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10th April 1990: Wigan 16 Leeds 12
Posted by cherryandwhite on September 27 2013 - 16:38

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Tuesday 10th April 1990

Wigan 16 Leeds 12
Central Park, Wigan
Stones Bitter Championship - Round 24 of 26
(Match Previously Postponed on Sunday 8th April 1990)

Kick Off: 8:15pm

  (Highlights 11:35pm-12:35am)

(Kick Off Delayed from 8:00pm due to Crowd Congestion)


Wigan Team
1.  Steve Hampson    
2.  Ged Byrne    
3.  Kevin Iro    
4.  Dean Bell    
5.  Mark Preston  T2   
6.  Shaun Edwards    
7.  Bobby Goulding    G4 
8.  Adrian Shelford    
9.  Martin Dermott    
10.  Andy Goodway    
11.  Denis Betts    
12.  Phil Clarke    
13.  Ellery Hanley    
 
Sub.  Andy Gregory    
Sub.  Ian Gildart    

Leeds 

1. Ford, 2. Bentley, 3. Ackerman, 4. Gibson, 5. Fawcett, 6. Schofield, 7. Delaney, 8. Heugh, 9. Maskill, 10. Dixon, 11. Kuiti, 12. Heron, 13. Divorty. Subs: Lord, Powell.

Tries: Cavill Heugh
Goals: Colin Maskill 4

Summary: 

Wigan's back to back losses against Widnes and Castleford on March 24th & 28th had turned what would have been a comfortable title success into a tight one. With the top two due to meet again, it had been set up as a title decider and it was played on a Tuesday Night in front of a pack Central Park. Such was the anticipation, both Granada and Yorkshire ITV stations filmed their own coverage of the match with Granada filming on the usual TV gantry and Yorkshire filming from a scaffold gantry on the "Popular Side" of the ground.

The decider was proceeded on the Saturday by a Great Britain v France test at Headingley, which France won 25-18, but their had been controversy because Joe Lydon, Ellery Hanley, Andy Goodway, Andy Platt and Andy Gregory had all pulled out the test injured but they were genuine injuries, highlighted by two missing the game and Hanley and Gregory spending chunks of this match on the bench. So Wigan were up against it, whilst Leeds had been rampant in recent weeks, having not lost since Wigan beat them at Headingley in early March.

After a 15 minute kick off delay, due to the amount of fans trying to get into Central Park, the game began in tight fashion. The only score in the opening quarter was a 9th Minute penalty goal but on 21 minutes the first try went the way of Wigan. A good offload by Shaun Edwards got Goulding in possession and he somehow managed to slip a pass to get Mark Preston in the corner despite three men being on him. He then nailed a conversion for an 8-0 lead. Leeds got back to 8-2 with a penalty from Colin Maskill but Wigan were happy to take that because Garry Schofield had nearly scored after Phil Ford had intercepted a poor offload by Dean Bell. He later kicked a second penalty for 8-4 but by half time Wigan had found a second try from Preston, which Goulding again converted for 14-4.

Hanley had left the field suffering with his groin in the 25th Minute but he returned at half time. Leeds looked stronger though and Wigan were hanging on. For a third time they conceded a penalty close to their line but rather than go for a try, Leeds took the points with Maskill making it 14-6. A strange option but on the hour Cavill Heugh crashed over and amazingly Maskill's conversion off the left touchline hit both posts before going over.

Nineteen minutes remained with a slender 14-12 lead to Wigan and it was Leeds who had all the momentum and energy. Wigan decided to get Andy Gregory on the field and it paid some dividends with his high bomb being fumbled in the in goal by Vince Fawcett. Though it was only a drop out, soon after Garry Schofield was penalised for interference and Goulding kicked a simple goal for 16-12. The clock ticked into stoppage time with Leeds not getting close to finding the much needed try and on one last ditch attempt to break down the left, Mark Preston intercepted. The hooter went and the decider had gone the way of Wigan. It put them four points clear with two games to play, meaning Leeds could only catch them on points difference.

Half Time: 

Wigan 14 Leeds 4

Attendance: 

24,462

Referee: 

Robin Whitfield (Widnes)

Television: 

Delayed Highlights on Granada "Rugby League Special"

Note: 

This match had been previously postponed on Sunday 8th April 1990 (3:00pm) due to Great Britain v France Test Call Ups

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match

1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 24 - Won - 19 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 38 - (Diff: +347)
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 24 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 34 - (Diff: +330)
3rd Place:l St Helens - Played - 24 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 32 - (Diff: +163)
4th Place:l Hull - Played - 25 - Won - 15 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 9 - Points: - 31 - (Diff: +149)
5th Place:l Widnes - Played - 24 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 30 - (Diff: +206)

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