Top Australian-Wigan Moment

Top Australian-Wigan Moment

Wigan’s 1994 World Club Challenge win has been voted the top Australian-Wigan Moment of all time.

Last month the club asked fans to list the best moments that involved Australia, either by way of an Australian-born Wigan player or a game or event involving Australia or an Australian side.

A shortlist was drawn up and Wigan fans voted on the most popular moments with the 1994 World Club Challenge win in Brisbane narrowly edging out the 1987 WCC victory over Manly.

Pat Richards’ final game in the 2013 Grand Final win was voted third with John Monie’s two spells as Head Coach in fourth.

The Warriors will create more history in Australia in 2018 with their 2018 NSW Tour. Scroll down to see the complete list of Australian-Wigan moments.

11. 1991 World Club Challenge

One of the biggest nights in the Club’s history. John Monie’s Wigan side saw off Penrith to claim a second world crown.

12. Steve Renouf

What a player the pearl was. That break and pass to put Kris Radlinski over in the final second in 2000, amazing!

14. 1992 World Sevens Win

Wigan have a habit of winning in Australia and they cleaned up in 92 seeing off all opposition including Brisbane in the Final.

15. Wigan Beat Canterbury twice!

The 1997 World Club Series was tough going for English sides but Wigan held their own beating Canterbury both in England and Australia.

16. Pat Richards’ Incredible Year

2010 was a great year for Wigan and an even better one for Pat Richards. 167 goals, 32 tries – 462 points. A club record!

17. Hector Gee

The first Australian to play for Wigan and the record appearance holder – 353 games in Cherry and White!

19. 2014 World Club Challenge

Almost 20 years on from facing Brisbane in Australia the Warriors headed down under again, this time to take on Sydney Roosters.

20. 2011 World Club Challenge

A hard fought game against the Dragons, not the result we wanted but a memorable night all the same.

21. Brett Dallas Challenge Cup Hat-trick

Seven seasons, 107 tries in 177 games. Plenty of great moments for Brett Dallas but his hat-trick in the 2004 cup semi was sublime.

23. 2015 World Club Series

A huge crowd saw Wigan and Brisbane play out a pulsating game. The teams were level after 80 minutes with Corey Parker’s penalty goal sealing the win.

24. 1986 Kangaroo Tour Match

Australia went through their 1986 tour of England and France unbeaten but Wigan pushed them all the way in a 26-18 loss in the opener.

25. 1992 World Club Challenge

The second time Central Park hosted a WCC but a Brisbane side that included names such as Langer, Renouf, Walters and Matterson proved too strong.

26. Terry O’Connor Vs Gordon Tallis

This 1997 meeting is remembered mainly for this scrap. With Brisbane up 16-0 at the time, Tallis let his fists fly and O’Connor certainly replied.

28. NSW Tour Announcement

Earlier this year the Warriors announced that they would create history by taking a Super League game outside of Europe for the first time.

29. Pat Richards’ Derby Drop-Goal

Caught in possession on the last tackle Richards put his trusty right boot through the ball to hit the one pointer from what must have been 60+ metres!

31. Brett Finch 2011/12

A fine half-back, Finch overcame injury to become a vital player in Wigan’s 2011 Challenge Cup Final winning team.

32. Ryan Hoffman – 2011 Challenge Cup Winner

One season, one trophy, lots of great performances. The Hoff was pure class in 2011 and has gone on to play well into his 30s in the NRL too.

33. John Dorahy

Wigan Coach for one season, Dorahy led Wigan to the double in 1994. Recently as a NSW Councillor he has been a key figure in Wigan playing a game Down Under!

35. Mark Riddell – THAT kicking technique

A robust hooker, Piggy as he was affectionately known left the Warriors with a GF Winners’ Ring. The fans loved him and his pre-kicking arm ritual.

36. Pat Richards 38 points in one game

Arguably Wigan’s best ever overseas player, Richards’ first moment in this list being the small matter of five tries and nine goals in this 2010 win over Catalans.

38. Bryan Fletcher

A NSW Blue and Australian international, Fletcher scored on debut and gave his all for Wigan during a two-year stint.

39. Phil Bailey’s last minute winner

A GF winner and one of only four Australians to play over 100 games for Wigan. His last minute try at Headingley in 2007 was a beauty!

41. Taulima Tautai

A ferocious prop who regularly makes a good impact off the bench. Will soon reach 100 games for Wigan, has already won one Grand Final.

42. Tony Mestrov

A hard-working prop, Mestrov played 85 games in three seasons and in two Grand Finals. Sixth on the all-time list of appearances by Australian players.

43. John Ferguson’s 1985 Shimmy

Another fine Australian import. ‘Chicka’ will long be remembered for his sublime sidestep try in the 85 Cup Final against Hull.

44. Dave Furner

A fine second-rower, Furner knew his way to try line scoring 21 tries in just 58 appearances. His biggest achievement coming in the 2002 CC Final win.

45. Julian O’Neill’s Saints hat-trick

The biggest crowd of the season watched Wigan take Saints to town a 48-8 win. O’Neill the star of the show as the mercurial half-back scored three.

47. Greg Dowling’s hat-trick

A Queensland state of origin prop, Dowling played 25 times for Wigan in 1985. His standout game against Leigh when he bagged himself a hat-trick!

48. Michael Dobson 2006

Just 14 games in Cherry and White but some huge performances from the young half-back helped Wigan retain their Super League status.

49. Academy Vs Australian Schoolboys

Matches against national sides are rare and whilst Wigan were left licking their wounds this 2014 meeting was certainly a great day to remember.

50. Jamie Ainscough

Not one for a bagful of flashy tries of huge hits, Ainscough makes the list purely for tackling someone so hard he had a tooth sunk into his arm!

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