13th December 1970: St Helens 16 Wigan 15
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St Helens 16 Wigan 15 - Sunday 13th December 1970
Venue: Knowsley Road, St Helens
Competition: BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy Semi Final Replay
Kick Off: 2:30pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Colin Tyrer, 2. Keri Jones, 3. Kevin O'Loughlin, 4. Bill Francis, 5. Stuart Wright, 6. David Hill, 7. Frank Parr
WiganlForwards:l 8. Brian Hogan, 9. Bob Burdell, 10. Geoff Fletcher, 11. Bill Ashurst, 12. Dave Robinson, 13. Doug Laughton
WiganlSubs Used:l 14. Keiron O'Loughlin (replaced Frank Parr)

WiganlTries:l

Keri Jones
WiganlGoals:l Colin Tyrer 4, Bill Ashurst 2

StlHelenslBacks:l 1. Frank Barrow, 2. Les Jones, 3. Billy Benyon, 4. Johnny Walsh, 5. Frank Wilson, 6. Alan Whittle, 7. Jeff Heaton
StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Albert Halsall, 9. Tony Karalius, 10. Eric Chisnall, 11. John Mantle, 12. Eric Prescott, 13. Kel Coslett
StlHelenslSubs Used:l 15. Graham Rees (replaced Eric Prescott)

StlHelenslTries:l

Les Jones, Billy Benyon
StlHelenslGoals:l Kel Coslett 4, Johnny Walsh 1
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Summary:l

With just seven days between the original BBC Floodlit semi final date and the Final that was scheduled on December 15th, fitting in the replay was quite difficult. It ended up being played on this Sunday Afternoon without TV coverage and would become the first derby to be played on a Sunday Afternoon (matches on Sunday's were banned until 1967). Whilst a day fixture goes against the "Floodlit" Trophy idea, it was December and thus it would be pretty dark and dull anyway, so the floodlights would have been on.

The replay was another tight match that had seen a mixture of penalty and drop goals for 4-0, 4-2, 6-2, 6-4, 8-4, 8-6, 8-8, 10-8 and 10-10 scores before the games first try was scored by Les Jones 15 minutes from the end to give Saints a 13-10 lead. Then on 70 Minutes Wigan led for the first time, 15-13, following a try from Keri Jones and a conversion from Colin Tyrer. But Saints retook the lead with a try from Billy Benyon five minutes from full time and time ran out for Wigan.

Half Time:l

St Helens 6 Wigan 4
Attendance:l 18,453

1970-1971 BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy Semi Final Replay Results

Sunday 13th December 1970
St Helens 16 Wigan 15

1970-1971 BBC 2 Floodlit Trophy Final Result

Tuesday 15th December 1970
Leeds 9 St Helens 5 (Second Half Live on BBC 2)