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Match Report: Wigan 4 St Helens 23
Posted by Bilko on July 23 2016 - 17:53

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Friday 22nd July 2016
Wigan Warriors 4 St Helens 23
DW Stadium, Wigan
First Utility Super League 21 - Round 23 of 23

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan       - St Helens      
1 Sam Tomkins       1 Jonny Lomax      
5 Dom Manfredi       22 Jack Owens      
4 Dan Sarginson       24 Matty Fleming      
20 Oliver Gildart       4 Mark Percival  T   G5   
22 Lewis Tierney  T      5 Adam Swift      
6 George Williams       3 Jordan Turner      
7 Matty Smith       7 Luke Walsh      DG 
21 Ryan Sutton       8 Alex Walmsley      
16 Sam Powell       9 James Roby  T     

Ben Flower


Greg Richards

14 John Bateman       13 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook      
25 Willie Isa       20 Joe Greenwood      

Sean O'Loughlin


Jon Wilkin

8 Dom Crosby       10 Kyle Amor      
17 Lee  Mossop       11 Atelea Vea      
24 Frank-Paul Nuuausala       17 Luke Thompson      
28 Jake Shorrocks       28 Morgan Knowles  T     


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 indignity.

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 break.

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 break.

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!

5th Minute Wigan 00 St Helens 02

Penalty Goal: Mark Percival (1/1)

11th Minute Wigan 04 St Helens 02

Try: Lewis Tierney

Wigan 04 St Helens 02 Missed Conv: Matty Smith (0/1)
24th Minute Wigan 04 St Helens 04

Penalty Goal: Mark Percival (2/2)

33rd Minute Wigan 04 St Helens 08

Try: Mark Percival

Wigan 04 St Helens 10 Conversion: Mark Percival (3/3)
38th Minute Wigan 04 St Helens 14

Try: Morgan Knowles

Wigan 04 St Helens 16 Conversion: Mark Percival (4/4)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 04 St Helens 16
73rd Minute Wigan 04 St Helens 17

Drop Goal: Luke Walsh

75th Minute Wigan Sin Bin

Frank-Paul Nuuausala (Pulling Hair)

75th Minute St Helens Sin Bin

L.McCarthy-Scarsbrook (Hair Pulled)

79th Minute Wigan 04 St Helens 21

Try: James Roby

Wigan 04 St Helens 23 Conversion: Mark Percival (5/5)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 04 St Helens 23

Phil Bentham



First Utility Super League 21 - Round 23 Results
Thu 21 July Hull Kingston Rovers 24 Leeds Rhinos 20 8,109
Fri 22 July Salford Red Devils 20 Hull FC 28 3,225
Fri 22 July Wigan Warriors 4 St Helens 23 20,049
Sat 23 July Warrington Wolves 34 Huddersfield Giants 30 9,829
Sun 24 July Wakefield Wildcats 20 Castleford Tigers 46 6,855
Sun 24 July Widnes Vikings 32 Catalan Dragons 4 4,195

2016 First Utility Super League 21 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Hull FC 23 17 0 6 605 465 +140 34
2 Warrington Wolves 23 16 1 6 675 425 +250 33
3 Wigan Warriors 23 16 0 7 455 440 +15 32
4 St Helens 23 14 0 9 573 536 +37 28
5 Catalan Dragons 23 13 0 10 593 505 +88 26
6 Castleford Tigers 23 10 1 12 617 640 -23 21
7 Widnes Vikings 23 10 0 13 499 474 +25 20
8 Wakefield Wildcats 23 10 0 13 485 654 -169 20

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

9 Leeds Rhinos 23 8 0 15 404 576 -172 16
10 Salford Red Devils 23 10 0 13 560 569 -9   14*
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 23 6 2 15 486 610 -124 14
12 Huddersfield Giants 23 6 0 17 511 569 -58 12

*Salford Deducted Six Points for Salary Cap Breaches in 2014 & 2015

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