1. Stuart Spruce, 2. John Devereux, 3. Andy Currier, 4.
Darren Wright, 5. David Myers, 6. Jonathan Davies, 7. Bobby Goulding,
8. Kurt Sorensen, 9. Paul Hulme, 10. Harvey Howard, 11. Richie Eyres, 12.
Esene Faimalo, 13. David Hulme. Subs: Julian O'Neill, Steve McCurrie.
Tries: Richie Eyres, Kurt Sorensen
Goals: Jonathan Davies 3
Wigan were aiming for their sixth Challenge Cup success
in a row against Widnes in this 1993 Final at Wembley. The Chemics started
superbly to take a lead in the 7th Minute when Bobbie Goulding's pass got
Richie Eyres over towards the left corner after some poor tackling by both
Jason Robinson and Frano Botica. Jonathan Davies converted to put them 6-0
up. With quickly responded with Robinson being held up over the line in the
11th Minute before Kelvin Skerrett beat a poor tackle attempt by Darren
Wright to score and it was 6-6 after Botica converted.
Widnes quickly went back ahead with Kurt Sorensen beating
more back tackling by Botica to crash over to the right of the posts. Davies
again converted for a 12-6 Widnes lead after 17 minutes. That lead held for
6 minutes when Wigan got a try back again. This time it looked like a
possibly high shot by Martin Offiah and that caused John Devereux to lose
the ball. Referee Russell Smith called play on (no video ref in 1993) and
Offiah slipped Dean Bell in for the try. Botica converted for 12-12. No
further try scoring occurred in the last 15 minutes of the first half but
near to half time, Botica added a penalty goal to put Wigan 14-12 ahead.
Wigan then extended their lead quickly second half with a
try after two minutes. Andrew Farrars' offload on half way got Denis Betts
beating some weak tackling with only an ankle tap stopping him scoring.
Widnes never recovered and Dean Bell's superb pass got Sam Panapa under the
posts, easy conversion for Botica making it 20-12. A 47th Minute penalty
from Jonathan Davies quickly brought that lead back down to a one score
Amazingly, no further scoring occurred in the final half
hour with both sides wilting on a hot day. But their was still drama to come
when Richie Eyres became only the second player to sent off in a Wembley
Rugby League Final. He joined Syd Hynes (Leeds 1971) in being red carded
after a vicious elbow on Martin Offiah, which saw Eyres get a six match ban
Widnes 12 Wigan 14
77,684 (Gate Reciepts: £1,981,591)
Russell Smith (Castleford)
Live Coverage on BBC 1 during Grandstand - Ray French & Ross Strudwick
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