1. Mark Gamson, 2. Charlie McAllister, 3. Richard Price, 4.
David Mycoe, 5. David Plange, 6. Daryl Powell, 7. Mark Aston,
8. Paul Broadbent, 9. Anthony Farrell, 10. Dale Laughton, 11. Andy Young,
12. Neil James, 13. Paul Carr. Subs: Ian Hughes, Hugh Waddell.
Tries: Anthony Farrell
Goals: Mark Aston 1
A new contract with Sky saw them now televise
two matches a week and become the exclusive broadcaster of league games
now that Granada's three year deal had ended. With Sky now having rights to
Premier League Football on Sunday Afternoons they decided to move their Live Match
of the week to a new Friday Night slot
whilst the second match they would cover would be one of the Sunday 3pm Kick Offs
delayed later that evening.
This was Sky's first Friday game with Champions
Wigan travelling to Second Division Champions Sheffield Eagles. Earlier in
the day Wigan had sold Andy Goodway to Leeds whilst Andrew Farrar had been
signed to replace Gene Miles, but didn't play here. Sheffield had started
well but didn't score a try and Wigan responded three tries in a seven
minute spell with two from Shaun Edwards and one from Martin Offiah for
18-0. Sheffield hit back with a try from Anthony Farrell but in stoppage
time Joe Lydon kicked a penalty and converted a try for Denis Betts which
had Wigan in total command at 26-6 half time. Wigan kicked on to add twenty
points after the interval with plenty of praise for Martin Crompton at Scrum
Half who was replacing the now departed Andy Gregory.
Sheffield 6 Wigan 26
Robin Whitfield (Widnes)
Live Coverage on Sky Sports - Eddie Hemmings & Mike Stephenson
Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
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