23rd March 1985: Hull KR 11 Wigan 18
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Hull Kingston Rovers 11 Wigan 18 - Saturday 23rd March 1985
Venue: Elland Road, Leeds
Competition: Silk Cut Challenge Cup Semi Final
Kick Off: 2:15pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Shaun Edwards, 2. Brian Juliff, 3. David Stephenson, 4. Steve Donlan, 5. Henderson Gill, 6. Brett Kenny, 7. Mike Ford
WiganlForwards:l 8. Neil Courtney, 9. Nicky Kiss, 10. Brian Case, 11. Graeme West, 12. Shaun Wane, 13. Ian Potter
WiganlSubs Used:l 15. Mick Scott (replaced Shaun Wane - 42nd Minute)


Brian Juliff, David Stephenson, Henderson Gill

WiganlGoals:l David Stephenson 2, Henderson Gill 1

Hull KRlBacks:l 1. Fairbairn, 2. Clark, 3. Robinson, 4. Prohm, 5. Lydiat, 6. M.Smith, 7. Harkin
Hull KRlForwards:l 8. Broadhurst, 9. Watkinson, 10. Ema, 11. Hogan, 12. Kelly, 13. Miller
Hull KRlSubs Used:l G.Smith (replaced Harkin - Half Time), Hall (replaced Ema - Half Time)

Hull KRlTries:l

Miller, Clark

Hull KRlGoals:l Fairbairn 1
Hull KRlDrops:l 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:l Hull KR 1 Wigan 4
Attendance:l 19,275
Referee:l Ron Campbell
Television:l Delayed Highlights on BBC 1 during "Grandstand" between 3:30 and 3:50pm & 3:55 and 4:15pm - Commentators: Ray French & Alex Murphy

1984-1985 Silk Cut Challenge Cup Semi Final Results

Saturday 23rd March 1985
Hull Kingston Rovers 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)

BBC 1 - Saturday 23rd March 1985
6:45am Open University
8:30am Roobarb
8:35am Battle of the Planets
9:00am Saturday Superstore (with Mike Read and Guests: Tears for Fears)
12:15pm Grandstand presented by Desmond Lynam including....
12:20 Football Focus with Bob Wilson
12:50, 4:15 Boxing from Lyceum, London
1:25, 1:55, 2:25 Horse Racing from Newbury
1:40, 2:10, 2:40, 4:30 Snooker - Guinness World Cup Final: All Ireland v England "A"
2:50 Ice Hockey: Fife v Murrayfield
3:30, 3:55 Rugby League - Challenge Cup Semi Final: Hull KR v Wigan
3:50 Football Half Times
4:50 Final Score
5:05pm News with Jan Leeming
5:15pm Sport, North West News
5:20pm Dr. Who
6:05pm Jim'll Fix It
6:40pm The Laughter Show (impressions with Les Dennis & Dustin Gee)
7:15pm One by One
8:05pm Dynasty
8:50pm Bergarac
9:45pm News, Sport, Weather
10:00pm Film: "Dog Day Afternoon" (from 1975 starring Al Pacino, John Cazale)
12midnight Weather, National Anthem, Closedown