1. Alan Tait, 2. Jim Fallon, 3. Kevin Iro, 4. Craig Innes, 5.
Francis Cummins, 6. Garry Schofield, 7. Graham Holroyd, 8. Harvey Howard, 9. Jimmy Lowes, 10. Esene Faimalo, 11. Gary
Mercer, 12. Richie Eyres, 13. Ellery Hanley. Subs: George Mann, Neil Harmon.
Goals: Graham Holroyd 3
Wigan were hoping to win their eight Challenge Cup Final
in a row whilst Leeds were looking to do better than their ten point loss to
Wigan in the previous years final. They started well with a penalty goal
from Graham Holroyd putting them 2-0 up but, in the 18th Minute, Jason
Robinson spun out of a tackle to race in from 40 metres. That was 6-2 and
seven minutes later Henry Paul this time spun through weak tackling to make
it 10-2 with the conversion missing. In the ten minutes up to half time,
Holroyd kicked a penalty to reduce that lead to 10-4 but Botica responded
with one of his home for 12-4 at the break.
Five minutes after the interval, Wigan went further ahead
with Robinson claiming his second with a 40 metre dash up the middle from
dummy half. Then when Martin Hall scored on 52 minutes it was looking easy
for Wigan with them now leading 24-4. Inga Tuigamala's try on 65 minutes was
the final nail in the coffin for a disappointing Leeds side but they would
claim the games last try from Jimmy Lowes with two minutes to go. Such was
Wigan's dominance of the competition in recent years, that mere consolation
was met with cheers and applause from the Leeds supporters and a couple of
players as well. Wigan though took the ultimate joy with this completing
their fifth league and cup double in a row.
Leeds 4 Wigan 12
78,550 (Gate Receipts: £2,040,000)
Russell Smith (Castleford)
Live Coverage on BBC 1 during Grandstand - Ray
French, Steve Simms & Terry Flanagan
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