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Match Report: St Helens 48 Wigan 10
Posted by Bilko on April 15 2006 - 10:36

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St Helens v Wigan Warriors, Engage Super League XI Round 9.
Good Friday 14th April 2006. Kick Off 12:35pm at Knowsley Road.

Thoughts on the Match

Well realistically I think what we saw was the difference in quality between the Wigan and St Helens sides but sad as it is to say it, I thought our boys did well.

The effort and commitment was there, they never gave up, we just weren't good enough to overcome an awesome St Helens defence.

Special praise for the tackle from Chris Ashton which denied Vinnie Anderson a try. He could have just given up as Saints were scoring at will, but he didn't. He played in the 21s last Sunday and clearly he doesn't want to go back there.

Ashton's try was excellent as well. But I remember thinking that Mark Calderwood has not had a ball out wide like that all season.

At the end of the day Wigan's spirit was not enough to compete with St Helens but if they show the same spirit on Monday, surely we will win?

As always Knowsley Road produced a great atmosphere and despite relegation problems we sung loud and proud for the full 80 minutes. That's what we have to do, if we are to go down this year, let's do it with a smile and a laugh!

Last season's 75-0 loss was an embarrassment. And even though 48-10 isn't pretty, I don't think we embarrassed ourselves with that performance.

Story of the Match

Wigan started well I thought and probably should have scored early doors.

But it was Saints who took the lead as Paul Sculthorpe scored the first in the 7th minute as he went through a huge gap in our defence.

Jamie Lyon set Paul Wellens up for the second try in the 18th minute and at 12-0 just before half time you had to be happy that we were still in the match.

But just before half time, a killer blow! Sean Long finished off a break from Leon Pryce to make it 18-0.

Into the second half and it was soon 24-0 as Adrian Gardner scored in the corner.

We feared being nilled again but much to our relief Chris Ashton made a 70 metre run down the wing to get us on the scoreboard in the 52nd minute. Pat Richards missed the conversion - 24-4.

Then came a video ref decision against which I haven't see again, which could have made a game of it but Richards was denied a try, for a knock on I think/

Into the final quarter and Wigan's effort began to show as they tired. Saints scored tries for fun with Ian Hardman, Jason Hooper (2) and Leon Pryce all touching down.

After Pryce's try Saints had 8 minutes to hit the half century but it was Wigan who had the last say in the game, with a late try for Jordan James, his first for the club.

Reaction to the Action

Maurice Lindsay: "It was no disgrace to us and we go into a big game on Monday with reasonable pride intact. If it was a boxing match, it was our middleweights against their heavyweights but our middleweights punched just as hard as they did."

Caretaker coach Stuart Wilkinson: "I would imagine we will be in charge on Monday. We'll just carry on as normal but, after this week, we'll be prepared for anything."

Saints coach Daniel Anderson: "We knew it would be a quite emotional game for both sides. It was a scratchy game. A lot of players had mixed games. We were nowhere near our best but some of our tackling was exhilarating and to score 48 points shows our potency"

Team Sheets

- St Helens Position Wigan -
1 Paul Wellens Full Back Dennis Moran 7
2 Ade Gardner Winger Chris Ashton 29
3 Jamie Lyon Centre David Vaealiki 4
4 Willie Talau Centre Pat Richards 3
20 Ian Hardman Winger Brett Dallas 5
6 Leon Pryce Stand Off Danny Orr 6
7 Sean Long Scrum Half Mick Higham 9
17 Paul Anderson Prop Jerry Seuseu 17
9 Keiron Cunningham Hooker Wayne Godwin 18
10 Jason Cayless Prop Bryn Hargreaves 16
13 Paul Sculthorpe 2nd Row Tim Jonkers 31
12 Jon Wilkin 2nd Row Jordan James 34
16 Jason Hooper L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
- - - - -
14 James Roby Substitute Joel Tomkins 22
18 Vinnie Anderson Substitute Darrell Goulding 24
19 James Graham Substitute Oliver Wilkes 32
23 Maurie Fa'asavalu Substitute Eamon O'Carroll 33

Score Sheet

St Helens 48   Wigan Warriors 10
Tries (8):
Paul Sculthorpe
Paul Wellens
Sean Long
Ade Gardner
Ian Hardman
Jason Hooper 2
Leon Pryce
- Tries (2):
Chris Ashton
Jordan James
Jamie Lyon 8/8


Pat Richards 1/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

8th Minute St Helens 04 Wigan 00 Try: Paul Sculthorpe
- St Helens 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Jamie Lyon (1/1)
18th Minute St Helens 10 Wigan 00 Try: Paul Wellens
- St Helens 12 Wigan 00 Conversion: Jamie Lyon (2/2)
38th Minute St Helens 16 Wigan 00 Try: Sean Long
- St Helens 18 Wigan 00 Conversion: Jamie Lyon (3/3)
Half Time St Helens 18 Wigan Warriors 00
43rd Minute St Helens 22 Wigan 00 Try: Ade Gardner
- St Helens 24 Wigan 00 Conversion: Jamie Lyon (4/4)
50th Minute St Helens 24 Wigan 04 Try: Chris Ashton
- St Helens 24 Wigan 04 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
59th Minute St Helens 28 Wigan 04 Try: Ian Hardman
- St Helens 30 Wigan 04 Conversion: Jamie Lyon (5/5)
62nd Minute St Helens 34 Wigan 04 Try: Jason Hooper
- St Helens 36 Wigan 04 Conversion: Jamie Lyon (6/6)
67th Minute St Helens 40 Wigan 04 Try: Jason Hooper (2)
- St Helens 42 Wigan 04 Conversion: Jamie Lyon (7/7)
71st Minute St Helens 46 Wigan 04 Try: Leon Pryce
- St Helens 48 Wigan 04 Conversion: Jamie Lyon (8/8)
75th Minute St Helens 48 Wigan 08 Try: Jordan James
- St Helens 48 Wigan 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
Full Time St Helens 48 Wigan Warriors 10

Other Information

Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)
Attendance: 17,500 (Capacity - Sell Out)
Weather: Dry, sunny day.


Match Milestones

Jordan James made his first start for Wigan and also scored his 1st Try.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 11 Round 9

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 9 9 0 0 281 86 +195 18
2 Leeds Rhinos 9 7 0 2 304 123 +181 14
3 Salford City Reds 9 7 0 2 218 126 +92 14
4 Bradford Bulls 9 6 1 2 228 156 +72 13
5 Huddersfield Giants 9 4 0 5 228 208 +20 8
6 Warrington Wolves 9 4 0 5 182 193 -11 8
7 Hull FC 9 4 0 5 204 224 -20 8
8 Wakefield Wildcats 9 3 0 6 195 222 -27 6
9 Les Catalans Dragons 9 3 0 6 209 292 -83 6
10 Castleford Tigers 9 3 0 6 208 339 -131 6
11 Harlequins 9 2 1 6 126 278 -152 5
12 Wigan Warriors 9 1 0 8 158 294 -136 2

Round 9 Results
Thu 13 Apr Leeds Rhinos 18 Bradford Bulls 20 17,700
Fri 14 Apr St Helens 48 Wigan Warriors 10 17,500
Fri 14 Apr Harlequins 36 Catalan Dragons 14 3,472
Fri 14 Apr Salford City Reds 22 Warrington Wolves 6 10,744
Fri 14 Apr Huddersfield Giants 18 Hull FC 26 5,900
Fri 14 Apr Wakefield Wildcats 34 Castleford Tigers 26 8,237

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