1. Alan Tait, 2. Jim Fallon, 3. Kevin Iro, 4. Francis Cummins,
5. Vince Fawcett, 6. Graham Holroyd, 7. Gareth Stephens,
8. Harvey Howard, 9. James Lowes, 10. Gary Rose, 11. Mike O'Neill, 12.
Richie Eyres, 13. Ellery Hanley. Subs: Marcus Vassilakopoulos, Neil Harmon.
Francis Cummins, Kevin Iro
Graham Holroyd 3
Their was no scoring in the opening quarter but Wigan
took the lead in the 23rd Minute with Andy Farrell taking a reverse pass
when supporting Frano Botica's break. That made it 6-0 but four minutes
later Leeds were level when Kevin Iro took a Francis Cummins offload to go
under the sticks for 6-6. Wigan quickly got the ball back when good work to
keep the ball alive, after a Shaun Edwards kick to the left corner, saw
Martin Offiah squeeze in for a try. Botica converted for 12-6 and the only
other scoring in the first half was a Graham Holroyd penalty goal that
reduced the lead to 12-8.
Wigan got control of the contest just two minutes after
the restart with Mather breaking from 50 metres away down the right to cut
inside and score near the posts. Conversion now had Wigan 18-8 up. Leeds
were not done though. A 51st Minute try from Cummins made it 18-14 and for
the next twenty minutes only a Botica penalty goal saw the scoreboard
troubled for 20-14 to Wigan. The game was still in the balance with ten to
go but Leeds conspired to lose it themselves. Marcus Vassilakopoulos' pass from the base of the scrum went
straight into the hands of Edwards and he cheekily returned it for a try
that brought up the 1,000th point in his Wigan career. So Wigan had won
26-14 but the night was soured with news Denis Betts had broken his
Leeds 8 Wigan 12
Stuart Cummings (Widnes)
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