10th April 1998: St Helens 18 Wigan 38
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St Helens 18 Wigan Warriors 38 - Good Friday 10th April 1998
Venue: Knowsley Road, St Helens
Competition: JJB Sports Super League 3 - Round 2
Kick Off: 12:45pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Kris Radlinski, 20. Lee Gilmour, 4. Gary Connolly, 3. Danny Moore, 2. Jason Robinson, 6. Henry Paul, 7. Tony Smith
WiganlForwards:l 16. Terry O'Connor, 9. Robbie McCormack, 16. Tony Mestrov, 14. Mick Cassidy, 11. Denis Betts, 13. Andy Farrell
WiganlInterchanges:l

8. Neil Cowie, 15. Jon Clarke, 17. Stephen Holgate, 25. Paul Johnson


WiganlTries:l

Kris Radlinski, Jason Robinson, Lee Gilmour, Gary Connolly, Tony Smith, Paul Johnson

WiganlGoals:l Andy Farrell 7

StlHelenslBacks:l 1. Paul Atcheson, 14. Chris Smith, 18. Andy Haigh, 4. Paul Newlove, 5. Anthony Sullivan, 20. Tommy Martyn, 7. Bobbie Goulding
StlHelenslForwards:l 23. Brett Goldspink, 16. John Hamilton, 15. Julian O'Neill, 11. Chris Joynt, 13. Paul Sculthorpe, 6. Karle Hammond
StlHelenslInterchanges:l

3. Sean Long, 10. Ian Pickavance, 21. Damien Smith 25. Paul Anderson


StlHelenslTries:l

Andy Haigh, Tommy Martyn, Paul Newlove

StlHelenslGoals:l Bobbie Goulding 3
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Half Time:l

St Helens 6 Wigan 18

Attendance:l

11,414

Referee:l

Russell Smith (Castleford)

Television:l

Live Coverage on Sky Sports 1

Top of the JJB Sports Super League 3 - After This Round
1st Place:l Halifax - Played - 2 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 4
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 2 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 4
3rd Place:l Wigan - Played - 2 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 4
4th Place:l Hull - Played - 2 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 4
5th Place:l Salford - Played - 2 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 1 - Points: - 2

Super League 3 - Round 3 Results
Fri 10 Apr - Castleford Tigers 19 Sheffield Eagles 6 - 5,248
Fri 10 Apr - Halifax Blue Sox 30 Huddersfield Giants 6 - 6.392
Fri 10 Apr - Hull Sharks 6 London Broncos 4 - 6,386

Fri 10 Apr

- St Helens 18 Wigan Warriors 38 - 11,414
Fri 10 Apr - Warrington Wolves 4 Salford Reds 37 - 5,567
Sun 12 Apr - Bradford Bulls 6 Leeds Rhinos 26 - 19,188



Match Report

This may have been a satisfying Good Friday triumph for Wigan but for prop Terry O'Connor it could mean Wembley heartbreak.

The prop, who has only recently forced his way back into first team reckoning, was clearly distraught after allowing centre Paul Newlove in for the softest of tries.

"It could cost me my Wembley spot," he confessed after the game. "I thought he had passed the ball and I pushed him away but as it turned out only towards our try line."

Fortunately for Wigan the try did not come at a vital stage as the Warriors had already sewn up their derby encounter against a disappointing Saints side.

But coach John Monie is a perfectionist and was unhappy at leaking in three tries.

"I am not delighted with the 18 points we gave them and particularly one of those tries. That sort of thing might cost somebody a spot at Wembley. Other than that it is always nice to come here and get a win."

Unfortunately the game did not live up to its top billing with both sides making errors. But it was Saints, who had clearly gambled by throwing in several players struggling with injury, who failed to hit top form and woeful defence against Wigan was severely punished.

Saints had a dream start when Andy Haigh caught out Tony Smith and darted over inside two minutes and six minutes later Bobbie Goulding popped over a penalty.

But by the break Wigan were home and dry through three slick tries. The first came on 23 minutes when Kris Radlinski took advantage of slack marking to dive over, Jason Robinson then scored the try of the game when he took the ball from acting half and jinked passed three players before racing 60 yards to touch down. Three minutes later and Lee Gilmour bounced out of two tackles and sprinted 30 yards to score. With Andy Farrell tagging on three goals it looked like plain sailing.

Ten minutes after the break and Saints struck when Goulding's angled kick caught out the Wigan defence and Tommy Martyn, despite a leg injury, dived over to score and Goulding goaled.

But any hopes of a Saints' revival were quickly dispelled when Gary Connolly scythed through to score before Smith raced 30 yards for a touchdown and in the dying minutes a great move resulted in Paul Johnson dummying his way over. Farrell added three more goals. Ten minutes from time Saints scored their last try through Newlove and Goulding added the goal but by then the Warriors were already out of sight.

Other Information

Pitch: Excellent
Weather: Cool with a Slight Breeze
Man of the match: Wigan: Jason Robinson