Welsby scored the winning goal right on the final hit, after a drop goal attempt hit the post
Jack Welsby scored one final win to achieve the most remarkable result in Grand Final history, claiming the title for St. To keep Helens.
The young center prevailed to land after Tommy Makinson’s long range target hit the post.
It took Zak Hardaker seconds to miss a long-range penalty to win it on the decider’s dying stage with the lowest score in Grand Final history .
After a slew of video reruns, Welsby’s attempt to claim a record eighth Super League title for Saints, including seven Grand Final wins, was ultimately forgiven.
The tense dispute has closed the curtain on an unprecedented season that began 302 days earlier on a similarly cold January night in Wigan, in which Super League players have pierced their bodies more than ever despite competitive wage cuts.
Sometimes it was turbulent and traumatic. The clubs participated in games within 24 hours and played up to four within 10 days.
But the standard on the field – which contained modified rules – seldom fell and the intensity reached a crescendo for the season finale.
The two teams tore apart in the first 40 minutes, which were remarkably goalless. The only points of the first half – a penalty from Lachlan Coote – came after the hooter sounded.
James Graham started the final game of his career like a man possessed, throwing himself into tackles, routinely chasing down kicker Jackson Hastings and barking orders – and insults – that could be clearly heard in the empty stadium.
The Saints dominated the opening quarter without having a clear chance. Wigan didn’t even play the ball in the opposing half.
But little by little the warriors got a foothold in the war of attrition and came closest to the gate when Zak Hardaker – temporarily switched to the wing when Joe Burgess was knocked off the field with a head blow – was held over the line by four defenders.
Coote coolly put down his penalty at halftime after being hit late and high by Wigan-Sub Morgan Smithies after an attacking kick.
Saints started the second half stronger again, forcing successive dropouts from the goal line, which resulted in Zeb Taia – another now hanging his boots – declining an attempt to be sidelined because of James Roby’s kick.
The tireless Roby was then stopped just before the line by the unwavering defenses of the warriors.
On the other end, Wigan winger Jake Bibby was turned off by Regan Grace after seeing the St. Helens Line brought into contact.
But at some point there had to be something and it was Bibby who broke the attempt to achieve a deadlock.
Firm hands on the right gave the former Salford player just enough room to squeeze into the corner.
And the warriors’ leadership lasted only a few minutes. Coote added his second sentence after attacking Theo Fages with Hastings high tackle in preparation for the late drama.
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World news – GB – Jack Welsby Stunner seals the incredible late Grand Final win for St. Helens
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