9th February 2003: Wigan 82 Halton Simms Cross 3
Posted by Bilko on January 29 2016 - 16:58

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Sunday 9th February 2003
Wigan Warriors 82 Halton Simms Cross 3
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Powergen Challenge Cup Round 4
Kick Off 3:00pm

- Wigan       - Simms Cross      
1 Kris Radlinski  T3      1 Brian Capewell    G   DG 
5 Brian Carney  T      2 Kevin O'Neill      
14 David Hodgson  T      3 David Percival      
18 Martin Aspinwall  T      4 Paul Walsh      
3 Jamie Ainscough       5 Darren O'Brien      
6 Julian O'Neill  T      6 Neil Percival      
7 Adrian Lam       7 Paul Roberts      
16 Danny Sculthorpe       8 Peter Grady      
9 Terry Newton  T2      9 Matty Carmichael      
10 Craig Smith       10 Andy O'Neill      
11 Mick Cassidy       11 John Bowles      
12 Dave Furner       12 Peter Hodson      
13 Andy Farrell  T2   G11    13 Gary Middlehurst      
15 Sean O'Loughlin  T2      14 Keiron Kavanagh      
17 Mark Smith       15 Lee Swain      
19 Stephen Wild  T      16 Anthony Elwell      
21 Ricky Bibey  T      17 Mike Donnelly      


Wigan are in the fifth round of the Powergen Challenge Cup after seeing off amateur side Halton Simms Cross in a thoroughly professional performance on a sad day at the JJB Stadium.

Just hours before kick-off the club learned that two of its up and coming stars, Billie-Joe Edwards and Craig Johnson, had been killed in a car crash. An impecably observed silence was held for under-21 team mates before kick-off

The Widnes based amateur outfit was outclassed as Wigan ran in 15 tries but the Simmies players did not lack effort or enthusiasm and their coach, Chris Middlehurst, did have the pleasure of seeing his side take the first points.

Brian Capewell, the Simms Cross full-back took a drop-goal in the 6th minute to have the JJB Scoreboard reading "WIGAN WARRIORS 0 HALTON SIMMS CROSS 1". The former St Helens Academy Player scored his sides only other points, a penalty goal on 12 minutes.

The tie was over as a contest within the first quarter and Wigan averaged a point a minute in the first half with two tries each for both Newton and Radlinski. they wer joined on the try sheet by Aspinwall, Farrell, Hodgson and O'loughlin.

Farrell converted six of the eight tries.

In the second half wigan did not ease up on their opposition but to the surprise of most of the 3,790 crowd the amateurs did not tire dramatically. Dogged defence from Simmies kept the Warriors from scoring for ten minutes after the restart when Julian O'Neill scored a strong individual try.

Kris radlinski was the next player over the line to bring up his hat-trick. He looked fit and sharp for the season ahead. Further ties came from Farrell, O'loughlin, Wild, Carney and an uncharacteristic 60metre touchline effort from prop forward Ricky Bibey. Farrell converted five of the seven to take Wigan past the 80-point mark.

Coach Stuart Raper was pleased to get the game under his belt. After the game he said: 'We did some good things out there and we did some probably silly things but it was important for us to get a good hit out ahead of our game against Castleford next week.'

He added: 'It was very hard for the guys to play today after the sad news but they went out there and were very business like.'

Score Times: 
Wigan Warriors 82 --- Halton Simms Cross 3
Terry Newton 2 (8, 25)
Kris Radlinski 3 (15, 39, 54)
Martin Aspinwall (17)
Andy Farrell 2 (21, 57)
David Hodgson (29)
Sean O'Loughlin 2 (37, 67)
Julian O'Neill (50)
Ricky Bibey (59)
Stephen Wild (71)
Brian Carney (78)
--- ---
Andy Farrell 11
--- Goals:
Brian Capewell 1
--- --- Drop Goals:
Brian Capewell 1
Half Time: 

Wigan 44 Halton Simms Cross 3


Ashley Klein (London)




2003 Challenge Cup Round 4

Saturday 8th February 2003
Union Treiziste Catalane 6 St Helens 70
Wakefield Wildcats 20 Castleford Tigers 18 (Live on BBC ONE)
Warrington Wolves 12 Bradford Bulls 38 (Live on BBC ONE)
Wath Brow Hornets 6 Batley Bulldogs 18 (at Whitehaven)

Sunday 9th February 2003
Barrow Raiders 6 Salford City Reds 22
Featherstone Rovers 28 Leigh Centurions 22
Hull FC 24 Halifax 16
Hunslet Hawks 18 Huddersfield Giants 14
Chorley Lynx 16 Swinton Lions 22
Leeds Rhinos 46 Whitehaven 6
London Broncos 42 Oldham Roughyeds 12
Rochdale Hornets 20 Hull Kingston Rovers 27
Sheffield Eagles 25 Keighley Cougars 24
Widnes Vikings 48 Dewsbury Rams 6
Wigan Warriors 82 Halton Simms Cross 3
York City Knights 20 Doncaster Dragons 21