23rd March 1985: Hull KR 11 Wigan 18
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Saturday 23rd March 1985

Hull Kingston Rovers 11 Wigan 18
Elland Road, Leeds
Silk Cut Challenge Cup Semi Final

Kick Off 2:15pm

   (3:30-4:15pm Highlights)

Wigan Team
1.  Shaun Edwards    

Brian Juliff

3.  David Stephenson  T   G2 

Steve Donlan


Henderson Gill

 T   G 
6.  Brett Kenny    

Mike Ford

8.  Neil Courtney    
9.  Nicky Kiss    
10.  Brian Case    
11.  Graeme West    
12.  Shaun Wane    
13.  Ian Potter    
Sub.  Mick Scott    

Hull KR 

1. Fairbairn, 2. Clark, 3. Robinson, 4. Prohm, 5. Lydiat, 6. M.Smith, 7. Harkin, 8. Broadhurst, 9. Watkinson, 10. Ema, 11. Hogan, 12. Kelly, 13. Miller. Subs: G.Smith, Hall.

Tries: Miller, Clark
Goals: Fairbairn 1
Drop Goals: Harkin 1


Wigan had beaten champions and title rivals Hull KR home and away in the season so far and now the sides were to meet in the Challenge Cup Semi Final at Elland Road in Leeds. Wigan took the lead with a great offload from Shaun Wane allowing Brian Juliff to dive over in the right corner for 4-0. Rovers only retaliation before the break was a dropped goal from Paul Harkin that made it 4-1. Rovers made two substitutions at half time and it made immediate impact. Those subs, Gordon Smith and David Hall, combined to send Gavin Miller under the posts. An easy conversion by George Fairbairn made it 7-4. A David Stephenson penalty reduced that to 7-6 soon after and before the hour mark Wigan re-took the lead. From 70 metres away Graeme West made a break down the right wing and slipped a ball inside to get Stephenson over for a try, that Henderson Gill converted for a 12-7 Wigan lead. The see-saw battle continued on 62 minutes when Rovers came back with a try from Garry Clark after a good offload from Phil Hogan. Fairbairn couldn't convert though, so Wigan still led 12-11. That lead was sweated on until the 76th minute when a great pass from West again got Gill over in the left corner. The conversion was crucial for a two score lead and Stephenson nailed it for an 18-11 Wigan lead that left Rovers demoralised. Wigan were back at Wembley for the second year in a row.

Half Time:  Hull KR 1 Wigan 4
Attendance:  19,275
Referee:  Ron Campbell

1984-1985 Silk Cut Challenge Cup Semi Finals

Saturday 23rd March 1985
Hull KR 11 Wigan 18 (at Elland Road, Leeds - Delayed Highlights on BBC 1)

Saturday 6th April 1985
Hull 10 Castleford 10 (at Headingley, Leeds - Delayed Highlights on BBC 1)

Wednesday 10th April 1985
Replay: Castleford 16 Hull 22 (at Headingley, Leeds)