19th January 1996: Sheffield 24 Wigan 36
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Sheffield Eagles 24 Wigan 36 - Friday 19th January 1996
Venue: Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
Competition: Stones Bitter Centenary Championship
Kick Off: 7:30pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Kris Radlinski, 2. Rob Smyth, 3. Va'aiga Tuigamala, 4. Andy Craig, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Henry Paul, 7. Jason Robinson

WiganlForwards:l 8. Neil Cowie, 9. Martin Dermott, 10. Terry O'Connor, 11. Steve Barrow, 12. Mick Cassidy, 13. Andy Johnson
WiganlInterchanges:l Simon Haughton (replaced Mick Cassidy - Half Time), Matthew Knowles (replaced Terry O'Connor -57th Minute),
Daryl Cardiss (replaced Henry Paul - 63rd Minute), Neil Baynes (replaced Neil Cowie - 74th Minute)

WiganlTries:l

Va'aiga Tuigamala 2, Mick Cassidy, Kris Radlinski, Henry Paul, Martin Offiah, Rob Smyth

WiganlGoals:l Henry Paul 3, Daryl Cardiss 1

SheffieldlBacks:l

1. Mark Gamson, 2. Josaia Dakuitoga, 3. Lynton Stott, 4. Jean-Marc Garcia, 5. Bright Sodje, 6. David Mycoe, 7. Ryan Sheridan

SheffieldlForwards:l 8. Paul Broadbent, 9. Johnny Lawless, 10. Danny McAllister, 11. Andy Hay, 12. Paul Carr, 13. Michael Cook
SheffieldlInterchanges:l Ian Hughes (replaced Johnny Lawless - 32nd Minute), Paul Dixon (replaced Danny McAllister - 47th Minute),
Waisale Sovatabua (replaced Mark Gamson - 65th Minute), Richard Price (replaced David Mycoe - 72nd Minute)

SheffieldlTries:l

Ryan Sheridan 2, Johnny Lawless, Lynton Stott
SheffieldlGoals:l David Mycoe 4
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Summary:l

This game in hand against Sheffield was slotted in on the Friday Night for Sky Coverage in case Wigan had failed to seal the title against Bradford in midweek. They didn't so Wigan instead took the opportunity to play a young side with them also finishing the season two days later against Leeds. Gary Connolly, Shaun Edwards, Martin Hall and Scott Quinnell all sat out with youngsters Andy Craig, Matthew Knowles, Neil Baynes, Steve Barrow and Daryl Cardiss all getting a run out. Sheffield had won nine games in a row, so this was not an easy task for Wigan but they prevailed at a foggy Don Valley Stadium despite their 30-12 lead being reduced to 30-24 at home point before Inga Tuigamala's try settled matters.

Half Time:l

-
Attendance:l

4,639

Referee:l

Stuart Cummings (Widnes)

Television:l

Live Coverage on Sky Sports 2

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 19 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 2 - Points: - 34
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 19 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 28
3rd Place:l St Helens - Played - 19 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 24
4th Place:l Halifax - Played - 19 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 23
5th Place:l Sheffield - Played - 19 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 9 - Points: - 20