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22nd October 1947: Wigan 8 New Zealand 10
Posted by cherryandwhite on November 19 2012 - 16:05
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Wigan v New Zealand - Tour Match
Wednesday 22nd October 1947. Kick Off 4:15pm at Central Park.

Match Summary

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".

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position New Zealand -
1 Martin Ryan Full Back Warwick Clarke 1
2 Brian Nordgren Winger Jack Forrest 2
3 Ted Ward Centre Morrie Robertson 3
4 Ernie Ashcroft Centre Doug Anderson 4
5 Gordon Ratcliffe Winger Arthur McInnarney 5
6 Ces Mountford Stand Off Roy Clark 6
7 Tommy Bradshaw Scrum Half Ken Mountford 7
8 Ken Gee Prop Les Pye 8
9 Joe Egan Hooker Pat Smith 9
10 George Banks Prop Joffe Johnson 10
11 Frank Barton 2nd Row Jack Newton 11
12 Billy Blan 2nd Row Charlie McBride 12
13 Jack Bowen L.Forward Travers Hardwick 13

Score Sheet

Wigan 8 --- New Zealand 10
Tries (2):
George Ratcliffe
Billy Blan
--- Tries (2):
Ken Mountford
Jack Forrest
Ted Ward 1
--- Goals:
Warwick Clarke 2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

3rd Minute Wigan 03 New Zealand 00 Try: George Ratcliffe
23rd Minute Wigan 03 New Zealand 03 Try: Ken Mountford
- Wigan 03 New Zealand 05 Conversion: Warwick Clarke
Half Time Wigan 3 New Zealand 5
51st Minute Wigan 03 New Zealand 08 Try: Jack Forrest
- Wigan 03 New Zealand 10 Conversion: Warwick Clarke
60th Minute Wigan 06 New Zealand 10 Try: Billy Blan
- Wigan 08 New Zealand 10 Conversion: Ted Ward
Full Time Wigan 8 New Zealand 10

Other Information

Referee: W. Stockley (Leigh)
Attendance: 24,089

Additional Information

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

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