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22nd May 1994: Wigan 24 Castleford 20
Posted by cherryandwhite on October 02 2013 - 23:29

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Sunday 22nd May 1994

Wigan 24 Castleford 20
Old Trafford, Manchester
Stones Bitter Premiership Trophy Final
Kick Off 3:00pm    (Delayed: 6:30pm-9pm)

Wigan Team
1.  Paul Atcheson    
2.  Jason Robinson    
3. 

Sam Panapa

 T   
4. 

Gary Connolly

   
5. 

Martin Offiah

   
6.  Frano Botica  T   G4 
7.  Shaun Edwards    
8. 

Kelvin Skerrett

   
9.  Martin Hall    
10.  Neil Cowie    
11.  Denis Betts  T   
12.  Andy Farrell  T   
13.  Phil Clarke    
 
Sub.  Joe Lydon    
Sub.  Mick Cassidy    

Castleford 

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

Tries: Dean Sampson, Nathan Sykes, Graham Steadman
Goals: Lee Crooks 2, Graham Steadman 2

Summary: 

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: 

Wigan 16 Castleford 8

Attendance: 

35,644

Referee: 

Stuart Cummings (Widnes)

Television: 

Delayed Coverage on Sky Sports

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