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.
Wigan 8 Hull KR 8
Top of the Slalom Lager Championship - After This Match
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