Wigan Warriors show their class in 30-10 Derby Day win away to St Helens
The Warriors run-in six tries in a dominant display against the league leaders
- Dan Sarginson crossed for a brace of tries, with Oliver Gildart and Sean O’Loughlin both scoring on their return to action
Wigan Warriors delayed St Helens’ League Leaders Shield coronation and sent out a timely reminder to the rest of the Betfred Super League that they will be a forced to reckoned with in the upcoming play-off series in a dominant 30-10 win at the Totally Wicked Stadium over their local rivals.
Tries from Dan Sarginson (x2), John Bateman, Tom Davies, Oliver Gildart and Sean O’Loughlin saw Shaun Wane win what could be his last Derby clash against the Warriors old enemy.
Head Coach Shaun Wane brings back skipper Sean O’Loughlin back into the fold, for the first time since his talismanic skipper injured a calf against Huddersfield in round 21 of the regular Super League season with Oliver Gildart coming back into the squad after recovering from a broken thumb.
Wigan’s preparation for the game was hampered by the loss of Sam Tomkins, who had to withdraw from the Warriors warm-up due to injury. Oliver Partington came into the 17 on the bench with Morgan Escaré slotting in at full-back.
Wigan opened the scoring when Dan Sarginson crossed for a try after just four minutes play. Former St Helens forward Joe Greenwood’s offloaded to find Wigan’s fleet-footed Frenchman Morgan Escaré who raced away from the Saints cover to send in the supporting Sarginson to score. Escaré failed to convert the score but after a late call-up to the starting 13, the deputising full-back was in the thick of the action.
St Helens had a Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook try ruled out for obstruction as did Wigan, who had an effort of their own chalked off by the video referee when Sam Powell’s try was ruled out for a knock-on in back play from John Bateman.
The contest was being played out at a frenetic pace with St Helens cranking up the pressure on the Wigan try-line. The Warriors had to defend barrage after barrage of Saints attacks but they stood firm. First it was Dan Sarginson who bundled Tommy Makinson into touch, then a low tackle from Willie Isa felled Mark Percival close to Warriors line in Saints next set of six. Ben Barba’s errant pass into touch signalled a welcome reprieve for Shaun Wane’s side.
The Warriors defence resolve would be rewarded as minute’s after Saints’ purple patch centre Sarginson crossed for his and Wigan’s second of the evening following a storming Joe Greenwood break. It got even better for the visitors when John Bateman showed typical tenacity and determination to power over despite the attentions of three St Helens defenders with four minutes left to play.
Yet the action was not finished. St Helens fired a shot across the Warriors bow when Tommy Makinson finished in the corner after the hooter. Richardson failed to land the conversion meaning Wigan went into the break with a 10-point lead.
With Shaun Wane’s half-time words still fresh in their minds, Wigan were quickly back into their groove in the second-half when Tom Davies finished expertly well just two minutes into the second half. The wing somehow dotted the ball down whilst carrying two Saints defenders, to score his first try in four games.
Saints responded, when Makinson collected a McCarthy-Scarsbrook offload to score ten minutes after Davies effort. Richardson converted from out-wide to make it an eight-point ball game.
Much like in the first forty, Saints began to move up through the gears as they probed the Warriors line, but once again Shaun Wane’s charges who would fire the next shot.
Not for the first time in this game, it was Joe Greenwood who started the move. The second-row forward enjoyed his finest game in a Wigan shirt against his former employers sucked in two Saints defenders to release Oliver Gildart. Gildart’s scorched away down the left wing and side-stepped the flailing Barba who was left clutching thin air to send the visiting Wigan fans into raptures.
With Saints left chasing their tails, skipper Sean O’Loughlin powered over from a Sam Powell pass from close range to wrap-up up the scoring.
Final Score: St Helens 10 Wigan Warriors 30
St Helens: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 16. Luke Thompson, 9. James Roby, 13. Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Zeb Tai, 15. Morgan Knowles
Interchange: 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth
Tries: Tommy Makinson (40’ & 51’) Conversions: Danny Richardson (1/2) Penalty Goals:
Wigan Warriors: 20. Morgan Escaré, 2. Tom Davies, 19. Willie Isa, 3. Dan Sarginson, 4. Oliver Gildart; 6. George Williams, 9. Tommy Leuluai; 25. Romain Navarrete, 7. Sam Powell, 10. Ben Flower, 40. Joe Greenwood, 14. John Bateman, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.
Interchange: 8. Tony Clubb, 15. Ryan Sutton, 35. Oliver Partington, 30. Gabe Hamlin.
Tries: Dan Sarginson (3’ & 33’), John Bateman (37’), Tom Davies (41’), Oliver Gildart 64’, O’Loughlin 69’ Conversions: Morgan Escaré 0/2, George Williams 3/4 Penalty Goals: