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|Sunday 4th May 2008|
|Wigan Warriors 16 St Helens 57|
(Played Indoors with Stadium Roof Closed)
|Engage Super League 13 - Round 13 of 27 (Magic Weekend)|
Kick Off 6:30pm
|1||Richard Mathers||1||Paul Wellens|
|14||Liam Colbon||2||Ade Gardner||T2|
|3||Darrell Goulding||3||Matt Gidley||G|
|4||George Carmont||4||Willie Talau||T2|
|5||Pat Richards||G2||5||Francis Meli||T|
|6||Trent Barrett||6||Leon Pryce|
|7||Thomas Leuluai||T||7||Sean Long||T3||G7||DG|
|8||Stuart Fielden||10||Jason Cayless|
|9||Mick Higham||T||9||Keiron Cunningham|
|19||Paul Prescott||17||James Graham|
|16||Harrison Hansen||T||11||Lee Gilmour||T|
|15||Andy Coley||16||Chris Flannery|
|13||Sean O'Loughlin||12||Jon Wilkin||T|
|10||Iafeta Paleaaesina||14||James Roby|
|22||Joel Tomkins||15||Mike Bennett|
|24||Eamon O'Carroll||18||Bryn Hargreaves|
|25||Thomas Coyle||21||Paul Clough|
Embarrassing, pathetic, gutless, passionless, disgrace to the
shirt - all words to describe St Helens performance against Wigan
on Sunday. I just can't understand why the Saints fans didn't boo
there team off the park??
This image sums up the Wigan effort.......
........that's the surrender flag going up about 6:25pm (before the game kicked off!).
The effort of all 17 was pathetic. Us that went will have spent a fortune this weekend and for what?
It is clear to see that since Andy Farrell left there is no passion in the side, no leadership and very little quality. Most fans I think expected us to lose but the manner was unacceptable to the legends of the past who have worn the Cherry&White shirt.
I mean Brian Noble's post match comments included.....
"The first half was particularly embarrassing and the fans deserved a lot better. The plan is to put it right and soon as possible and that will involve plenty of straight talking and a lot of hard work."
What a load of cr*p that is. I must have imagined us getting pumped in similar fashion at Knowsley Road on Good Friday because by the sounds of talk like that - it never happened! Us Wigan fans must have walked off that day with smiles all round!
Surely Sunday's game should have been about putting right the wrongs of Good Friday??? That's really what wrangles me the most. The players have clearly not been too bothered about the Good Friday defeat because if they had been they'd have given fifty times better that what we saw in Cardiff.
Saints didn't even have to be that great. They were in first gear all game and just found the gaps with ease.
Sean O'Loughlin should perhaps resign now as captain. His pre match comments included.
"Last year we didn’t get the result we wanted against St Helens but we’ll be going all out to put that right."
All Out???? What a joke! That was a worse collapse that the regular ones we seen over the years from the England Cricket Team.
And as for our full back. I stuck up for him earlier in the year but lets get Pat back there.
Could go on moaning but there's nothing much that I can add to what every Wigan fan will be feeling. We are hurting badly but do the players care? Not on the evidence of that showing.
St Helens scrum-half Sean Long cast his spell on woeful Wigan to add some late gloss to the Millennium Magic weekend in Cardiff.
Still smarting from their 34-18 defeat at the Millennium Stadium 12 months earlier and a 46-10 Good Friday mauling at Knowsley Road, the Warriors suffered yet more misery at the hands of their arch rivals.
With Long in magnificent form, Saints were simply irresistible as they cut loose against some pathetic defence with six high-class tries before half-time, when they led 35-0, and they added four more after the break.
When Saints reached the half-century mark, Wigan fans among the 32,516 crowd - which took the total for the two days to a bumper 63,144 - began to head for the exits, even though there was still half-an-hour of the match left.
Long, so often Wigan's nemesis, was at the heart of the destruction, scoring three tries and kicking seven goals, including a cheeky drop goal, for a personal haul of 27 points.
Long kept his footing on the slippery surface to wrongfoot Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin and swerve past full-back Richard Mathers for the game's first try after only five minutes.
If Mathers was uncomfortable over his role in the first score, he will be having recurring nightmares over his part in Saints' second try, a 70-metre effort which highlighted the current gulf in class between these two old rivals.
Second rower Jon Wilkin took Jason Cayless' pass to go through a gaping hole in the Warriors defence and, without support, decided to take on the full-back. A thunderous hand-off sent Mathers sprawling and left the second rower with a clear run to the line.
Long converted both tries to give his side a 12-0 lead and it got even worse for Wigan on 19 minutes when Saints winger Francis Meli grabbed a controversial 60-metre try.
Meli looked to be offside when his centre Willie Talau palmed the ball back from an offload by O'Loughlin and appeared to be waiting for the whistle after collecting the ball.
Referee Phil Bentham allowed play to continue before passing the decision on to video official Richard Silverwood, who stunned Wigan fans by giving the green light.
The score clearly dispirited Wigan, whose defence cracked three more times in alarming fashion in a devastating seven-minute spell.
Right winger Ade Gardner pounced on a grubber kick from Matt Gidley for his 12th try of the season, second rower Lee Gilmour broke clear to get Talau over and Long supported a break by stand-off Leon Pryce to grab his second try.
Long took his goal tally to five from six attempts and edged his side further ahead with a one-pointer four minutes before the break, which could not come quick enough for a bedraggled Wigan outfit.
The Warriors at least they had the satisfaction of scoring the first try of the second half.
Scrum-half Thomas Leuluai, who will set off for New Zealand straight after the match to link up with his country ahead of Friday's centenary Test in Sydney, jinked his way over within two minutes of the re-start.
There would have been some concern from the Kiwis camp when Leuluai came up clutching his left arm but he managed to continue.
His problems did not end there, though, for he was put on report for an alleged trip on Gardner and could face the threat of disciplinary action.
St Helens, meanwhile, continued their impressive form from the first half, with Long supporting a break by Gidley to complete his hat-trick and full-back Paul Wellens creating a second try for Talau.
Gardner then grabbed his second try and Long took his goal tally to seven to bring up his side's half-century and extend their lead to 51-4.
Saints coach Daniel Anderson took the opportunity to rest both his half-backs ahead of next week's Challenge Cup-tie with Warrington and that allowed Wigan some respite.
Second rower Harrison Hansen and hooker Mick Higham both scored tries and Pat Richards kicked both conversions before Gilmour went over for Saints' 10th try and Gidley added the goal.
32,516 (Combined Attendance for Magic Weekend - Day 2)
Super League 13 - Round 13 (Magic Weekend) Results
|Sat 3 May||Huddersfield Giants 34 Warrington Wolves 36||30,628|
|Sat 3 May||Castleford Tigers 16 Wakefield Wildcats 54|
|Sat 3 May||Bradford Bulls 26 Leeds Rhinos 40|
|Sun 4 May||Catalan Dragons 18 Harlequins 16||32,516|
|Sun 4 May||Hull FC 17 Hull Kingston Rovers 22|
|Sun 4 May||St Helens 57 Wigan Warriors 16|
Engage Super League 13 Table - After This Round
|8||Hull Kingston Rovers||13||6||1||6||255||275||-20||13|