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  Saturday, 13 April, 2002, 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK
Clockwatch: Wigan 20-10 Castleford
Castleford face Wigan in the Challenge Cup semis
All the action as Castleford Tigers take on Wigan Warriors in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.

80 mins: The Wigan fans and players celebrate - and no doubt breathe a sigh of relief - as the hooter sounds and confirms the Warriors will be at Murrayfield for their 27th Challenge Cup final appearance.

76 mins: Wigan's Gary Connolly squeezes through a gap and at full stretch appears to put the ball down. Stuart Cummins, for the first time in the game, calls on the video referee who judges that Connolly exerted downward pressure before the ball squirted out of his fingers. As the Warriors' fans celebrate, Farrell adds the extras.
Wigan 20-10 Castleford

74 mins: Six minutes to go, and Wigan begin to sense their place in the final is close. A handling error by Castleford hands Wigan possession 10 metres out.

70 mins: Waine Pryce, who has had a superb game for Castleford goes on a marauding 50-metre run to put his side on the attack. But Wigan resist the surge and hold out again.

65 mins: Andy Farrell gets a sniff of a chance as a rare gap opens up in the Castleford defence. But he knocks on as Radlinski storms forward.

62 mins: The Warriors' Terry Newton knocks on as Wigan enjoy some good territory, five metres from the Castleford line.

61 mins: Wigan's Terry O'Connor is forced off the field and into the blood bin - much to his obvious chagrin.

59 mins: Wigan mount their first serious attack of the second half, although it promises more than it delivers as Kris Radlinski's over-hit kick forward is hoofed beyond the dead ball line by Darren Rogers.

54 mins: Another testing Mitch Healey kick is well held by Brett Dallas, who proves he is not feeling any after-effects from his first-half injury by shaking off a crunching tackle shortly after receiving the ball.

50 mins: Castleford's committed, powerful tackling is keeping the Warriors penned back, but Castleford have not created the score they so desperately need.

47 mins: The teams are sparring with each other at the moment, with neither side making making much impact beyond the opposition's 10-metre line.

43 mins: Wigan come back, and Adrian Lam's testing high kick is brilliantly caught by Waine Pryce to settle Castleford's nerves.

41 mins: Castleford begin the second half well, as Mitch Healey's probing kick is picked up by Kris Radlinski, who is flattened just two metres from the Wigan line.


40 mins: The hooter sounds to bring a fascinating half of rugby to an end.
Half-time: Wigan 14-10 Castleford

34 mins: Just as the fans prepare themselves for another Castleford score, Wigan ease the pressure with a breakaway try. David Hodgson picks up the loose ball and just as his legs tire, he offloads to Dallas - back on the field after receiving oxygen - who storms to the line. Farrell adds the extras.
Wigan 14-10 Castleford

31 mins: Wigan have responded well to falling behind and begin to enjoy some territorial advantage - until a superb kick from Mitch Healey is fumbled into touch by Brian Carney and puts Wigan straight back on the defensive.

26 mins: Castleford's pressure brings its due reward as Ryan Hudson crosses for the Tigers' second try. Danny Orr's superb pass sets up the chance for Hudson who finds a gap with surprising ease. Orr takes over the kicking duties from Bartrim, and slices it wide - but the Tigers are in front for the first time.
Wigan 8-10 Castleford

25 mins: The Warriors have lost all of their early momentum, and an unnecessary knock-on hands Castleford a put in at a scrum 30 metres from the Wigan line.

22 mins: The Tigers are very much on top and it is a measure of Wigan's desperation that Brett Dallas injures himself trying to halt another Castleford surge. Dallas is forced into the blood bin.

19 mins:Wigan are forced to drop out after Castleford exert some pressure. But the Tigers suffer a blow as Bartrim is forced to leave the field following a heavy fall on his shoulder. Young Danny Godwin replaces him.

17 mins: The Warriors come storming back, and it takes some great defence to halt Kris Radlinski two metres from the Castleford line.

14 mins: Castleford fight back after an intercept, and Michael Smith takes advantage of an ingenious pass from Danny Orr to completely outwit the Wigan defence, stretch a long arm out and touch down. Wayne Bartrim converts.
Wigan 8-6 Castleford

11 mins: Wigan win a penalty after Castleford's Dean Sampson hangs around for afters following a tackle. Farrell's kick is true.
Wigan 8-0 Castleford

7 mins: Under-pressure Castleford finally yield as Craig Smith unloads to Adrian Lam, who opts to pass inside to Terry Newton who has a clear run to the line. Andy Farrell adds the extras.
Wigan 6-0 Castleford

6 mins: A lucky escape for Castleford as Adrian Lam bursts forward and chips forward - only for a cruel bounce to deny the Warriors a try.

3 mins: Richard Gay's fumble hands possession back to Wigan 40 metres from the Castleford line.

1 min: Adrian Lam's long kick bounces awkwardly and puts the Castleford defence under pressure.


Teams:

Wigan: Kris Radlinski, Brian Carney, Gary Connolly, David Hodgson, Brett Dallas, Julian O'Neill, Adrian Lam, Terry O'Connor, Terry Newton, Craig Smith, Simon Haughton, Mick Cassidy, Andy Farrell. Replacements: Stephen Wild, Harvey Howard, Ricky Bibey, Mark Smith.
Castleford: Richard Gay, Waine Pryce, Michael Eagar, Andy Johnson, Darren Rogers, Danny Orr, Mitch Healey, Nathan Sykes, Wayne Bartrim, Dean Sampson, Michael Smith, Dale Fritz, Ryan Hudson. Replacements: Wayne Godwin, Kyle Warren, Mark Lennon, Andy Lynch.
Referee: Stuart Cummings (Widnes)

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