15th February 1995: St Helens 24 Wigan 40
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St Helens 24 Wigan 40 - Wednesday 15th February 1995
Venue: Knowsley Road, St Helens
Competition: Silk Cut Challenge Cup Fourth Round Replay
Kick Off: 7:30pm


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

14. Paul Atcheson (replaced Va'aiga Tuigamala - 59th Minute), 15. Mick Cassidy (replaced Andy Farrell - 12th Minute)


Martin Offiah 3, Phil Clarke, Gary Connolly, Henry Paul, Jason Robinson

WiganlGoals:l Frano Botica 6


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 14. Mark Elia (replaced Scott Gibbs - 24th Minute), 15. Andy Dannatt (replaced Jon Neill - Half Time)


Bobbie Goulding, Chris Joynt, Sonny Nickle, Ian Pickavance
StlHelenslGoals:l Bobbie Goulding 3, Steve Prescott 1


Wigan had sweated in the original tie on the Saturday but made no mistake in this midweek replay at Knowsley Road. Many fans had been locked out the ground such was the anticipation and boiling point burst in the opening couple of minutes with a brawl seeing Kelvin Skerrett and Martin Hall sin binned for Wigan and Bobbie Goulding for Saints. Steve Prescott kicked Saints into a 2-0 lead with a penalty but Jason Robinson's 11th Minute try put Wigan 6-2 ahead. Botica increased that to 8-2 but a try from Goulding under the posts made it 8-8 by the 25th Minute. The tie was looking set to be another thrilling but a white hot spell from Wigan would end up killing it dead. They scored four tries in the 12 minutes up to Half Time to take the score from 8-8 to 32-8. Martin Offiah (2), Gary Connolly and Phil Clarke all scored with Botica converting the lot. Saints scored the first try of the second half through Sonny Nickle but Martin Offiah's hat-trick try on 53 Minutes ended any hopes of a comeback at 36-14. Saints still fought with tries from Chris Joynt and Ian Pickavance making it 36-24 with seven minutes remaining but Wigan got the last try from Jason Robinson with four minutes to go.

Half Time:

St Helens 8 Wigan 32




John Holdsworth (Kippax)


Delayed Highlights on BBC 1 during "Sportsnight" - Commentary: Ray French, Steve Simms & Terry Flanagan.
The game got more airtime than had been planned due to the scheduled highlights of the Ireland v England Football International being cut short after the match was abandoned by rioting.

1994-1995 Challenge Cup Fourth Round Replay Results

Wednesday 15th February 1995
Salford 52 Hunslet 10
St Helens 24 Wigan 40