1st April 2002: St Helens 19 Wigan 0
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St Helens v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League VII Round 5.
Easter Monday 1st April 2002. Kick Off 8:05pm at Knowsley Road.

CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith

Wigan nilled by Saints

Wigan were taught a lesson in taking chances in a classic easter encounter between the old enemies.

In a tryless first half Wigan had a number of opportunities to score but were kept out by a combination of their own mistakes and superb Saints defence.

Martyn's skill proved the difference between the two sides but the game will be best remembered for a fantastic tackle from Keiron Cunningham to deny Mark Smith a try.

A full house of 15, 100 packed into Knowsley Road and saw a thrilling, but for Warriors' fans ultimately disappointing, game.

Just a Sean Long penalty seperated the teams at the break the half did not lack attacking flair. Both sides had opportunities to score.

Wigan ought have got a try in the first five minutes. Julian O'Neill broke clear down the right but instead of passing outside to unmarked centre Paul Johnson he ran the ball himself on the inside and lost posession.

The video referee spared Gary Connolly's blushes on fifteen minutes. His failure to palm the ball over the dead ball line nearly allowed Sculthorpe to score.

The Warriors had periods of sustained pressure on the Saints line but just could not penetrate the magnificent defence.

O'Neill again bust the line but again lost the ball in a try scoring position.

O'Neill was forced to leave the field early in the second half with a foot injury and joined Paul Johnson in the treatment room who had hobbled off in the first half.

When Keiron Cunningham denied Mark Smith a try the match turned in St. Helens favour. David Hodgson got clear down the right, drew in full back Wellens and passed inside to Mark Smith. The nippy hooker looked certain to score in the corner but amazingly his counter part Cunnigham not only caught him but turned him over, used his legs to stop him touching down and then took him into touch.

Millward described Cunninghams tackle as "The greatest tackle I have seen in my coaching career."

Seizing on Wigan's disappointment Tommy Martyn then gave a master class in half back play.

He put a chip behind the Wigan line, collected it and then whilst looking the other way passed to Peter Shiels to score under the post. Long converted.

Two minutes later Martyn scored himself, swooping on a Long grubber kick missed by Connolly. Long again converted and a minute later Martyn audaciously dropped a goal to take the score to 15-0.

By this time the Warriors had run out of ideas.

Stewart added insult to injury with a last minute touch down, brushing off Brian Carney in the process.

Raper said afterwards, " I am disappointed not disheartened. It was a game of missed chances for us."

Team Sheets

St Helens - Wigan
No.
Player
Pos No.
Player
1 Paul Wellens Full Back 4 Gary Connolly
19 Anthony Stewart Wing 2 Brett Dallas
3 Martin Gleeson Centre 3 Jamie Ainscough
4 Paul Newlove Centre 15 Paul Johnson
5 Darren Albert Wing 5 Brian Carney
20 Tommy Martyn Stand Off 6 Julian O'Neill
7 Sean Long Scrum Half 7 Adrian Lam
8 Darren Britt Prop
8
Terry O'Connor
9 Keiron Cunningham Hooker 9 Terry Newton
12 Peter Shiels Prop 10 Craig Smith
11 Chris Joynt 2nd Row 11 Mick Cassidy
15 Tim Jonkers 2nd Row 12 Dave Furner
13 Paul Sculthorpe L.Forward 13 Andrew Farrell
2 Sean Hoppe Sub 14 David Hodgson
10 Barry Ward Sub 16 Simon Haughton
14 John Stankevitch Sub 17 Harvey Howard
17 Mick Higham Sub 18 Mark Smith

Score Sheet

St Helens 19 --- Wigan Warriors 00
Tries:
Peter Shiels
Tommy Martyn
Anthony Stewart
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Goals:
Sean Long 3
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Drop Goals:
Tommy Martyn 1
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Half Time

St Helens 2 Wigan 0

Referee

Stuart Cummings (Widnes)

Match Attendance

15,100 (Sell Out)

Television

Table after this Round

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

Wigan

- Played - 5 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 6
6th:l Hull FC - Played - 5 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 6

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

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Top 6 Qualified for Play Offs

Super League 7 - Round 5 Results

Mon 1st April - Halifax Blue Sox 12 Salford City Reds 15 - 3,808
Mon 1st April - Hull FC 30 London Broncos 26 - 7,281
Mon 1st April - St Helens 19 Wigan Warriors 0 - 15,100
Mon 1st April - Wakefield Wildcats 12 Bradford Bulls 44 - 6,647
Mon 1st April - Warrington Wolves 14 Widnes Vikings 20 - 9,105
Tue 2nd April - Castleford Tigers 16 Leeds Rhinos 36 - 10,017