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12th March 1994: Castleford 6 Wigan 20
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 02 2013 - 00:11
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Castleford 6 Wigan 20 - Saturday 12th March 1994
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
Competition: Silk Cut Challenge Cup Semi Final
Kick Off: 2:15pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Paul Atcheson, 2. Jason Robinson, 3. Barrie-Jon Mather, 4. Gary Connolly, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Frano Botica, 7. Shaun Edwards

WiganlForwards:l 8. Kelvin Skerrett, 9. Martin Dermott, 10. Andy Platt, 11. Neil Cowie, 12. Mick Cassidy, 13. Andy Farrell
WiganlSubslUsed:l 14. Dean Bell (replaced Andy Platt - 32nd Minute), 15. Sam Panapa (replaced Mick Cassidy - 25th Minute)

WiganlTries:l

Frano Botica, Paul Atcheson, Martin Offiah

WiganlGoals:l Frano Botica 5

CastlefordlBacks:l

1. Graham Steadman, 2. St John Ellis, 3. Richie Blackmore, 4. Grant Anderson, 5. Simon Middleton, 6. Tony Kemp, 7. Mike Ford

CastlefordlForwards:l 8. Lee Crooks, 9. Richard Russell, 10. Martin Ketteridge, 11. Tony Morrison, 12. Ian Smales, 13. Tawera Nikau
CastlefordlSubslUsed:l 14. Keith England (replaced Martin Ketteridge - 26th Minute), 15. Andy Hay (replaced Tony Morrison - 26th Minute)

CastlefordlTries:l

Tony Kemp
CastlefordlGoals:l Lee Crooks 1
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Summary:l

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.

Half Time:l

Castleford 0 Wigan 18

Attendance:l

17,046

Referee:l

Stuart Cummings (Widnes)

Television:l

Live Coverage on BBC 1 during "Grandstand"


1993-1994 Challenge Cup Semi Final Results

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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