1. Steve Prescott, 2. Joey Hayes, 3. Scott Gibbs, 4. Paul
Newlove, 5. Anthony Sullivan, 6. Karle Hammond, 7. Bobbie Goulding,
8. Apollo Perelini, 9. Keiron Cunningham, 10. Ian Pickavance, 11. Chris
Joynt, 12. Simon Booth, 13. Dean Busby. Subs: Andy Northey, Vila Matautia.
Wigan and Saints had never met in the final of
this competition until now, the last ever Regal Trophy Final. The Final was
held at Huddersfield's McAlpine Stadium and it was a tight opening until
Va'aiga Tuigamla slipped out of a tackle to give Wigan a 6-0 lead after 15
minutes with Henry Paul converting. But on 21 minutes, good work from Steve
Prescott got Joey Hayes in the right corner and but Wigan still led after
the missed conversion. Saints found a second try to take the lead five
minutes later with Paul Newlove scoring in the left corner but again the
extras were missed, only 8-6 to Saints. That score held until half time and
Wigan were gifted the lead back on 47 minutes when Scott Gibbs, having
cleanly defended a kick, knocked on inexplicably trying to avoid being
sacked in goal for a drop out. This produced a gift for Kris Radlinski that
put Wigan back in front at 12-8 after the conversion. This was a double
hammer blow for Saints because Henry Paul danced over on the next set to
make it 18-8 after he kicked another conversion. The match had swung hugely
from Gibbs' error and although Saints kicked a penalty to reduce the lead to
18-10, Shaun Edwards kicked a drop goal for 19-10 with 15 minutes to go.
Wigan looked in control but Keiron Cunningham's try on 71 minutes brought
the lead back to 19-16 and it looked like Saints had all the momentum to go
on and win the game. However, Henry Paul scored his second of the match in
stoppage time to ensure that didn't happen. Wigan prevailed and St Helens sacked
their coach Eric Hughes following this loss.
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