Good hit out I suppose ahead of the Under 20s season, which begins
a week on Sunday, but I wasn't that enthralled by this contest. It
wasn't a bad game but it was forwards battle on a heavy pitch.
Wigan won the early arm wrestle which help them dominate the
territory in the opening quarter. They took advantage with two
scores in that period. First try came on six minutes, a good barge
over effort from close range (not sure who plonked it down, he was
mobbed - no team sheet either tonight!), then Full Back Matt
Russell scored on 13 minutes. Jack Murphy converted both tries to
make it 12-0.
The game began to get more bogged down in midfield as time wore
on towards half time. During this period, Saints got back into the
contest with a try from Scott Hale, which was converted by Tom
lifted from that and had some good pressure on Wigan's line late in
the half but our defence was pretty strong. No further scoring left
it at 12-0 at the break and off we retreated back into the club
house to warm by the log fire which was being fuelled by a certain
Now on my facebook the other day I made light of the fact that
having seen games postponed for first a frozen pitch (friendly v
Warrington), then Waterlogged Pitch (this match. which was due to
be played last Sunday), I said next it'll be floodlight failure.
Guess what happened during half time..........yep half the
floodlights failed. During that period we saw Saints come back out,
then go back in. It still looked reasonable to play on in the light
that was left, but they waited for the full set to return which
meant a 25 minute half time break in total.
Into the second half and Wigan began on the front foot again.
This allowed Dom Crosby to crash over near the sticks on 49
minutes, to which Sam Powell converted to make it 18-6.
I think Wigan slackened off after that try. They didn't go and
look to kill the game, almost inviting St Helens back in. From half
way, a break down the left got Saints back into it on 64 minutes.
Looked a clear forward pass in the build up but Matty Ashurst
finished the break. It went converted by Ben Karalius to make it 18-12.
Then off the back of that came a huge momentum swing. Saints
from the restart bombed an almost certain try. From the restart the
broke clear from their own half and despite men in support, the
pass went to ground. Should have been in to potentially level the
scores. Within 1 minute, Ryan King broke clear down his right from
fourty metres out and beat a couple of men to score a neat try that
was rounded off under the sticks. Jack Murphy was back on to
convert and a possible 18-18 had been turned into a 24-12 lead with
12 minutes to go.
Wigan never looked back from that. It killed the game from a
Saints point of view. In fact Ryan King scored two tries in the
last four minutes to complete his hatrick. They both came from
close range in the right corner, the first after we'd forced a drop
out. Murphy then Powell missed the extras both times, leaving the
final score Saints 12 Wigan 32.