Kick Off: 3:25pm
(Delayed Kick Off from scheduled 3:00pm by Crowd Congestion)
1. Gary Connolly, 2. Dave Tanner, 3. Tony Kay, 4. Paul Loughlin,
5. Alan Hunte, 6. Tommy Frodsham, 7. Mark Bailey,
8. Andy Bateman, 9. Paul Groves, 10. Ian Connor, 11. John Harrison, 12. Dave
Lever, 13. Paul Forber. Subs:
Les Quirk, Paul Jones.
Tries: Les Quirk
Goals: Dave Tanner 1
This was the first derby since Wigan had humiliated
Saints in the infamous 27-0 Wembley spanking, but it got no better for the
Knowsley Road outfit here on Boxing Day. The match had been delayed for 25
minutes by Crowd Congestion with the 28,075 crowd being the biggest league attendance
recorded since the two division league restructuring had occurred in
1973-74. Wigan took the lead with a Mark Preston try in the 10th minute and
added further scores from Dean Bell, David Marshall, Joe Lydon and Shaun
Edwards to be 24-0
up at the break, despite missing three of the five conversions. Edwards and his
partner in the halves Andy Gregory were having a field day but the pace
slowed down after the break. Wigan still found three more tries from Ian
Lucas, a second for Preston and Denis Betts. That made it 38-0 with Saints'
try from Les Quirk only being a late consolation to avoid being nilled for
the second derby in a row.
Wigan 24 St Helens 0
Robin Whitfield (Widnes)
Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
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