7th April 1923: Wigan 41 St Helens 10
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Wigan 41 St Helens 10 - Saturday 7th April 1923
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: League
Kick Off: 3:30pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Jim Sullivan, 2. Tom Coles, 3. Tommy Parker, 4. Syd Boyd, 5. Johnny Ring, 6. George Hesketh, 7. George Owens
WiganlForwards:l 8. Wilf Hodder, 9. Harry Banks, 10. Bert Webster, 11. Fred Roffey, 12. Tom Woods, 13. Tom Halliwell

WiganlTries:l Tom Coles 2, Wilf Hodder 2, Johnny Ring 2, Syd Boyd, George Owens, Jim Sullivan
WiganlGoals:l

Jim Sullivan 7


StlHelenslBacks:l 1. Charlie Crooks, 2. John Halsall, 3. Les Fairclough, 4. Alf Frodsham, 5. Tommy Flynn, 6. George Lewis, 7. Walter Groves
StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Ben Briers, 9. Harry Heaton, 10. Thomas Melling, 11. Ernest Eden, 12. Albert Heath, 13. Ernie Shaw

StlHelenslTries:l Tommy Flynn, John Halsall
StlHelenslGoals:l

Tommy Flynn 2


Summary:l

Well Wigan had to win or else they would have blown a top 4 spot in remarkable fashion given the position they were in at the turn of the year. That wasn't the whole story though. Hull KR still had two games in hand yet to play and Oldham also had a small chance of over-hauling them. Wigan did their bit against Saints but they had a long wait before knowing if Hull KR won those two games in hand. Rovers did beat York 8-0 on Wednesday April 12th but in a points percentage table, losses were crucial also, so Rovers still had to win their final match. They did that also though with an 18-5 win at home to Barrow on Monday 16th April. So Wigan finally knew their play off hopes were dashed, 9 days after they had concluded their regular season. Ironically Rovers would go on to win the league championship despite only sneaking into the top 4 right at the end of the season not been inside the top four for most of the season. For Wigan, four defeats in six days over a busy Easter period had cost them dear, winning just one of those four defeats would have been enough.

Top of Table After This Match
1st Place:l Hull - Played - 35 - Won - 29 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 6 - Points Percentage: - 82.85%
2nd Place:l Huddersfield - Played - 32 - Won - 24 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 8 - Points Percentage: - 75.00%
3rd Place:l Swinton - Played - 34 - Won - 25 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 9 - Points Percentage: - 73.53%
4th Place:l Wigan - Played - 36 - Won - 25 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 9 - Points Percentage: - 72.22%
5th Place:l Hull KR - Played - 34 - Won - 24 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 9 - Points Percentage: - 72.05%

Final Top 5 Table
1st Place:l Hull - Played - 36 - Won - 30 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 6 - Points Percentage: - 83.33%
2nd Place:l Huddersfield - Played - 34 - Won - 26 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 8 - Points Percentage: - 76.47%
3rd Place:l Swinton - Played - 34 - Won - 25 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 9 - Points Percentage: - 73.53%
4th Place:l Hull KR - Played - 36 - Won - 26 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 9 - Points Percentage: - 73.61%
5th Place:l Wigan - Played - 36 - Won - 25 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 9 - Points Percentage: - 72.22%

Top 4 Qualified for the Play Offs

1922-1923 Championship Play Offs Semi Final Results

Saturday 21st April 1923
1st Place v 4th Place: - Hull 2 Hull Kingston Rovers 16
2nd Place v 3rd Place: - Swinton 5 Huddersfield 16

1922-1923 Championship Play Offs Semi Final Results

Saturday 28th April 1923
3rd Place v 4th Place: - Huddersfield 5 Hull Kingston Rovers 15 - (at Headingley, Leeds)