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22nd May 1994: Wigan 24 Castleford 20
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 02 2013 - 22:29
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Wigan 24 Castleford 20 - Sunday 22nd May 1994
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Competition: Stones Bitter Premiership Trophy Final (1st Place v 4th Place)
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Paul Atcheson, 2. Jason Robinson, 3. Sam Panapa, 4. Gary Connolly, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Frano Botica, 7. Shaun Edwards

WiganlForwards:l 8. Kelvin Skerrett, 9. Martin Hall, 10. Neil Cowie, 11. Denis Betts, 12. Andy Farrell, 13. Phil Clarke
WiganlSubslUsed:l 14. Joe Lydon (replaced Sam Panapa - 72nd Minute), 15. Mick Cassidy (replaced Neil Cowie - 53rd Minute)
10. Neil Cowie (returned to replace Kelvin Skerrett - 57th Minute)

WiganlTries:l

Andy Farrell, Sam Panapa, Frano Botica, Denis Betts

WiganlGoals:l Frano Botica 4

CastlefordlBacks:l

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

CastlefordlForwards:l 8. Lee Crooks, 9. Richard Russell, 10. Dean Sampson, 11. Martin Ketteridge, 12. Andy Hay, 13. Tawera Nikau
CastlefordlSubslUsed:l 14. Ian Smales (replaced Martin Ketteridge - 49th Minute), 15. Nathan Sykes (replaced Lee Crooks - 72nd Minute)
18. Lee Crooks (returned to replace Andy Hay - 79th Minute)

CastlefordlTries:l

Dean Sampson, Nathan Sykes, Graham Steadman
CastlefordlGoals:l

Lee Crooks 2, Graham Steadman 2

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Summary:l

With a World Club Challenge away at Brisbane just ten days away, Wigan could have been forgiven for having more than one eye of that but they produced a thoroughly professional display to see of Castleford in this Premiership Final. Wigan though were left fuming by Kelvin Skerrett being ruled out of the Brisbane trip after he suffered a fractured jaw in receiving a vicious elbow from Castleford prop Dean Sampson.

Wigan had to come from behind after a Lee Crooks penalty goal was added to by a 20th Minute try by Sampson that made it 8-0. But with quickly responded with a try from Andy Farrell and further scores from Sam Panapa and Frano Botica had Wigan 16-8 up at the break. That lead was still in place when the Skerrett/Sampson jaw incident happened but no red card was shown by referee Stuart Cummings. Botica would later kick a penalty for 18-8 before Denis Betts try on 71 minutes looked to have sealed the game at 24-8. Cas rallied late though with Shaun Edwards being sin binned for a foul in the build up to Nathan Sykes 77th Minute try that made it 24-14. Graham Steadman then going under the sticks made it 24-20 as the clock ticked to 80 minutes and Wigan were forced to hang on for the three minutes of stoppage time.

Half Time:l

Wigan 16 Castleford 8

Attendance:l

35,644

Referee:l

Stuart Cummings (Widnes)

Television:l

Delayed Coverage on Sky Sports


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