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3rd March 1985: Wigan 20 Hull KR 16
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 29 2013 - 17:25
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Wigan 20 Hull Kingston Rovers 16 - Sunday 3rd March 1985
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Slalom Lager Championship
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Shaun Edwards, 2. Phil Ford, 3. David Stephenson, 4. Steve Donlan, 5. Henderson Gill, 6. Brett Kenny, 7. Mike Ford
WiganlForwards:l 8. Danny Campbell, 9. Nicky Kiss, 10. Brian Case, 11. Graeme West, 12. Brian Dunn, 13. Ian Potter
WiganlSubs Used:l (None)


Steve Donlan, Phil Ford 2

WiganlGoals:l David Stephenson 2, Henderson Gill 2

Hull KRlTries:l

Fairbairn, Laws

Hull KRlGoals:l Fairbairn 4

The Cup and bad weather had left the league campaign being very much distracted in recent weeks but March was entered with league leaders and champions Hull KR visiting Central Park. If Wigan had hopes of winning their first title since 1960, this was surely a must win match and Wigan included new signing Phil Ford who was bought from Warrington for £35,000. The match was poised evenly at half time 8-8 before a George Fairbairn penalty put Rovers 10-8 in front. Wigan though went ahead when Graeme West send Phil Ford over for a try that was converted by Henderson Gill for a 14-10 Wigan lead. But Rovers hit back. Laws try was converted by Fairbairn to put them back 16-14 up. Twenty minutes still remained at that point and it looked like Rovers were going to hold out until the end. However, Wigan ended up stealing the game at the death. Brett Kenny "threaded a kick of mathematical precision through the Rovers defence" and Phil Ford pounced to claim his second on a memorable debut. The try was converted but it didn't matter, the crucial match had been nicked away.

Half Time:l Wigan 8 Hull KR 8
Attendance:l 14,510
Referee:l Cliff Hodgson

Top of the Slalom Lager Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Hull KR - Played - 18 - Won - 15 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 3 - Points: - 30
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 22 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 29
3rd Place:l St Helens - Played - 19 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 28
4th Place:l Wigan - Played - 17 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 3 - Points: - 28

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