8th October 1989: Wigan 24 New Zealand 14
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Wigan 24 New Zealand 14 - Sunday 8th October 1989
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Tour Match
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Steve Hampson, 2. Henderson Gill, 3. Dean Bell, 4. Phil Blake, 5. Joe Lydon, 6. Shaun Edwards, 7. Bobbie Goulding

WiganlForwards:l 8. Les Davidson, 9. Martin Dermott, 10. Ian Lucas, 11. Andy Platt, 12. Ian Gildart, 13. Andy Goodway
WiganlSubslUsed:l 14. Ged Byrne (replaced Joe Lydon - Half Time), 15. Ged Stazicker (replaced Ian Lucas - 64th Minute)


Joe Lydon, Andy Platt, Ged Byrne, Les Davidson


Phil Blake 4


1. Darrell Williams, 2. Gary Mercer, 3. Dave Watson, 4. Kurt Sherlock, 5. Mark Elia, 6. Kelly Shelford, 7. Gary Freeman

NewlZealandlForwards:l 8. James Goulding, 9. Duane Mann, 10. Brent Todd, 11. Sam Stewart, 12. Mike Kuiti, 13. Hugh McGahan
NewlZealandlSubslUsed:l Phil Bancroft (replaced Kelly Shelford),Francis Leota (replaced Mike Kuiti)


Gary Freeman, Mark Elia


Kelly Shelford 2, Phil Bancroft 1


Wigan had crashed out of the Lancashire Cup against Oldham three days earlier but this response against the touring Kiwis was a great one. Tries from Joe Lydon and Andy Platt helped Wigan into a 12-0 lead but in the 10 minutes before half time, New Zealand hit back to 12-8 a Gary Freeman try and two goals from Kelly Shelford. A penalty goal from Phil Blake and a try to Ged Byrne made it 18-8 but Mark Elia's 66th Minute try made it 18-14. The match was sealed with Les Davidson crashing over in the 72nd Minute past poor defending by Darrell Williams.

Half Time:l

Wigan 12 New Zealand 8




Dave Carter (Widnes)