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20th April 1994: Wigan 21 Castleford 12
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 02 2013 - 20:30
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Wigan 21 Castleford 12 - Wednesday 20th April 1994
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Stones Bitter Championship
Kick Off: 7:30pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Gary Connolly, 2. Va'aiga Tuigamala, 3. Dean Bell, 4. Sam Panapa, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Frano Botica, 7. Shaun Edwards

WiganlForwards:l 8. Kelvin Skerrett, 9. Martin Dermott, 10. Andy Platt, 11. Denis Betts, 12. Mick Cassidy, 13. Andy Farrell
WiganlSubslUsed:l 14. Joe Lydon (replaced Dean Bell - 68th Minute), 15. Neil Cowie (replaced Andy Platt - 68th Minute)

WiganlTries:l

Shaun Edwards, Martin Offiah, Va'aiga Tuigamala

WiganlGoals:l Frano Botica 4
WiganlDrops:l Andy Farrell 1

CastlefordlBacks:l

1. St John Ellis, 2. David Nelson, 3. Tony Smith, 4. Andy Hay, 5. Simon Middleton, 6. Graham Steadman, 7. Mike Ford

CastlefordlForwards:l 8. Lee Crooks, 9. Richard Russell, 10. Dean Sampson, 11. Martin Ketteridge, 12. Ian Smales, 13. Tawera Nikau
CastlefordlSubslUsed:l 14. Nathan Sykes (replaced Lee Crooks - 55th Minute)

CastlefordlTries:l

St John Ellis, Richard Russell
CastlefordlGoals:l Lee Crooks 2
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Summary:l

Wigan had fallen back down to third place in the title with Warrington having beaten Castleford away 21-16 on the Sunday and then Bradford narrowly beating St Helens 18-16 at Odsal the night before. No panic though for Wigan, their points difference kept the title in their own hands but Castleford had beaten Wigan 46-0 in the reverse league fixture and in the Regal Trophy Final earlier in the season. I say no panic but would have been set in after half an hour when tries from ex Wigan player Richard Russell and St John Ellis saw Castleford lead 12-0 in this must win game for Wigan. They could have been further ahead but for a "dazzling eight man move" that Simon Middleton finished being called back for a forward pass. That proved to be a crucial moment because just after the half hour, Wigan received a scrum when it looked like Lee Crooks had the ball stolen rather than him knocking on. From that scrum, Inga Tuigamala went over in the left corner. Frano Botica nailed a touchline conversion and then kicked a penalty to reduce the lead to 12-8 at the break. A big swing from what could of been 18-0 down.

Wigan settled after the break, helped by quickly getting level. A blistering 98 metre effort from Martin Offiah made it 12-12 within three minutes, Botica failed with the kick though.. Their was still plenty of work to do but a further try from Shaun Edwards, two goals from Botica and a drop goal from Andy Farrell clawed Wigan to a 21-12 win that put them back top with one game remaining.

Half Time:l

Wigan 8 Castleford 12

Attendance:l

19,896

Referee:

John Holdsworth (Kippax)

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 29 - Won - 22 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 44 - (Diff: +331)
2nd Place:l Bradford - Played - 29 - Won - 22 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 44 - (Diff: +187)
3rd Place:l Warrington - Played - 29 - Won - 22 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 44 - (Diff: +180)
4th Place:l Castleford - Played - 29 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 10 - Points: - 37 - (Diff: +307)
5th Place:l Halifax - Played - 29 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 11 - Points: - 34 - (Diff: +94)

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