14th April 1995: Wigan 34 St Helens 18
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Wigan 34 St Helens 18 - Good Friday 14th April 1995
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Stones Bitter Championship
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Henry Paul, 2. Kris Radlinski, 3. Va'aiga Tuigamala, 4. Gary Connolly, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Frano Botica, 7. Shaun Edwards

WiganlForwards:l 8. Terry O'Connor, 9. Martin Hall, 10. Neil Cowie, 11. Denis Betts, 12. Mick Cassidy, 13. Andy Farrell
WiganlSubslUsed:l

14. Paul Atcheson (replaced Terry O'Connor - 52nd Minute), 15. Barrie-Jon Mather (replaced Va'aiga Tuigamala - 57th Minute)


WiganlTries:l

Henry Paul 2, Denis Betts, Va'aiga Tuigamala, Martin Offiah, Martin Hall

WiganlGoals:l Frano Botica 5

StlHelenslBacks:l

1. Steve Prescott, 2. Alan Hunte, 3. Andy Northey, 4. Paul Loughlin, 5. Anthony Sullivan, 6. Tommy Martyn, 7. Bobbie Goulding

StlHelenslForwards:l

8. Adam Fogerty, 9. Keiron Cunningham, 10. Apollo Perelini, 11. Bernard Dwyer, 12. Sonny Nickle, 13. Shane Cooper

StlHelenslSubslUsed:l 14. Mark Elia (replaced Anthony Sullivan - Half Time), 15. Vila Matautia (replaced Adam Fogerty - 26th Minute)

StlHelenslTries:l

Shane Cooper 2, Steve Prescott
StlHelenslGoals:l Bobbie Goulding 3
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Summary:l

Wigan went into this Good Friday battle against St Helens knowing that if they won, the title would be secured with two games to spare. Saints began by bombing first a penalty goal shot from Bobbie Goulding and then a possible try for Tommy Martyn before Frano Botica kicked Wigan 2-0 ahead. But Saints took the lead on 13 minutes when a grubber from Goulding was touched down by Shane Cooper under the posts a 6-2 lead. Five minutes later a good angled run from Denis Betts got Wigan back in front at 8-6, then Saints scored again with Steve Prescott for 12-8 to them before Va'aiga Tuigamala scored an unconverted try in the right corner for 12-12. That deadlock sat for ten minutes before a break from Henry Paul from half way saw him go all the way after a poor tackle attempt from Prescott.

Conversion had put Wigan 18-12 at the break and into the second half Shaun Edwards looping pass got Martin Offiah in the left corner for 22-12 on 48 minutes. Wigan quickly scored another in fortuitous fashion. A drop out by Wigan was let bounce by Saints and Henry Paul nipped in between two doddering Saints men to return it under the posts. That was 28-12 and game over pretty much. Saints did reduce the lead to 28-18 with a second try from Shane Cooper but Martin Hall wrapped up the performance and the title with a try four minutes from time.

Half Time:l

Wigan 18 St Helens 12

Attendance:l

26,334

Referee:l

John Holdsworth (Kippax)

Television:l

Delayed Coverage on Sky Sports between 10:00pm and Midnight.

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 28 - Won - 26 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 2 - Points: - 52
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 28 - Won - 23 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 4 - Points: - 47
3rd Place:l Warrington - Played - 28 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 38
4th Place:l St Helens - Played - 28 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 9 - Points: - 37
5th Place:l Halifax - Played - 28 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 9 - Points: - 36