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19th April 1998: Wigan 40 Halifax 6
Posted by Bilko on December 30 2015 - 22:31
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Wigan Warriors 40 Halifax Blue Sox 6 - Sunday 19th April 1998
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: JJB Sports Super League 3 - Round 3
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Kris Radlinski, 5. Mark Bell, 4. Gary Connolly, 3. Danny Moore, 2. Jason Robinson, 6. Henry Paul, 7. Tony Smith
WiganlForwards:l 16. Terry O'Connor, 9. Robbie McCormack, 10. Tony Mestrov, 11. Denis Betts, 14. Mick Cassidy, 13. Andy Farrell

8. Neil Cowie, 12. Simon Haughton, 17. Stephen Holgate, 20. Lee Gilmour


Mark Bell, Denis Betts, Gary Connolly 3, Kris Radlinski, Tony Smith

WiganlGoals:l Andy Farrell 6

HalifaxlBacks:l 6. Martin Pearson, 23. Fereti Tuigali, 19. David Bouveng, 1. Damian Gibson, 15. Diao Powell, 13. Martin Moana, 24. Chris Chester
HalifaxlForwards:l 8. Karl Harrison, 9. Paul Rowley, 4. Kelvin Skerrett, 11. Gary Mercer, 10. Des Clark, 12. Simon Baldwin

16. Kevin O'Loughlin, 17. Richard Marshall, 20. Andy Hobson, 22. Carl Gillespie


Damian Gibson

HalifaxlGoals:l Chris Chester 1
Half Time:l

Wigan 18 Halifax 6




Steve Ganson (St Helens)

Top of the JJB Sports Super League 3 - After This Round
1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 3 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 0 - Points: - 6
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 3 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 0 - Points: - 6
3rd Place:l Salford - Played - 3 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 4
4th Place:l Bradford - Played - 3 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 4
5th Place:l Halifax - Played - 3 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 4
6th Place:l Hull - Played - 3 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 4
7th Place:l St Helens - Played - 3 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 4


Top 5 Qualified for Play Offs

Super League 3 - Round 3 Results
Fri 17 Apr - Leeds Rhinos 20 Castleford Tigers 10 - 13,120
Fri 17 Apr - Sheffield Eagles 4 Bradford Bulls 11 - 6,200
Sun 19 Apr - Huddersfield Giants 24 St Helens 26 - 4,946

Sun 19 Apr

- London Broncos 14 Warrington Wolves 4 - 3,728
Sun 19 Apr - Salford Reds 12 Hull Sharks 4 - 5,227
Sun 19 Apr - Wigan Warriors 40 Halifax Blue Sox 6 - 12,841

Match Report

Any hopes Halifax harboured of maintaining their unbeaten tag were quickly crushed by the formidable Warriors.

The visitors arrived at Central Park full of confidence after winning their two opening Super League games but their aspirations were soon in tatters.

John Monie's boys are getting better with every match and they were again in devastating mood and completely outclassed the Blue Sox.

Inspired by the brilliance of Tony Smith and Andy Farrell the Warriors produced flowing rugby and had the speed and power which Halifax could do little to contain.

It left Monie a contented coach: "I gave them a blast at half-time about letting in the try but I was happy overall with our defence. We defended a lot of sets of six inside our 20 and the defence was outstanding.

"I felt if we tackled well in the middle of the park and stopped their big guys, they didn't have the players to break us on the edges and that was how it worked.

"We played some good foootball. A couple of our tries looked easy but we worked hard to get into those situations." Such was Wigan's second-half dominance that Monie was able to experiment by switching players around.

"I wanted to see how we operate without Smith and Farrell. I wanted other people to take responsibility," he added.

The changes restricted Wigan's final points tally but few would have complained after witnessing another awesome display.

Halifax started strongly, with former Wigan powerhouse Kelvin Skerrett and Karl Harrison providing a formidable front-row, but the lack of mobility of the veterans worked in the Warriors' favour.

Mark Bell, back after a hamstring strain, scored his first Super League try in the seventh minute, before the energetic Denis Betts burst through to grab a second. Halifax hit back when Damian Gibson slipped over and Chris Chester goaled, but two minutes before the break man-of-the-match Gary Connolly produced an electric turn of pace to score an excellent individual try. Farrell tagged on his third conversion.

The Warriors had a storming start to the second-half and within three minutes Robbie McCormack shrugged off a high tackle before getting the ball out for Kris Radlinski to score.

Three minutes later and Smith shot through a gap to grab a touchdown before McCormack burrowed his way over in the 55th minute. Farrell added three goals and then in the 60th minute the loose-forward broke through before chipping ahead for Connolly to win the race for the ball.

With victory assured It was all change and that restricted Wigan's scoring opportunities.

They have only one game remaining, at home to London next Sunday evening, before the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley but Monie could not have wished for a better run-in to the big game.

Other Information

Pitch: Excellent
Weather: Cold, Wet and Windy
Man of the match: Wigan: Gary Connolly

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