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Pre Season Match Report: St Helens 28 Wigan 12
Posted by Bilko on January 25 2015 - 23:07

St Helens v Wigan Warriors - Pre Season Friendly.
Sunday 25th January 2015. Kick Off 3:00pm at Langtree Park.

Match Report

Both Shaun Wane and St Helens' Mike Rush promised their would be "no flashpoints" in this game but that idea didn't last 10 seconds with Dom Crosby going on report for use of the knees.

This was a very physical contest from the off and I didn't think their was much between the sides in the opening quarter despite the opening score being found by Saints Joe Greenwood, converted by Tommy Makinson for 6-0.

The more the half wore on though, the more Saints got on top and the second quarter was horrible from a Wigan point of view. Ryan Hampshire struggled at full back and threw a gift interception for Adam Swift to return for 10-0 on 21 minutes.

On the back of that, Wigan just went into a total mess. Liam Farrell in particular was guilty of losing it, conceding two back to back penalties for niggling and although Saints only scored two further tries in the final three minutes of the half, they had been more than deserved. First Atelea Vea scored with Wigan guilty of not playing to the whistle and then Makinson finished a great move off in the right corner. Two conversions had Saints 22-0 up by half time.

At this point your thinking the half back combination of George Williams and Matty Smith just isn't working and with Hampshire struggling at the back and Farrell losing it mentally, Wigan in this spell just collapsed really.

That said, the first twenty of the second half was much better and their were plenty of positives in this spell. Matty Bowen was on at full back now and he calmed us down a lot I thought. The biggest difference though was a simple one. We started to just complete sets and that helped us get forward and put Saints on the back foot. Rugby League can be that simple sometimes.

After six minutes, Wigan got on the scoreboard with a kick to the right from Matty Smith being hunted by Josh Charnley. It was right in front of me and Jordan Turner never looked up at the bomb once. He was totally fixated on blocking Charnley expecting someone else to deal with the bomb, but no one did and Josh collected, passed inside to Connor Farrell who sent John Bateman over. Smith converted for 22-6.

Wigan were now on the front foot continually and set up the final quarter well when Connor Farrell claimed a barge over try under immense defensive pressure on the hour mark. Smith converted for 22-12 and Connor almost scored again soon after for what could have been 22-18 if he had not been held up.

Saints in the end though finished the stronger and we shouldn't read anything into that because they had two extra substitutes than us. In effect those two extra were old war horses Paul Wellens and Lance Hohaia and by enthusiastic energy alone they lifted Saints to a stronger finish that Wigan couldn't match. So Saints found the last try from Joe Greenwood, which Makinson converted for a 28-12 end result.

All in all the match provided plenty of negatives in a horrible second quarter but at least their were positives for Wigan in the twenty minutes after the half time. Some are pointing to our pack being out muscled but let's remember that Sean O'Loughlin, Lee Mossop, Taulima Tautai and Ben Flower are still to be added to that pack.

Time will tell if we are ready for the kick off against Widnes but if your feeling low about us after these last two games, remember the 2013 pre season included a dire 20-0 loss at Warrington before we went on to start the year with a 42-0 win at Salford. So, the real test is still to come!

Team Sheets

- St Helens Position Wigan 1
1 Jonny Lomax Full Back Ryan Hampshire 20
2 Tommy Makinson

Right Wing

Josh Charnley 2
17 Mark Percival Centre Anthony Gelling 3
3 Jordan Turner Centre Joel Tomkins 11
5 Adam Swift Left Wing Joe Burgess 5
6 Travis Burns Stand Off George Williams 6
12 Jon Wilkin Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
14 Alex Walmsley Prop Dom Crosby 8
9 James Roby Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
10

Kyle Amor

Prop

Ryan Sutton

28
21 Joe Greenwood 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
11 Atelea Vea 2nd Row John Bateman 14
18 Luke Thompson L.Forward Larne Patrick 25
-
4 Josh Jones Substitute Matty Bowen 1
8 Mose Masoe Substitute Tony Clubb 17
15 Mark Flanagan Substitute Dom Manfredi 22
16 Lance Hohaia Substitute Logan Tomkins 26
19 Greg Richards Substitute James Greenwood 29
20 Paul Wellens Substitute Connor Farrell 31
22 Matty Dawson Substitute
25 Andre Savelio Substitute
- K.Cunningham Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

St Helens 28

--- Wigan Warriors 12

Tries (5):
Joe Greenwood 2
Adam Swift
Atelea Vea
Tommy Makinson

---

Tries (5):
John Bateman
Connor Farrell

Goals:
Tommy Makinson 4/5
--- Goals:
Matty Smith 2/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

10th Minute St Helens 04 Wigan 00 Try: Joe Greenwood
St Helens 06 Wigan 00 Conversion: Tommy Makinson (1/1)
21st Minute St Helens 10 Wigan 00 Try: Adam Swift
St Helens 10 Wigan 00 Missed Conv: Tommy Makinson (1/2)
37th Minute St Helens 14 Wigan 00 Try: Atelea Vea
St Helens 16 Wigan 00 Conversion: Tommy Makinson (2/3)
40th Minute St Helens 20 Wigan 00 Try: Tommy Makinson
St Helens 22 Wigan 00 Conversion: Tommy Makinson (3/4)
Half Time St Helens 22 Wigan Warriors 00
46th Minute St Helens 22 Wigan 04 Try: John Bateman
St Helens 22 Wigan 06 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
59th Minute St Helens 22 Wigan 10 Try: Connor Farrell
St Helens 22 Wigan 12 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)
70th Minute St Helens 26 Wigan 12 Try: Joe Greenwood (2)
St Helens 28 Wigan 12 Conversion: Tommy Makinson (4/5)
Full Time St Helens 28 Wigan Warriors 12

Referee

Robert Hicks

Match Attendance

6,888

Weather

Not too cold.

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