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