27th December 1992: St Helens 41 Wigan 6
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St Helens 41 Wigan 6 - Sunday 27th December 1992
Venue: Knowsley Road, St Helens
Competition: Stones Bitter Championship
Kick Off: 3:10pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Steve Hampson, 2. Sam Panapa, 3. Dean Bell, 4. Andrew Farrar, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Shaun Edwards, 7. Frano Botica
WiganlForwards:l 8. Neil Cowie, 9. Martin Crompton, 10. Kelvin Skerrett, 11. Denis Betts, 12. Andy Platt, 13. Phil Clarke
WiganlInterchanges:l

14. Jason Robinson (replaced Martin Offiah - 14th Minute), 15. Billy McGinty (replaced Neil Cowie - 24th Minute)


WiganlTries:l

Frano Botica

WiganlGoals:l Frano Botica 1

StlHelenslBacks:l 1. David Lyon, 2. Jarrod McCracken, 3. Gary Connolly, 4. Paul Loughlin, 5. Alan Hunte, 6. Tea Ropati, 7. Shane Cooper
StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Jonathan Neill, 9. Bernard Dwyer, 10. John Harrison, 11. George Mann, 12. Sonny Nickle, 13. Chris Joynt
StlHelenslInterchanges:l

14. Gus O'Donnell (replaced Jonathan Neill - Half Time), 15. Phil Veivers (replaced Tea Ropati - 61st Minute)


StlHelenslTries:l

Alan Hunte 2, Sonny Nickle 2, Chris Joynt, David Lyon, Tea Ropati
StlHelenslGoals:l Paul Loughlin 6
StlHelenslDrops:l Tea Ropati 1
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Summary:l

Wigan would have gone four points clear at the top of the table with victory in this game, but it ended up being a total disaster for them. Wigan took a 6-0 lead after just three minutes but the match quickly unravelled to finish with their heaviest defeat since losing 58-3 at Leeds in 1972. Not only that, they lost Martin Offiah with a dislocated shoulder after just 14 minutes, whilst Denis Betts suffered a hip injury and both Dean Bell and Andy Platt hand injuries. St Helens meanwhile took full advantage and earned one of their best wins ever at Knowsley Road. It certainly gave them full believe that a title shot was now well on the agenda, with Wigan's lead at the top reduced to points difference only, albeit still with a game in hand.

Half Time:l

St Helens 24 Wigan 6

Attendance:l

17,495

Referee:l

Robin Whitfield (Widnes)

Television:l

Live Coverage on Sky Sports

Sent Off:l

Wigan 10. Kelvin Skerrett was sent off in the 55th Minute for a high tackle on Jarrod McCracken.

Top of the Table After This Match

1st Place:l Wigan llPlayedll 12 lllPointsll 20 lllDiffll +167
2nd Place:l St Helens llPlayedll 13 lllPointsll 20 lllDiffll +144