Dave Bolton and Frank Collier were absent playing the Final Test for Great Britain against Australia at Headingley. Britain had already lost the series but won the match 18-5 but headlines were taken for the wrong reasons with referee Eric Clay saying on Cliff Watson and Brian Hambly and Barry Muir. With Bolton absent, Wigan gave a debut to youngster Chris Hesketh but they came across a Leigh side who were going strong in the Second Division and they showed
their prowess with this excellent victory in the Western
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