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20th April 1994: Wigan 21 Castleford 12
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 02 2013 - 20:30

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Wednesday 20th April 1994

Wigan 21 Castleford 12
Central Park, Wigan
Stones Bitter Championship - Round 24 of 30
(Previously Postponed on Sunday 20th March 1994)
Kick Off: 7:30pm

Wigan Team
1.  Gary Connolly      

Va'aiga Tuigamala

3.  Dean Bell      

Sam Panapa


Martin Offiah

6.  Frano Botica    G4   
7.  Shaun Edwards  T     
8.  Kelvin Skerrett      
9.  Martin Dermott      
10.  Andy Platt      
11.  Denis Betts      
12.  Mick Cassidy      
13.  Andy Farrell      DG 
Sub.  Joe Lydon      
Sub.  Neil Cowie      


1. St John Ellis, 2. David Nelson, 3. Tony Smith, 4. Andy Hay, 5. Simon Middleton, 6. Graham Steadman, 7. Mike Ford, 8. Lee Crooks, 9. Richard Russell, 10. Dean Sampson, 11. Martin Ketteridge, 12. Ian Smales, 13. Tawera Nikau. Sub: Nathan Sykes.

Tries: St John Ellis, Richard Russell
Goals: Lee Crooks 2


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: 

Wigan 8 Castleford 12




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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