30th April 1994: Leeds 16 Wigan 26 (Challenge Cup Final)
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Leeds 16 Wigan 26 - Saturday 30th April 1994
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Competition: Silk Cut Challenge Cup Final
Kick Off: 2:30pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Gary Connolly, 2. Va'aiga Tuigamala, 3. Dean Bell, 4. Barrie-Jon Mather, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Frano Botica, 7. Shaun Edwards

WiganlForwards:l 8. Kelvin Skerrett, 9. Martin Dermott, 10. Andy Platt, 11. Denis Betts, 12. Andy Farrell, 13. Phil Clarke
WiganlSubslUsed:l 14. Sam Panapa (replaced Andy Platt - 59th Minute), 15. Mick Cassidy (replaced Andy Farrell - 52nd Minute)

WiganlTries:l

Martin Offiah 2, Andy Farrell, Sam Panapa

WiganlGoals:l Frano Botica 5

LeedslBacks:l

1. Alan Tait, 2. Jim Fallon, 3. Kevin Iro, 4. Craig Innes, 5. Francis Cummins, 6. Graham Holroyd, 7. Garry Schofield

LeedslForwards:l 8. Neil Harmon, 9. Jimmy Lowes, 10. Harvey Howard, 11. Gary Mercer, 12. Richie Eyres, 13. Ellery Hanley
LeedslSubslUsed:l 14. Marcus Vassilakopoulos (replaced Ellery Hanley - 69th Minute), 15. Mike O'Neill (replaced Neil Harmon - 62nd Minute)

LeedslTries:l

Jim Fallon, Garry Schofield, Francis Cummins
LeedslGoals:l Graham Holroyd 2
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Summary:l

Whilst Wigan had been sweating over the league title, Leeds had been waiting for Wembley for weeks. Including one such match at St Helens that saw them rest, or claim injuries, to so many players that they lost 68-0 with a team of youngsters. Wigan were aiming for the sixth Challenge Cup Final success in a row and after a tight first ten minutes, Martin Offiah set them on their way with a blistering 90 metre try in the 13th Minute. That made it 4-0 and then in the 27th Minute, a failure by Alan Tait to collect a Shaun Edwards bomb gifted Andy Farrell a try that made it 10-0. By half time Frano Botica had kicked a penalty for a 12-0 lead.

Leeds came out strong second half but first strangely kicked a penalty to reduce the lead to 12-2. That decision didn't look so daft when Gary Connolly's failure to take a bomb allowed James Lowes to send Jim Fallon over in the right corner in the 47th Minute. That rally continued four minutes later when a knock on from Barrie-Jon Mather allowed Fallon to gather ten minutes out and send Garry Schofield in the right corner again. Unfortunately for Leeds, Graham Holroyd couldn't convert either try and so Wigan still led 12-10. Botica kicked a penalty for 14-10 before Wigan found another try from deep to claim a try on 64 minutes. Under the shadows of his own posts, Mick Cassidy broke on a diagonal run towards the left wing. Leeds could handle his pace but not that of the supporting Offiah who beat Fallon in a race of the last 60 metres. Botica converted for 20-10. Sam Panapa's 72nd Minute try then sealed the victory for 26-10 with Leeds 17 year old Francis Cummins 80 metre interception return only being a consolation with three minutes to go.

Half Time:l

Leeds 0 Wigan 12

Attendance:l

78,348 (Gate Reciepts: 2,032,839)

Referee:l

Dave Campbell (Widnes)

Television:l

Live Coverage on BBC 1 during "Grandstand" - Commentary: Ray French & Steve Simms

LancelTodd:l

Martin Offiah (Wigan)