8th May 1994: Wigan 34 St Helens 16
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Wigan 34 St Helens 16 - Sunday 8th May 1994
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Stones Bitter Premiership Trophy First Round (1st Place v 8th Place)
Kick Off: 3:00pm


1. Paul Atcheson, 2. Sam Panapa, 3. Gary Connolly, 4. Barrie-Jon Mather, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Frano Botica, 7. Shaun Edwards

WiganlForwards:l 8. Kelvin Skerrett, 9. Martin Hall, 10. Neil Cowie, 11. Denis Betts, 12. Andy Farrell, 13. Phil Clarke
WiganlSubslUsed:l 14. Joe Lydon (replaced Paul Atcheson), 15. Mick Cassidy (replaced Kelvin Skerrett)


Martin Offiah 2, Shaun Edwards 2, Mick Cassidy, Denis Betts

WiganlGoals:l Frano Botica 5


1. Alan Hunte, 2. Mike Riley, 3. Tea Ropati, 4. Phil Veivers, 5. Anthony Sullivan, 6. Tommy Martyn, 7. Jon Griffiths

StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Andy Dannatt, 9. Bernard Dwyer, 10. George Mann, 11. Chris Joynt, 12. Ian Pickavance, 13. Shane Cooper
StlHelenslSubslUsed:l 14. Chris Morley (replaced Mike Riley - 15th Minute), 15. John Harrison (replaced Ian Pickavance - 28th Minute)


Ian Pickavance, Alan Hunte, Tommy Martyn
StlHelenslGoals:l Bernard Dwyer 2

Even though he'd just completed a league and cup double, the board met John Dorahy on the Tuesday prior to this Premiership Trophy tie to discuss his future. On the Wednesday it was announced he'd been sacked for "Gross Misconduct". Dorahy responded by telling the press "I have no idea what they are talking about, they have refused to tell me what this gross misconduct amounts to." The story goes that he had an "heated exchange" with chairman Jack Robinson on the bus back from Wembley and was sacked there and then.

All this meant Wigan entered the end of season Premiership Trophy competition with temporary coach Graeme West in charge. His side had to come from behind to progress, after early tries from Ian Pickavance and Alan Hunte had put Saints into a 12-0 lead, but a try from Martin Offiah just before half time brought Wigan back to 12-6 and they levelled with Mick Cassidy touching down Andy Farrell's kick soon after the interval. Saints went back ahead 16-12 with a Tommy Martyn try but as so often happen in this era, they wilted in the final quarter. Another try for Offiah, two for Shaun Edwards and one for Denis Betts saw Wigan win 34-16 in the end.

Half Time:l

Wigan 6 St Helens 12




Russell Smith (Castleford)


Delayed Coverage on Sky Sports

1993-1994 Premiership Trophy First Round Results

Friday 6th May 1994
4th Place v 5th Place:ll Castleford 28 Halifax 23 (Live Coverage on Sky)

Sunday 8th May 1994
1st Place v 8th Place:ll Wigan 34 St Helens 16 (Delayed Coverage on Sky)
2nd Place v 7th Place:ll Bradford Northern 42 Leeds 16
3rd Place v 6th Place:ll Warrington 16 Sheffield Eagles 32