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|Sunday 18th September 2011|
|Wigan Warriors 18 St Helens 26|
|DW Stadium, Wigan|
|Engage Super League 16 Qualifying Play Off|
Kick Off 2:45pm
|1||Sam Tomkins||1||Paul Wellens||T2|
|25||Josh Charnley||28||Tom Makinson|
|12||Joel Tomkins||T||3||Michael Shenton|
|4||George Carmont||5||Francis Meli|
|5||Pat Richards||T||G3||22||Jamie Foster||G5|
|6||Paul Deacon||25||Lee Gaskell|
|17||Brett Finch||20||Jonny Lomax||T|
|10||Andy Coley||10||James Graham|
|7||Thomas Leuluai||9||James Roby|
|15||Jeff Lima||11||Tony Puletua|
|11||Harrison Hansen||4||Iosia Soliola|
|16||Ryan Hoffman||12||Jon Wilkin|
|13||Sean O'Loughlin||T||16||Paul Clough|
|9||Michael McIlorum||14||Scott Moore|
|14||Paul Prescott||15||Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook||T|
|22||Liam Farrell||19||Andrew Dixon|
|35||Ben Cross||24||Tom Armstrong|
Wigan were defeated 18-26 by St Helens at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the visitors first win in five meetings this season sends Saints through to Week 3 of the Play-Offs while Wigan will face a Qualifying Semi-Final at home next Sunday in Week 2.
St Helens raced into a 0-14 lead before tries either side of the interval from Richards and O'Loughlin brought Wigan back within two points. Saints scored either side of a Joel Tomkins try and it was the visitors who came away with the win.
Wigan welcomed back Andy Coley and Ben Cross to the seventeen, Cross after a four week absence with a broken forearm. Saints had Roby, Foster and Soliola returning, the trio missing the win at Harlequins last weekend.
Wigan made a mistake right from the kick off, a knock on by Paul Deacon from a deep Foster kick allowed a scrum and with head and feed to Saints and only a great cover tackle from Sam Tomkins on Tom Makinson stopped an early Saints try.
Wigan were tested on the 10 minute mark but a knock on by Wilkin wasted a good opportunity for the visitors. It was continued pressure by Saints and it finally told on 14 minutes and it was Paul Wellens with a dummy from a Gaskell pass with the opening try, Foster added the extras to make it 0-6.
Wigan created their first opportunity in attack on 19 minutes,
Finch with a teasing high kick to the corner but Richards just
unable to gather in tight space.
Foster added a further penalty on 29 minutes, 0-14.
Wigan were denied a try on 36 minutes, Sam Tomkins unable to ground
the ball under pressure, the decision given by the video referee
Wigan got the best possible start to the second half, Saints
penalised in their own 20 metre area and a Finch inside pass sent
Skipper Sean O'Loughlin in for Wigan's second try under the posts
and Richards added the goal to make it 12-14
The Warriors were denied a try to Josh Charnley on 56 minutes again by the video referee, Charnley rolled over to try and score in the corner but was adjudged to have been held just short.
The next try was vital and Saints pressure as Wigan were penalised and a short Graham pass sent McCarthy-Scarsbrook through for the try which Foster goaled and Wigan found themselves 12-26 behind.
With ten minutes left a Joel Tomkins stretch over try and Richards conversion gave the cherry and whites a chance at 18-26.
Wigan tried desperately to grab a further try and make it a nailbiting finish but it wasn't to be and the Warriors will now face a crucial do or die game at home next Sunday against the lowest winners remaining after Week 1 of the Play-Offs.
2011 Super League Play Offs - Week 1
Friday 16th September 2011
Saturday 17th September 2011
Sunday 18th September 2011