1. Steve Prescott, 2. Alan Hunte, 3. Andy Northey, 4. Paul
Loughlin, 5. Anthony Sullivan, 6. Tommy Martyn, 7. Bobbie Goulding, 8. Adam Fogerty, 9. Keiron Cunningham, 10. Apollo Perelini, 11.
Bernard Dwyer, 12. Sonny Nickle, 13. Shane Cooper. Subs: Mark Elia, Vila
Shane Cooper 2, Steve Prescott
Goals: Bobbie Goulding 3
Wigan went into this Good Friday battle against St Helens
knowing that if they won, the title would be secured with two games to spare. Saints began by bombing first a
penalty goal shot from Bobbie Goulding and then a possible try for Tommy Martyn before Frano Botica kicked Wigan 2-0 ahead. But Saints took the lead
on 13 minutes when a grubber from Goulding was touched down by Shane Cooper
under the posts a 6-2 lead. Five minutes later a good angled run from Denis
Betts got Wigan back in front at 8-6, then Saints scored again with Steve
Prescott for 12-8 to them before Va'aiga Tuigamala scored an unconverted try
in the right corner for 12-12. That deadlock sat for ten minutes before a
break from Henry Paul from half way saw him go all the way after a poor
tackle attempt from Prescott.
Conversion had put Wigan 18-12 at the break and into the
second half Shaun Edwards looping pass got Martin Offiah in the left corner
for 22-12 on 48 minutes. Wigan quickly scored another in fortuitous fashion.
A drop out by Wigan was let bounce by Saints and Henry Paul nipped in
between two doddering Saints men to return it under the posts. That was
28-12 and game over pretty much. Saints did reduce the lead to 28-18 with a
second try from Shane Cooper but Martin Hall wrapped up the performance and
the title with a try four minutes from time.
Wigan 18 St Helens 12
John Holdsworth (Kippax)
Delayed Coverage on Sky Sports between 10:00pm and Midnight.
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