29th March 1958: Wigan 5 Rochdale 3
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Wigan 5 Rochdale Hornets 3 - Saturday 29th March 1958
Venue: Station Road, Swinton
Competition: Challenge Cup Semi Final
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Jack Cunliffe, 2. Billy Boston, 3. Eric Ashton, 4. Ernie Ashcroft, 5. Mick Sullivan, 6. Dave Bolton, 7. Rees Thomas


8. John Barton, 9. Bill Sayer, 10. Brian McTigue, 11. Norman Cherrington, 12. Frank Collier, 13. Roy Evans

WiganlTries:l Mick Sullivan
WiganlGoals:l Jack Cunliffe 1


1. Cahill, 2. Buxton, 3. Jones, 4. Short, 5. Corsi, 6. Chisnall, 7. Fishwick

RochdalelForwards:l 8. Livesey, 9. Dagnall, 10. Scholes, 11. Parsons, 12. Halley, 13. Parr

RochdalelTries:l Corsi
RochdalelGoals:l (None)

Heavy Rain during the morning of the match made conditions extremely difficult for this Semi Final at Swinton's Station Road. That rain left a really heavy pitch which turned the match into a forwards battle and this led to quite a dull match with long periods of very little happening. The first score of the match only came in the 37th Minute with a penalty goal from Jackie Cunliffe kicking Wigan into a 2-0 lead at half time. That lead was then increased to 5-0 on the back of quality play from Eric Ashton. 90 yards from the try line he headed across from his right centre position towards the left and found a gap to break clear. He then drew in Rochdale Full Back Cahill before slipping a perfect pass to the supporting Mick Sullivan seven yards from the try line. Cunliffe failed to convert so Rochdale were within a score and when Fishwick fed Corsi for a score in the 57th Minute, the Hornets had a kick to level. The conversion failed and that proved costly. Wigan attacked for the most part in the final 23 minutes but never found a way to kill off Rochdale. Brian McTigue had a late score ruled out for failure to ground the ball but it didn't matter, Wigan saw out the match to reach Wembley for the sixth time.

Referee:l M.Coates (Pudsey)
Attendance:l 28,597 (Gate Reciepts: 6,328)

1957-1958 Challenge Semi Final Results

Saturday 29th March 1958
Wigan 5 Rochdale Hornets 3 (at Station Road, Swinton)
Workington Town 8 Featherstone Rovers 2 (at Odsal Stadium, Bradford)