1. Phil Veivers, 2. Barrie Ledger, 3. Paul Loughlin, 4. Steve Halliwell, 5.
Kevin McCormack, 6. Brett Clark, 7. Neil Holding,
8. Tony Burke, 9. Graham Liptrot, 10. Pat Jarvis, 11. Andy Platt, 12. Roy
Haggerty, 13. Chris Arkwright. Subs: Steve Bayliss, Paul Forber.
Goals: Paul Loughlin 2
Now this was a massive Boxing Day with Saints
holding a 100% record in the table and Wigan being in second place having
lost just once in the league. In fact Saints were defending a record of 25
league victories in a row. The game
didn't really live up to the billing though, described as "tense, messy,
shapeless and bewilderingly refereed" match in one newspaper. Henderson Gill
opened the scoring with a seventh minute penalty goal before David
Stephenson scored and converted his try for an 8-0 lead after 25 minutes.
Saints only responses came from Paul Loughlin penalties and Wigan went
further ahead on 57 minutes a try for Gill would in the end seal the result
Wigan's way even though a quarter of the game still remained. So Wigan had
ended Saints winning run, but the enemy still remained top of the table,
having played a game more than Wigan. However they would go on to lose both
of their next two league games as well, away at both Widnes and Halifax.
St Helens 2 Wigan 8
Gerry Kershaw (Easingwold)
Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
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