The 1994 Challenge Cup Final was the seventh in Wigan's record run of eight consecutive Challenge Cup victories which the Lancashire club achieved between 1988 and 1995. Although Wigan were worthy winners on the day, Leeds played some good rugby, too. Wigan were leading 12-0 by half time. Wigan scored their first points with some pure brilliance from winger Martin Offiah who ran the length of the field to score a memorable try. Frano Botica failed with the conversion kick. Later Leeds's full back Alan Tait fumbled a high kick from Wigan scrum half Shaun Edwards to let Andy Farrell in for the easiest of touch downs, which was duly converted by Frano Botica. A penalty kick from Botica shortly afterwards meant Wigan led 12-0 at half time.
However, in the second half Leeds staged a spirited come back. Andy Farrell's interference at a play the ball near the Wigan try line resulted in a penalty, which Graham Holroyd duly kicked to open Leeds's scoring and make the score 2-12. Then a high kick from Leeds scrum half Garry Schofield was fumbled by Wigan full back Gary Connolly. Leeds hooker James Lowes passed the ball out to Jim Fallon on the wing, who ran in to score Leeds's first try. Holroyd was unsuccessful in his conversion attempt, but shortly afterwards Wigan centre Mather lost the ball when he was tackled by Leeds's Ellery Hanley. Jim Fallon passed the ball to Garry Schofield, who touched down in the corner. Holroyd went close with the conversion attempt, but he was unsuccessful. Even so at 10-12, Leeds had got to within two points of catching up with Wigan.
Shortly after this Harvey Howard was penalised for ripping off Mick Cassidy's scrum cap. Frano Botica kicked the goal which put the score at Leeds 10 Wigan 14. Then Ellery Hanley lost the ball when Leeds were putting pressure on Wigan. Frano Botica picked up the loose ball. He was tackled, then Dean Bell at dummy half passed the ball to Mick Cassidy who broke through the Leeds defence, and then passed the ball to Martin Offiah who sprinted down the wing to score a try, which Frano Botica converted to make it Leeds 10, Wigan 20. The next score occurred when Alan Tait lost the ball near the try line. Wigan took full advantage by quickly passing the ball out wide for Sam Panapa to touch down, Botica converted, and the score was now Leeds 10 Wigan 26. Leeds were able to make the score look a bit more respectable when Martin Offiah fumbled a not very good pass from Phil Clarke, the Leeds winger Francis Cummins picked up the ball and ran from well within his own half to score the third Leeds try, despite a valiant run from Dean Bell to try to catch him. Graham Holroyd kicked the conversion, and so the final score was Wigan 26 Leeds16. Martin Offiah won the Lance Todd Trophy.
The DVD shows the full match coverage, including the build up with the National Anthem, the award of the trophy, and some interviews recorded immediately after the match. As a bonus feature, there are details of the all the match results in the preliminary rounds of the cup. The picture quality is very good. The commentary is by the BBC team led by Ray French.
Bought this to watch with my Dad as an Xmas day 2013 treat and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Picture quality not bad at all considering this was recorded before the days of HD. Brought back the memories of those heady days when Wigan couldn't put a foot wrong and the sight of the old Wembley packed to the rafters brings it all back. The whole game is here.The game itself was played on a very hot day but was fast paced and hard hitting. "The" try they show pretty much every year in the TV build-up where Offiah runs the length of the field is here, but it isn't even the best one he scored. There is another with a great break from Cassidy setting Offiah up for his second. Great stuff. Recommended DVD.
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