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27th September 2003: Wigan 25 Warrington 12
Posted by Bilko on January 31 2016 - 23:44

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Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves Tetley's Super League Elimination Play Off
Saturday 27th September 2003. Kick Off 6:05pm at JJB Stadium.

CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith

WIGAN lined up an elimination semi-final with Super League defending champions and arch rivals St Helens after coming from behind to beat the resurgent Warrington Wolves in an exciting clash at the JJB.

The Wolves gave Wigan a real fright by dominating the first 40-minutes and chalking up a 12-6 lead by the break. But Mike Gregory’s young guns turned it around to score 19 unanswered points.

Mike Gregory, now unbeaten in his nine games in charge, admitted he was worried in the first half. He said: ‘The score reflects how we played in the second half, but it must look hard on Warrington. They are in the top six on merit. They have run us close in all three games this season.

‘I was concerned with our lack of composure with the ball because we are better than that.’

Wigan had Kris Radlinski to thank that they weren’t further behind at half-time. The GB full-back made at least three try saving tackles as his team-mates struggled to contain Warrington’s fast, adventurous and robust play.

Nathan Wood was the Wolves main protagonist. His break lead to Quentin Pongia being sin-binned in the first 10-minutes for holding down Daryl Cardiss and Graham Appo landed the penalty. Minutes later Wood broke again after intercepting an Adrian Lam pass. He exchanged passes, one of which looked two yards forward, with Graham Appo before being hauled down inches short of the whitewash by Radlinski. But with no defence ahead of him Darren Burns strolled over at the next play of the ball. Appo converted again.

Eventually Wigan found a chink in the Warrington defence when after 25 minutes Lam collected Terry Newton’s short chip through to score. Farrell added the extra two but that was to be one of his last contributions to the game as his knee problem forced him off the field. The skipper, also one of six Wiganers to come into the game with a stomach bug, demonstrated his frustration by hurling his tracksuit to the floor.

When Nathan Woods intercepted Adrian Lam’s kick he raced 70-yards to give his side a deserved 12-6 advantage.

Danny Tickle brought the Warriors level by converting his own 46-minute short range try. And they took the lead for the first time when Luke Robinson slotted over a penalty. The 18-year-old took over the scrum-half duties after a tired Lam was withdrawn and the youngster made a major contribution to the Warrior’s improvement.

Wigan went further ahead when Radlinski’s cute back-handed pass put Brett Dallas in. Tickle was just wide with the conversion but when Robinson slotted over a timely drop-goal the Wolves visibly tired and Craig Smith’s last minute try sealed their fate.

Team Sheets

Wigan - Warrington


1 Kris Radlinski Full Back 28 Daryl Cardiss
2 Brett Dallas Wing 4 Ben Westwood
18 Martin Aspinwall Centre 3 Brent Grose
14 David Hodgson Centre 13 Sid Domic
5 Brian Carney Wing 20 Dean Gaskell
15 Sean O'Loughlin Stand Off 5 Graham Appo
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half 7 Nathan Wood
30 Quentin Pongia Prop 8 Nick Fozzard
9 Terry Newton Hooker 14 Mark Gleeson
10 Craig Smith Prop 16 Paul Wood
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row 18 Paul Noone
12 Danny Tickle 2nd Row 23 Mike Wainwright
13 Andy Farrell L.Forward 11 Darren Burns
4 Paul Johnson Sub 12 Ian Sibbit
8 Terry O'Connor Sub 15 Jerome Guisset
20 Luke Robinson Sub 17 Warren Stevens
23 Gareth Hock Sub 19 Gary Hulse

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 25 --- Warrington Wolves 12

Tries (4):
Adrian Lam
Danny Tickle
Brett Dallas
Craig Smith


Tries (2):
Darren Burns
Nathan Wood

Andy Farrell 1/1
Danny Tickle 2/3
Luke Robinson 1/1

--- Goals:
Graham Appo 2/3

Drop Goal:
Luke Robinson 1

--- ---

Scoring and Incident Pattern

09mins:05 Wigan Sin Bin Quentin Pongia (Interference)
10mins:25 Wigan 00 Warrington 02 Penalty Goal: Graham Appo (1/1)
14mins:06 Wigan 00 Warrington 06 Try: Darren Burns
- Wigan 00 Warrington 08 Conversion: Graham Appo (2/2)
25mins:24 Wigan 04 Warrington 08 Try: Adrian Lam
- Wigan 06 Warrington 08 Conversion: Andy Farrell (1/1)
35mins:46 Wigan Sin Bin Paul Johnson (Obstruction)
38mins:38 Wigan 06 Warrington 12 Try: Nathan Wood
- Wigan 06 Warrington 12 G.Appo Missed Conversion (2/3)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 06 Warrington Wolves 12
45mins:59 Wigan 10 Warrington 12 Try: Danny Tickle
- Wigan 12 Warrington 12 Conversion: Danny Tickle (1/1)
58mins:42 Wigan 14 Warrington 12 Penalty Goal: Luke Robinson (1/1)
65mins:34 Wigan 18 Warrington 12 Try: Brett Dallas
- Wigan 18 Warrington 12 D.Tickle Missed Conversion (1/2)
72mins:52 Wigan 19 Warrington 12 Drop Goal: Luke Robinson
78mins:30 Wigan 23 Warrington 12 Try: Craig Smith
- Wigan 25 Warrington 12 Conversion: Danny Tickle (2/3)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 25 Warrington Wolves 12

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Steve Ganson (St Helens)

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CherryandWhite.co.uk Man of the Match

Kris Radlinski

2003 Super League Play Offs - Week 1 Results

Friday 26th September 2003
Eliminator: St Helens 24 London Broncos 6 (7,188)

Saturday 27th September 2003
Eliminator: Wigan Warriors 25 Warrington Wolves 12 (14,154)

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