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Match Report: St Helens 46 Wigan 10
Posted by Bilko on March 22 2008 - 12:04

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St Helens v Wigan Warriors. Engage Super League 13 Round 7.
Good Friday 21st March 2008. Kick Off 2:30pm at Knowsley Road.

Thoughts on the Match

Frankly that was a disgusting performance from Wigan that embarrassed the whole club.

Do I feel we were hammered by a rampant hot form St Helens? Not on this occasion. I felt we were so bad that Gateshead or someone like that could have beaten us.

We just did not show up at all. No breaks, no leadership, abysmal in attack, completely stream rollered in the pack, it was a disgrace to the Cherry & White shirt - and on a day we remember Eric Ashton as well!

It's a shame the courts can't give ASBO's to Rugby players because that performance mugged 4,000 Wiganers yesterday.

It was a worse show than 75-0, at least we knew we were terrible then and struggling - but in this match, like I said, I don't think we were beaten by a red hot Saints. They didn't need to be on hot form because we had a complete no effort from our players. If you don't want to show passion in a derby fellas - get out!!

The only plus point is that we are in the top six having played five of last years top 6 (four away) in recent weeks. It was a tough run that luckily we managed two wins from. We now have two home games in five days to repair some of the damage but the scars of another pathetic show in a derby will remain for some time.

Story of the Match from sportinglife.com

Sean Long returned to inspire St Helens to their best win of the season, 46-10 at the expense of his old club Wigan in a one-sided derby in front of a capacity 17,500 crowd at Knowsley Road.

Saints have made a stuttering start to the season but they hit their straps against their arch rivals, with Long in dominant form on his return from a two-match absence with a knee injury.

The former Great Britain half-back scored one try, had a hand in three others and kicked four goals to underline his value to the team.

Saints, who were still without four international forwards through injury, never looked back after running in 22 points in the first 26 minutes to establish a stranglehold on the game.

The Wigan line was under almost constant siege as the home side struck a purple patch in the opening quarter.

Centre Matt Gidley dropped Jon Wilkin's pass with the line at his mercy and Lee Gilmour and Long were both denied by last-gasp tackles from Pat Richards.

It was no surprise when Saints opened the scoring through centre Willie Talau, who went over after taking a superb pass behind his back by Leon Pryce.

Long missed the conversion but made up for it with a successful penalty, one of a series awarded against Wigan by referee Richard Silverwood.

Long and Chris Flannery then combined to get Gidley over and Wigan were reduced to 12 men with the sin-binning of hooker Mickey Higham for persistent interference by his team.

Saints made their numerical advantage tell by scoring two further tries in a five-minute spell. James Graham grabbed his fourth of the season after taking Maurie Fa'asavalu's offload and captain Paul Wellens went over straight from a scrum.

Long kicked a third goal to make it 22-0 and, even when Wigan reached the Saints line in their first serious attack, Phil Bailey's try was disallowed for obstruction.

Little went right for the Warriors, who were forced into a reshuffle after losing full-back Richards with a facial injury.

They pulled a try back early in the second half when replacement hooker Michael McIlorum was driven over from dummy half and Sean O'Loughlin kicked his first goal of the season but it proved to nothing more than a dent in Saints' impressive armour.

When makeshift full-back Liam Colbon failed to clear Long's grubber kick, the scrum-half followed up to claim the vital touch and he also sent winger Francis Meli over for a try before taking a well-earned rest.

Pryce also grabbed a deserved try before Wigan pulled one back when Harrison Hansen sent centre George Carmont through a gap for a consolation score.

But Saints finished with a flourish, Meli claiming his second try, which teenage substitute Kyle Eastmond goaled, and the young half-back put the seal on an impressive show with a 40-metre dash to the line for his side's ninth try.

Game Breaking Moment

The kick off whistle. Wigan were still on the coach playing cards.

Top Player

You must be joking.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "We were ordinary and we need to recognise that. We're all very disappointed. We didn't start real well and the penalties and errors played into Saints' hands. The sin-binning didn't help. It's important we respond as best we can on Monday."

Saints coach Daniel Anderson: "I thought it was a classy, professional performance from us. It was a significant improvement on what we've doing of late. Sean (Long) was outstanding, there is no doubt about it. His decision-making was tremendous and his kicking was first class. In general, we worked a lot harder for each other."

