Wigan suffered a blow before kick off when Stand Off Dave
Bolton was ruled out with a hand injury suffered in the Christmas Day
victory over Salford. Saints took the lead when Tom van Vollenhoven outpaced
Mick Sullivan for a score which led to a 5-0 lead after Peter Fearis
converted. Wigan were under more pressure soon after but a kick from Fearis
was returned by Fred Griffiths 75 metres for a Wigan try that he converted
for 5-5. Before half time though, Alex Murphy send Van Vollenhoven over for
a second try that went unconverted but still an 8-5 lead. Into the second
half and two penalty goals from Griffiths had put Wigan 9-8 ahead but a
converted try from Jan Prinsloo put Saints back into a 13-9 lead. That
proved to be that with Saints going closest to adding to the scoring but
Sullivan's "crash tackle" denied Van Vollenhoven a hat-trick.
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