Wigan went into this Good Friday battle against St Helens
knowing that if they won, the title would be secured with two games to spare. Saints began by bombing first a
penalty goal shot from Bobbie Goulding and then a possible try for Tommy Martyn before Frano Botica kicked Wigan 2-0 ahead. But Saints took the lead
on 13 minutes when a grubber from Goulding was touched down by Shane Cooper
under the posts a 6-2 lead. Five minutes later a good angled run from Denis
Betts got Wigan back in front at 8-6, then Saints scored again with Steve
Prescott for 12-8 to them before Va'aiga Tuigamala scored an unconverted try
in the right corner for 12-12. That deadlock sat for ten minutes before a
break from Henry Paul from half way saw him go all the way after a poor
tackle attempt from Prescott.
Conversion had put Wigan 18-12 at the break and into the
second half Shaun Edwards looping pass got Martin Offiah in the left corner
for 22-12 on 48 minutes. Wigan quickly scored another in fortuitous fashion.
A drop out by Wigan was let bounce by Saints and Henry Paul nipped in
between two doddering Saints men to return it under the posts. That was
28-12 and game over pretty much. Saints did reduce the lead to 28-18 with a
second try from Shane Cooper but Martin Hall wrapped up the performance and
the title with a try four minutes from time.
Wigan 18 St Helens 12
John Holdsworth (Kippax)
Delayed Coverage on Sky Sports between 10:00pm and Midnight.
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