12th September 1999: Wakefield 24 Wigan 60
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Sunday 12th September 1999
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 24 Wigan Warriors 60
Belle Vue, Wakefield
JJB Sports Super League 4 - Round 30 of 30

Kick Off 3:30pm


Wigan Team
1

. 

Kris Radlinski

 T3   
2

. 

Jason Robinson

 T   
4

. 

Gary Connolly

   
5

. 

Paul Johnson

   
3

. 

Danny Moore  T3   
27

. 

Chris Chester  T   
28

. 

Gavin Clinch  T   G2 
16

. 

Terry O'Connor  T   
24

. 

Mark Smith    
23

. 

Brett Goldspink    
11

. 

Denis Betts    
14

. 

Mick Cassidy    
13

. 

Andy Farrell    G6 

Interchange:

10

. 

Tony Mestrov  T   
12

. 

Simon Haughton    
18

. 

Wes Davies    
20

. 

Lee Gilmour    

Wakefield 

1. Andy Hodgson, 2. Lynton Stott, 6. Shane Kenward, 25. Adam Hughes, 24. Neil Law, 13. Tony Kemp, 7. Glen Tomlinson, 8. Francis Stephenson, 9. Ian Talbot, 22. Paul Jackson, 11. Gary Price, 20. Graham Law, 12. Willie Poching.
Interchange: 21. David March, 26. Jamie Field, 27. Alfred Songoro, 30. Gareth Ellis.

Tries: Lynton Stott, Ian Talbot, Francis Stephenson, Tony Kemp
Goals: Ian Talbot 4

Report: 

Wigan Warriors prepared for the serious business of the JJB Super League play-offs, and the defence of their championship, with a convincing win that owed much to their ability to find an extra gear when necessary. Indeed, they were trailing by two points at half-time - and that after taking a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes - and there was rarely a hint that spirited Trinity would collapse in the second half.

The highlight of Wigan's excellent recovery was a ten-minute hat-trick by Kris Radlinski, their full back. Danny Moore, the centre, also scored three tries but the collapse of Wakefield brought an alarming end to the season for their coach, Andrew Kelly: 126 points conceded in their final two games. They were beaten 66-6 at Gateshead a week ago.

Kelly was justifiably proud of his team's first season in the top flight but now that they have established themselves, there is more work to be done if they hope to become challengers for honours. Ian Talbot, surplus to requirements at Wigan and eventually sold to Wakefield, did much to inspire his team. His contribution of 12 points in four goals and a try, plus an excellent supporting role to provide prop forward Stephenson with his try, kept Wakefield in the chase until the second half when Wigan cut loose and ran in 38 points without reply. Wigan went in front after just 39 seconds with a try from Jason Robinson and this was quickly followed by another from Chris Chester, his first for the club.

By half-time, the teams had traded points, with Wakefield leading 24-22. However, Radlinski, Clinch and Moore scored further tries for Wigan before Mestrov provided the finishing touch with his first try of the season, just four minutes from the end. Wakefield's challenge fell apart in bizarre fashion in the 44th minute when Clinch, of Wigan, a craftsman at ball stealing during his days at Halilfax, ran into Stott who was carrying the ball away from danger. But from the collision, Clinch emerged with the ball and ran unopposed for the try that restored Wigan's lead.

It also sparked the ten-minute spell that belonged almost exclusively to Radlinski. Farrell and Gilmour combined to send the full back in for his first try after 56 minutes. Eight minutes later, he outpaced the towering Wakefield defence to score, stretching the lead to 48-24. Moore added further misery to Wakefield and, in the 76th minute, Connolly, having already crossed the Wakefield line, had time to wait for the arriving Mestrov to give the Australian a chance to celebrate his first score of the season.

Half Time: 

Wakefield 24 Wigan 22

Attendance: 

4,279

Referee: 

Russell Smith (Castleford)

Super League 4 - Round 30 Results
Fri 10 Sept - Halifax Blue Sox 32 Salford City Reds 20 - 5,764
Fri 10 Sept - Leeds Rhinos 14 London Broncos 8 - 14,463
Fri 10 Sept - St Helens 25 Bradford Bulls 16 - 8,490
Sun 12 Sept - Huddersfield Giants 10 Castleford Tigers 32 - 4,405
Sun 12 Sept - Hull Sharks 33 Sheffield Eagles 16 - 5,447
Sun 12 Sept - Wakefield Wildcats 24 Wigan Warriors 60 - 4,279

Top of the JJB Sports Super League 4 - After This Round
1st Place:l Bradford - Played - 30 - Won - 25 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 51
2nd Place:l

St Helens

- Played - 30 - Won - 23 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 7 - Points: - 46
3rd Place:l Leeds - Played - 30 - Won - 22 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 7 - Points: - 45
4th Place:l Wigan - Played - 30 - Won - 21 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 8 - Points: - 43
5th Place:l Castleford - Played - 30 - Won - 19 - Drawn - 3 ` Lost - 8 - Points: - 41
6th Place:l Gateshead - Played - 30 - Won - 19 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 10 - Points: - 39
7th Place:l Warrington - Played - 30 - Won - 15 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 14 - Points: - 31

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