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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