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26th December 1994: St Helens 25 Wigan 32
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 04 2013 - 15:06

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Boxing Day Monday 26th December 1994

St Helens 25 Wigan 32
Knowsley Road, St Helens
Stones Bitter Championship - Round 15 of 30

Kick Off: 11:30am

 

Wigan Team
1.  Henry Paul    
2. 

Jason Robinson

   
3. 

Va'aiga Tuigamala

 T2   
4. 

Gary Connolly

   
5. 

Martin Offiah

 T   
6.  Frano Botica    G6 
7.  Shaun Edwards  T   
8.  Kelvin Skerrett    
9.  Martin Hall    
10.  Neil Cowie    
11.  Denis Betts  T   
12.  Mick Cassidy    
13.  Andy Farrell    
 
Sub.  Simon Haughton    
Sub.  Terry O'Connor    

St Helens 

1. Steve Prescott, 2. Jon Griffiths, 3. Scott Gibbs, 4. David Lyon, 5. Anthony Sullivan, 6. Tommy Martyn, 7. Bobbie Goulding, 8. Jon Neill, 9. Bernard Dwyer, 10. Adam Fogerty, 11. Chris Joynt, 12. Apollo Perelini, 13. Shane Cooper. Subs: Phil Veivers, Ian Pickavance.

Tries: Tommy Martyn 2, David Lyon, Anthony Sullivan
Goals: Bobbie Goulding 4
Drop Goals: Bobbie Goulding 1

Summary: 

This was a great derby in which Wigan snatched the victory from the jaws of defeat. They had dominated the first half with tries from Shaun Edwards and Denis Betts helping them to a 14-2 lead before Henry Paul was sent off having been adjudged by referee Russell Smith to have tripped Steve Prescott. That was an automatic red card in those days but Wigan still found another try before half time from Va'aiga Tuigamala for a 20-2 half time lead. Saints though were rampant after the break and within three and half minutes had scored twice through Dave Lyon and Tommy Martyn to make it 20-14. Wigan were reeling and it got worse when they were reduced to 11 men for ten minutes with a "Holding Down" sin bin for Gary Connolly. Wigan hung in well for a while despite being two men down, but a break from Martyn for his second try on 62 minutes finally levelled the game up at 20-20 after Bobbie Goulding converted. More sin bins followed but it was at least one from each side this time but a drop goal from Goulding put Saints ahead 21-20 with 11 minutes to go. Two minutes later Anthony Sullivan was sent over in the left corner but Goulding's failure to convert would prove costly in the end. They held a 25-20 lead but a mistake soon after the kick off from Steve Prescott was quickly punished with Tuigamala rampaging under the posts for his second try. Botica's kick put Wigan back in front at 26-25 and they found some energy from somewhere to soon score another from Martin Offiah and they won 32-25 in the end.

Half Time: 

St Helens 2 Wigan 20

Attendance: 

18,058

Referee: 

Russell Smith (Castleford)

Notes: 

St Helens 10. Adam Fogerty & Wigan 10. Neil Cowie were sin binned for fighting in the 29th Minute
Wigan 1. Henry Paul was sent off in the 37th Minute for "Tripping" Steve Prescott
Wigan 4. Gary Connolly was sin binned in the 55th Minute for "Holding Down"
St Helens 15. Ian Pickavance & Wigan 8. Kelvin Skerrett were sin binned in the 67th Minute for Fighting

Television: 

Live Coverage on Sky Sports

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match

1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 15 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 1 - Points: - 28
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 15 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 2 - Points: - 25
3rd Place:l Halifax - Played - 15 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 3 - Points: - 23
4th Place:l Bradford - Played - 16 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 4 - Points: - 23
5th Place:l Castleford - Played - 15 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 3 - Points: - 22
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