Warriors v Warrington Wolves- Tetley's Super League VII Round 7.
Friday 19th April
2002. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.
Report by Rebecca Smith
10 Try Treat
Stuart Raper was given some
selection dilemmas ahead of the Challenge Cup Final after an impressive display
from his youngsters in an easy win over relegation favourites Warrington. It was
a morale boosting performance and fortunately, no further injuries were picked
The Wolves recieved a ten-try thrashing that sees them continue to
prop up the Super League table.
Raper had six first team players missing
for this clash but every man on the field made a bid for a starting spot at
Particularly impressive was 17 year-old debutant Luke
Robinson. The diminutive scrum half was a pleasure to watch. He played with real
enthusiasm and displayed more attacking options than any half-back combination
has done so far this season.
Another great performance came from Craig
Smith. The big prop had his best game yet and proved his fitness by playing
three quarters of the match. Smith scored the first try after just five minutes,
taking the ball from David Hodgson who had stolen it from Dale
Stephen Wild was next to take advantage of awful Warrington
defence, going over on fifteen minutes.
Three minutes later Farrell
burst through the Wolves' line and set Radlinski of on a run to the line. The
full back put the ball down under the posts and with Farrell converting all
three Wigan had an 18-0 lead.
Warrington hit back with an unconverted try
from Lee Penny on 19 minutes but that was to be their only score of the
Cassidy added another try before the break and although Farrell
missed the conversion, he did add a penalty to take a 24-4 advantage into
Warrington's defence was even worse in the second period. New
coach David Plange needs to take his players back to basics and remind them how
Not long after the restart, Farrell was replaced by
brother-in-law Sean O'Loughlin who duly provided two tries.
also scored twice in the second half and so staked his claim for wing selection
at Murrayfield. The Irishman was a constant thorn in Warrington's side with
devastating runs through their defence.
Mark Smith and Martin Aspinwall
were the other try scorers with Julian O'Neill taking over kicking
responsibilities after Farrell took his well deserved rest.
performance will give hope to even the most pessimistic of Warriors supporters
who believe St.Helens only have to turn up at Murrayfield to be handed the
Wigan Warriors 58
Warrington Wolves 4
Tries: Craig Smith Stephen Wild Mick
Cassidy Kris Radlinski Brian Carney 2 Mark Smith Sean O'Loughlin
2 Martin Aspinwall
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