What an amazing transformation in less than a month.
The Silk Cut
holders St Helens were humiliated by their biggest ever defeat at Knowsley
Road by an awesone Wigan side that produced a breathtaking display.
The Warriors were simply magnificent, while a dejected and injury-hit
St Helens never recovered from an appalling start which saw them 13 points
down in the opening 10 minutes.
Saints had several players in action who were clearly not 100 per cent
fit, but nothing can detract from the Warriors' wonderful display.
Andrew Farrell deservedly took the man of the match award for as
complete a performance as you could wish to see, while Jason Robinson, who
grabbed a hat-trick, and Yorkshireman Tony Smith were not far behind.
The midfield triangle of Smith, Farrell and Nigel Wright has really
clicked, but never as convincingly as last night.
Farrell was the architect of nearly every try, while Smith's speed and
probing always had the home side on the back foot. Combine that with a
cast iron defence and Saints were left stunned as their arch-rivals ran
Skipper Farrell didn't think before the game Wigan would get 60 points
but was confident of success.
"We have trained well all week and the atmosphere has been good. We
were buzzing before the game and were in the right mood.
"When you have the players of Smith and Wright's quality it makes it
easy to play well. It was one of the best team performances I have been
For coach Eric Hughes, who was sacked last year by St Helens, the
manner of victory was particularly pleasing.
"I have been in the game a long time and there are a lot of highs and
lows but tonight gave me a lot of personal satisfaction.
"One of the reasons banded about why I was sacked was that I couldn't
coach on defence. But this was a major victory for the club not the coach.
"We were strong in all departments - not only in attack but we showed
tremendous pride in defence."
Wigan had a dream start with Robinson scorching away in the opening
minute to score followed by Smith breaking the line five minutes later.
Farrell added both goals and a drop goal before Robinson grabbed a second
in the 17th minute.
The Warriors were marching to glory and nothing was going to stop them
as tries came thick and fast through Smith again, Farrell and Andy
Johbnson. Farrell added another four goals to put the visitors ahead 37-0
at the break.
After the interval Robinson grabbed his hat-trick, while Haughton added
to his growing tally with two touchdowns. Gary Connolly grabbed one
against his old club and Kris Radlinski wound up the try scoring. Farrell
landed another four goals. Saints had little consolation with tries by
Andy Leathem and Anthony Sullivan with Bobbie Goulding adding two
Their fourth successive win lifts Wigan above Saints in the table and
they now entertain Paris on Friday night looking for another victory to
set them nicely on their way as they leave on Saturday for three games in