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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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Thursday 4th April 1991

Wigan 28 St Helens 14
Central Park, Wigan
Stones Bitter Championship -  Round 23 of 26
(Previously Postponed on Good Friday 29th March 1991)
Kick Off: 7:30pm

Wigan Team
1. 

Joe Lydon

   
2. 

David Myers

 T2   
3.  Kevin Iro    
4.  Dean Bell    
5.  Frano Botica    
6.  Ellery Hanley    
7.  Andy Gregory    
8.  Kelvin Skerrett  T   G6 
9.  Martin Dermott  T   
10.  Andy Platt    
11.  Denis Betts    
12.  Andy Platt    
13.  Andy Goodway    
 
Sub.  Mike Forshaw    
Sub.  Ian Gildart    

St Helens 

1. Dave Tanner, 2. Dave Large, 3. Gary Connolly, 4. Alan Hunte, 5. Les Quirk, 6. Tea Ropati, 7. Jonathan Griffiths, 8. Stuart Evans, 9. Paul Groves, 10. Kevin Ward, 11. John Harrison, 12. Roy Haggerty, 13. George Mann. Subs: Mark Bailey, Paul Jones.

Tries: Tea Ropati, Les Quirk
Goals: Dave Tanner 2

Summary: 

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: 

Wigan 14 St Helens 8

Attendance: 

17,580

Referee: 

Dave Carter (Widnes)

Note: 

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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