Quite a simple summary for this game. Saints were calm,
composed and clinical throughout compared to a Wigan side
that missed their opportunities and were guilty of
conceding cheap penalties throughout the night.
sides bombed early chances with Saints having a try disallowed
for offside and Caine Barnes blowing a try with a knock on
when the try line was begging for him.
Eventually Saints found two tries in the 11th and 15th
Minutes, both on the back of conceded penalties by Wigan.
First Harry Coleman scored before Jordan Gibbons crossed
but Gibbons failed to convert either try.
Wigan responded with a good spell in which they
themselves scored twice. Declan O'Donnell went over from a
metre out with the Saints defenders all falling for his
dummy and then James Worthington finished. Ollie Russell
converting both had Wigan 12-8 ahead.
Saints though I thought had been the better side and two
tries either side of half time, from Harry Coleman and
Kevin Brown put them back in command.
Conversions to both had made it 20-12 and for the next
twenty minutes or so it was patience required towards the
next crucial try. It fell to Saints with Sean Croston
scoring on 56 minutes and a quick second try after that
made it 32-12 and game over.
Saints added a penalty goal six minutes from time and
although Wigan got late consolation scores from Gary
McMahon and Alex Bolton, I thought the final score of 34-24
was a bit flattered.
Don't get me wrong, Wigan certainly had the territory to
compete easily in this match but they wasted it with errors
and lack of composure all night. Saints didn't really do
that and they certainly defended far better than Wigan.