had happened in the previous derby at month earlier,
Wigan's form coming into this game and Wigan's non Easter
derby record that hasn't seen them win one at either DW or
in St Helens since September 2007 - This was a huge result.
just the result though. To inflict a derby nilling on St
Helens for the first time in a league match for
61 years made this victory
a bit more special. We also saw the first hat-trick from a
Wigan player in a derby since
Luke Robinson's trio at Knowsley Road
It's not a
secret that Anthony Gelling worries me with his defence but
he bounced back from a bit of a mare in that regard at
Castleford with a great attacking display here that is
great to watch when he is on form.
were pretty poor and rudderless without the suspended Luke
Walsh but it's also important that Wigan don't get in pipe
and slippers mode over this victory. 25-0 is impressive to
look at but we were still cheaply wasteful with the ball an
awful lot in this game.
losses in five though it was all about the result and Wigan
got off to a perfect start with Gelling claiming his first
try in the third minute after Adam Swift had gifted
territory with a knock on.. Swinging right he got the ball
and had a lot of work to finish but he managed to reach
over superbly against both Matty Fleming and Swift. Big
conversion also from Matty Smith made it 6-0.
completing well at the start but Saints began to come back
into the battle with some much needed possession helping
them find territory. They had Wigan under the pump for a
good ten minutes but a good tackle from Dan Sarginson
sticks in my memory during that spell and although Saints
forced two or three drop outs we managed to hold firm.
then having done that that we could come out of it with a
second try. It came on the half hour with John Bateman's
short pass sending Gelling through a gap for his second.
Jordan Turner statuesque in defence and it was rounded
under the posts for an easy conversion that carried a 12-0
lead to half time.
were still in the game but they never really looked like
finding a combination to trouble Wigan. Closest they came
was a James Roby dart on 50 minutes but a brilliant tackle
by Frank-Paul Nuuausala denied him.
Wigan were playing the wrong tactics at this point. Saints
were still full of hope and buzz but rather than Wigan
slowing the play and trying to take the pace out of the
game we were doing the opposite and keeping the intensity
high. I just don't think Wigan are great at reacting to
game situations and that comes back to the feeling that we
lack a "Plan B".
In the end
a drop goal from Matty Smith, calmly taken on the hour, put
Wigan 13-0 ahead and it felt like that would be enough.
More cementing of the result followed five minutes later
when Gelling returned an intercept 90 metres for his
hat-trick try. Arguably he should have been more switched
on to getting that intercept as near to the posts as
possible but in saying that it was still a poor conversion
miss from Smith for only 17-0.
actually meant that little changed for Saints, they still
needed three scores, but Smith nudged a penalty on 71
minutes for 19-0.
three minutes to go George Williams slid under the posts to
wrap up a 25-0 victory, after Smith converted, and you had
to be a little sad that Smith missed the one conversion as
the final score would have matched the infamous 27-0 of
I think we saw a derby here that was practically a mirror
opposite of the previous one. That night it was Saints
strong in defence and Wigan clueless in attack and here
said though it's the result that is so important to Wigan.
They've halted a rot and it could prove timely with our
first week off of the season to follow now whilst top spot
rivals have Wembley to contend with. Sometimes you need
resets during a season and the timing could prove great for
will take the headlines for his three scores but you also
have to credit Liam Farrell who worked tirelessly in this
his first start since April 1st. Him being back in the team
is huge for us and quite genuinely I have to question
whether, no everyone is fit, whether captain Sean
O'Loughlin deserves to get in the team.
captain is a club legend for sheer longevity through dark
times and great times but I'm not sure I'm picking him at
the moment ahead of Farrell, Bateman, Isa and Sutton in the
back row areas. Especially as Lockers is struggling for 80
minutes at the moment.
Lee Mossop. I think this current pack and bench looks about
right for me at the moment and if Tony Clubb finds fitness
late on as well then the selection headaches get even
tougher. I think I'd stick with Jake Shorrocks as well as
an alternate option at hooker for Sam Powell for the run in
also. It'll be interesting to see how all this pans out.