Wigan won this Super League battle
to keep up their unbeaten run and at the same time put an end to Halifax's
But the game proved expensive for the Yorkshire club
who had player-coach Gary Mercer stretchered off in the second half with
what looked to be a serious injury to his right leg.
Both defences were on top of their game in the opening 40 minutes with
just one try on the board.
This came Wigan's way after 10 minutes. Their pressure paid off when
skipper Andy Farrell - again revelling in the unfamiliar stand-off role -
spread the ball out to fellow half-back Willie Peters who fed Lee Gilmour
for the all-important touchdown.
The Blue Sox had threatened on several occasions with Mercer, Jamie
Gannon and Greg Florimo all going close to scoring.
Martin Pearson landed a penalty goal for Halifax when Denis Betts was
judged to have obstructed, but Wigan led 8-2 at the break thanks to a
couple of penalties landed by Farrell.
An inspired substitution by coach Frank Endacott at half-time paid off
within four minutes of the restart.
Farrell's clever chip was collected by the ever-alert Kris Radlinski
before the busy full-back in turn fed Mick Cassidy for the substitute to
finish off under the posts.
The best try of the match came on the hour following a mistake by the
visitors' livewire Aussie scrum-half Andrew Dunemann whose loose pass was
scooped up by Wigan flyer Brett Dallas who set off on a scintillating
40-yard dash for the Halifax line.
Credit to the visitors who never gave up the battle but their
last-minute try through former Wigan player Brett Goldspink proved poor
consolation for the beaten visitors.