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16th March 1997: Wigan 20 Halifax 18
Posted by Bilko on June 22 2015 - 23:27
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Wigan Warriors 20 Halifax Blue Sox 18 - Sunday 16th March 1997
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Stones Bitter Super League 2 - Round 1
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l

26. Doc Murray, 22. Paul Johnson, 15. Andy Johnson, 1. Kris Radlinski, 16. Danny Ellison, 6. Henry Paul, 14. Craig Murdock

WiganlForwards:l 8. Neil Cowie, 27. Martin Hall, 10. Terry O'Connor, 17. Stephen Holgate, 9. Mick Cassidy, 13. Andy Farrell
WiganlInterchange:l

11. Simon Haughton, 18. Stuart Lester, 25. Gaël Tallec, 33. Lee Gilmour


WiganlTries:l

Paul Johnson, Danny Ellison, Gael Tallec, Andy Johnson

WiganlGoals:l Andy Farrell 1, Henry Paul 1

HalifaxlBacks:l

1. Mike Umaga, 23. Fereti Tuilagi, 3. John Schuster, 4. Asa Amone, 19. David Bouveng, 6. Martin Pearson, 7. Wayne Parker

HalifaxlForwards:l 8. Karl Harrison, 9. Paul Rowley, 17. Wayne Jackson, 21. Michael Jackson, 12. Simon Baldwin, 13. Martin Moana
HalifaxlInterchange:l

16. Mark Perrett, 20. Kelvin Skerrett, 22. Carl Gillespie, 29. Brendon Greenwood


HalifaxlTries:l

Martin Pearson, Fereti Tuilagi, Asa Amone

HalifaxlGoals:l John Schuster 3
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Summary:l

The fall out from Wigan's early cup exit had seen Eric Hughes replace Graeme West as coach with Shaun Edwards and Va'aiga Tuigamala eventually both leaving the club. This was on top of Martin Offiah, Scott Quinnell and Kelvin Skerrett having exited in late 1996 and this left a much younger Wigan squad kicking off 1997. Problems were brewing off the field also with news the club was in favour of selling Central Park to Tesco for £12million with Wigan temporarily moving to play at Bolton Wanderers new Reebok Stadium. This was seen as a snub to shareholders who in January had voted 7 to 1 to accept Dave Whelan's offer to buy Central Park and ground share there with Wigan Athletic. Fans were up in arms about this it all led to a dark cloud as Wigan began Super League 2 with the visit of Halifax to Central Park. You can imagine what the atmosphere was like as Martin Pearson and Fereti Tuilagi scored to give Halifax a 12-0 half time lead but Wigan rallied superbly second half. Tries from Paul Johnson, Danny Ellison and Gael Tallec put Wigan 14-12 up by the 62nd Minute but it looked like Halifax would win it when Asa Amone scored to make it 18-14. But with four minutes to go, an "irresistible break" by Andy Farrell set up Andy Johnson and Faz then converted to snatch the victory.

Half Time:l

Wigan 0 Halifax 12

Attendance:l

11,586

Referee:l

Steve Presley (Castleford)


Top of the Stones Bitter Super League 2 - After This Match
1st Place:l Bradford - Played - 1 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 2
2nd Place:l Paris - Played - 1 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 2
3rd Place:l Leeds - Played - 1 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 2
4th Place:l St Helens - Played - 1 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 2
5th Place:l Salford - Played - 1 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 2
6th Place:l Wigan - Played - 1 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 0 - Points: - 2

Super League 2 - Round 1 Results
Fri 14 Mar - Bradford Bulls 58 Warrington Wolves 20 - 15,070
Sun 16 Mar - Leeds Rhinos 32 Oldham Bears 22 - 11,516
Sun 16 Mar - London Broncos 24 St Helens 28 - 6,949

Sun 16 Mar

- Salford Reds 4 Castleford Tigers 0 - 5,726
Sun 16 Mar - Sheffield Eagles 4 Paris St Germain 18 - 4,213
Sun 16 Mar - Wigan Warriors 20 Halifax Blue Sox 18 - 11,566

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