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|This Week in Time - No.106|
|5 Years Ago.|
2nd March 2007, Saints 34 Bradford Bull 22.
Bradford had the only 100% record in Super League, but a superb first 25 minutes performance from Saints, particularly down the left hand side, with Steve Tyrer impressive in his first start, blew the Bulls away. Tyrer ended with a try and five goals. James Roby was impressive, setting up tries for Nick Fozzard, Lee Gilmour and Wilie Talau. Saints other tries came from Jon Wilkin in his 100th game for Saints, and Ade Gardner, who crossed for his 100th career try. Terry Newton was placed on report for a high tackle on Jon Wilkin
10 Years Ago.
2nd March 2002, Widnes Vikings 14 Saints 15.
The Vikings had been promoted to Super League for the first time and came close to celebrating it with a victory, but Saints half backs Tommy Martyn and Sean Long proved the difference, scoring all of Saints points. Saints led 8-0 at half time, thanks to a try and two goals from Long but the Vikings hit back in the second half, before Martyn raced over. Widnes hit back again and with time running out the scores were level at 14-14. Then Tommy Martyn coolly slotted over a dropped goal with two minutes left.
15 Years Ago
4th March 1997.
The draw for the semi final of the Challenge Cup paired Saints with Salford, whilst the other semi final was a repeat of the previous year, with Leeds playing Bradford Bull. Former Saints coach, Eric Hughes was appointed coach at Wigan, following the departure of Graham West.
20 Years Ago
1st March 1992, Saints 19 Leeds 8.
Saints overcame their Challenge Cup set back to give Leeds their fourth straight defeat. A try by Alan Hunte converted by Paul Bishop, who added a dropped goal, gave Saints a 6-0 half time lead. In the second half Gary Connolly increased Saints advantage whilst Hunte scored his second of the game.
25 Years Ago
1st March 1987, Saints 41 Whitehaven 12 (Challenge Cup 3rd Round)
Saints overcame a strong first half challenge from second division Whitehaven to reach the semi final for the first time in six years. Chris Arkwright led the way with a hat trick of tries. John Fieldhouse and Brett Clark also crossed whilst Paul Loughlin contributed 18 points with a try and six goals and Neil Holding added a dropped goal to his first half try.
30 Years Ago
28th February 1982, Saints 41 Whitehaven 7.
Although Whitehaven were at the bottom of the league, without a win they had drawn with Warrington the previous week and this was the first time they had conceded more than 30 points in a league game. Saints did produce their best rugby for a while, with wingers Kevin Meadows scoring a hat trick and Denis Litherland crossing twice. Gary Bottell scored his first try in the league, with Gary Moorby, Roger Owen and John Butler also crossing.
35 Years Ago
6th March 1977, Saints 29 Salford 9.
Champions, Salford were having a difficult season, having lost a number of their star players, whilst Saints were continuing to progress on league and cup fronts after a difficult first half of the season. Peter Glynn took the man of the match award with a hat trick of tries, with others coming from Eddie Cunningham, Les Jones, Roy Mathias and Ken Gwilliam. Geoff Pimblett had a bit of an off day with the boot, kicking four from eight.
40 Years Ago
4th March 1972, York 5 Saints 32 (Challenge Cup 3rd Round).
In the days of contested scrums, the referee for this game, Vince Moss, had a reputation for sending hookers off for repeated offences, so coach Jim Challinor took no risks and had reserve hooker Les Greenall on the bench. However on a compact ground, with more than 9,000 packed in, in heavy rain Saints had little problem progressing to the semi finals. Saints led 15-0 at half time and scored eight tries in all, John Mantle and Jeff Heaton got two each with Geoff Pimblett, Ken Kelly, John Walsh and Les Jones getting the others. York’s only points came in the last minute.