26th December 1958: St Helens 13 Wigan 9
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St Helens 13 Wigan 9 - Boxing Day Friday 26th December 1958
Venue: Knowsley Road, St Helens
Competition: League
Kick Off: 2:30pm


1. Fred Griffiths, 2. Billy Boston, 3. Eric Ashton, 4. Keith Holden, 5. Mick Sullivan, 6. Bernard McGurrin, 7. Rees Thomas


8. Bill Bretherton, 9. Bill Sayer, 10. Frank Collier, 11. Norman Cherrington, 12. Brian McTigue, 13. Roy Evans

WiganlTries:l Fred Griffiths
WiganlGoals:l Fred Griffiths 3

StlHelenslBacks:l 1. Glyn Moses, 2. Tom van Vollenhoven, 3. Duggie Greenall, 4. Peter Fearis, 5. Jan Prinsloo, 6. Brian Howard, 7. Alex Murphy
StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Ab Terry, 9. Tom McKinney, 10. Jimmy Measures, 11. Brian Briggs, 12. Dick Huddart, 13. Vince Karalius

StlHelenslTries:l Tom Van Vollenhoven 2, Jan Prinsloo
StlHelenslGoals:l Peter Fearis 2

Wigan suffered a blow before kick off when Stand Off Dave Bolton was ruled out with a hand injury suffered in the Christmas Day victory over Salford. Saints took the lead when Tom van Vollenhoven outpaced Mick Sullivan for a score which led to a 5-0 lead after Peter Fearis converted. Wigan were under more pressure soon after but a kick from Fearis was returned by Fred Griffiths 75 metres for a Wigan try that he converted for 5-5. Before half time though, Alex Murphy send Van Vollenhoven over for a second try that went unconverted but still an 8-5 lead. Into the second half and two penalty goals from Griffiths had put Wigan 9-8 ahead but a converted try from Jan Prinsloo put Saints back into a 13-9 lead. That proved to be that with Saints going closest to adding to the scoring but Sullivan's "crash tackle" denied Van Vollenhoven a hat-trick.

Half Time:l St Helens 8 Wigan 5
Attendance:l 34,000
Referee:l R.L Thomas (Oldham)