Widnes were not the team they had been a few years
earlier but the BBC were still in attendance for this tie of the round at
Naughton Park. That decision looked a great one when tries from Karle
Hammond and Craig Makin saw Widnes take a 10-0 lead after just ten minutes!
They'd also had a try chalked off for a forward pass but Wigan settled down
with a 14th Minute effort from Martin Offiah after good work from Gary
Connolly and Shaun Edwards. Then on the next set, Wigan had the lead off of
a sudden with Offiah's overhead pass sent Martin Hall in for a score. So
Wigan found themselves 12-10 up and the only other scores before half time
were a penalty goal apiece, first Botica then Adrian Hadley for Widnes. That
slender 14-12 lead for Wigan held all the way until the 66th Minute when
Edwards and Phil Clarke combined to send Denis Betts in for the 100th try of
his career. Botica converted for 20-12 and the tie was sealed with a 73rd
Minute try from Neil Cowie.
Widnes 12 Wigan 14
Russell Smith (Castleford)
Live Coverage on BBC 1 during "Grandstand"
1994-1995 Challenge Cup Quarter Final Results
Saturday 11th March 1995
Widnes 12 Wigan 26 (Live on BBC Grandstand)
Sunday 12th March 1995
Leeds 50 Workington Town 16
Oldham 23 Huddersfield 12
Whitehaven 14 Featherstone Rovers 42
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