Wigan 29 St Helens 18
Match report as Wigan beat St Helens 29-18 at the DW Stadium
Warriors beat Saints to record eighth straight Good Friday Derby win
- Joe Burgess (2), Liam Marshall (2) and Liam Farrell with Wigan’s tries
Wigan ran out victors for the eighth Good Friday in a row as they beat St Helens 29-18 in the 349th Derby at the DW Stadium.
The Warriors led 8-2 at the break with Joe Burgess getting the only try, the visitors were down to 12 men though as Kyle Amor was sent to the stands in the 12th minute after a red card for a high shot on Liam Marshall. Micky Mcilorum also returned on the half-hour mark after his ankle injury to a standing ovation from the Wigan crowd.
St Helens pulled level just after the break through Morgan Knowles before wingers Liam Marshall and Regan Grace cancelled out each other’s tries with Morgan Escaré also dropping a goal.
The Warriors then sealed the game with a six-minute blitz with Liam Farrell, Burgess and Marshall all scoring, Marshall’s finish the pick of the bunch. Wigan were 29-12 to the good meaning Tommy Makinson’s late try was merely a consolation for the visitors.
Michael Mcilorum made his first appearance in 14 months after overcoming an ankle injury with Sean O’Loughlin, Joe Burgess and Anthony Gelling also back in the side.
Regan Grace came into the St Helens side for his first Super League appearance.
The game burst into life for all the wrong reasons for St Helens 12 minutes in when Kyle Amor got it all wrong with an attempted tackle on Liam Marshall and the Saints forward was given a straight red card.
Down to 12 men the visitors took the lead just six minutes later when following a penalty for offside Mark Fages slotted home a penalty.
The Warriors weren’t behind for long though as Joe Burgess latched onto a neat George Williams kick to score. Morgan Escaré’s conversion taking Wigan into a 6-2 lead.
Shaun Wane’s side looked to take advantage of the extra man and forced several drop-outs as they dominated territory but the visitors held on with some resolute defence.
On top in the game, Wigan were given a huge boost on the half-hour mark as Micky Mcilorum returned following 14 months out with an ankle injury.
The Warriors continued to be the dominant side and added to their lead close to half-time when Morgan Escaré added a penalty goal for a dangerous tackle. Wigan 8-2 in front at the break.
HALF TIME: Wigan Warriors 8–2 St Helens
Regan Grace, on debut, looked dangerous for the Saints and it was his break that put them in a good position allowing Morgan Knowles to score.
Anything St Helens’ left-edge could Wigan’s could do also! A sublime George Williams pass found Liam Marshall who stepped one, two, three, four defenders to slide inside and score. Escaré added the two and Wigan were back to a six-point lead six minutes in.
Morgan Escaré dropped a goal midway through the half and it soon took on more significance as the visitors raced up field to score through debutant Regan Grace on the left wing.
Wigan roared back and switched the ball from right to left and Liam Farrell took full advantage as he ghosted past Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook at centre. Farrell loves a Derby try and the Wigan fans loved this one as it meant Wigan were leading 19-12.
George Williams was having a field day down the left edge and he was integral just minutes later when Wigan broke down that side and Liam Marshall’s diving effort saw him squeeze in at the corner.
Wigan continued to pummel that edge and were soon three-tries clear as Williams’ deft kick found Burgess who added to his collection. Escaré added the two and the Warriors were 29-12 in front.
The sun made a rare appearance during the game and as it did St Helens made a rare break with Tommy Makinson sneaking over near the posts to score in the 73rd minute but that was all she wrote as Wigan recorded another Good Friday Derby win!
FULL TIME: Wigan Warriors 29–18 St Helens
Wigan Warriors – 29
Tries: Joe Burgess 2, Liam Marshall 2, Liam Farrell
Goals: Morgan Escaré 4/6 + 1DG
St Helens – 18
Tries: Morgan Knowles, Regan Grace, Tommy Makinson
Goals Mark Percival 3/4
Wigan Warriors: 22. Morgan Escaré, 36. Tom Davies, 3.Anthony Gelling, 5. Joe Burgess, 35. Liam Marshall, 6. George Williams, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 16. Sam Powell, 10. Ben Flower, 11.Joel Tomkins, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin
Interchange: 17. Taulima Tautai, 19. Ryan Sutton, 20. Willie Isa, 9. Michael Mcilorum
St Helens: 2. Tommy Makinson, 28. Regan Grace, 4. Mark Percival, 3. Ryan Morgan, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 10. Kyle Amor, 17. Tommy Lee, 14. Luke Douglas, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
Interchange 8. Alex Walmsley, 16. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 20. Morgan Knowles
Referee - Ben Thaler