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4th April 1991: Wigan 28 St Helens 14
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 25 2013 - 23:31
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Wigan 28 St Helens 14 - Thursday 4th April 1991
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Stones Bitter Championship
Kick Off: 8:00pm


1. Joe Lydon, 2. David Myers, 3. Kevin Iro, 4. Dean Bell, 5. Frano Botica, 6. Ellery Hanley, 7. Andy Gregory

WiganlForwards:l 8. Kelvin Skerrett, 9. Martin Dermott, 10. Andy Platt, 11. Denis Betts, 12. Phil Clarke, 13. Andy Goodway
WiganlSubslUsed:l 14. Mike Forshaw (replaced Martin Dermott - Half Time), 15. Ian Gildart (replaced Andy Platt - 4th Minute)
19. Martin Dermott (returned to replace Kevin Iro - 65th Minute)


David Myers 2, Kelvin Skerrett, Martin Dermott


Frano Botica 6


1. Dave Tanner, 2. Dave Large, 3. Gary Connolly, 4. Alan Hunte, 5. Les Quirk, 6. Tea Ropati, 7. Jon Griffiths

StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Stuart Evans, 9. Paul Groves, 10. Kevin Ward, 11. John Harrison, 12. Roy Haggerty, 13. George Mann
StlHelenslSubslUsed:l 14. Mark Bailey (replaced Dave Large - 51st Minute), 15. Paul Jones (replaced Stuart Evans - 29th Minute)
18. Stuart Evans (returned to replace Kevin Ward - Half Time)


Tea Ropati, Les Quirk

StlHelenslGoals:l Dave Tanner 3

The Challenge Cup Semi Final draw, which had placed Wigan and Saints in separate semis, meant the Good Friday derby had to be postponed till this Thursday Night. Both sides had reached Wembley so this was a dress rehearsal for Wembley but this match was more important for Wigan with the league title still at stake.

The final score looks comfortable but it was far from it for Wigan. Wigan suffered a blow early when Andy Platt limped off in the 4th Minute before the two sides had exchanged penalty goals for 2-2. The first try came when an error from Dave Tanner was pounced upon by David Myers to score for Wigan Wigan. That made it 8-2 but Saints equalised on 32 minutes with Tea Ropati's dash being converted by Tanner for 8-8. Wigan still had time to regain the lead before the break with Kelvin Skerrett scoring for a 14-8 lead after Botica converted.

Two penalties extended Wigan's lead to 18-8 but Saints came back on the hour with a try from Les Quirk reducing the lead to 18-14 after Tanner converted. Stress was now all over Central Park from the Wigan faithful but a try in the 73rd Minute from Martin Dermott, from an Andy Gregory kick, eased the nerves and Myers claimed a second three minutes later to earn Wigan a vital victory.

Half Time:l

Wigan 14 St Helens 8




Dave Carter (Widnes)


Match previously postponed on Good Friday 29th March 1991 (3:00pm) due to St Helens playing Challenge Cup Semi Final

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Widnes - Played - 23 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 36 - (Diff: +286)
2nd Place:l Wigan - Played - 22 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 4 - Points: - 35 - (Diff: +287)
3rd Place:l Hull - Played - 24 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 34 - (Diff: +163)
4th Place:l Castleford - Played - 24 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 32 - (Diff: +138)
5th Place:l Leeds - Played - 24 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 9 - Points: - 28 - (Diff: +134)

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