1. Graham Steadman, 2. St John Ellis, 3. Richie Blackmore, 4.
Grant Anderson, 5. Simon Middleton, 6. Tony Kemp, 7. Mike Ford,
8. Lee Crooks, 9. Richard Russell, 10. Martin Ketteridge, 11. Tony Morrison,
12. Ian Smales, 13. Tawera Nikau. Subs: Keith England, Andy Hay.
Goals: Lee Crooks 1
Castleford had beaten Wigan 33-2 at Headingley in the
Regal Trophy Final seven weeks earlier, so this return match in the
Challenge Cup Semi Finals, again at Headingley, was set up to be a massive
threat to Wigan's Challenge Cup run that had seen them unbeaten since 1987.
The press were again sharpening their pens but Wigan ended up dominating as
much as Cas did in the previous match. Early tries were a big part with a
6th Minute fifty metre burst from Frano Botica making it 6-0 before he sent
Paul Atcheson over to double the lead in the 13th Minute. Then in the 26th
Minute, Andy Farrell's half break saw him pass to Gary Connolly who put in a
beautifully weighted kick for Martin Offiah to score. Botica's third
conversion made it 18-0 and although Wigan wouldn't score any more tries in
the remaining 54 minutes, they always controlled the game. In the second
half Botica kicked a goal for 20-0 and although Cas had a couple of breaks,
a sin bin for Ian Smales would keep them well away from a comeback. They did
find a try to Tony Kemp but it had come far too late in the 79th Minute.
Wigan then were back at Wembley for the seventh year in a row.
Castleford 0 Wigan 18
Stuart Cummings (Widnes)
Live Coverage on BBC 1 during Grandstand
1993-1994 Challenge Cup Semi Finals
Saturday 12th March 1994
Castleford 6 Wigan 20 (at Headingley, Leeds - Live on BBC Grandstand)
Saturday 26th March 1994
Leeds 20 St Helens 8 (at Central Park, Wigan - Live on BBC Grandstand)
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