1. Phil Veivers, 2. Alan Hunte, 3. Tea Ropati, 4. Paul Loughlin,
5. Les Quirk, 6. Jonathan Griffiths, 7. Paul Bishop,
8. Jonathan Neill, 9. Bernard Dwyer, 10. Kevin Ward, 11. John Harrison, 12.
George Mann, 13. Shane Cooper. Subs: Gary Connolly, Paul Groves.
Tries: Alan Hunte
Goals: Paul Bishop 2
Saints were desperate to improve from their 27-0
humiliation at Wembley two years earlier but although they did that, Wigan
still prevailed to win their fourth Wembley in a row. For 63 minutes it
looked like the nil was on again. Wigan had gone 12-0 in as many minutes
with tries from David Myers and Frano Botica being added to by two goals
from the latter. That score held all the way past half time until Andy
Gregory added a drop goal on 47 minutes. Wigan increasingly began to look
weary after their horrendous title run in schedule and a try from Alan Hunte
reduced that score down to 13-6 after Paul Bishop converted. Sensing Wigan
tiring, it was not a bad option to bring the score down with a penalty goal
at 13-8, so if Saints found a converted try now, they'd win. Wigan hung on
though to complete the double.
Wigan 12 St Helens 0
75,532 (Gate Reciepts: £1,610,447)
Jim Smith (Halifax)
Live Coverage on BBC 1 during "Grandstand" between
2:10 and 4:20pm - Commentary: Ray
French & Ross Strudwick
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