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4th February 1994: Widnes 12 Wigan 27
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 01 2013 - 20:28

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Friday 4th February 1994

Widnes 12 Wigan 27
Naughton Park, Widnes
Stones Bitter Championship - Round 20 of 30

Kick Off: 7:30pm


Wigan Team
1.  Paul Atcheson  T     

Jason Robinson

3.  Nigel Wright      

Gary Connolly


Va'aiga Tuigamala

6.  Sam Panapa  T     
7.  Frano Botica    G3   DG 
8.  Kelvin Skerrett      
9.  Martin Dermott      
10.  Andy Platt  T     
11.  Neil Cowie      
12.  Mick Cassidy      
13.  Andy Farrell      
Sub.  Billy McGinty      
Sub.  Ian Gildart      


1. Stuart Spruce, 2. David Myers, 3. Karle Hammond, 4. Mark Elia, 5. Peter Smith, 6. David Ruane, 7. Bobby Goulding, 8. Andy Ireland, 9. Steve McCurrie, 10. David Smith, 11. Esene Faimalo, 12. Tim Russell, 13. Paul Hulme. Subs: Christian Tyrer, Paul Davidson.

Tries: David Ruane. Karle Hammond
Goals: Bobby Goulding 2


Va'aiga Tuigamala, or "Inga the Winger" as he had been branded, had been in the country for a month but his appearance to debut here at Widnes was still quite a shock because the club had been promising to play him first at Central Park against Wakefield in 12 days time. It took him nine minutes to get his first touch but putting prop David Smith on his backside in the process set the tone for him for sure. Widnes though took the lead in the 13th Minute with Paul Hulme sending David Ruane over for a 8-0 lead after Bobbie Goulding converted and soon later added a penalty goal. A great burst from Andy Platt saw him score to get Wigan back to 8-6 after 21 minutes and four minutes after that Paul Atcheson's well timed run got him over for a 10-8 Wigan lead after Botica missed his kick. In the 36th Minute that lead would become far stronger with good work from Nigel Wright allowing Sam Panapa to get under the posts for a 16-8 half time lead.

The first try of the second half was now set up to be a big one and Gary Connolly claimed it in the 47th Minute. Botica's missed conversion kept Widnes within two scores and when Karle Hammond scored in the 64th Minute that lead was down to 20-12 but crucially Goudling couldn't convert. That score held for the next ten minutes and the only real threat Wigan had against them was a break from Christian Tyrer but Atcheson superbly tackled him into touch. In the 76th Minute, Botica kicked a drop goal for 21-12 and a couple of minutes later the performance was polished with a try for debut boy Inga who crashed over from Andy Farrell's pass.

Half Time: 

Widnes 8 Wigan 16




John Holdsworth (Kippax)


Live Coverage on Sky Sports

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match

1st Place:l Warrington - Played - 19 - Won - 15 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 4 - Points: - 30 - (Diff: +155)
2nd Place:l Bradford - Played - 18 - Won - 15 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 3 - Points: - 30 - (Diff: +148)
3rd Place:l Wigan - Played - 16 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 2 - Points: - 28 - (Diff: +229)
4th Place:l Castleford - Played - 18 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 25 - (Diff: +150)
5th Place:l Halifax - Played - 19 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 22 - (Diff: +66)
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