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6th October 1985: Wigan 14 New Zealand 8
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 05 2013 - 20:55

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Sunday 6th October 1985

Wigan 14 New Zealand 8
Central Park, Wigan
Tour Match
Kick Off 3:00pm

Wigan Team
1.  Shaun Edwards  T   
2.  Gary Henley-Smith    
3.  David Stephenson    G3 
4. 

Ellery Hanley

   
5. 

Colin Whitfield

   
6.  Steve Ella    
7. 

Mike Ford

   
8.  Brian Case    
9.  Nicky Kiss    
10.  Shaun Wane    
11.  Nick Du Toit    
12.  Andy Goodway  T   
13.  Ian Potter    
 
Sub.  Steve Hampson    
Sub.  Neil Courtney    

NZ 

1. Vaun O'Callaghan, 2. Joe Ropati, 3. Mark Ella, Ron O'Regan, 5. Mark Bourneville, 6. Shane Cooper, 7. Clayton Friend, 8. Dane Sorensen, 9. Howie Tamati, 10. Kurt Sorensen, 11. Mark Graham, 12. Owen Wright, 13. Hugh McGahan Subs: Adrian Shelford, Olsen Fillipiana.

Tries: Shane Cooper
Goals: Vaun O'Callaghan 2

Summary: 

This match marked the beginning of the tour for New Zealand and it would also be the full debut of Steve Ella for Wigan. The only try of the first half came when David Stephenson sent Shaun Edwards over and he added three goals for a 10-2 lead with a Vaun O'Callaghan penalty being the only response from the tourists. Edwards would turn from hero to villain just three minutes after the re-start when his error, not helped by the deluge of wet weather, gifted Shane Cooper a score for 10-8. New Zealand put the pressure on but a superb kicking game from Ella offered regular relief and it was from one of his kicks that O'Callaghan made an error and Andy Goodway pounced to score from a kick ahead towards the try line. Stephenson converted for 14-8 and that's how it would finish.

Half Time: 

Wigan 10 New Zealand 2

Attendance: 

12,856

Referee:  Ron Campbell (Widnes)
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