RLFANS.COM
Celebrating
23 years service to
the Rugby League
Community!

This was the night that St Helens, who´ve led from the front all season, would seal the minor premiership and where better to do it than on the home ground of their arch-rivals the Wigan Warriors. Wigan needed the win to push the presentation of the trophy on to round twenty-six.

The bookies went with home advantage but favoured Wigan by the narrowest of margins, giving the Saints a narrow two point start in the coupon. Only two points have separated the two sides on their last two meetings, Saints winning the league game at the Magic weekend by 20-18 while Wigan won the Challenge Cup Semi-final by the same score line in May.

Saints were without Will Hopoate and Tommy Makinson, seeding some doubt in the Saints supporters’ minds, but they had sold out their crowd allocation as their fans believed they would see their side sew up the top spot and end Wigans unbeaten home record in 2022.

Jonny Lomax took the sting out of the early exchanges with a simple penalty goal after a Wigan infringement on their own line.

With ten minutes on the clock Bevan French put the Warriors into the lead as he took a short pass from Jai Field and went over the line under a crowd of Saints tacklers to ground one-handed in the corner. Harry Smith added the touchline conversion for a 6-2 lead.

A breakaway try was created by Harry Smith on twenty-one who cut through the Saints defence before passing to the supporting Field to go over under the sticks. Smith added the conversion to put the Warriors 12-2 ahead.

Konrad Hurrell had a try ruled out on twenty-five after the referee ruled that he lost the ball over the line under forceful Wigan defence.

On thirty-three Liam Farrell scored a superb solo try as he took a Smith pass and weaved his way to the line, stepping out of attempted tackles and dragging a tackler over the line with him to score. Smith was again accurate with the boot for 18-2, Wigan in total command of the game at the interval with Saints needed to spark into action.

Amazing defence from Wigan on fifty prevented Saints from getting their first try of the game. Seven minutes later it was again great defence to prevent Agnatius Paasi from grounding by the left post but within seconds Joey Lussick scooted from dummy half to lapse of concentration in the Wigan defence. Ben Davies was wide with his conversion attempt.

As the second half wore on it was all St Helens attack testing a resolute Wigan defence but totally against the run of play Liam Marshall scored a sensational try down the left wing s he sprinted free for fifty metres before avoiding being tackled into touch, regaining his feet, and going the remaining ten metres to stretch for the line and score. Smith added the touchline conversion for 24-6.

A Joe Batchelor try on seventy-three, taking a Lomax pass to go over in the corner. Davies was again unable to add the extras, Saints still fourteen points adrift with five minutes of the game remaining.

Wigan managed to run down the clock while denying the Saints any further points before French went in on the final hooter as he again took the Field pass and wriggled free of his tackler to sprint thirty metres down the right wing. Smith added the conversion to seal a 30-10 win.

The league leaders shield can go back in its box for another week as the Warriors spoiled their biggest rival’s party. Any thoughts that Saints will also lose to Wakefield and Toulouse are the those of a deluded fantasist, so it is only a matter of time until they do secure top spot. All credit to Wigan, this was a top-drawer performance from Peet´s men against a side who should have pushed them much harder than they did. On this performance Saints will be hoping that Wigan get knocked out of the play-offs before they have to face them at Old Trafford.

Wigan Warriors: Field (T), French (2T), Pearce-Paul, Isa, Marshall (T), Cust, Smith (5G), Singleton, O´Neill, Byrne, Farrell (T), Bateman, Smithies.  Subs: Mago, Ellis, Cooper, Shorrocks.  

St Helens: Welsby, Simm, Hurrell, Batchelor (T), Bennison, Davies, Lomax (G), Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Bell, Sironen, Knowles. Subs: Lussick (T), McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Paasi, Wingfield.

Half-Time: 18-2.  

Full-Time: 30-10.

Score Progression: 0-2, 4-2, 6-2, 10-2, 12-2, 16-2, 18-2 : HT : 18-6, 22-6, 24-6, 24-10, 28-10, 30-10 : FT.

Lead Exchanges: St Helens – Wigan.

Referee: Ben Thaler.




facebook sharing button
twitter sharing button
pinterest sharing button
email sharing button
sharethis sharing button


Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 26th Aug 2022 9:50 PM | Views : 11004 | Replies : 2 | BACK TO STORIES
RLFANS Recent Posts
FORUM
LAST
POST
TOPIC
POSTER
POSTS
11m
Transfer Talk / Rumour thread V4
chapylad
2319
11m
Shaw and Croft
PopTart
104
26m
Game - Song Titles 20212
Wanderer
18071
27m
BORED The Band Name Game
Wanderer
35376
32m
Blake and Nene left whos incoming
Leyther in n
29
FORUM
LAST
VIEW
TOPIC
POSTER
POSTS
55s
Transfer talk
Nothus
716
1m
Retro Shirt
DiggerHFC
2
1m
Blake and Nene left whos incoming
Leyther in n
29
1m
Shares for sale in Trinity
Dunkirk Spir
88
1m
BORED The Band Name Game
Wanderer
35376
1m
NEW DEAL Cameron Smith - Expires 2026
Bang
17
1m
Seen in last weeks League Express
glee
1
2m
Game - Song Titles 20212
Wanderer
18071
2m
What we currently look like for 2023
Trojan Horse
928
FORUM
NEW
TOPICS
TOPIC
POSTER
POSTS
TODAY
Seen in last weeks League Express
glee
1
TODAY
Tony Sutton
Armavinit
2
TODAY
Seen in last weeks League Express
glee
1
TODAY
Harrison
Fantastic Mr
17
NEWS ITEMS
VIEWS
Australia World Champions Agai..
6419
Jillaroos Demolish the Ferns t..
2325
England Beat France in Nail-bi..
3281
New Zealand Ferns Final Bound ..
2049
Australia Power Into Womens Fi..
2129
Samoa Into the Final As Englis..
2581
Australia Squeeze Into The Fin..
4948
Jilleroos Scrape Home Against ..
2420
Cook Islands Sign Off With Vic..
3021
England 19-man squad for RLWC ..
2921
St Helens to face Penrith Pant..
2861
England Top Group A With Big W..
2570
Canada End World Cup With Tigh..
3613
Record Breaking Masterclass fr..
3610
Ferns Win As Cooks Score First..
2932
RLFANS Match Centre
Matches on TV
Thu 16th Feb
SL-M
20:00
Warrington-Leeds
Fri 17th Feb
SL-M
20:00
Leigh-Salford
Sat 18th Feb
SL-M
13:00
Hull KR-Wigan
WCC2023
07:00
Penrith-St.Helens
Thu 23rd Feb
SL-M
20:00
Salford-Hull KR
Fri 24th Feb
SL-M
20:00
Leeds-Hull FC
Sun 26th Feb
SL-M
13:00
Castleford-St.Helens
Thu 2nd Mar
SL-M
20:00
Warrington-Salford
Fri 3rd Mar
SL-M
20:00
St.Helens-Leeds
Thu 9th Mar
SL-M
20:00
Wigan-Catalans
Fri 10th Mar
SL-M
20:00
Huddersfield-Castleford
This is an inplay table and live positions can change.
Mens Betfred Super League XXVIII ROUND : 1
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Huddersfield 0 0 0 0 0
Leigh 0 0 0 0 0
St.Helens 0 0 0 0 0
Castleford 0 0 0 0 0
Wakefield 0 0 0 0 0
Leeds 0 0 0 0 0
 
Hull KR 0 0 0 0 0
Warrington 0 0 0 0 0
Salford 0 0 0 0 0
Wigan 0 0 0 0 0
Hull FC 0 0 0 0 0
Catalans 0 0 0 0 0
RLFANS Recent Posts
FORUM
LAST
POST
TOPIC
POSTER
POSTS
11m
Transfer Talk / Rumour thread V4
chapylad
2319
11m
Shaw and Croft
PopTart
104
26m
Game - Song Titles 20212
Wanderer
18071
27m
BORED The Band Name Game
Wanderer
35376
32m
Blake and Nene left whos incoming
Leyther in n
29
FORUM
LAST
VIEW
TOPIC
POSTER
POSTS
55s
Transfer talk
Nothus
716
1m
Retro Shirt
DiggerHFC
2
1m
Blake and Nene left whos incoming
Leyther in n
29
1m
Shares for sale in Trinity
Dunkirk Spir
88
1m
BORED The Band Name Game
Wanderer
35376
1m
NEW DEAL Cameron Smith - Expires 2026
Bang
17
1m
Seen in last weeks League Express
glee
1
2m
Game - Song Titles 20212
Wanderer
18071
2m
What we currently look like for 2023
Trojan Horse
928
FORUM
NEW
TOPICS
TOPIC
POSTER
POSTS
TODAY
Seen in last weeks League Express
glee
1
TODAY
Tony Sutton
Armavinit
2
TODAY
Seen in last weeks League Express
glee
1
TODAY
Harrison
Fantastic Mr
17
NEWS ITEMS
VIEWS
Australia World Champions Agai..
6419
Jillaroos Demolish the Ferns t..
2325
England Beat France in Nail-bi..
3281
New Zealand Ferns Final Bound ..
2049
Australia Power Into Womens Fi..
2129
Samoa Into the Final As Englis..
2581
Australia Squeeze Into The Fin..
4948
Jilleroos Scrape Home Against ..
2420
Cook Islands Sign Off With Vic..
3021
England 19-man squad for RLWC ..
2921
St Helens to face Penrith Pant..
2861
England Top Group A With Big W..
2570
Canada End World Cup With Tigh..
3613
Record Breaking Masterclass fr..
3610
Ferns Win As Cooks Score First..
2932


Visit the RLFANS.COM SHOP
for more merchandise!