Wigan blitzed St Helens in the opening quarter of this
game, but despite crossing the line four times, only one try was allowed.
That one went to Andy Johnson, who followed up a kick for Andy Farrell.
Very much against the run of play, the Saints scored a try through Derek
McVey, after the video judge ruled a suspicious double movement OK.
Farrell extended the Warriors lead with a penalty on 25 mins. Moments
later Farrell dribbled the ball through and caused pandemonium in the
Saints' defence and Jason Robinson leaped over Chris Joynt for a
touchdown. The Saints hit back almost immediately, when Keiron Cunningham
off-loaded in a tackle, to send Paul Newlove on a 35 metre unopposed run
to the line. 14-8 to the Warriors at the halftime interval.
An exchange of penalty goals in the opening minutes of the second half
and a field goal from Nigel Wright, took the score to 17-10. Then Andy
Farrell made a strong run through the St Helens defence and this set up a
cross-field passing movement that had Kris Radlinski crossing in the
corner. Wigan were running rampant at this stage and turned defence into
attack, via a break by Simon Haughton, that Andy Farrell finished off. 20
minutes still to play and the Warriors were 27-10 in the lead.
Simon Haughton crossed for another try for Wigan, before the Saints hit
back with two late consolation tries, from Paul Anderson and Karle
Hammond, to give a 33-20 final scoreline.
So, Wigan keep up a remarkable record of having won at least one major
trophy in each of the last fourteen seasons. Man of the Match and winner
of the Harry Sunderland Trophy, was Wigan's captain, Andy Farrell.
St Helens 20
Tries: Derek McVey, Paul Newlove, Paul Anderson, Karle Hammond
Goals: Sean Long (2)
Wigan Warriors 33
Tries: Andy Johnson, Jason Robinson, Kris Radlinski, Andy Farrell, Simon
Goals: Andy Farrell (6)
Field Goals: Nigel Wright