8th January 1994: Salford 12 Wigan 18
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Saturday 8th January 1994

Salford 12 Wigan 18
The Willows, Salford
Regal Trophy Semi Final

Kick Off: 2:15pm


Wigan Team
1.  Joe Lydon    

Jason Robinson

3.  Barrie-Jon Mather  T   

Gary Connolly


Martin Offiah

6.  Sam Panapa    
7.  Shaun Edwards  T   
8.  Kelvin Skerrett    
9.  Martin Dermott    
10.  Andy Platt    
11.  Neil Cowie    
12.  Andy Farrell    G3 
13.  Phil Clarke    
Sub.  Mick Cassidy    
Sub.  Denis Betts    


1. Garry Jack, 2. Jason Critchley, 3. Martin Birkett, 4. Peter Williams, 5. Phil Ford, 6. Steve Blakeley, 7. Andy Gregory, 8. David Young, 9. Mark Lee, 10. Terry O'Connor, 11. Paul Forber, 12. Chris Tauro, 13. Andy Burgess. Subs: Bob Marsden, Ged Stazicker.

Tries: Phil Ford, Bob Marsden
Goals: Steve Blakeley 2


Va'aiga Tuigamla arrived in Wigan on the Thursday prior to this game and was sat next to coach John Dorahy whilst Wigan were at The Willows for this Regal Trophy Semi Final against Salford. Like against Warrington in their previous match, Wigan took an early lead with Shaun Edwards latching on to his own kick in the sixth minute. Frano Botica was absent, so Andy Farrell converted for 6-0. Steve Blakeley reduced that to 6-2 with a penalty in the 19th Minute but Farrell kicked Wigan back to a six point lead 27 minutes. However soon after that, Salford got a try with Andy Gregory's long pass allowing Peter Williams to get Phil Ford over. Conversion was missed but Wigan's lead was now just 8-6. Salford were pressing for more in the 39th Minute but Jason Robinson collected Gregory's kick and began a long return down field that saw him combine with Gary Connolly and Martin Offiah for a try. Conversion was missed but Wigan led 12-6 at the break.

Salford levelled in the second half with Gregory finding Andy Burgess on the burst and he sent Bob Marsden under the posts. Easy conversion made it 12-12 and when Joe Lydon was sin binned in the 60th Minute, things looked ominous for Wigan. Steve Blakeley missed the resulting penalty though and later Gregory hit the post with a drop goal attempt. Those would be costly misses with Andy Farrell later booting Wigan back ahead at 14-12. The tie was only wrapped up with Barrie-Jon Mather's stoppage time try.

Half Time: 

Salford 6 Wigan 12




Russell Smith (Castleford)


Live Coverage on BBC 1 during Grandstand


1993-1994 Regal Trophy Semi Finals

New Years Day Saturday 1st January 1994
Bradford Northern 10 Castleford 23 (Live on BBC Grandstand)

Saturday 8th January 1994
Salford 12 Wigan 18 (Live on BBC Grandstand)