When you win eight matches in a row you
can put the attacking woes to the back of your mind but
here against St Helens they became exposed in full woeful
The first fifteen minutes of the second
half was non stop Wigan attack but our style seems to be
akin to going into battle against machine gun fire with
just a spoon for a weapon. Turgid, rancid, horrible stuff.
If we win the semi final next week I
won't be worried one jot about this one but it has set
massive alarm bells ringing.
I'm not convinced Sam Tomkins was fit
and I feel some of our pack was still finding some match
fitness compared to Saints who've been pretty set fair for
a few weeks but saying that, the pack wasn't the problem.
It was the creativity and we had nothing apart from
grubbering through in desperate hope. Matty Smith was
pretty anonymous and you can't afford that in big games.
Saints meanwhile were excellent. Had a
lot of fight and desire and looked like a side that were
aiming up this game for a big performance. You should
expect that in a derby but I'm still adamant that the
bigger game for Wigan is next week.
I didn't think Saints were twelve points
better than Wigan at half time to be honest but a dreadful
error on half way by Dan Sarginson followed by a bit of
luck in Saints getting away with having no one at the play
the ball turned the tide and in a blink it was 16-4 at the
Wigan had scored a nice try with Lewis
Tierney touching down a George Williams grubber to the left
corner but two penalties either side of that by Mark
Percival made it 4-4. Then the two tries, first for
Percival then Morgan Knowles, had the visitors 16-4 by the
Second half saw Wigan getting numerous
chances to hit back but the crapness of Wigan's attack was
obvious and Saints were able to practically shut up shop. I
reckon at least seven attempts at the line were thwarted.
Good defence perhaps but I thought the gaps were there for
Wigan to expose but I don't think they'd have spotted a
skyscraper in New York the way this was going.
Saints glossed their performance with a
late drop goal from Luke Walsh and a nice try from James
Roby for a final score of 23-4. Their was also a late bit
of drama between Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
but it was like a toddler version of Neil Cowie and Adam
Fogerty all those years ago. The biff is dead and Wigan's
attack is on life support! I'd say I hope for better next
week but it's hard to be any worse!