason Substitute Mark Smith 17
20 Ricky Bibey Substitute Gareth Hock 20

Score Sheet

aaaaaSt Helens 21 --- Wigan Warriors 21a
Tries (4):
Lee Gilmour 2
Jon Wilkin
Willie Talau
--- Tries (3):
Kevin Brown
Danny Orr
Terry Newton
Goals:
Sean Long 2/4
--- Goals:
Andy Farrell 4/4
Drop Goals:
Sean Long 1
--- Drop Goals:
Andy Farrell 1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

05mins:58 St Helens 00 Wigan 02 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell (1/1)
11mins:35 St Helens 04 Wigan 02 Try: Lee Gilmour
- St Helens 04 Wigan 02 S.Long Missed Conversion (0/1)
20mins:08 St Helens 08 Wigan 02 Try: Lee Gilmour (2)
- St Helens 10 Wigan 02 Conversion: Sean Long (1/2)
23mins:39 St Helens 14 Wigan 02 Try: Jon Wilkin
- St Helens 14 Wigan 02 S.Long Missed Conversion (1/3)
29mins:30 St Helens 14 Wigan 06 Try: Kevin Brown
- St Helens 14 Wigan 08 Conversion: Andy Farrell (2/2)
Half Time St Helens 14 Wigan Warriors 08
41mins:48 St Helens 14 Wigan 12 Try: Danny Orr
- St Helens 14 Wigan 14 Conversion: Andy Farrell (3/3)
45mins:15 St Helens 18 Wigan 14 Try: Willie Talau
- St Helens 20 Wigan 14 Conversion: Sean Long (2/4)
48mins:30 St Helens 20 Wigan 18 Try: Terry Newton
- St Helens 20 Wigan 20 Conversion: Andy Farrell (4/4)
60mins:08 Wigan Sin Bin Terry Newton (Fighting)
60mins:18 St Helens Sin Bin Jon Wilkin (Fighting)
71mins:33 St Helens 20 Wigan 21 Drop Goal: Andy Farrell
78mins:01 St Helens 21 Wigan 21 Drop Goal: Sean Long
Full Time St Helens 21 Wigan Warriors 21

Video Highlights

Referee

Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)

Match Attendance

15,964

Television

Table after this Round

1st:l Leeds - Played - 5 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 0 - Points: - 10
2nd:l St Helens - Played - 5 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 0 - Points: - 9
3rd:l Bradford - Played - 5 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 8
4th:l Hull FC - Played - 5 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 8
5th:l Huddersfield - Played - 5 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 8
6th:l

Warrington

- Played - 5 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 6

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7th:l Wakefield - Played - 5 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 4
8th:l Wigan - Played - 5 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 3
9th:l Salford - Played - 6 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 2
10th:l Widnes - Played - 5 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 4 - Points: / 2
11th:l London - Played - 6 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: / 2
12th:l Castleford - Played - 5 - Won - 0 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: / 0

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Top 6 Qualified for Play Offs

Super League 9 - Round 5 Results

Thu 8th April - Hull FC 26 Castleford Tigers 4 - 10,971
Thu 8th April - Leeds Rhinos 26 Bradford Bulls 18 - 21,225
Thu 8th April - London Broncos 16 Wakefield Wildcats 39 - 2,486
Fri 9th April - St Helens 21 Wigan Warriors 21 - 15,964
Fri 9th April - Warrington Wolves 16 Widnes Vikings 24 - 11,413
Fri 9th April - Huddersfield Giants 24 Salford City Reds 16 - 4,062
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