Match Report: St Helens 18 Wigan 14
Posted by Bilko on September 21 2015 - 16:53

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Friday 18th September 2015
St Helens 18 Wigan Warriors 14
Langtree Park, St Helens
First Utility Super League 20 Super 8s - Round 6 of 7

Kick Off 8:00pm

 

- Wigan       - St Helens    
1 Matty Bowen    G3    17 Adam Quinlan    
2 Josh Charnley       2 Tommy Makinson    
14 John Bateman       17 Mark Percival    
34 Oliver Gildart       4 Josh Jones  T   
5 Joe Burgess       5 Adam Swift  T   
6 George Williams  T      3 Jordan Turner    
7 Matty Smith       7 Luke Walsh  T   G3 
8 Dom Crosby       10 Kyle Amor    
9 Michael McIlorum       9 James Roby    
10

Ben Flower

      25

Andre Savelio

   
11 Joel Tomkins  T      13 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook    
25 Larne Patrick       21 Joe Greenwood    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       12 Jon Wilkin    
Interchange:
3 Anthony Gelling       8 Mose Masoe    
16 Sam Powell       11 Atelea Vea    
17 Tony Clubb       15 Mark Flanagan    
23 Lee Mossop       19 Greg Richards    

Report: 

Wigan's later season derby misery continues as Saints pipped them late in the game. That makes it 15 defeats of the last 18 non Easter derbies at Saints and Wigan's home venues, a sorry record indeed.

In the end this one was almost a replica of the defeat in June at the same venue. Plenty of hope but in the end a slow car crash to a defeat that seemed inevitable once Wigan had blown three or four sets in a row to find a winning try in the last ten minutes.

Could Wigan have done much more though? Arguably at 14-6 up we had done enough to win the game already. The pack battle was being dominated by Wigan with an end total of 1523 metres to Saints 953, a huge difference.

Unfortunately two Matty Bowen errors meant we lost the game ourselves rather than being beaten, and that's frustrating, but if we repeat that pack effort again next time we meet, I'm confident we won't lose a repeat.

Some are arguing that Wigan failed with poor attack but I'd prefer to credit Saints defence. They didn't buckle under the pressure and that's part of being a champion team is. Serious question, if Wigan had been under that kind of pressure, would we have hung on?

I've written extensively in the local paper this week about Anthony Gelling's contribution and can't be arsed going through all that again here but I think that it was a mistake to use him as a sub rather than Ryan Sutton (is it fit?) or even Connor Farrell.

Whilst the result for Wigan was disappointing, we will remember a brilliant try from George Williams early second half. Quality stuff and he mugged the full back as well. It deserved to be a winning try and it's a big shame that it wasn't.

Wigan also need to learn to be a bit cleverer. They had a penalty goal towards an 8-0 lead and declined. Two minutes later it was 6-6. This is a derby and we're hitting the crunch point of the season. It's great if you get a try from backing yourselves but getting a two score lead at any point in a big game should not be declined. Even before complaining about Gelling and Bowen errors, you could rewind all the way back to that 30th Minute decision and wonder if that was the key moment in losing the game?

Scoring: 
11mins:32 St Helens 00 Wigan 04 Try: Joel Tomkins
St Helens 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Matty Bowen (1/1)
33mins:44 St Helens 04 Wigan 06 Try: Luke Walsh
St Helens 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Luke Walsh (1/1)
Half Time St Helens 06 Wigan Warriors 06
44mins:38 St Helens 06 Wigan 08 Penalty Goal: Matty Bowen (2/2)
50mins:24 St Helens 06 Wigan 12 Try: George Williams
St Helens 06 Wigan 14 Conversion: Matty Bowen (3/3)
55mins:10 St Helens 10 Wigan 14 Try: Adam Swift
St Helens 12 Wigan 14 Conversion: Luke Walsh (2/2)
76mins:56 St Helens 16 Wigan 14 Try: Josh Jones
St Helens 18 Wigan 14 Conversion: Luke Walsh (3/3)
Full Time St Helens 18 Wigan Warriors 14
Referee: 

Robert Hicks

Attendance: 

15,808

First Utility Super League 20 Super 8s - Round 6 Results
Thu 17 Sept Leeds Rhinos 22 Castleford Tigers 29 15,069
Fri 18 Sept Hull FC 20 Huddersfield Giants 34 9,332
Fri 18 Sept St Helens 18 Wigan Warriors 14 15,808
Sat 19 Sept Warrington Wolves 48 Catalan Dragons 6 7,862

First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 29 19 1 9 924 634 +290 39
2 Wigan Warriors 29 19 1 9 751 518 +233 39
3 Huddersfield Giants 29 18 2 9 734 514 +220 38
4 St Helens 29 19 0 10 750 592 +158 38
5 Castleford Tigers 29 16 0 13 719 699 +20 32
6 Warrington Wolves 29 14 0 15 682 620 +62 28
7 Catalan Dragons 29 12 2 15 711 746 -35 26
8 Hull FC 29 12 0 17 596 688 -92 24

Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs