All the Leeds headlines were about them avenging their
Wembley defeat in this Premiership Final at Old Trafford but instead they
suffered the humiliation of a record defeat in a final. Wigan produced a
merciless display with tries from Kris Radlinski (2), Kelvin Skerrett, Gary
Connolly (2) and Shaun Edwards helping Wigan build up a 36-6 lead by half
time with only Richie Eyres responding for Leeds to make it 6-6 at one
point. During the second half both Radlinski and Connolly completed
hat-tricks, becoming the first men to score three in Premiership Finals,
whilst Denis Betts, Henry Paul, Martin Hall and Simon Haughton all crossed.
Craig Innes had provided some rest bite for Leeds but salt was certainly
rubbed into their wounds when Andy Farrell kicked a drop goal for with the
score at 64-12. So Wigan had completed the "Grand Slam" of winning the
League, Challenge Cup, Regal Trophy and Premiership Trophy but few would
have betted on them doing so with 12 tries and fewer still would have bet on
Martin Offiah not getting on the score sheet with 69 points scored!
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