7th October 1961: Wigan 28 New Zealand 6
Posted by cherryandwhite on December 09 2012 - 00:16

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Wigan 28 New Zealand 6 - Saturday 7th October 1961
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Tour Match
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Fred Griffiths, 2. Geoff Bootle, 3. Eric Ashton, 4. Alan Davies, 5. Frank Carlton, 6. Dave Bolton, 7. Terry Entwistle


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

WiganlTries:l Frank Carlton 2, Eric Ashton, John Barton, Norman Cherrington, Roy Evans
WiganlGoals:l Fred Griffiths 5


1. Fagan, 2. Hadfield, 3. R.Cooke, 4. R.Bailey, 5. Reidy, 6. Bond, 7. Snowden


8. Edwards, 9. Butterfield, 10. Emery, 11. Lee, 12. Duffy, 13. Castle

NewlZealandlTries:l (Unknown)
NewlZealandlGoals:l (Unknown)

With six players called up to the Great Britain test team, Wigan cancelled their game the previous Saturday when Great Britain ended up being spanked in the first test by New Zealand 29-11 at Headingley. Now seven days later here New Zealand were in town to play Wigan. They called up eleven of their test thirteen whilst Wigan had all their test stars back bar Billy Boston. Given what had happened the week before, you'd have expected another New Zealand win but Wigan produced a super display. One criticial key to this though was the sending off of New Zealand's full back Fagan in the 21st Minute for tripping Geoff Bootle. Wigan already led 8-0 at that point to be fair but it made it easier I'm sure. That 8-0 became 12-2 at half time and the game went ugly not long after the restart. The Kiwis' stand off Bond had been laid low in a tackle and it all kicked off. The game was spoiled up until the hour mark but Wigan caught New Zealand tired in the end with 16 points scored in the final quarter of a game in which Alan Davies, signed from Oldham, made his debut at left centre.

Half Time:l Wigan 12 New Zealand 2
Referee:l J.Hanley (Warrington)