St Helens 22-19 Wigan Warriors

St Helens 19-12 Hull FC

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Justin Holbrook celebrated his first derby as St. Helens coach with a hard-fought victory over Wigan to back up the emphatic win at the Magic Weekend last week.

It was a much-anticipated game with both sides under achieving so far this season, and it was the home side who eventually took the spoils with the help of a wonderful performance from man-of-the-match Mark Percival.

Saints edged closer to the top six with a brace from Percival, and a try each for Ryan Morgan and Zeb Taia, but still remain a point behind Wigan who scored through Tom Davies, Lewis Tierney and Joe Burgess.

It took Saints just three and a half minutes to open the scoring with Morgan. Playmaker Matty Smith hoisted an accurate kick high into the right corner for the winger to collect before Liam Marshall to put the ball down. Percival added the extras from the sidelines to make it 6-0.

And they could have had another just minutes later, Theo Fages’ kick caused confusion amongst the Wigan defence but referee Phil Bentham judged the Saints to have knocked on before they could re-gather and score.

St. Helens dominated the first ten minutes, but Wigan responded well and answered the home side’s questions through Davies who went over on the right. On his return to the Wigan side, Thomas Leuluai drew in three defenders before slipping the ball to Tierney who fed in Davies. George Williams leveled the scores and the Warriors sparked into life, the number six then edged his side in front with the first penalty of the game.

Wigan wasted a good opportunity after being awarded a penalty for a dangerous tackle on Taulima Tautai – Williams knocked on after the Warriors chose to run the ball rather than take the two points.

But they made up for it in the 29th minute when Sam Powell threw a cheeky show-and-go that fooled Tommy Lee in the middle of the park and then found Tierney in support who went in under the posts.

The game continued to seesaw and St. Helens were next to score. Smith again provided a neat grubber and Taia timed his run to perfection to latch onto the ball and put his side back into the game. Saints did get a penalty on the stroke of half time but Percival was unable to level the scores and Wigan went into the break two points to the good.

The second half started with a host of errors from both sides, and Wigan’s defence held up strong when they needed it most. St. Helens were camped on the away side’s line for the opening ten minutes but were unable to take advantage.

Wigan carried the ball down field and it became a competition of the defences as Saints prevented the Warriors from furthering their lead.

In much the same fashion as the first half, there was no splitting the two sides but Burgess’ try in the 61st minute broke the second-half deadlock. Williams kicked a wonderful grubber and the centre managed to touch the ball down just before the dead ball line.

But Saints responded again with their never-say-die attitude and Percival backed up his record with the boot with a try of his own. Alex Walmsley won his side a penalty and the home side shifted the ball from one side to the other for Fages to dart towards the line before laying the ball off for Percival to slide in under the posts. The try-scorer then tied the scores with his boot.

Wigan may have thought that they had sealed the game with a Leuluai drop goal eight minutes from time, but Saints had other ideas. Smith kicked another bomb and when Tierney and Percival both jumped to collect, the Saints player came up with the goods to record his brace and give his side the win.

Written by Zoe Shackleton.

St Helens

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Tommy MakinsonFull Back000000
3Ryan MorganCentre100000
4Mark PercivalCentre230001
5Adam SwiftWing000000
6Theo FagesStand Off000000
7Matty SmithScrum Half000000
8Alex Walmsley 14Prop000000
9James Roby 17Hooker000000
10Kyle Amor 16Prop000000
12Jon WilkinSecond Row000000
20Morgan Knowles 13Loose Forward000000
28Regan GraceWing000000
36Zeb TaiaSecond Row100000
13Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 20Interchange000000
14Luke Douglas 8Interchange000000
16Luke Thompson 10Interchange000000
17Tommy Lee 9Interchange000000
 Total 430001

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
5Joe BurgessCentre100000
6George WilliamsStand Off030000
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum Half001000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 17Prop000000
9Michael McIlorum 16Hooker000000
12Liam Farrell 28Second Row000000
13Sean O’LoughlinLoose Forward000000
19Ryan SuttonProp000000
20Willie Isa 37Second Row000000
32Liam ForsythCentre000000
35Liam MarshallWing000000
36Tom DaviesWing100000
16Sam Powell 9Interchange000000
17Taulima Tautai 8Interchange000000
28Jack Wells 12Interchange000000
37Callum Field 20Interchange000000
21Lewis TierneyFull Back100000
 Total 331000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
May 25, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Thursday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
St Helens121022
Wigan Warriors14519