St Helens 34-16 Wigan Warriors: Highlights, player ratings and talking points

St Helens showed their class tonight as they defeated Wigan Warriors at home.


Batchelor notches early try
After an Iain Thornley mistake, St Helens pounced early. Jack Welsby fed a short ball to Joe Batchelor. Wigan defence scrambled to deny him but he twisted and turned to get the ball down.

Field flare sees Wigan strike back
After a slow start, on their first attacking set a reserve kick back inside and the blistering pace of Jai Field saw him catch out Jack Welsby and score.

Sensational Smithies try saver
Jonny Lomax carved up the Wigan defence, Jai Field tackled him but Lomax still had a chance to ground it still Smithies swooped in and wrapped up the ball.

Makinson finishes sweeping move
After that Smithies tackle, Wigan gave away a penalty but going for goal Tommy Makinson hit the post. The Saints were able to get the ball back and eventually got a scrum. Then a lovely move gave Jack Welsby the space to feed Makinson.

Huge hit from Welsby
You will have to wait a long time to see a bigger tackle than this. A kick from French put Abbas Miski into space but as he caught the ball he was smashed by a huge tackle by Jack Welsby.

French capitalises on Welsby slip
Again Wigan were able to get down field and another kick behind, this time from French, wrong footed Jack Welsby who slipped allowing French to pick it up and score.

Welsby gets his own back
Jack Welsby notched a key try before the break when he bounced off a Jack Welsby tackle, kicked ahead and grounded the ball despite cover from Field.

Paasi scores deserved try
After some barnstorming runs in the first half, Paasi Agnatius Paasi capitalised on a quick play the ball and skill from Saints’ spine players to score.

Game killer try
Jack Welsby crossed for a second try that effectively killed the game at the start of the season. It came after a probing run from James Roby. Then after a quick play the ball, Lewis Dodd darted and fed Welsby to score.

Welsby show continues
Jack Welsby was at the centre of everything and the Saints fullback produced a sublime cut out pass to put Tommy Makinson over for a second.

Wigan have the last say
Wigan had the final say in the game as Abbas Miski scampered in at the corner.

Talking Points:

St Helens WILL win the Grand Final
It may only be June but I can’t see any other side lifting the Super League trophy other than the Champions. They may have struggled for consistency by they have the experience and they seem to have an extra level than their rivals. And to be honest, no other side has shown much consistency.

Wigan imploding
After Easter Wigan looked like the side who were above everyone else when they defeated Saints and Warrington Wolves in back to back defeats but the steal and toughness they showed has been absent lately as they leak tries left and right.

Welsby is Super League’s leading light
Saints are the best team in Super League and they have the league’s best player. It wasn’t a perfect display from the fullback but it was sensational as he showed the amazing variety to his game.

Player Ratings:

St Helens
1 Jack Welsby – 9
2 Tommy Makinson – 8
23 Konrad Hurrell – 7
4 Mark Percival – 7
25 Tee Ritson – 7
6 Jonny Lomax – 8
7 Lewis Dodd – 8
8 Alex Walmsley – 7
9 James Roby – 9
10 Matty Lees – 7
16 Curtis Sironen – 7
12 Joe Batchelor – 8
13 Morgan Knowles – 7
11 Sione Mata’utia – 7
14 Joey Lussick – 6
17 Agnatius Paasi – 8
19 James Bell – 6

Wigan Warriors
1 Jai Field – 7
23 Abbas Miski – 5
21 Iain Thornley – 5
4 Jake Wardle – 5
5 Liam Marshall – 5
2 Bevan French – 7
7 Harry Smith – 7
15 Kaide Ellis – 6
22 Brad O’Neill – 6
10 Liam Byrne – 6
19 Joe Shorrocks – 6
12 Liam Farrell – 7
13 Morgan Smithies – 6
6 Cade Cust – 5
8 Brad Singleton – 5
20 Patrick Mago – 5
26 Harvie Hill – 6