26th December 1978: St Helens 18 Wigan 11
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St Helens 18 Wigan 11 - Boxing Day Tuesday 26th December 1978
Venue: Knowsley Road, St Helens
Competition: League First Division
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. George Fairbairn, 2. Dennis Ramsdale, 3. Trevor Stockley, 4. Alan Greenall, 5. Jimmy Hornby, 6. Keiron O'Loughlin, 7. Cliff Sayer
WiganlForwards:l 8. Steve Breheny, 9. Tony Karalius, 10. Steve O'Neill, 11. Bill Melling, 12. John Foran, 13. Dennis Boyd
WiganlSubs Used:l 14. Bernard Coyle, 15. Terry Hollingsworth

WiganlTries:l

Dennis Ramsdale, Terry Hollingsworth, Bernard Coyle
WiganlGoals:l Trevor Stockley 1

StlHelenslBacks:l 1. Geoff Pimblett, 2. Les Jones, 3. Peter Glynn, 4. Eddie Cunningham, 5. Roy Mathias, 6. Bill Francis, 7. Neil Holding
StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Dave Chisnall, 9. Graham Liptrot, 10. Mel James, 11. Eric Chisnall, 12. John Knighton, 13. Harry Pinner
StlHelenslSubs Used:l 14. Chris Arkwright, 15. Malcolm Smith

StlHelenslTries:l

Peter Glynn, Neil Holding, Roy Mathias
StlHelenslGoals:l Geoff Pimblett 2, Harry Pinner 2
StlHelenslDrops:l Harry Pinner 1
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Summary:l

Both these sides started this game 4th and 5th in the table and within touching distance of the title race but it was Saints who got a big boost though with a dominant first half seeing them lead 11-3 and well on the road to victory. Wigan responded well second half but failure to convert tries saw them always chasing too much in the end with the seven point winning margin for Saints being dictated by extra goal kicking and a drop goal.

Half Time:l St Helens 11 Wigan 3
Attendance:l 10,000

Top of the First Division - After This Match
1st Place:l Warrington - Played - 13 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 2 - Points: - 22
2nd Place:l Widnes - Played - 14 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 2 - Points: - 22
3rd Place:l Hull KR - Played - 11 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 1 - Points: - 20
4th Place:l St Helens - Played - 13 - Won - 9 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 3 - Points: - 19
5th Place:l Leeds - Played - 16 - Won - 8 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 17
6th Place:l Wigan - Played - 12 - Won - 8 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 3 - Points: - 17