Stones Bitter Championship - Round 22 of 26
(Match Previously Postponed on Good Friday 24th March 1989)
Kick Off: 7:30pm
1. Gary Connolly, 2. Alan Hunte, 3. Phil Veivers, 4. Paul
Loughlin, 5. Les Quirk, 6. Neil Holding, 7. Darren Bloor,
8. Tony Burke, 9. Paul Groves, 10. John Harrison, 11. Paul Forber, 12. Roy
Haggerty, 13. Shane Cooper.
Sub: Mark Bailey, John Fieldhouse.
Tries: Alan Hunte
Goals: Paul Loughlin 1 Drop Goals: Neil Holding 1
17 days before the sides would meet at Wembley in the
Challenge Cup Final, a dress rehearsal was played out in the league at
Central Park. The Cup Final was far from Wigan minds though with the title
still being up for grabs. Title rivals Widnes were also playing on this
evening in a match away at Castleford. At Central Park, Wigan took a 2-0 lead with a
Steve Hampson penalty but quickly fell behind with an interception pass by
Dean Bell being returned by amateur Alan Hunte 70 metres for a try. Hampson
kicked another penalty for 6-4 after Paul Loughlin was sin binned for a high
tackle on Ellery Hanley in the 16th minute. The only other first half points
came from a Neil Holding drop goal for 7-4 before a third Hampson penalty
made it 7-6 at half time. At Castleford it was Widnes who led 12-8 at the
In the second half, a fourth penalty from Hampson
gave Wigan an 8-7 lead in the 46th minute, and in the 57th Minute Wigan
finally found a try with Hanley going under the posts from a scrum. Hampson
converted for a 14-7 score and that was defended out in the last quarter.
Widnes had hung on to beat Castleford 24-22, which meant they only needed a
draw to win the title in the title decider to follow on the Sunday. These
two victories meant Leeds were eliminated from the title race.
Wigan 6 St Helens 7
Robin Whitfield (Widnes)
St Helens 4. Paul Loughlin in the 16th Minute for a High Tackle on Ellery
Match was previously postponed on Good Friday 24th March 1989 (3:00pm) due
to Wigan playing in Challenge Cup Semi Final a day later.
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