Team Sheets

- St Helens Position Wigan -
1 Paul Wellens Full Back Pat Richards 5
2 Ade Gardner Winger Mark Calderwood 2
3 Matthew Gidley Centre Darrell Goulding 3
4 Willie Talau Centre George Carmont 4
5 Francis Meli Winger Liam Colbon 14
6 Leon Pryce Stand Off Trent Barrett 6
7 Sean Long Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
18 Bryn Hargreaves Prop Stuart Fielden 8
14 James Roby Hooker Mick Higham 9
17 James Graham Prop Andy Coley 15
11 Lee Gilmour 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 12
16 Chris Flannery 2nd Row Phil Bailey 12
12 Jon Wilkin L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
- - - - -
15 Mike Bennett Substitute Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
21 Paul Clough Substitute Mike McIlorum 17
23 Maurie Fa'asavalu Substitute Joel Tomkins 22
24 Kyle Eastmond Substitute Eamon O'Carroll 24

Score Sheet

St Helens 46 - Wigan Warriors 10
Tries (9):
Willie Talau
Matthew Gidley
James Graham
Paul Wellens
Sean Long
Francis Meli 2
Leon Pryce
Kyle Eastmond
- Tries (2):
Mike McIlorum
George Carmont
Goals:
Sean Long 4/7
Paul Wellens 0/1
Kyle Eastmond 1/2
- Goals:
Sean O'Loughlin 1/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

12th Minute St Helens 04 Wigan 00 Try: Willie Talau
- St Helens 04 Wigan 00 S.Long Missed Conversion (0/1)
15th Minute St Helens 06 Wigan 00 Penalty Goal: Sean Long (1/2)
19th Minute St Helens 10 Wigan 00 Try: Matthew Gidley
- St Helens 10 Wigan 00 S.Long Missed Conversion (1/3)
21st Minute Wigan Sin Bin Mick Higham (Interference)
22nd Minute St Helens 14 Wigan 00 Try: James Graham
- St Helens 16 Wigan 00 Conversion: Sean Long (2/4)
26th Minute St Helens 20 Wigan 00 Try: Paul Wellens
- St Helens 22 Wigan 00 Conversion: Sean Long (3/5)
Half Time St Helens 22 Wigan Warriors 00
44th Minute St Helens 22 Wigan 04 Try: Mike McIlorum
- St Helens 22 Wigan 06 Conversion: Sean O'Loughlin (1/1)
54th Minute St Helens 26 Wigan 06 Try: Sean Long
- St Helens 28 Wigan 06 Conversion: Sean Long (4/6)
60th Minute St Helens 32 Wigan 06 Try: Francis Meli
- St Helens 32 Wigan 06 S.Long Missed Conversion (4/7)
65th Minute St Helens 36 Wigan 06 Try: Leon Pryce
- St Helens 36 Wigan 06 P.Wellens Missed Conversion (0/1)
70th Minute St Helens 36 Wigan 10 Try: George Carmont
- St Helens 36 Wigan 10 S.O'Loughlin Missed Conversion (1/2)
77th Minute St Helens 40 Wigan 10 Try: Francis Meli
- St Helens 42 Wigan 10 Conversion: Kyle Eastmond (1/1)
80th Minute St Helens 46 Wigan 10 Try: Kyle Eastmond
- St Helens 46 Wigan 10 K.Eastmond Missed Conversion (1/2)
Full Time St Helens 46 Wigan Warriors 00

Referee

Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)

Video Referee

Steve Ganson (St Helens)

Penalties Conceded

St Helens 9 Wigan 12

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

St Helens 1 Wigan 3

Match Attendance

17,500 (Sold Out)

Television

Match Weather

Drizzle.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 13 Round 7

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 7 6 0 1 240 76 +164 12
2 Warrington Wolves 7 5 0 2 193 153 +40 10
3 St Helens 7 5 0 2 194 155 +39 10
4 Hull Kingston Rovers 7 4 0 3 139 127 +12 8
5 Wigan Warriors 7 4 0 3 175 179 -4 8
6 Harlequins 7 4 0 3 154 159 -5 8
7 Bradford Bulls 7 3 0 4 137 160 -23 6
8 Catalans Dragons 7 3 0 4 131 162 -31 6
9 Wakefield Wildcats 7 3 0 4 140 190 -50 4
10 Huddersfield Giants 7 2 0 5 147 162 -15 4
11 Hull FC 7 2 0 5 115 155 -40 4
12 Castleford Tigers 7 1 0 6 116 203 -87 2

Round 7 Results
Thu 22 Mar Leeds Rhinos 44 Bradford Bulls 2 19,296
Fri 21 Mar Hull Kingston Rovers 11 Hull FC 10 9,284
Fri 21 Mar St Helens 46 Wigan Warriors 10 17,500
Fri 21 Mar Harlequins 22 Catalan Dragons 24 3,854
Fri 21 Mar Warrington Wolves 30 Huddersfield Giants 14 9,320
Fri 21 Mar Wakefield Wildcats 28 Castleford Tigers 16 9,287

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