13th April 1990: St Helens 35 Wigan 10
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Good Friday 13th April 1990

St Helens 35 Wigan 10
Knowsley Road, St Helens
Stones Bitter Championship - Round 25 of 26

Kick Off: 3:15pm

 

Wigan Team
1.  Steve Hampson    
2.  John Gilfillan    
3.  Ged Byrne    
4.  Dean Bell    
5.  Mark Preston    
6.  Phil Clarke    
7.  Bobby Goulding    
8.  Ian Lucas    
9.  Martin Dermott    
10.  Andy Goodway  T   
11.  Denis Betts  T   
12.  Ian Gildart    
13.  Ellery Hanley    
 
Sub.  Gus O'Donnell    G 
Sub.  Ged Stazicker    

St Helens 

1. Gary Connolly, 2. Brimah Kebbie, 3. Phil Veivers, 4. Paul Loughlin, 5. Les Quirk, 6. Alan Hunte, 7. Jonathan Griffiths, 8. Stuart Evans, 9. Paul Groves, 10. George Mann, 11. Paul Forber, 12. Roy Haggerty, 13. Shane Cooper. Subs: Mark Bailey, Paul Jones.

Tries: Les Quirk 3, George Mann, Alan Hunte, Mark Bailey
Goals: Paul Loughlin 5
Drop Goals: Roy Haggerty 1

Summary: 

Wigan needed just one point from their final two games to clinch the title but they would have to try again on Easter Monday after losing heavily to St Helens on Good Friday. After a bruising match against title rivals Leeds on the Tuesday, energy and full fitness was in short supply, so much so that Joe Lydon, Kevin Iro, Shaun Edwards, Andy Gregory and Andy Platt were all still absent here and Ellery Hanley didn't make the full 80 either. Saints cashed in, but not until after Wigan had to taken the lead with a 5th minute try from Denis Betts. Efforts from Les Quirk and George Mann had seen Saints recover to 12-6 up at the break and for 15 minutes after half time, Wigan kept in the game. They were eventually broken by a Roy Haggerty drop goal for 13-6 and completely collapsed after that with Quirk completing a hat-trick and further scores coming from Alan Hunte and Mark Bailey. This would be Wigan's worst defeat for ten years with Andy Goodway's try in the second half only being consolation. Wigan could still had won the title had Leeds lost to Featherstone, but their 25-14 win kept their slender hopes alive.

Half Time: 

St Helens 12 Wigan 6

Attendance: 

17,176

Referee: 

John Holdsworth (Kippax)

Note: 

Live Coverage on BSB Sport Channel

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match

1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 25 - Won - 19 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 38 - (Diff: +322)
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 25 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 36 - (Diff: +341)
3rd Place:l St Helens - Played - 25 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 34 - (Diff: +188)
4th Place:l Widnes - Played - 25 - Won - 15 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 32 - (Diff: +246)
5th Place:l Bradford - Played - 25 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 32 - (Diff: +225)