14th April 1995: Wigan 34 St Helens 18
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Good Friday 14th April 1995

Wigan 34 St Helens 18
Central Park, Wigan
Stones Bitter Championship - Round 28 of 30
Kick Off 3:00pm    (Delayed: 10pm-12am)

Wigan Team
1.  Henry Paul  T2   
2. 

Barrie-Jon Mather

   
3. 

Va'aiga Tuigamala

 T   
4. 

Gary Connolly

   
5. 

Martin Offiah

 T   
6.  Frano Botica    G5 
7.  Shaun Edwards    
8.  Terry O'Connor    
9.  Martin Hall  T   
10.  Neil Cowie    
11.  Denis Betts  T   
12.  Mick Cassidy    
13.  Phil Clarke    
 
Sub.  Paul Atcheson    
Sub.  Andy Farrell    

St Helens 

1. Steve Prescott, 2. Alan Hunte, 3. Andy Northey, 4. Paul Loughlin, 5. Anthony Sullivan, 6. Tommy Martyn, 7. Bobbie Goulding, 8. Adam Fogerty, 9. Keiron Cunningham, 10. Apollo Perelini, 11. Bernard Dwyer, 12. Sonny Nickle, 13. Shane Cooper. Subs: Mark Elia, Vila Matautia.

Tries: Shane Cooper 2, Steve Prescott
Goals: Bobbie Goulding 3

Summary: 

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: 

Wigan 18 St Helens 12

Attendance: 

26,334

Referee: 

John Holdsworth (Kippax)

Television: 

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