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Match Report: Wigan 12 St Helens 4
Posted by Bilko on April 04 2015 - 20:59

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Wigan Warriors v St Helens - First Utility Super League 20 - Round 8
Good Friday 3rd April 2015. Kick Off 3:00pm at DW Stadium

Match Report

Discipline, discipline, discipline. It's been a moan all season but Wigan finally sorted themselves out and that helped get them over the line in a gruelling derby against St Helens. 8-2 was the penalty count in Wigan's favour and, on a heavy pitch with scoring at a premium, that was a big difference.

It wasn't all about that though. Wigan's endeavour in defence was aggressive but nicely controlled and James Roby's impact was totally nullified apart from the ten minutes up to half time when Mike McIlorum was interchanged.

The opening try went the way of Dom Manfredi, after just 51 seconds, came after Jordan Turner's kick was charged down by Lee Mossop and bounced kindly into Manfredi's hands. He still had to beat three men to finish but his desire was their for all to see. Easy conversion from Matty Smith made it the perfect start at 6-0.

Saints had twice bundled Wigan into touch on the right before responding up the other end with a try from Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook. This came after an injury delay following an ankle injury to Joe Greenwood that ended his game. Nice finish by LMS but for me you can add that to the nightmare video of soft tries that Wigan have conceded from recent weeks.

The conversion should of been easy for Tommy Makinson but he shanked it right of the posts and those slender two points lost would be huge with the next 55 minutes of the contest seeing no score.

Apart from odd exceptions, the majority of those next 55 minutes were played deep in the boggy midfield. Wigan had to hang in a little at the back end of the first half but recovered their composure to control a lot of the second half I thought. Saints losing Paul Wellens to injury was another big blow to their interchange options.

I'd said on Wish FM early in the second half that it could be a game lost by a team rather than won and Saints being caught on the last tackle, twenty metres from their own line, was that key mistake in the 69th Minute.

Wigan contributed to it with four superb tackles in a row by Tony Clubb in the build up but Saints didn't heed Lance Hohaia's screams for the ball. That was the gift territory that either side was looking for and Wigan punished with George Williams kick being collected by Joe Burgess for a repeat of the try seen at Leeds two weeks ago.

That made it 10-4 and the way the game had played out it was obvious that the conversion was crucial, a two score lead was always going to be more than enough. With Matty Smith feeling a hamstring, it was Ryan Hampshire who stepped up to the plate. That took some guts but he nailed it for 12-4 and that proved to be that.

Only moans late on were Anthony Gelling twice offloading passes that just weren't necessary given the situation in the game. He needs to learn to do better.

So Wigan made it six Easter Derby victories in a row but they did get some luck along the way. I mean if Saints don't miss the sitter conversion at 6-4 then it would have been a totally different game with drop goals being in contention. The two injuries were costly also for Saints.

But I have to judge this in comparing it to our performances so far this season. If I was listing my frustrations with Wigan this season then they sorted a lot of them in this one performance. I'm still concerned about the lack of points in attack but this is a good template to build from. We still have a long way to go even on this effort but I feel Hampshire, Manfredi and Williams could grow a lot from this performance. It's going to be interesting to see how we go on from now.

One final thing after watching the video back. Adam Swift aiming down the left wing late in the match only for Hampshire to come across and text book tackle him into touch. It left me wondering whether Matty Bowen would have had the same desire to do that himself? I'm not saying he wouldn't of done but Rocky has had a good couple of weeks at Full Back and I think we look a lot better with a youthful full back.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position St Helens 1
20 Ryan Hampshire Full Back Paul Wellens 20
22 Dom Manfredi

Right Wing

Tommy Makinson 2
3 Anthony Gelling Centre Josh Jones 4
4 Dan Sarginson Centre Matty Dawson 22
5 Joe Burgess Left Wing Adam Swift 5
6 George Williams Stand Off Jordan Turner 3
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Lance Hohaia 16
17 Tony Clubb Prop Alex Walmsley 14
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker James Roby 9
23

Lee Mossop

Prop

Kyle Amor

10
11 Joel Tomkins 2nd Row Joe Greenwood 21
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Louie McCarthy-
Scarsbrook
13
14 John Bateman L.Forward Luke Thompson 18
-
24 Taulima Tautai Substitute Mose Masoe 8
25 Larne Partrick Substitute Mark Flanagan 15
26 Logan Tomkins Substitute Greg Richards 19
28 Ryan Sutton Substitute Andre Savelio 25
- Shaun Wane Coach Keiron Cunningham -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 12

---

St Helens 4

Tries (2):
Dom Manfredi
Joe Burgess

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Tries (1):
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook

Goals:
Matty Smith 1/1
Ryan Hampshire 1/1
--- Goals:
Tommy Makinson 0/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

00mins:51 Wigan 04 St Helens 00 Try: Dom Manfredi
Wigan 06 St Helens 00

Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)

15mins:36 Wigan 06 St Helens 04 Try: Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
Wigan 06 St Helens 04 Missed Conv: Tommy Makinson (0/1)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 06 St Helens 04
70mins:31 Wigan 10 St Helens 04 Try: Joe Burgess
Wigan 12 St Helens 04

Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (1/1)

Full Time Wigan Warriors 12 St Helens 04

Video Highlights

Referee

Phil Bentham

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 2 St Helens 8

Match Attendance

24,054

Weather

Drizzly. Heavy Pitch.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 20 - Round 8

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 8 7 0 1 245 138 +107 14
2 St Helens 8 6 0 2 199 123 +76 12
3 Wigan Warriors 8 4 1 3 171 154 +17 9
4 Salford Red Devils 8 4 1 3 180 210 -30 9
5 Huddersfield Giants 8 4 0 4 171 125 +46 8
6 Hull Kingston Rovers 8 4 0 4 210 204 +6 8
7 Warrington Wolves 8 4 0 4 141 173 -32 8
8 Catalan Dragons 8 3 1 4 202 213 -11 7

Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

9 Widnes Vikings 8 3 1 4 176 92 -16 7
10 Castleford Tigers 8 3 0 5 152 150 +2 6
11 Hull FC 8 2 0 6 130 157 -27 4
12 Wakefield Wildcats 8 2 0 6 146 284 -138 4

Round 8 Results
Thu 2 Apr Hull FC 6 Hull Kingston Rovers 20 20,507
Thu 2 Apr Wakefield Wildcats 4 Catalan Dragons 40 3,015
Thu 2 Apr Widnes Vikings 30 Warrington Wolves 10 7,768
Fri 3 Apr Castleford Tigers 12 Leeds Rhinos 26 11,323
Fri 3 Apr Wigan Warriors 12 St Helens 4 24,054
Fri 3 Apr Huddersfield Giants 12 Salford Red Devils 18 6,003

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