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Match Report: St Helens 18 Wigan 14
Posted by Bilko on September 21 2015 - 15:53

St Helens v Wigan Warriors - First Utility Super League - Super 8s Round 6.
Friday 18th September 2015. Kick Off 8
:00pm at Langtree Park.

Match Report

Wigan's later season derby misery continues as Saints pipped them late in the game. That makes it 15 defeats of the last 18 non Easter derbies at Saints and Wigan's home venues, a sorry record indeed.

In the end this one was almost a replica of the defeat in June at the same venue. Plenty of hope but in the end a slow car crash to a defeat that seemed inevitable once Wigan had blown three or four sets in a row to find a winning try in the last ten minutes.

Could Wigan have done much more though? Arguably at 14-6 up we had done enough to win the game already. The pack battle was being dominated by Wigan with an end total of 1523 metres to Saints 953, a huge difference.

Unfortunately two Matty Bowen errors meant we lost the game ourselves rather than being beaten, and that's frustrating, but if we repeat that pack effort again next time we meet, I'm confident we won't lose a repeat.

Some are arguing that Wigan failed with poor attack but I'd prefer to credit Saints defence. They didn't buckle under the pressure and that's part of being a champion team is. Serious question, if Wigan had been under that kind of pressure, would we have hung on?

I've written extensively in the local paper this week about Anthony Gelling's contribution and can't be arsed going through all that again here but I think that it was a mistake to use him as a sub rather than Ryan Sutton (is it fit?) or even Connor Farrell.

Whilst the result for Wigan was disappointing, we will remember a brilliant try from George Williams early second half. Quality stuff and he mugged the full back as well. It deserved to be a winning try and it's a big shame that it wasn't.

Wigan also need to learn to be a bit cleverer. They had a penalty goal towards an 8-0 lead and declined. Two minutes later it was 6-6. This is a derby and we're hitting the crunch point of the season. It's great if you get a try from backing yourselves but getting a two score lead at any point in a big game should not be declined. Even before complaining about Gelling and Bowen errors, you could rewind all the way back to that 30th Minute decision and wonder if that was the key moment in losing the game?

Team Sheets

- St Helens Position Wigan 1
17 Adam Quinlan Full Back Matty Bowen 1
2 Tommy Makinson

Right Wing

Josh Charnley 2
17 Mark Percival Centre John Bateman 14
4 Josh Jones Centre Oliver Gildart 34
5 Adam Swift Left Wing Joe Burgess 5
3 Jordan Turner Stand Off George Williams 6
7 Luke Walsh Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
10 Kyle Amor Prop Dom Crosby 8
9 James Roby Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
25

Andre Savelio

Prop

Ben Flower

10
13 L.McCarthy-Scarsbrook 2nd Row Joel Tomkins 11
21 Joe Greenwood 2nd Row Larne Patrick 25
12 Jon Wilkin L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
-
8 Mose Masoe Substitute Anthony Gelling 3
11 Atelea Vea Substitute Sam Powell 16
15 Mark Flanagan Substitute Tony Clubb 17
19 Greg Richards Substitute Lee Mossop 23
- Keiron Cunningham Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

St Helens 18

---

Wigan Warriors 14

Tries (3):
Luke Walsh
Adam Swift
Josh Jones

---

Tries (2):
Joel Tomkins
George Williams

Goals:
Luke Walsh 3/3
--- Goals:
Matty Bowen 3/3

Scoring and Incident Pattern

11mins:32 St Helens 00 Wigan 04 Try: Joel Tomkins
St Helens 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Matty Bowen (1/1)
33mins:44 St Helens 04 Wigan 06 Try: Luke Walsh
St Helens 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Luke Walsh (1/1)
Half Time St Helens 06 Wigan Warriors 06
44mins:38 St Helens 06 Wigan 08 Penalty Goal: Matty Bowen (2/2)
50mins:24 St Helens 06 Wigan 12 Try: George Williams
St Helens 06 Wigan 14 Conversion: Matty Bowen (3/3)
55mins:10 St Helens 10 Wigan 14 Try: Adam Swift
St Helens 12 Wigan 14 Conversion: Luke Walsh (2/2)
76mins:56 St Helens 16 Wigan 14 Try: Josh Jones
St Helens 18 Wigan 14 Conversion: Luke Walsh (3/3)
Full Time St Helens 18 Wigan Warriors 14

Video Highlights

Referee

Robert Hicks

Penalties Conceded

St Helens 6 Wigan 6

Match Attendance

15,808

Weather

Dry Night.

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