Wigan are in the fifth round of the Powergen Challenge
Cup after seeing off amateur side Halton Simms Cross in a thoroughly
professional performance on a sad day at the JJB Stadium.
before kick-off the club learned that two of its up and coming stars, Billie-Joe
Edwards and Craig Johnson, had been killed in a car crash. An impecably observed
silence was held for under-21 team mates before kick-off
based amateur outfit was outclassed as Wigan ran in 15 tries but the Simmies
players did not lack effort or enthusiasm and their coach, Chris Middlehurst,
did have the pleasure of seeing his side take the first points.
Capewell, the Simms Cross full-back took a drop-goal in the 6th minute to have
the JJB Scoreboard reading "WIGAN WARRIORS 0 HALTON SIMMS CROSS 1". The
former St Helens Academy Player scored his sides only other points, a penalty goal on
The tie was over as a contest within the first quarter and
Wigan averaged a point a minute in the first half with two tries each for both
Newton and Radlinski. they wer joined on the try sheet by Aspinwall, Farrell,
Hodgson and O'loughlin.
Farrell converted six of the eight
In the second half wigan did not ease up on their opposition but
to the surprise of most of the 3,790 crowd the amateurs did not tire
dramatically. Dogged defence from Simmies kept the Warriors from scoring for ten
minutes after the restart when Julian O'Neill scored a strong individual
Kris radlinski was the next player over the line to bring up his
hat-trick. He looked fit and sharp for the season ahead. Further ties came from
Farrell, O'loughlin, Wild, Carney and an uncharacteristic 60metre touchline
effort from prop forward Ricky Bibey. Farrell converted five of the seven to
take Wigan past the 80-point mark.
Coach Stuart Raper was pleased to get
the game under his belt. After the game he said: 'We did some good things out
there and we did some probably silly things but it was important for us to get a
good hit out ahead of our game against Castleford next week.'
'It was very hard for the guys to play today after the sad news but they went
out there and were very business like.'
Wigan Warriors 82
Halton Simms Cross 3
Tries: Terry Newton 2 (8, 25) Kris Radlinski 3
(15, 39, 54) Martin Aspinwall (17) Andy Farrell 2 (21, 57) David
Hodgson (29) Sean O'Loughlin 2 (37, 67) Julian O'Neill (50) Ricky Bibey
(59) Stephen Wild (71) Brian Carney (78)
Goals: Andy Farrell 11
Goals: Brian Capewell 1
Drop Goals: Brian Capewell 1
Wigan 44 Halton Simms Cross 3
Ashley Klein (London)
2003 Challenge Cup Round 4
Saturday 8th February 2003 Union Treiziste Catalane 6 St
Helens 70 Wakefield Wildcats 20 Castleford Tigers 18 (Live on BBC
ONE) Warrington Wolves 12 Bradford Bulls 38 (Live on BBC ONE) Wath
Brow Hornets 6 Batley Bulldogs 18 (at Whitehaven)
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