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12th April 1989: Wigan 14 St Helens 7
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 23 2013 - 19:50

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Wednesday 12th April 1989

Wigan 14 St Helens 7
Central Park, Wigan
Stones Bitter Championship - Round 22 of 26
(Match Previously Postponed on Good Friday 24th March 1989)
Kick Off: 7:30pm

Wigan Team
1.  Steve Hampson    G3 
2.  Tony Iro    
3.  Dean Bell    
4.  Ged Byrne    
5.  Mark Preston    
6.  Ellery Hanley  T   
7.  Shaun Edwards    
8.  Ian Lucas    
9.  Nicky Kiss    
10.  Adrian Shelford    
11.  Denis Betts    
12.  Ian Potter    
13.  Andy Goodway    

St Helens 

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 break.

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.

Half Time:  Wigan 6 St Helens 7


Referee:  Robin Whitfield (Widnes)
Sin Bin:  St Helens 4. Paul Loughlin in the 16th Minute for a High Tackle on Ellery Hanley.

Match was previously postponed on Good Friday 24th March 1989 (3:00pm) due to Wigan playing in Challenge Cup Semi Final a day later.

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match

1st Place:l Widnes - Played - 25 - Won - 20 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 39 - (Diff: +367)
2nd Place:l Wigan - Played - 25 - Won - 19 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 38 - (Diff: +123)
3rd Place:l Leeds - Played - 25 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 36 - (Diff: +178)
4th Place:l Hull - Played - 25 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 9 - Points: - 32 - (Diff: +66)
5th Place:l Castleford - Played - 25 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 9 - Points: - 30 - (Diff: +93)
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