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16th February 1994: Wigan 13 Wakefield 20
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 01 2013 - 22:13

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Wednesday 16th February 1994

Wigan 13 Wakefield Trinity 20
Central Park, Wigan
Stones Bitter Championship - Round 17 of 30
(Previously Postponed on Sunday 9th January 1994)
Kick Off: 7:30pm

Wigan Team
1.  Paul Atcheson  T     
2. 

Va'aiga Tuigamala

     
3.  Barrie-Jon Mather  T     
4. 

Gary Connolly

     
5. 

Martin Offiah

     
6.  Nigel Wright      DG 
7.  Shaun Edwards      
8.  Ian Gildart      
9.  Martin Dermott      
10.  Mick Cassidy      
11.  Andy Farrell      
12.  Billy McGinty      
13.  Sam Panapa  T     
 
Sub.  Simon Haughton      

Wakefield 

1. Henry Paul, 2. Gary Christie, 3. Andy Mason, 4. Adrian Flynn, 5. Andy Wilson, 6. Gary Spencer, 7. Lee Hanlan, 8. David Hobbs, 9. Matt Fuller, 10. Ian Marlow, 11. Steve Durham, 12. Nigel Bell, 13. Mike Forshaw. Subs: Richard Goddart, Adam Knighton.

Tries: Gary Spencer, Mike Forshaw, Henry Paul
Goals: Henry Paul 4

Summary: 

The Regal Trophy Final the previous month had seen Wigan fall four points behind joint league leaders Warrington and Bradford and although Wigan got that gap back to two points beating Widnes a couple of Friday's earlier, both the leaders won again on the Sunday after to maintain the four point gap. Wigan though had two games in hand on Bradford and three on Warrington, so their was no panic but this visit of Wakefield was one of those games in hand and Wigan were not expected to lose. Wigan had taken the lead when Sam Panapa latched onto Ian Gildart's pass but failed conversion meant it was only 4-0. The lead would change three more times before half time. First Gary Spencer's converted try put Wakefield 6-4 up before Paul Atcheson responded with a try for 8-6 to Wigan, but in the 32nd Minute ex Wigan Mike Forshaw scored and the 12-8 lead held until the break.

Wigan did respond after the break but Wakefield held a 14-13 lead late in the game when their mightily impressive Kiwi youngster Henry Paul stepped up to score a brilliant try that won the match for Wakefield. Missed conversions certainly were a big part of the loss but Wigan were generally poor. John Dorahy though decided to attack veteran referee Robin Whitfield, saying he was "too old, out of date, and can't handle a game".

Half Time: 

Wigan 8 Wakefield 12

Attendance: 

13,145

Referee: 

Robin Whitfield (Widnes)

Note: 

Match Previously Postponed on Sunday 9th January 1994 due to Wigan playing in Regal Trophy Semi Final.

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match

1st Place:l Warrington - Played - 20 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 4 - Points: - 32 - (Diff: +169)
2nd Place:l Bradford - Played - 19 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 3 - Points: - 32 - (Diff: +150)
3rd Place:l Wigan - Played - 17 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 3 - Points: - 28 - (Diff: +222)
4th Place:l Castleford - Played - 19 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 25 - (Diff: +171)
5th Place:l Halifax - Played - 20 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 24 - (Diff: +88)
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