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21st June 1947: Wigan 13 Dewsbury 4 (Championship Final)
Posted by cherryandwhite on November 19 2012 - 01:51
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Wigan v Dewsbury - 1946-1947 Rugby League Championship Final.
Saturday 21st June 1947. Kick Off 3:00pm at Maine Road, Manchester.

Match Report

Wigan were looking to complete back to back title successes in this Championship Final but Wigan had to recover from a poor first half. Dewsbury kicked an early drop goal to lead 2-0 after just four minutes and that carried all the way to the break.

Johnny Lawrenson had gone close to scoring before the break though with the touchline beating him and that was a hint of what was to come second half. It took just two minutes for Wigan to score with Ted Ward charging down Jimmy Ledgard into a mistake before gathering the ball and sending Brian Nordgren over in the corner. Ward's conversion went over despite hitting the post.

The 5-2 lead for Wigan held for a while but two quick back to back tries either side of hour took Wigan to victory. The first saw Ces Mountford and Ward combine in midfield to break before Mountford sent Lawrenson over for 8-2.

Conversion missed but quickly Wigan scored again with Tommy Bradshaw going on a run down the blind side before drawing a one-two with Lawrenson saw him retake the ball to score himself. Ward converted that time for 13-2.

It looked like the score would end up a repeat of the 1929 Challenge Cup Final between the sides when Ward missed an opportunity to extend Wigan's lead. But Dewsbury kicked a forlorn and desperate drop goal with four minutes to go which ended the scoring at 13-4. The match was described as "much closer than the scoreline suggests" but Wigan had completed their sixth championship.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Dewsbury -
1 Jack Cunliffe Full Back Jimmy Ledgard 1
2 Brian Nordgren Winger Des Armitage 2
3 Ted Ward Centre Geoff Clark 3
4 Ernie Ashcroft Centre Ken Slacker 4
5 Johnny Lawrenson Winger George Withington 5
6 Ces Mountford Stand Off Cyril Gilbertson 6
7 Tommy Bradshaw Scrum Half Harry Royal 7
8 Ken Gee Prop Harry Hammond 8
9 Joe Egan Hooker Vince McKeating 9
10 George Banks Prop Ben Pearson 10
11 Frank Barton 2nd Row Frank Cox 11
12 Billy Blan 2nd Row Jack Holt 12
13 Jack Blan L.Forward Arthur Street 13

Score Sheet

Wigan 13 --- Dewsbury 4
Tries:
Brian Nordgren
Johnny Lawrenson
Tommy Bradshaw
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Goals:
Ted Ward 2
-

-

Drop Goals:
Jimmy Ledgard 1
Jack Holt 1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Wigan 00 Dewsbury 02 Drop Goal: Jimmy Ledgard
Half Time Wigan 00 Dewsbury 02
42nd Minute Wigan 03 Dewsbury 02 Try: Brian Nordgren
42nd Minute Wigan 05 Dewsbury 02 Conversion: Ted Ward
59th Minute Wigan 08 Dewsbury 02 Try: Johnny Lawrenson
62nd Minute Wigan 11 Dewsbury 02 Try: Tommy Bradshaw
62nd Minute Wigan 13 Dewsbury 02 Conversion: Ted Ward
76th Minute Wigan 13 Dewsbury 04 Drop Goal: Jack Holt
Full Time Wigan 13 Dewsbury 04

Other Information

Referee: Albert Dobson (Pontefract)
Attendance: 40,599
Weather: Sunny.

Additional Information

Try = 3 points. Goals = 2 Points. Drop Goal = 2 Points.

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