On This Day: 20 Years of Wide to West!

On This Day 20 years ago....rugby league's greatest ever try was scored - Chris Joynt's Wide to West try against Bradford.

To recap, defending champions Saints had entered the 2000 top five play-offs in second spot, three points behind leaders Wigan and a similar margin ahead of Bradford.

Those three sides were head and shoulders above the remainder of the competition that season.

In the opening play-off match Saints trailed Bradford 11-10 when Paul Sculthorpe regained his feet to play the ball inside his own half with a second on the clock.

The Bulls fans in the Edington End counted down and cheered when the hooter sounded, some of them oblivious to the bewildering passage of play unfolding before their eyes with Long, Iro, Sean Hoppe, Steve Hall and Tim Jonkers working the ball ‘Wide to Dwayne West’ who shrugged off two tacklers before sending skipper Chris Joynt storming over for the winner.

Buoyed by that, Saints bounced into the semi-final where they obliterated Wigan 54-16, with Sullivan’s length of the fielder putting the icing on the cake.

Wigan had a second bite, beating Bulls to reach the final, but we claimed back-to-back Grand Final wins after a 29-16 victory!

Happy ‘Wide to West’ Day!

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