Blue Sox v Wigan Warriors- Tetley's Super League VII Round 3.
Sunday 24th March
2002. Kick Off 3:00pm at The New Shay.
Report by Rebecca Smith
The Warriors brought two points back over the Pennines after a
battling Halifax performance.
After dominating the first half Wigan
struggled to contain the Blue Sox in the second but just held on for a
A relieved Stuart Raper said: “Halifax were very strong, we had to
work hard to get our points.”
Two converted tries in the first ten
minutes put the Warriors in the driving seat. Paul Johnson was the first scorer.
He burst through a Donlan tackle after a neat pass from O’Neill at scored on the
right wing. Minutes later Cassidy touched down in the same spot following a
great bust by David Furner down his favoured left centre passage.
nearly stretched their lead on 15 minutes but the final pass in a flowing piece
of play was recalled as a forward pass to deny Jamie Ainscough a
Halifax then began to get into the game and had several attacks on
the Wigan line. One attack ended when Pencywicz was held up on his back, another
was halted when Ainscough intercepted a pass.
Having defended their own
line Wigan broke to attack at the other end and on the fifth tackle Newton went
over to the left of the posts. David Furner missed the conversion.
Halifax got on the scoreboard before half time thanks to a great run
from Wigan old boy Daryl Cardiss. The full back ran a ball back through the
Wigan defence with disturbing ease. He was eventually felled by Radlinski but a
quick play gave the ball to Andrew Dunneman and with Wigan’s defence in disarray
he scampered over in the right corner. Tickle failed to convert leaving the
Warriors with a 12-point lead at half time.
Wigan were first to score
after the interval. In the 45th minute Farrell took two points from a penalty
awarded 40 metres out in front of the posts for interference at the play of the
Then began the Blue Sox revival. The home side had eight complete
sets of six and put Wigan on the racks. In the 53rd minute Robby Beckitt touched
down a towering kick from Duneman. Tickle converted to narrow the lead to 8
Tickle should then have brought his side to within two points but
somehow dropped a ball with the line begging.
David Furner calmed Wigan
nerves on 65 minutes with a try, converted by Farrell, to take the score to
The Warriors continued to look decidedly troubled by Halifax’s
pace men Donlan and Cardiss but Paul Johnson settled the game with an easy touch
down under the posts courtesy of a slick Mark Smith pass. Again Farrell
Tickle scored just before the hooter but although such tries
are usually referred to as mere consolation it would have been no consolation
for him for dropping his earlier opportunity. Had he scored the earlier one it
could well have been a very different game.
Stuart Raper added: “I think
we were in control for most of the game. It was the best first 40 we have played
so far this year. Our defence and kick chase were strong and we took our
chances. Obviously they came back to 10-18 but I never had a sense of panic.
A disappointed but proud Steve Linane said: “We went very close to
beating a full strength Wigan team today. Tickle doesn’t know how he dropped
that ball but he did. To go 12-0 down against Wigan and get back is a mighty
hard task but we almost did it.”
Halifax Blue Sox 16
Wigan Warriors 30
Tries: Andrew Dunemann
Tries: Paul Johnson 2
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