29th September 2020: Wigan 0 St Helens 42
Posted by Bilko on September 30 2020 - 10:29

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Tuesday 29th September 2020
Wigan Warriors 0 St Helens 42
AJ Bell Stadium, Salford
(Switched from DW Stadium, Wigan due to Covid-19 Restrictions)
Betfred Super League 22 - Round 14 of 22

Kick Off 7:45pm

 

- Wigan       - St Helens    
39 Umyla Hanley       1 Lachlan Coote    G7 
35 Sam Halsall       22 Jack Welsby  T2   
3 Chris Hankinson       3 Kevin Naiqama    
36 James McDonnell       26 Josh Simm    
23 Jake Bibby       5 Regan Grace  T2   
27 Jake Shorrocks       6 Jonny Lomax    
28 Harry Smith       7

Theo Fages

   
19

Joe Bullock

      8

Alex Walmsley

 T   
32 Amir Bourouh       9 James Roby    
20

Liam Byrne

      15

Matty Lees

   
37 Harry Rushton       14 Morgan Knowles  T   
15 Joe Greenwood       20 James Bentley  T   
29

Jack Wells

      32

James Graham

   
Interchange:
14 Ben Flower       11 Zeb Taia    
22 Mitch Clark       13 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook    
34 Kai Pearce-Paul       16 Kyle Amor    
40 Ben Kilner       27 Lewis Dodd    
               
Report: 

A derby against St Helens three and a half days before a Challenge Cup Semi Final was always a tall order and given that Saints hadn't played last weekend and don't play next weekend it made the fixture an even more evil task.

So personally I think the decision to play pretty much a reserve side and offer out six debuts was the right call.

It was a hiding to nothing under the circumstances but for me the Cup is the closest target and for now you put your best eggs in the cup basket.

The young kids put in an enthusiastic display but whilst I didn't think Saints got out of first gear in attack, they were very determined to hold the nil in defence and played with efficient speed throughout.

Three quick tries created an 18-0 lead in a flash but Wigan didn't collapse at any point and although 42-0 looks a heavy defeat on paper it was a spirited effort, full of desire during the whole match.

It was quite an achievement really to not be buckled up the middle of the field too often. In fact most damage came from our own errors or penalties. The first set restart only came after 50 minutes and they hadn't played under those rules either, whilst also haven't played a minute since March they didn't flag for fitness too much.

So not the result we ever want in a derby but Leeds, Salford and Warrington have all done the same ahead of the weekends Semi Finals and no doubt Saints would have gone the same way had they been involved. A necessary evil.

It may not be the result we wanted but players like Ben Kilner caught they eye and if the Cup Final is achieved more opportunities will surely arise as the season progresses.

Scoring: 
11th Minute Wigan 00 St Helens 04

Try: Alex Walmsley

Wigan 00 St Helens 06

Conversion: Lachlan Coote (1/1)

14th Minute Wigan Sin Bin

Sam Halsall (Late Tackle)

14th Minute Wigan 00 St Helens 10

Try: Jack Welsby

Wigan 00 St Helens 12

Conversion: Lachlan Coote (2/2)

18th Minute Wigan 00 St Helens 16

Try: Regan Grace

Wigan 00 St Helens 18

Conversion: Lachlan Coote (3/3)

Half` Time Wigan Warriors 0 St Helens 18
51st Minute Wigan 00 St Helens 22

Try: Morgan Knowles

Wigan 00 St Helens 24

Conversion: Lachlan Coote (4/4)

56th Minute Wigan 00 St Helens 28

Try: James Bentley

Wigan 00 St Helens 30

Conversion: Lachlan Coote (5/5)

66th Minute Wigan 00 St Helens 34

Try: Jack Welsby (2)

Wigan 00 St Helens 36

Conversion: Lachlan Coote (6/6)

77th Minute Wigan 00 St Helens 40

Try: Regan Grace

Wigan 00 St Helens 42

Conversion: Lachlan Coote (7/7)

Full Time Wigan Warriors 0 St Helens 42
Referee: 

Ben Thaler

Attendance: 

0 (Non Fans in Attendance due to Covid-19 Regulations)

Note: 

This match was originally meant to be Round 28 of 29 in original fixture list and played on Friday 4th September 2020.

It had also been due to be played on Wednesday 30th September at DW Stadium with a trial crowd of 1,000 spectators but this was abandoned a week before the match due to a rise of infections in Wigan.

Betfred Super League 25 - Round 14 Results
Tue 29 Sep Salford Red Devils 20 Warrington Wolves 18 0
Tue 29 Sep Wigan 0 St Helens 42 (at Salford) 0
Wed 30 Sep Leeds Rhinos 6 Catalan Dragons 34 0
Wed 30 Sep Huddersfield Giants 32 Hull Kingston Rovers 22 0
Thu 1 Oct Castleford Tigers 28 Hull FC 32 0

2020 Betfred Super League 25 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts Pts %
1 St Helens 12 9 0 3 345 135 +210 18 75
2 Warrington Wolves 13 9 0 4 276 168 +108 18 69.23
3 Wigan Warriors 13 9 0 4 295 240 +55 18 69.23
4 Leeds Rhinos 11 7 0 4 261 224 +37 14 63.6
5 Catalan Dragons 10 6 0 4 278 205 +73 12 60
6 Huddersfield Giants 13 7 0 6 254 269 -15 14 50
7 Hull FC 13 6 0 7 286 354 -68 12 46.15
8 Castleford Tigers 13 5 0 8 260 269 -9 10 38.46
9 Salford Red Devils 11 4 0 7 214 293 -79 8 36.36
10 Wakefield Trinity 11 2 0 9 160 309 -149 4 18.18
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 12 2 0 10 204 353 -149 4 16.66

Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs / No Relegation
It was decided on September 9th to calculate table using points percentage.