During the game, a section of fans called for the Wigan directors to quit in the row over the proposed sale of Central Park to Tesco, and later they staged a demonstration outside the club pavilion. The club chairman, Jack Robinson, was away on a business trip.
Keighley justified their tag as First Division favourites when they kicked off the new season with a 22-10 victory at Workington. They led 12-0 at half-time and wrapped up victory with Keith Dixon's second try.
Huddersfield and Hull, expected to vie with Keighley for the one promotion place this season, both got off to resounding wins but Featherstone, despite four tries from Darren Hughes, suffered a surprise 36-22 home defeat by Hull KR, last year's Second Division champions.
Andy Cheetham scored two of Huddersfield's nine tries in a 46-16 success over Whitehaven while Chico Jackson touched down twice in Hull's 36-0 win against Swinton.Reuse content