New coach John Dorahy achieved something in this win over
Leeds that John Monie had never achieved. In all four title success under
Monie, Wigan had never won all of their opening three matches. Leeds though
would be tough opponents with them having won both their opening games as
well. A Simon Irving penalty put them 2-0 up but Wigan responded with a try
by Jason Robinson in the 9th Minute, Frano Botica converting for 6-2.
Penalties bumped that score up to 8-4 before a 22nd Minute try from
Barrie-Jon Mather made it 14-4. Leeds hit back with their first try on 28
minutes with Ellery Hanley being sent under the posts by Jimmy Lowes, easy
conversion making it 14-10. But Wigan pounced before half time with a second
try for Jason Robinson putting them 20-10 up at the break.
Leeds kicked a penalty for 20-12 in the first quarter
second half but the first try of that period only came after 22 hard fought
minutes. Shaun Edwards went on a run from 40 metres out and his footwork
left Full Back Alan Tait flat footed as he went over near the posts. Easy
conversion made it 26-12. It proved to be a double whammy because on the
re-start, Nigel Wright went over for his first Wigan try and within three
minutes the score had gone form 20-12 to 32-12. Leeds' only response to that
was an injury time try by Ellery Hanley but the most bizarre moment of the
night came after the hooter. Michael Aspel ran on the field to present Dean
Bell with the famous red book for ITV's "This is Your Life" programme. His
episode ended up being televised the following June.
Wigan 20 Leeds 10
John Holdsworth (Kippax)
Live Coverage on Sky Sports - Commentary: Eddie Hemmings & Mike
Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
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