11th February 1995: Wigan 16 St Helens 16
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Wigan 16 St Helens 16 - Saturday 11th February 1995
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Silk Cut Challenge Cup Fourth Round
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Henry Paul, 2. Jason Robinson, 3. Va'aiga Tuigamala, 4. Gary Connolly, 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. Paul Atcheson (replaced Henry Paul - 62nd Minute), 15. Mick Cassidy (replaced Neil Cowie - 23rd Minute)


WiganlTries:l

Va'aiga Tuigamala, Denis Betts, Martin Hall

WiganlGoals:l Frano Botica 2

StlHelenslBacks:l

1. Steve Prescott, 2. Alan Hunte, 3. Scott Gibbs, 4. David Lyon, 5. Anthony Sullivan, 6. Phil Veivers, 7. Bobbie Goulding

StlHelenslForwards:l 8. Jon Neill, 9. Keiron Cunningham, 10. Ian Pickavance, 11. Chris Joynt, 12. Sonny Nickle, 13. Shane Cooper
StlHelenslSubslUsed:l 15. Andy Dannatt (replaced Ian Pickavance - 22nd Minute)

StlHelenslTries:l

Ian Pickavance, Alan Hunte
StlHelenslGoals:l Bobbie Goulding 3
StlHelenslDrops:l Bobbie Goulding 1, Ian Pickavance 1
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Summary:l

Wigan had not lost in 37 Challenge Cup ties since 1987 so this draw was seen by many as a "moral victory" for St Helens. They probably deserved to win the tie in truth with Wigan being grateful for the draw in the end. Saints had taken the lead with a try from Ian Pickavance inside two minutes but Va'aiga Tuigamala's sixth minute try levelled the scores up at 6-6. Bobbie Goulding kicked Saints into an 8-6 lead before an Alan Hunte try in the 18th Minute put them 12-6 ahead. That score held until half time. It was a hard slog for Wigan to come back in the rain on a heavy pitch but a try from Denis Betts levelled the scores on 48 minutes after Botica converted. Goulding kicked Saints back ahead with a penalty and added a drop goal for 15-12. Then amazingly prop Pickavance kicked a second drop goal for 16-12. Less than ten minutes remained now but to the relief of the Central Park faithful good work from Martin Offiah was finished by Martin Hall in the left corner to level the scores at 16-16. Botica couldn't convert so Saints went hunting a third drop goal but Goulding's attempt on 76 minutes rebounded off the post. Time ran out and the sides would have to meet in a replay at Knowsley Road in the midweek.

Half Time:l

Wigan 6 St Helens 12

Attendance:l

15,714

Referee:l

John Holdsworth (Kippax)

Television:l

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



1994-1995 Challenge Cup Fourth Round Results

Saturday 11th February 1995
Wigan 16 St Helens 16 (Live on BBC Grandstand)

Sunday 12th February 1995
Beverley 20 Batley 30 (at The Boulevard, Hull)
Carlisle 2 Widnes 40
Doncaster 12 Sheffield Eagles 22
Featherstone Rovers 50 Barrow 22
Huddersfield 36 Halifax 30
Hunslet 32 Salford 32
Keighley Cougars 24 Dewsbury 12
Leeds 31 Bradford Northern 14
London Broncos 20 Hull Kingston Rovers 26
Oldham 70 Bramley 10
Ryedale-York 18 Rochdale Hornets 12
Warrington 17 Castleford 2
Whitehaven 24 Wakefield Trinity 12
Workington Town 30 Hull 6

Sunday 19th February 1995
Swinton 22 Leigh 34