24th February 1962: Wakefield 14 Wigan 11
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Wakefield Trinity 14 Wigan 11 - Saturday 24th February 1962
Venue: Belle Vue, Wakefield
Competition: League
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Fred Griffiths, 2. Billy Boston, 3. Eric Ashton, 4. Alan Davies, 5. Frank Carlton, 6. Dave Bolton, 7. Frank Parr


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

WiganlTries:l Frank Carlton
WiganlGoals:l Fred Griffiths 4


1. Round, 2. F.Smith, 3. Skene, 4. Fox, 5. Hirst, 6. Poynton, 7. Holliday


8. Wilkinson, 9. Oakes, 10. Williamson, 11. Briggs, 12. Firth, 13. Turner

WakefieldlTries:l Fox, Hirst
WakefieldlGoals:l Fox 4

This was a 1st v 2nd clash between two sides who both had long unbeaten league records. Wigan hadn't lost since September whilst Wakefield's run went back to August, although they had drawn 0-0 away at Batley the week before this match. So this had been a long awaited clash and it was Wakefield who got the victory in an hard fought encounter. They had been much the better side, building up a 9-0 lead before Wigan got going. Two penalty goals, either side of a converted try by Hirst, had that 9-0 lead built up by the 25th Minute but Wigan had done well to get back to 9-7 before half time. Griffiths reduced it with a penalty before Frank Carlton scored a converted try. Early in the second half Wigan clawed level and then ahead with two further penalties from Griffiths. So at 11-9 up they would have been happy given the start to the match but a try from Fox, which he converted, put them back into a 14-11 lead and they would see the game out to the end.

This result left Wigan top of the table on 43 points with Wakefield in second on 41 points but Wakefield held a game in hand.

Half Time:l Wakefield 9 Wigan 7
Referee:l K.R Rathbone (St Helens)