14th September 2001: Wigan 40 St Helens 6
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Wigan Warriors v St Helens - Tetley's Super League VI Round 28
Friday 14th September 2001. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium

Match Report

Wigan overwhelmed St Helens in their final game of the regular season to head the Super League table.

The Warriors' place at the top now depends on how Bradford fare against Leeds on Saturday.

If the Bulls win, they will enter the play-offs as leaders of the Super League and will contest fewer games, a huge benefit at this stage of the campaign.

Any other result will give Wigan the top spot.

Either way, Wigan's form must be pleasing for Stuart Raper, while the abject display from the Saints will worry coach Ian Millward as they enter the play-offs.

Wigan had to do without top try-scorer Kris Radlinski, Brett Dallas and Mick Cassidy but they had all but won the contest by the 15th minute, when they led 18-0.

By injury-time in the first half, that lead had been extended by ten points.

It was Steve Renouf who opened the scoring on six minutes.

He finished off in decisive fashion after a spectacular move sparked on halfway by stand-off Matthew Johns' weaving run.

Five minutes later, David Furner's burst set up the first of two tries from right winger Brian Carney and shortly afterwards he crashed over for a score himself.

The reliable boot of Andrew Farrell made sure that each try was converted.

Even down to 12 men following the sin-binning of Johns for holding down in the tackle, Wigan were able to soak up everything that a limited Saints could throw at them.

Two more tries followed, with the impressive Terry Newton finishing off a break by full-back Gary Connolly.

Carney collected Adrian Lam's pinpoint kick to touch down for his second try.

For Saints, only Paul Sculthorpe managed to get his name on the scoresheet.

Saints made a more vigorous attempt at matching Wigan in the second half.

But their momentum was thwarted when they had a try by Sean Hoppe disallowed.

Video referee David Campbell decided that there had been a knock-on.

Farrell further extended the lead in the 52nd minute with a penalty after St Helens captain Chris Joynt was pulled up for dissent.

Three minutes later the Saints defence opened up for substitute Denis Betts to take Johns' perfectly-timed pass to cross for a try.

And left winger David Hodgson added a seventh Wigan try 10 minutes from the end.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position St Helens -
4 Gary Connolly Full Back Paul Wellens 1
23 David Hodgson Winger Leon Felton 32
3 Steve Renouf Centre Kevin Iro 3
15 Paul Johnson Centre Sean Hoppe 2
5 Brian Carney Winger Steve Hall 17
6 Matthew Johns Stand Off Paul Sculthorpe 13
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half Tommy Martyn 20
8 Terry O'Connor Prop Vila Matautia 16
9 Terry Newton Hooker Dave McConnell 29
20 Harvey Howard Prop Mark Edmondson 25
14 Dave Furner 2nd Row Peter Shiels 8
29 Stephen Wild 2nd Row Heath Cruckshank 22
13 Andy Farrell L.Forward Chris Joynt 11
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10 Neil Cowie Substitute Wayne McDonald 14
12 Denis Betts Substitute Tim Jonkers 15
21 Mark Smith Substitute Mick Higham 24
24 Martin Aspinwall Substitute John Kirkpatrick 30
- Stuart Raper Coach Ian Millward -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 40 --- St Helens 6
Tries:
Steve Renouf
Brian Carney 2
David Furner
Terry Newton
Denis Betts
Dave Hodgson
--- Tries:
Paul Sculthorpe

Goals:
Andy Farrell 6
--- Goals:
Paul Sculthorpe 1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

06mins:18 Wigan 04 St Helens 00 Try: Steve Renouf
- Wigan 06 St Helens 00 Conversion: Andy Farrell
11mins:12 Wigan 10 St Helens 00 Try: Brian Carney
- Wigan 12 St Helens 00 Conversion: Andy Farrell
14mins:25 Wigan 16 St Helens 00 Try: Dave Furner
- Wigan 18 St Helens 00 Conversion: Andy Farrell
27mins:33 Wigan 22 St Helens 00 Try: Terry Newton
- Wigan 24 St Helens 00 Conversion: Andy Farrell
30mins:45 Wigan 28 St Helens 00 Try: Brian Carney (2)
- Wigan 28 St Helens 00 A.Farrell Missed Conversion
39mins:59 Wigan 28 St Helens 04 Try: Paul Sculthorpe
- Wigan 28 St Helens 06 Conversion: Paul Sculthorpe
Half Time Wigan Warriors 28 St Helens 06
52mins:10 Wigan 30 St Helens 06 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell
55mins:00 Wigan 34 St Helens 06 Try: Denis Betts
- Wigan 36 St Helens 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
67mins:56 Wigan 40 St Helens 06 Try: David Hodgson
- Wigan 40 St Helens 06 A.Farrell Missed Conversion
Full Time Wigan Warriors 40 St Helens 06

Video Highlights

Referee

Stuart Cummings (Widnes)

Match Attendance

15,235

Television

Live Coverage on Sky Sports 1

Final Super League 6 Table

1st:l Bradford - Played - 28 - Won - 22 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 45 - (Diff: +646)
2nd:l

Wigan

- Played - 28 - Won - 22 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 45 - (Diff: +495)
3rd:l Hull FC - Played - 28 - Won - 20 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 6 - Points: - 42 - (Diff: +142)
4th:l St Helens - Played - 28 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 9 - Points: - 36 - (Diff: +192)
5th:l Leeds - Played - 28 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 11 - Points: - 33 - (Diff: +53)

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6th:l London - Played - 28 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 14 - Points: - 27 - (Diff: +41)
7th:l Warrington - Played - 28 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 15 - Points: - 24 - (Diff: -214)
8th:l Castleford - Played - 28 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 17 - Points: - 21 - (Diff: -196)
9th:l Halifax - Played - 28 - Won - 9 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 19 - Points: - 18 - (Diff: -189)
10th:l Salford - Played - 28 / Won - 8 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 20 - Points: - 16 - (Diff: -369)
11th:l Wakefield - Played - 28 - Won - 8 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 20 - Points: - 14* - (Diff: -288)
12th:l Huddersfield - Played - 28 - Won - 6 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 21 - Points: - 13 - (Diff: -313)

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Top 5 Qualified for Play Offs / Huddersfield were relegated

*Wakefield deducted 2 points for salary cap breach

Super League 6 - Round 28 Results

Fri 14th Sept - Wigan Warriors 40 St Helens 6 - 15,235
Sat 15th Sept - Bradford Bulls 62 Leeds Rhinos 18 - 12,863
Sun 16th Sept - Castleford Tigers 28 Warrington Wolves 31 - 6,019
Sun 16th Sept - Halifax Blue Sox 16 Hull FC 20 - 4,539
Sun 16th Sept - Huddersfield Giants 28 London Broncos 24 - 3,103
Sun 16th Sept - Salford City Reds 24 Wakefield Wildcats 32 - 4,264