Wigan Women kept to nil against St Helens Women at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Warriors secure a play-off place despite the result.
- Full-time: St Helens Women 28-0 Wigan Warriors Women.
Wigan Warriors Women were held to nil against local rivals St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Despite the 28-0 result, Kris Ratcliffe’s side secured a play-off semi-final after Bradford Bulls lost to Featherstone Rovers.
St Helens opened the scoring in the 11th-minute, as Woman of Steel nominee Emily Rudge crashed over. Faye Gaskin converted for 6-0.
Wigan were then reduced to 12 as Sarah Harrison was penalised and sent for 10 minutes in the sin-bin for dissent. The Warriors held on well in her absence though - Becky Greenfield stopped a certain try for Rhianna Burke on the left edge.
Rudge punished Wigan once more, latching onto a pass from Gaskin to break through a gap and crash over for her second. The kick from the latter was on target and St Helens led 12-0 at the break.
St Helens were first over the try line in the second half, this time it was Rhianna Burke who finished off the move after the hosts created an overlap on the left. Gaskin couldn’t add the extras this time, but Saints had the 16-0 advantage.
Tara Jones extended her side’s lead in the 55th-minute, as she broke through a gap on half way to race away and get the ball down under the uprights. Gaskin added the simple conversion and it was 22-0.
Wigan went close moments later as they looked to get their first of the afternoon. Emily Baggaley worked well to get over the line but was held up, before Gemma Walsh went over in the corner but lost the ball in the process. A coming together in the aftermath saw Walsh see a red card and the Warriors were down to 12 for the last 20 minutes.
Chantelle Crowl rounded off the Saints victory, as she went over from close range in the dying moments. Gaskin added the extras from out wide to make it 28-0.
Wigan Warriors Women: Alison Burrows, Rebecca Greenfield, Georgia Wilson, Rachel Thompson, Megan Grace Holding, Gemma Walsh, Charlotte Foley, Jade Gregory-Haselden, Carys Marsh, Holly Speakman, Victoria Molyneux, Amanda Sibbald, Sarah Harrison.
Interchanges: Emily Baggaley, Leah Darbyshire, Eleanor Dainty, Katie Stephens.
St Helens Women: Jodie Cunningham, Rebecca Avenell, Katie-May Williams, Rhianna Burke, Leah Burke, Zoe Harris, Faye Gaskin, Sarah Lovejoy, Tara Jones, Claire Mullaney, Pip Birchall, Emily Rudge, Chantelle Crowl.
Interchanges: Naomi Williams, Paige Travis, Lizzie Gladman, Darcy Stott.
Tries: Rudge (2), Burke, Jones, Crowl
Goals: Gaskin (4/5)
On the game, Head Coach Kris Ratcliffe, said: “We were just our own worst enemy once again. We seem to have lost the understanding of how to build pressure; we consistently give away penalties in our opposition half or go for gamble kicks. Sometimes, coming out of our own half we’re forcing a pass, being loose in our carries and it just comes down to completion and applying pressure.”
He added: “If you run with the ball and you tackle hard, you’re in with a shout. If you consistently make errors, no matter which team you’re against, you’re going to get stung.
“These results are coming from our own undoing - it’s very much about what we do as opposed to who we’re against and what they do.”
The Warriors travel to Leeds Rhinos in the final round of the Betfred Women’s Super League on Sunday 29th September.