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1st March 1998: Dewsbury 0 Wigan 56
Posted by Bilko on December 29 2015 - 23:23

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Sunday 1st March 1998

Dewsbury Rams 0 Wigan Warriors 56
New Crown Flatt, Dewsbury
Silk Cut Challenge Cup Round 5

Kick Off 3:00pm

Wigan Team


Kris Radlinski



Jason Robinson



Gary Connolly



Danny Moore



Mark Bell    


Tony Smith    


Craig Murdock  T2   


Neil Cowie    


Robbie McCormack    


Stephen Holgate    


Simon Haughton    


Mick Cassidy    


Andy Farrell  T   G10 




Tony Mestrov    


Lee Gilmour    


Daryl Cardiss  T   


Paul Johnson  T   


Bramald, Brent, Flynn, B Williams, Williamson, Ball, Eaton, Boothroyd, Collins, Rose, Haigh, S Williams, Firth.
Interchange: (Unknown)

Tries: (None)
Goals: (None)


The wild winds of Yorkshire and the gentle sway of the falling down stand are what greeted Wigan fans who ventured over the Dewsbury to watch the warriors demolish the Rams of the field. As a contest it was never expected to be close, but Dewsbury did come out fighting, quite literally. In two cup games against Yorkshire opponents Wigan have notched up 132 points without letting so much as a drop goal spoil the zero retaliation figure. Many think that Wigan may even go through to Wembley without conceding a single point, but that would be something too remarkable even for this team of stars. I'm sure many better teams will still become victims of the Farrell, Robinson and Connolly Wigan triangle. Couple that with a strong quick back row, powerful forwards and quick half back play and you will see why no-one wants to draw Wigan in the cup. It is obvious to see the Cup favorites and former eight time's holders are more than hungry to get to Wembley and win. This narrow Dewsbury pitch was in good condition, despite the snow and rain of the past week. The local crowd was welcoming and seemed ready to accept the inevitable in this round five match.

Wigan's Rob McCormack picked up the first kick off and he was duly met with a very fierce and dangerous horizontal tackle from Dewsbury's Shayne Williams. McCormack was led off the field full of blood and replaced by Daryl Cardiss. And this seemed to set the scene for Dewsbury's tactics for the afternoon. Further niggles and infringements from Williamson meant that Farrell could open the points avalanche for Wigan by landing two penalties. Williams persisted to push his luck with the ref for a full 30 minutes with late flops and loose arms, and he was then duly dispatched to the sin bin for a good 10 minutes rest. The Rams defense was proving tough to break through and then after 20 minutes Steve Holgate broke through the line and offloaded to the supporting Craig Murdock who crossed the line for the first Wigan try. Danny Moore was the next one to score, finishing off a Smith and Farrell combination. Then Dewsbury made the most of a rare Lee Gilmour mistake and put pressure on the Wigan line.

It was not long before Gilmour made amends for this by Breaking from his own 20 metre line, offloading to Smith who then timed his pass to Robinson to score his first try of the game. Robinson, not content with that saw his opportunity to pounce again as he stormed through the now tiring Rams back line to score his second try just minutes later. After half time it was business as usual as Robinson scampered over from long distance to complete his hat trick.

By now Wigan had taken full control of this game. After a half time ear bashing from coach John Monie who thought that the pack was winning the battle in the centre of the park, but Wigan were for to keen to get the ball out wide, and were not proving as effective as a result. This advice did not go unheeded as Wigan started scoring more tries. Dewsbury's tactics of play altered little after their half time talk. They continued to niggle the Wigan players, Adrian Flynn being the person who preferred to have a go instead of covering the gap left for Robinson to scamper through and setup tries for Farrell and a second for Murdock.

The Farrell try was well worked indeed, the ball passing through the five pairs of Wigan hands finishing off with Smith and Robinson, who selflessly offloaded to Farrell. Robinson's fine balance and turns were a real crowd pleaser, unless you were from Dewsbury. And he proved to be a menace to the defense all afternoon.

Wigan Substitute Paul Johnson came on the field and with his first touch of the ball he raced over for a try. Cardiss rounded of the afternoon with a well deserved try and Farrell obliged by converting the goals to take his afternoons total to 24. The ill-disciplined and strong display by Dewsbury was summed up in prop Gary Rose, as he clattered Tony Mestrov and then mouthed off the ref after he blew the whistle. He was duly dispatched to the sin bin and was very lucky not to see a red card for his behavior.

Wigan notched up a fine victory again despite never really getting into top gear. This could work both ways for Wigan. On the one hand they have kept two clean sheets, practiced game plays and set pieces without getting injured. On the other hand they have not really been pushed to their limits in terms of pressure and match fitness and so meeting Superleague opposition will be a tough test in the next round Against Dewsbury they did not perform as well as they did against Dewsbury two weeks before. The Rams were really their own worth enemy as they were undisciplined all afternoon and failed to finish off some moves which may have seen a try or two.

Wigan's defense of the other hand was tireless and well organised all afternoon. In fact the whole team from one through to 17 worked well for each other, with no one player thinking he was greater than the whole. The Wigan faithful must now be hoping for a plum tie to a big team at Central Park to test their skills and give them a worthy pay day, after these two small team games. We will just have to wait and see what the good fairies at Red Hall come up with.

Half Time: 

Dewsbury 0 Wigan 28




Steve Ganson (St Helens)


1998 Challenge Cup Fifth Round

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