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Rugby Union: A very Long night for poor Wigan.

SEAN LONG cast his spell on woeful Wigan to add some late gloss to the Millennium Magic weekend in Cardiff.

Still smarting from their 34-18 defeat at the Millennium Stadium 12 months earlier and a 46-10 Good Friday mauling at Knowsley Road, the Warriors suffered yet more misery at the hands of their arch rivals.

With Long in magnificent form, Saints were simply irresistible as they cut loose against some pathetic defence with six high-class tries before half-time, when they led 35-0, and they added four more after the break.

When Saints reached the half-century mark, Wigan fans among the 32,516 crowd - which took the total for the two days to a bumper 63,144 - began to head for the exits, even though there was still half-an-hour of the match left.

Long, so often Wigan's nemesis, was at the heart of the destruction, scoring three tries and kicking seven goals, including a cheeky drop goal, for a personal haul of 27 points.

Hull KR warmed up for next Sunday's Challenge Cup clash with the Giants at New Craven Park with a 22-17 triumph over Hull.

And Rovers coach Justin Morgan was happy to take advantage of a controversial decision by referee Steve Ganson in his side's derby win.

Hull had edged 17-16 ahead in a tense encounter with a 74th-minute drop goal.

But Tommy Lee was adjudged to have knocked on from the subsequent restart and Rovers took full advantage with Jake Webster crossing to snatch a 22-17 win.

It was the second year in succession Ganson had been at the centre of refereeing controversy at the showpiece event, the same official having been in charge of the contentious clash between Leeds and Bradford last season.

Morgan said: "It is what the referee says. We have been on the end of good and bad calls all season.

"Everyone is on the end of bad calls. It's what's gone in the little box at the end of the day and it's us that got two points. That's all that matters."

Hull coach Peter Sharp felt his side were hard done by.

"It was massive," he said of Ganson's late decision. "There is a lot of money and a lot of things at stake for a lot of clubs and we come up with decisions like that. We have got to do better than that."

The defeat leaves Hull 10th in the table with just nine points from their 13 games.

Earlier in the day, Catalans Dragons maintained second spot with an 18-16 victory over Harlequins.

Those followed Saturday's fixtures, with leaders Leeds beating Bradford 40-26 and Wakefield thrashing Castleford 54-16.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:May 5, 2008
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