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

WiganlBacks:l

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

WiganlForwards:l

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

RochdalelBacks:l

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)
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Summary:l

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)