Match Preview: St Helens (Millennium Magic) 04.05.08 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
Posted by Bilko on May 02 2008 - 11:22
Wigan meet Saints again in the Millennium Stadium hoping it'll be third time lucky for them after losing to them twice previously there.

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Wigan Warriors v St Helens - Super League XIII Round 13..
Sunday 4th May 2008. Kick Off 6:30pm at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

You know what, I've got sick and tired of doing these match previews ahead of Saints games, giving my opinion on what Wigan need to do to win and we get completely played off the park.

Simply Saints blow us away in attack in these derby's and we do not have the attack to cope. I do feel we have had a big lack of passion for these games since Andy Farrell left. Hope I'm proved wrong.

Not really much else to say. I hope we can perform like against Leeds but sadly we can only win this with exceptional defence and personally I don't think that'll be good enough. A lot of luck will be needed as well.

The weekend in Cardiff should be great though and I know us Wiganer's will create the best atmosphere. Looking forward to it immensly.

Match Referee

Phil Bentham (Warrington)  - Age 36
First Pro Game: Sheffield v London Skolars - February 22nd 2004
First Super League Game: Wakefield 30 Hull 32 - September 11th 2005
First Wigan Game: Wigan 36 Huddersfield 20 - February 24th 2006

2008 Record with this Referee

Match Result Pens
Huddersfield (A) Won 20-19 13 11 - -

Video Referee

Richard Silverwood

Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
3rd St Helens 12 7 1 4 342 261 +81 14
5th Wigan Warriors 12 7 0 5 251 257 -6 14

Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Opposition Draws Success
All Time in League 213 125 79 9 60.7%
Super League 42 22 20 2 54.7%

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
27th April 2008 Bradford (A) SL13 Round 12 Lost 12-26
20th April 2008 SM Pia (H) C.Cup Round 4 Won 74-04
11th April 2008 Catalans (H) SL13 Round 11 Lost 24-26
5th April 2008 Leeds (A) SL13 Round 10 Won 14-10
28th March 2008 Wakefield (H) SL13 Round 9 Won 08-04
24th March 2008 Hull KR (H) SL13 Round 8 Won 18-12

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
25th April 2008 Warrington (A) SL13 Round 12 Won 30-22
20th April 2008 London S (H) C.Cup Round 4 Won 56-00
11th April 2008 Harlequins (H) SL13 Round 11 Won 58-12
6th April 2008 Castleford (A) SL13 Round 10 Lost 24-30
28th March 2008 Leeds (A) SL13 Round 9 Lost 10-14
24th March 2008 Huddersfield (A) SL13 Round 8 Lost 26-28

Previous Meetings at Millennium Stadium

Date Opposition
5th May 2007 St Helens 34 Wigan 18 (Millennium Magic)
15th May 2004 Wigan 16 St Helens 32 (Challenge Cup Final)

Super League 13 Stats

- Wigan St Helens
Attacking Rank 4th Worst in League 2nd Best in League
Av. Pts Scored Per Game 20.9 28.5
Tries Scored 41 61
Defensive Rank 3rd Best in League 5th Best in League
Av. Pts Conc. Per Game 21.4 21.7
Tries Conceded 43 47
Away Records 3 wins from 7 2 wins from 6
Top 6 Try Scorers Pat Richards 7
Darrell Goulding 5
George Carmont 5
Liam Colbon 4
Harrison Hansen 3
Mike McIlorum 3
Ade Gardner 11
Francis Meli 6
Leon Pryce 6
Paul Wellens 6
Paul Clough 6
James Roby 4
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 42 Sean Long 36
Team Goal Kick Success 43 from 56 - 76.7% 49 from 73 - 67.1%
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 112 Sean Long 80
Top Try Assists Barrett/Leuluai 7 Long/Wellens 5
Top Meter Maker Iafeta Paleaaesina 1388m James Roby 1445m
Top Ball Carries Thomas Leuluai 218 James Roby 260
Top Tackler Sean O'Loughlin 374 James Roby 408
Top Offloader George Carmont 22 Leon Pryce 33
Top Attack Kicks Thomas Leuluai 52 Sean Long 66
Top Dummy Half Runs Mick Higham 86 James Roby 192
Top Tackle Busts Iafeta Paleaaesina 42 Paul Wellens 29
Top Marker Tackles Sean O'Loughlin 51 James Roby 51
Top Clean Breaks George Carmont 9 Ade Gardner 14
Top 40/20 Kicker None so Far None so Far
Top General Kicks Thomas Leuluai 91 Sean Long 113
Top Missed Goals Pat Richards 12 Sean Long 14
Top Missed Tackles Sean O'Loughlin 38 Sean Long 31
Top Error Maker Sean O'Loughlin 14 Francis Meli 13
Top Penalty Conceder Mick Higham 13 Pryce/Gilmour 11

Red Highlighted denotes League Leader.
Full Stats are on


Pat Richards: Scored in each of his last 4 appearances (5 tries).


Mick Higham: Failed to score in his last 30 Super League away matches (Apr 06).
Stuart Fielden: Failed to score in his last 39 matches home or away (Feb 07).
Sean O'Loughlin: Failed to score in his last 16 away matches (May 07)

Ticket Details

For ticket information and availability - please contact the RFL Ticket Office on 0871 226 1313

UK Media Coverage

TV: Match is Live on Sky Sports 3 & HD 3 (Channel 450) from 4:25pm.
Radio in Wigan: BBC Radio Manchester 95.1FM will have full match commentary from 6:30pm.
National Radio: Digital Radio Stadium 5 Live Sports Extra will carry full match commentary. This station is also be available on Freeview boxes.
Radio at Match: No Local Commentary.
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International TV Coverage

Country Type Date Local Time Channel
Middle East LIVE Sun 4 May 8:30pm Showtime Sports 3
New Zealand LIVE Mon 5 May 5:30am 3
USA Delayed Fri 9 May 2:00am
Canada Delayed Fri 9 May 1:45am
Australia Delayed Fri 9 May 10:30am 2

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Team Odds
Wigan 9/4 (Totesport)
Saints 4/11 (Fav - Bet 365)
Draw 22/1

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Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a St Helens win by 8 points.