20th October 1948: Wigan 16 Australia 11
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Wigan v Australia - Tour Match
Wednesday 20th October 1948. Kick Off 4:30pm at Central Park.

Match Summary

Wigan produced a fine performance to ensure they beat the Australian tourists for the first time since 1911.

The opening twenty minutes set a good platform with them "leading the Australians a merry dance". The opening score came in the 7th Minute with good work from Ces Monutford setting the initial platform. From a play the ball, Ernie Ashcroft took on the blind side and after he had drawn in Pat McMahon he slipped a pass to get Johnny Lawrenson for a thirty yard race to the line. Lawrenson burned off Clive Churchill for pace to make it 3-0.

Three minutes later the lead was doubled a fierce burst from Mountford sent Gordon Ratcliffe away with Churchill again being beaten for pace as Ratcliffe finished. Conversion missed again so the lead was only 6-0.

Wigan then began to play champagne rugby but they were a bit too giddy and the Australians got back into the game after an error from Martin Ryan. Wally O'Connell sent Johnny Graves one on one with Ryan and the Wigan full back's tackle attempt proved poor, Graves finishing for 6-3.

Then on 27 minutes the tourists took the lead with Alf Gibbs sent Kevin Schubert over and Graves converted for a 8-6 lead to Australia that was carried to half time.

It was a lead against the run of play though and Wigan got back on top after the restart after Lawrenson drew in both McMahon and Churchill to get Ernie Ashcorft over with Ted Ward converting for 11-8.

Wigan piled on the pressure but it was only in the 59th Minute that they added to the score. Swift passing got Ratcliffe racing away for a score with Churchill again beaten for pace. Ted Ward finally converted this time for a 16-8 Wigan lead.

Australia quickly hit back with a try from McMahon but Wigan would see out a deserved 16-11 victory.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Australia -
1 Martin Ryan Full Back Clive Churchill 1
2 Gordon Ratcliffe Winger Pat McMahon 2
3 Ted Ward Centre Johnny Graves 3
4 Ernie Ashcroft Centre Bobby Dimond 4
5 Johnny Lawrenson Winger Len Pegg 5
6 Ces Mountford Stand Off Wally O'Connell 6
7 Tommy Bradshaw Scrum Half Bill Thompson 7
8 Ken Gee Prop Bill Tyquin 8
9 Joe Egan Hooker Duncan Hall 9
10 Frank Barton Prop Jack Rayner 10
11 Nat Silcock 2nd Row Nevyl Hand 11
12 Harry Atkinson 2nd Row Alf Gibbs 12
13 Billy Blan L.Forward Kevin Schubert 13

Score Sheet

Wigan 16 --- Australia 11
Tries (4):
Johnny Lawrenson
Gordon Ratcliffe 2
Ernie Ashcroft
--- Tries (3):
Johnny Graves
Kevin Schubert
Pat McMahon
Ted Ward 2

Johnny Graves 1

Scoring Pattern

7th Minute Wigan 03 Australia 00 Try: Johnny Lawrenson
10th Minute Wigan 06 Australia 00 Try: Gordon Ratcliffe
15th Minute Wigan 06 Australia 03 Try: Johnny Graves
27th Minute Wigan 06 Australia 06 Try: Kevin Schubert
- Wigan 06 Australia 08 Conversion: Johnny Graves
Half Time Wigan 6 Australia 8
46th Minute Wigan 09 Australia 08 Try: Ernie Ashcroft
- Wigan 11 Australia 08 Conversion: Ted Ward
59th Minute Wigan 14 Australia 08 Try: Gordon Ratcliffe
- Wigan 16 Australia 08 Conversion: Ted Ward
62nd Minute Wigan 16 Australia 11 Try: Pat McMahon
Full Time Wigan 16 Australia 11

Match Attendance

Referee: Charlie Appleton (Warrington)
Attendance: 28,554
Gate Receipts: 3,300