So heading into the final weekend of the
season, three sides were joint top of the table hoping to win the title. Wigan, Bradford and Warrington
were not only fighting for the league, but also the chance to take on Brisbane
away in Australia on 1st June for the World Club Challenge. Wigan held the points difference advantage, so
knew all they had to do was beat Oldham but rather than all three sides
playing at the same time, Sky ranked up the drama by
televising Warrington v Sheffield on the Friday Night, Leeds v Bradford on
the Saturday Afternoon, then Oldham v Wigan at 7:00pm on the Sunday Night.
That meant if they all won, technically they'd all finish their season top
of the table.
So it happened. First, Warrington beat
Sheffield 36-18 before Bradford smashed Leeds 52-10 at Headingley. Wigan
knew though that the likelihood of both teams slipping up to gift them the
title was unlikely, so nothing really changed for them. If they beat Oldham
they knew they'd be champions. Oldham had done well to compete for the first
25 minutes, holding a 2-0 lead from a Darren Abram penalty goal, but tries
from Martin Offiah, Barrie-Jon Mather and Shaun Edwards had put Wigan 14-2 up by the 34th Minute. Two tries in two minutes from Edwards and
Offiah, ten minutes after half time, then took Wigan into a 26-2 lead and
they never looked backwards, winning 50-6 in the end. So Wigna had sealed
their fifth title in succession, on points difference for the second season
in a row.
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