Play Off Match Report: Wigan 18 St Helens 26
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Wigan Warriors v St Helens - Engage Super League XVI Play Off Qualifier.
Sunday 18th September
2011. Kick Off 2:45pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report - Archived from Official Website

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.
On 20 minutes a breakaway try and Saints were in Shenton down the middle had options either side and his pass sent Lomax away for the try. Foster added a simple conversion, 0-12.

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 Stuart Cummings
The home side threw everything at Saints and won three successive penalties close to the line and right on the stroke of half time were able to break a resolute St Helens home defence with a try scored by Pat Richards, Sean O'Loughlin with the crucial pass. Richards added the goal and the half time hooter sounded 6-14.

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

An immediate response from St Helens, Makinson with a break, he was held 30 metres out but Saints kept the ball alive and an inside pass sent Paul Wellens in for his second try in front of the visiting fans, Foster added the goal, 12-20.

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.

Team Sheets

- Warrington Position St Helens 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Paul Wellens 1
25 Josh Charnley Winger Tom Makinson 28
12 Joel Tomkins Centre Michael Shenton 3
4 George Carmont Centre Francis Meli 5
5 Pat Richards Winger Jamie Foster 22
6 Paul Deacon Stand Off Lee Gaskell 25
17 Brett Finch Scrum Half Jonny Lomax 20
10 Andy Coley Prop James Graham 10
7 Thomas Leuluai Hooker James Roby 9
15 Jeff Lima Prop Tony Puletua 11
11 Harrison Hansen 2nd Row Iosia Soliola 4
16 Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row Jon Wilkin 12
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Paul Clough 16
9 Mike McIlorum Substitute Scott Moore 14
14 Paul Prescott Substitute Louie McCarthy-
22 Liam Farrell Substitute Andrew Dixon 19
35 Ben Cross Substitute Tom Armstrong 24
- Michael Maguire Coach Royce Simmons -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 18 --- St Helens 26
Tries (3):
Pat Richards
Sean O'Loughlin
Joel Tomkins
--- Tries (4):
Paul Wellens 2
Jonny Lomax
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
Pat Richards 3/3
--- Goals:
Jamie Foster 5/5

Scoring and Incident Pattern

12mins:59 Wigan 00 St Helens 04 Try: Paul Wellens
- Wigan 00 St Helens 06

Conversion: Jamie Foster (1/1)

18mins:38 Wigan 00 St Helens 10 Try: Jonny Lomax
- Wigan 00 St Helens 12

Conversion: Jamie Foster (2/2)

29mins:00 Wigan 00 St Helens 14

Penalty Goal: Jamie Foster (3/3)

40mins:00 Wigan 04 St Helens 14 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 06 St Helens 14

Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)

Half Time Wigan Warriors 06 St Helens 14
43mins:37 Wigan 10 St Helens 14 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Wigan 12 St Helens 14

Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)

47mins:03 Wigan 12 St Helens 18 Try: Paul Wellens (2)
- Wigan 12 St Helens 20

Conversion: Jamie Foster (4/4)

57mins:26 Wigan 12 St Helens 24 Try: Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
- Wigan 12 St Helens 26

Conversion: Jamie Foster (5/5)

65mins:45 Wigan 16 St Helens 26 Try: Joel Tomkins
- Wigan 18 St Helens 26

Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)

Full Time Wigan Warriors 18 St Helens 26

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