20th April 1973: Wigan 12 St Helens 2
Posted by cherryandwhite on January 02 2013 - 01:30

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Wigan 12 St Helens 2 - Good Friday 20th April 1973
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: League
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Kevin O'Loughlin, 2. Stuart Wright, 3. David Hill, 4. Bill Francis, 5. Keiron O'Loughlin, 6. Warren Ayres, 7. Jimmy Nulty
WiganlForwards:l 8. Laurie Hinchcliffe, 9. Colin Clarke, 10. Dennis Ashcroft, 11. Peter Rowe, 12. Terry Hollingsworth, 13. Peter Smethurst
WiganlSubs Used:l 15. Derek Watts (replaced Peter Rowe - 63rd Minute)

WiganlTries:l

Laurie Hinchcliffe, Warren Ayres
WiganlGoals:l Jimmy Nulty 3

StlHelenslBacks:l 1. Geoff Pimblett, 2. Dave Brown, 3. Billy Benyon, 4. David Eckersley, 5. Roy Mathias, 6. Alan Gwillam, 7. Jeff Heaton
StlHelenslForwards:l 8. John Stephens, 9. Tony Karalius, 10. Mick Murphy, 11. Eric Chisnall, 12. Mel James, 13. Kel Coslett
StlHelenslSubs Used:l 15. Graham Rees (replaced John Stephens - Half Time)

StlHelenslTries:l

(None)
StlHelenslGoals:l Kel Coslett 1
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Summary:l

The league was being split into two divisions at the end of this particular season and Wigan had to finish in the "Top 16" to not only survive relegation but also to qualify for the play offs. Wigan were sweating on the cusp on this but in winning well on Good Friday they rose to 12th placed and ensured survival and play off qualification. It was a tighter game than the end score suggests though with Wigan only leading 4-2 after 50 minutes. Even when Laurie Hinchcliffe scored to make it 7-2, Saints were only a converted try in arrears but Warren Ayres' try sealed the match in which Peter Smethurst was singled out for much praise.

Half Time:l

Wigan 4 St Helens 2

Referee:l

Fred Lindop (Wakefield)

Attendance:l

13,000

League Position after Match:l

12th (Top 16 Qualify for 1973-74 First Division & 1972-73 Play Offs)