1. Warren Wilson, 2. John Bentley, 3. Graeme Hallas, 4. Greg Austin, 5. Mark
Preston, 6. Mark Bailey, 7. Paul Bishop,
8. Karl Harrison, 9. Roy Southernwood, 10. Brent Stuart, 11. Gary Lord, 12.
Mark Perrett, 13. Gary Divorty. Subs: John Fieldhouse, Mike McLean.
Graeme Hallas 2, Greg Austin
Goals: Paul Bishop 3
This was Wigan's 29th Challenge Cup victory in a row but
never in that run had they sweated like this tie at Halifax. On a freezing
cold snowy day, Halifax pressured Wigan from the off, taking the lead with a
5th Minute try from centre Graeme Hallas. A try from Dean Bell later made it
6-4 with Frano Botica adding a penalty later for a 6-6 half time scoreline.
Eight Minutes after the interval, Halifax went back in front with Greg
Austin scoring and Paul Bishop converting for 12-6. He then added a penalty
goal for 14-6. Sam Panapa's try got Wigan back to 14-12 but Halifax got a
third try from Hallas, his second of the game, for 18-12 but the missed
conversion by Bishop would prove so, so costly in the end. Wigan got level
in the 71st Minute when a dreadful collision in defence between Warren
Wilson and Mark Preston allowed Joe Lydon to nick in for an equalising try
after Botica converted. The home side more than deserved a draw but their
hearts were broken when Lydon nailed a big drop goal with 36 seconds to go
to get Wigan home with the win. Fair to say they got away with this one
Halifax 6 Wigan 6
John Holdsworth (Kippax)
1992-1993 Silk Cut Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Saturday 27th February 1993
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