1. Gary Spencer, 2. David Nelson, 3. Daio Powell, 4. Wayne
Flynn, 5. Lee Child, 6. Nigel Wright, 7. Aaron Whittaker,
8. Ian Marlow, 9. Billy Conway, 10. John Thompson, 11. Nigel Bell, 12.
Richard Slater, 13. Mike Forshaw. Subs: Lee Hanlan, Mark Sheals.
Nigel Wright 4
Leeds had once again played before Wigan in Sky's Live
Friday Night Match and returned top of the table with a 22-16 victory away
at Castleford. For Wigan, after two arduous cup ties against St Helens, a
slog on a heavy pitch at Wakefield wasn't exactly ideal but they worked hard
to go back top themselves. They had to come from behind though with a try
from Gary Spencer and four goals from Nigel Wright helping Wakefield into a
12-4 break lead with only two penalties from Frano Botica responding for
Wigan. Wright had been superb in the game for Wakefield but had got sin
binned second half. It looked like they would survive that period but Martin
Offiah scored, just as Wright's ten minutes was up, his 200th career try.
That saw Offiah join Ellery Hanley as the only players to score over 200
tries since two divisions were introduced in 1974. That made it 12-10 and
seven minutes later an intercept from Gary Connolly was finished by Henry
Paul. Botica failed to convert, so Wigan still had work to do at 14-12 ahead
and it was only in the closing seconds that Mick Cassidy scored to ensure
Wakefield 12 Wigan 4
Russell Smith (Castleford)
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