8th October 1989: Wigan 24 New Zealand 14
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Sunday 8th October 1989

Wigan 24 New Zealand 14
Central Park, Wigan
Tour Match
Kick Off: 3:00pm

Wigan Team
1.  Steve Hampson    
2.  Henderson Gill    
3.  Dean Bell    
4.  Phil Blake    G4 
5.  Joe Lydon  T   
6.  Shaun Edwards    
7.  Bobby Goulding    
8.  Les Davidson  T   
9.  Martin Dermott    
10.  Ian Lucas    
11.  Andy Platt  T   
12.  Ian Gildart    
13.  Andy Goodway    
Sub.  Ged Byrne  T   
Sub.  Ged Stazicker    

New Zealand 

1. Darrell Williams, 2. Gary Mercer, 3. Dave Watson, 4. Kurt Sherlock, 5. Mark Elia, 6. Kelly Shelford, 7. Gary Freeman, 8. James Goulding, 9. Duane Mann, 10. Brent Todd, 11. Sam Stewart, 12. Mike Kuiti, 13. Hugh McGahan. Subs: Phil Bancroft, Francis Leota.

Tries: Gary Freeman, Mark Elia
Goals: 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: 

Wigan 12 New Zealand 8




Dave Carter (Widnes)