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Last Updated: Friday, 27 February 2004, 19:58 GMT
Offiah try is cream of crop
Offiah sinks to his knees after his amazing try in the 1994 final
Martin Offiah made a habit of scoring spectacular tries.

But his most memorable was his length-of-the-field score in the 1994 Challenge Cup final, the first of two touchdowns for the Wigan flyer that day.

There are few finer sights in sport than a player in full flow, his ears pinned back and his eyes fixed firmly on the tryline.

And Offiah thrilled everyone inside Wembley Stadium - not to mention the

millions watching on television - with a score that had the hairs standing up on the back of your neck.

He cut the Leeds defence to ribbons, scorching the turf with his pace as a string of players were left trailing in his wake, notably Alan Tait.

For BBC Sport's Ray French, Offiah's try is quite simply the best scored in a Challenge Cup final.

Here, Ray describes the sensational score in his own words:

"Having swept past two attempted tackles inside the Wigan 20m area, Offiah raced upfield, eluding Francis Cummins and Garry Schofield on his way to the tryline.

RAY FRENCH'S TOP TRIES 2-10

"He then left Alan Tait stranded and hopelessly beaten with the most majestic of swerves.

"Sheer pace, poise and power are the attributes of any great winger.

"And all three were displayed in this one, breathtaking, tryscoring dash for glory from one of rugby league's greatest-ever wingers."

Offiah's 12th-minute try helped defeat Leeds 26-16 in 1994 - the seventh straight time Wigan had lifted the Challenge Cup.

Leeds were again Wigan's victims 12 months later, although Offiah failed to get on the scoresheet in a 30-10 win.

Instead it was Jason Robinson, another of Wigan's speed merchants, who created havoc.

He grabbed two of his side's five tries - the others coming from Henry Paul, Va'aiga Tuigamala and Martin Hall.





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