hammered league leaders Widnes 28-2 at Central Park five days earlier, which
had done a massive favour to St Helens who were in second place in the title
race. So this was a huge game for our Knowsley Road neighbours and things
looked ripe for them to win with both Andy Gregory and
Shaun Edwards absent from the Wigan side. The unlikely half back pairing of
Ged Byrne and Craig Rodgers played instead and then both combined to get Ellery Hanley over
for a try with Joe Lydon converting for a 6-0 lead. A Paul Loughlin penalty reduced that to 6-2 by half time
and Roy Haggerty kicked a drop goal to make it 6-3 soon after the break.
Immediately though Wigan found a second try when Hanley again scored, this
time from a Lydon kick. That made it 10-3 with the conversion being missed
this time. Saints gave themselves huge hope though when Paul Doherty scored in the 61st Minute
and Dave Tanner's conversion making it 10-9. However, they didn't score
again and with Widnes winning away at Warrington, Saints title hopes had
suffered a huge blow.
St Helens 2 Wigan 6
John Kendrew (Castleford)
Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
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