23rd March 2020, 14:00 | 125

#RFL125 Greatest Try Contender | Martin Offiah

A look at Offiah's memorable Wembley effort

The latest #RFL125 poll is now live and voting is open for the Greatest Try!

There are five classic tries up for selection, beginning with Martin Offiah’s fine Wembley effort. 

The Game 

Martin Offiah’s effort came in the 1994 Challenge Cup Final between Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos. 

Wigan were the current Challenge Cup holders and had lifted the trophy in each of the last six seasons heading into their 7thconsecutive final. This was part of Wigan’s Challenge Cup dominance across the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. 

Leeds were making their first appearance in the Challenge Cup Final since their 14-12 triumph over St Helens in 1978. 

Doug Laughton’s Leeds side had beat Rochdale, Warrington, local rivals Bradford Northern and St Helens – at Wigan’s Central Park – on route to Wembley. 

Wigan – led by John Dohary – began their cup run with narrow victories over Wakefield and Hull FC before more comfortable wins against Featherstone and Castleford as they once again headed to Wembley. 

The Try

Both sides started the Challenge Cup Final well and after 12 scoreless minutes Martin Offiah received the ball on his own 10 metre line and found the smallest of gaps in the Leeds’ defensive line.

Offiah’s pace took him between two Leeds players as he evaded the best efforts of Neil Harmon. The Wigan winger managed to pull away from the Rhinos defenders and was left with full-back Alan Tait to beat.

Tait attempted to line Offiah up but eventually showed him the outside and the Wigan try-scorer was simply too quick over the final 30 metres. 

And, following one of the most famous tries of all-time came one of the most recognisable celebrations ever which has now been immortalised outside Wembley Stadium as part of the Rugby League statue.

The Commentary

“And Martin Offiah trying to make some space. Martin Offiah, he’s got Alan Tait to beat on the outside and surely he’s going to go the full-length. That is one sensational try – that must rank amongst the finest ever seen on this ground!”

 

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