Play Off Match Report: Wigan 18 St Helens 26
Posted by Bilko on September 23 2011 - 16:29

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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


- Wigan       - St Helens    
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.
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.

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

Phil Bentham




2011 Super League Play Offs - Week 1

Friday 16th September 2011
Qualifier: Warrington 47 Huddersfield 0

Saturday 17th September 2011
Eliminator: Catalan 56 Hull KR 6
Eliminator: Leeds 42 Hull FC 10

Sunday 18th September 2011
Qualifier: Wigan 18 Leeds 26