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|Friday 14th September 2001|
|Wigan Warriors 40 St Helens 6|
|JJB Stadium, Wigan|
|Tetley's Super League 6 - Round 28 of 28|
Kick Off 8:00pm
|4||Gary Connolly||1||Paul Wellens|
|23||David Hodgson||T||32||Leon Felton|
|3||Steve Renouf||T||3||Kevin Iro|
|15||Paul Johnson||2||Sean Hoppe|
|5||Brian Carney||T2||17||Steve Hall|
|6||Matthew Johns||13||Paul Sculthorpe||T||G|
|7||Adrian Lam||20||Tommy Martyn|
|8||Terry O'Connor||16||Vila Matautia|
|9||Terry Newton||T||29||Dave McConnell|
|20||Harvey Howard||25||Mark Edmondson|
|14||Dave Furner||T||8||Peter Shiels|
|29||Stephen Wild||22||Heath Cruckshank|
|13||Andy Farrell||G6||11||Chris Joynt|
|10||Neil Cowie||14||Wayne McDonald|
|12||Denis Betts||T||15||Tim Jonkers|
|21||Mark Smith||24||Mick Higham|
|24||Martin Aspinwall||30||John Kirkpatrick|
Wigan overwhelmed St Helens in their final game of the regular season to head the Super League table.
The Warriors' place at the top now depends on how Bradford fare against Leeds on Saturday.
If the Bulls win, they will enter the play-offs as leaders of the Super League and will contest fewer games, a huge benefit at this stage of the campaign.
Any other result will give Wigan the top spot.
Either way, Wigan's form must be pleasing for Stuart Raper, while the abject display from the Saints will worry coach Ian Millward as they enter the play-offs.
Wigan had to do without top try-scorer Kris Radlinski, Brett Dallas and Mick Cassidy but they had all but won the contest by the 15th minute, when they led 18-0.
By injury-time in the first half, that lead had been extended by ten points.
It was Steve Renouf who opened the scoring on six minutes.
He finished off in decisive fashion after a spectacular move sparked on halfway by stand-off Matthew Johns' weaving run.
Five minutes later, David Furner's burst set up the first of two tries from right winger Brian Carney and shortly afterwards he crashed over for a score himself.
The reliable boot of Andrew Farrell made sure that each try was converted.
Even down to 12 men following the sin-binning of Johns for holding down in the tackle, Wigan were able to soak up everything that a limited Saints could throw at them.
Two more tries followed, with the impressive Terry Newton finishing off a break by full-back Gary Connolly.
Carney collected Adrian Lam's pinpoint kick to touch down for his second try.
For Saints, only Paul Sculthorpe managed to get his name on the scoresheet.
Saints made a more vigorous attempt at matching Wigan in the second half.
But their momentum was thwarted when they had a try by Sean Hoppe disallowed.
Video referee David Campbell decided that there had been a knock-on.
Farrell further extended the lead in the 52nd minute with a penalty after St Helens captain Chris Joynt was pulled up for dissent.
Three minutes later the Saints defence opened up for substitute Denis Betts to take Johns' perfectly-timed pass to cross for a try.
And left winger David Hodgson added a seventh Wigan try 10 minutes from the end.
Stuart Cummings (Widnes)
Super League 6 - Round 28 Results
|Fri 14th Sept||-||Wigan Warriors 40 St Helens 6||-||15,235|
|Sat 15th Sept||-||Bradford Bulls 62 Leeds Rhinos 18||-||12,863|
|Sun 16th Sept||-||Castleford Tigers 28 Warrington Wolves 31||-||6,019|
|Sun 16th Sept||-||Halifax Blue Sox 16 Hull FC 20||-||4,539|
|Sun 16th Sept||-||Huddersfield Giants 28 London Broncos 24||-||3,103|
|Sun 16th Sept||-||Salford City Reds 24 Wakefield Wildcats 32||-||4,264|
Final Tetley's Super League 6 Table
|3rd:l||Hull FC||-||Played||-||28||-||Won||-||20||-||Drawn||-||2||`||Lost||-||6||-||Points:||-||42||-||(Diff: +142)|
|4th:l||St Helens||-||Played||-||28||-||Won||-||17||-||Drawn||-||2||`||Lost||-||9||-||Points:||-||36||-||(Diff: +192)|
Top 5 Qualified for Play Offs / Huddersfield were relegated
*Wakefield deducted 2 points for salary cap breach