Wigan v New Zealand
- Tour Match
October 1947. Kick Off 4:15pm at Central Park.
Wigan took the lead with "quicksilver passing" getting Gordon Ratcliffe
over in the left corner. But New Zealand replied with a brilliant run from
Warwick Clarke seeing Ken Mountford scoring a try that made it 5-3 to the
tourists after the conversion.
Eleven minutes after the interval, the tourists
stretched their lead to 10-3 with a try from Jack Forrest but Wigan would
rally superbly and responded with a terrific catch of a kick by Billy Blan
seeing him score and Ted Ward converting for 10-8 with twenty minutes
still to play.
Wigan absolutely hammered New Zealand in trying to win
the game. "Reverse passes, scissor kicks, short kicks, cross kicks, quick
passing, forward rushing", it was all tried but to avail. The Kiwis
defended Wigan out but looked to have gifted the easiest opportunity of
all when a penalty was conceded but Ward missed an easy chance. Their was
still time for Brian Nordgren to snatch the win right at the death but his
dive at a loose ball couldn't be grounded. Someone New Zealand had hung on
for a 10-8 win but I'm not sure what was meant when one newspaper when it
wrote "Wigan's beards were properly singed".
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