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8th March 1986: Wigan 24 St Helens 14
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 11 2013 - 23:27
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Wigan 24 St Helens 14 - Saturday 8th March 1986
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Silk Cut Challenge Cup Second Round
Kick Off: 2:15pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Steve Hampson, 2. Joe Lydon, 3. David Stephenson, 4. Ellery Hanley, 5. Henderson Gill, 6. Steve Ella, 7. Shaun Edwards
WiganlForwards:l 8. Greg Dowling, 9. Nicky Kiss, 10. Shaun Wane, 11. Graeme West, 12. Andy Goodway, 13. Ian Potter
WiganlSubs Used:l 15. Nick Du Toit (replaced Shaun Wane)

WiganlTries:l

David Stephenson 2, Steve Ella, Steve Hampson, Ellery Hanley

WiganlGoals:l David Stephenson 2

StlHelenslBacks:l 1. Phil Veivers, 2. Barrie Ledger, 3. Mark Elia, 4. Brett French, 5. Sean Day, 6. Chris Arkwright, 7. Neil Holding
StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Tony Burke, 9. Graham Liptrot, 10. Paul Round, 11. Andy Platt, 12. Roy Haggerty, 13. Harry Pinner
StlHelenslSubs Used:l 14. Shaun Allen, 15. Paul Forber

StlHelenslTries:l

Brett French, Mark Elia, Shaun Allen

StlHelenslGoals:l Sean Day 1
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Summary:l

Referee Robin Whitfield had not officiated a Wigan match since 4th January 1981, until this game, because his brother Colin had been playing for the club. However he had been sold a month before to Halifax, so Robin was free to referee Wigan games again. In this Challenge Cup Tie, cup holders Wigan had to come from behind to progress past Saints. Brett French had opened the scoring for Saints but Wigan levelled with a try from Steve Ella soon after. Neither try was converted so it was just 4-4 until Saints took a half time lead after Roy Haggerty's pass sent Mark Elia away and he rounded Steve Hampson to make it 10-4 at half time after Sean Day converted. Into the second half and Wigan had come gone from six down to six up within ten minutes after David Stephenson scored twice and converted both. The second try was an interception one for a 16-10 Wigan lead. Steve Hampson then made it 20-10 with a try on 64 minutes Saints didn't give up and hit back to 20-14 with an unconverted try from Shaun Allen but Wigan sealed progression with the try of the game with five minutes to go. Shaun Edwards, Stephenson and Henderson Gill all got a touch before Ellery Hanley raced clear to finish.

Half Time:l

Wigan 4 St Helens 10

Attendance:l

18,553

Referee:l

Robin Whitfield (Widnes)

Television:l

Delayed Highlights on BBC 1 during "Grandstand" 3:10-3:50pm - Commentary: Ray French & Maurice Bamford

1985-1986 Silk Cut Challenge Cup Second Round Results

Sunday 23rd February 1986
Doncaster 10 Leeds 28 (at Headingley, Leeds)
Widnes 36 Rochdale Hornets 20

Saturday 8th March 1986
Wigan 24 St Helens 14 (Second Half Live on BBC 1)

Sunday 9th March 1986
Barrow 6 Castleford 30
Bradford Northern 20 Bramley 20
Leigh 31 Blackpool Borough 10
Oldham 13 Warrington 6
York 6 Hull Kingston Rovers 34

Wednesday 12th March 1986
Replay: Bramley 2 Bradford Northern 36

BBC 1 - Saturday 8th March 1986
6:45am Open University (till 8:25am)
8:30am Hunter's Gold
8:55am Bananaman
9:00am Saturday Superstore
12:15pm Grandstand including.....
12:20 Football Focus
12:40 Billiards: World Professional Championships
1:25, 1:55, 2:25 Horse Racing from Chepstow
1:40 Bobsleigh: World Championships form West Germany
2:10, 2:40 Hockey
3:10 Rugby League: Wigan v St Helens
3:50 Football Half Times
4:00 Ice Hockey
4:40 Final Score
5:05pm News, Weather, Sport, North West News
5:20pm The Muppet Show (Guest: Peter Sellars)
5:45pm Jim'll Fix It (with Jimmy Savile)
6:20pm The Dukes of Hazzard
7:05pm Every Second Counts (Quiz with Paul Daniels)
7:40pm The Little and Large Show (Sid Little, Eddie Large - Guests: Warren Mitchell, Gene Pitney)
8:15pm The Collectors
9:05pm News, Sport, Weather
9:20pm The House on Greenapple Road
11:10pm Match of the Day - FA Cup Quarter Finals: Bury v Watford, Luton v Everton & Brighton v Southampton
12:10am Film: "The Skull"
1:30am Weather, National Anthem, Closedown

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