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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 25 - Round 14 of 20
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
T 32 Amir Bourouh 9 James Roby 20
37 Harry Rushton 14 Morgan Knowles T 15 Joe Greenwood 20 James Bentley T 29
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
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.
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:
0 (Non Fans in Attendance due to Covid-19 Regulations)
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
|9||Salford Red Devils||11||4||0||7||214||293||-79||8||36.36|
|11||Hull Kingston Rovers||12||2||0||10||204||353||-149||4||16.66|
Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs /