Wigan Warriors 29-18 St Helens

Wakefield Trinity 10-16 Wigan Warriors

Report

Kyle Amor was sent off in the early stages as Wigan overcame a resilient St Helens in the annual Good Friday clash at the DW Stadium.

The big incident of the game happened in the 12th minute when Liam Marshall returned a kick at pace, the chasing Amor swung a left arm catching the winger in the face.

Referee Ben Thaler showed the Saints prop a red card, although replays showed his arm bounced up off the ball and into the face.

Despite this, it was still an entertaining contest as interim coaches Jamahl Lolesi and Sean Long saw their Saints side put in a fantastic effort to finish within two converted tries.

In a match that saw the return of Michael McIlorum after 14 months out injured, young wingers Marshall and Regan Grace, making his debut for Saints, were mightily impressive.

Despite their man disadvantage, Saints registered the first points of the game through a Mark Percival penalty goal but their lead lasted only two minutes.

George Williams put through a neat kick with Percival missing the ball with his foot in the in-goal area, this allowed Joe Burgess to stretch out and touch the ball down for the first try.

Morgan Escare added the conversion before notching over a penalty goal on the stroke of half-time to give the Warriors an 8-2 lead at the break.

Saints came out of the traps in the second half with young winger Grace at the heart of it, producing a superb break to give them field position.

From this, Theo Fages went close before hooker Morgan Knowles burrowed his way over on the next play. Mark Percival’s conversion levelled the game at 8-8.

A mistake from the kick-off allowed Wigan to hit straight back through Marshall, he took a long pass from Williams to show great speed and footwork to cross the whitewash.

Morgan Escare then kicked a drop goal to extend the lead to seven points, but a minute later Saints were in as a flowing move put that man Grace over for a deserved try on his first appearance.

Unfortunately, the fairy-tale for Grace came to an end when he made a mistake from the kick-off, from the resulting set Liam Farrell dummied his way over after taking a short pass from Sean O’Loughlin.

Any hopes of the 12-men pulling off a shock were put to bed on the hour mark as Wigan broke clear on half-way, this gave Marshall a run to the line and despite the best efforts of Tommy Makinson, he produced a sensational finish in the corner.

Now leading 23-12 the Warriors had breathing space, this allowed them to play with more freedom and Williams, who was outstanding once again, put in a beautiful kick for Burgess to score his second.

Saints were a credit to themselves as they never gave in and they scored the last try as Zeb Taia kept the ball alive, allowing Tommy Lee to feed Makinson for their third four-pointer.

The final score of 29-18 highlighted a fantastic effort from Saints but from the moment Amor was giving his marching orders, Wigan always looked the most likely winners.

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
3Anthony GellingCentre000000
5Joe BurgessCentre200000
6George WilliamsStand Off000000
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum Half000000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 19Prop000000
10Ben Flower 17Prop000000
11Joel Tomkins 20Second Row000000
12Liam FarrellSecond Row100000
13Sean O’LoughlinLoose Forward000000
16Sam Powell 9Hooker000000
22Morgan EscareFull Back041001
35Liam MarshallWing200000
36Tom DaviesWing000000
9Michael McIlorum 16Interchange000000
17Taulima Tautai 10Interchange000000
19Ryan Sutton 8Interchange000000
20Willie Isa 11Interchange000000
 Total 541001

St Helens

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Tommy MakinsonFull Back100000
3Ryan MorganCentre100000
4Mark PercivalCentre030000
5Adam SwiftWing000000
6Theo FagesStand Off000000
7Matty SmithScrum Half000000
10Kyle AmorProp000010
12Jon WilkinSecond Row000000
13Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 19Loose Forward000000
14Luke Douglas 16Prop000000
17Tommy Lee 20Hooker000000
28Regan GraceWing100000
36Zeb Taia 8Second Row000000
8Alex Walmsley 36Interchange000000
16Luke Thompson 14Interchange000000
19Greg Richards 13Interchange000000
20Morgan Knowles 17Interchange000000
 Total 330010

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
April 14, 2017 12:15 pm Super League 2017 Friday

Venue

DW Stadium

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Wigan Warriors82129
St Helens21618