9th November 1907: Wigan 12 New Zealand 8
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Wigan 12 New Zealand 8 - Saturday 9th November 1907
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Tour Match

WiganlBacks:l

1. Jim Sharrock, 2. Jim Leytham, 3. Bert Jenkins, 4. Tommy Thomas, 5. Joe Miller, 6. Johnny Thomas, 7. Frank Battersby

WiganlForwards:l 8. Billy Wilcock, 9. Dick Silcock, 10. Dick Ramsdale, 11. Bob Brooks, 12. Walter Cheetham, 13. Jimmy Blears

WiganlTries:l

Jim Leytham 3, Bert Jenkins

WiganlGoals:l

(None)

NewlZealandlBacks:l

1. Hubert Turtill, 2. Edgar Wrigley, 3. Harold Rowe, 4. Dally Messenger, 5. George Smith, 6. Lance Todd, 7. Dick Wynar

NewlZealandlForwards:l 8. Con Byrne, 9. Tom Cross, 10. Adam Lile, 11. Charlie Pearce, 12. Bill Tyler, 13. Hercules Wright

NewlZealandlTries:l

Edgar Wrigley, Adam Lile

NewlZealandlGoals:l

Hubert Turtill 1

Summary:l

Rugby League had been established in New Zealand in 1905 and two years on they would become the first International Rugby League Side to Tour. This was the 14th match of a 49 match "All Golds" tour which would start and end with games in Australia and included a match in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) before 36 matches in England and Wales between October 1907 and February 1908. The significance of this victory for Wigan was that the "All Golds" had yet to lose in their previous 13 games, although Wakefield had held them to a draw.

30,000 packed in Central Park for this game, which would prove to be the biggest crowd of the entire tour by a margin of 6,000. Such was the crowd that crush barriers broke within the terraces. Wigan had taken a quick 3rd minute lead with a Jim Leytham unconverted try but an effort from Edgar Wrigley equalised for 3-3. A second try for Leytham restored Wigan's early three point advantage before half time. It was tight for 20 minutes into the second half before a quick fire double of tries put Wigan in great command. First Leytham completed a hat-trick before a brilliant try from Bert Jenkins, in which he "had to dodge through practically the whole New Zealand team" put Wigan 12-3 up with 15 minutes to go. New Zealand scored a converted try on 70 minutes from Adam Lile but Wigan would hang on for an historic victory.

Scoring Pattern
3rd Minute Wigan 03 New Zealand 00 Try: Jim Leytham
15th Minute Wigan 03 New Zealand 03 Try: Edgar Wrigley
- Wigan 06 New Zealand 03 Try: Jim Leytham (2)
Half Time Wigan 6 New Zealand 3
62nd Minute Wigan 09 New Zealand 03 Try: Jim Leytham (3)
65th Minute Wigan 12 New Zealand 03 Try: Bert Jenkins
70th Minute Wigan 12 New Zealand 06 Try: Adam Lile
- Wigan 12 New Zealand 08 Conversion: Hubert Turtill
Full Time Wigan 12 New Zealand 8

Referee: H.Farrar (Keighley)
Attendance: 30,000