Super League  Friday 29th March 2013  DW Stadium  Att: 23,861

Squad

Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Lloyd, Farrell, Flower, Goulding, Green, Hughes, McIlorum, O'Loughlin, Richards, Spencer, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, L. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Tuson.

Squad

Wellens, Gardner, Turner, Soliola, Meli, Perry, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Wilkin, Manu, Laffranchi, Flanagan, Clough, Jones, Makinson, Ashe, Walmsley, Walker, Percival, Howarth.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Pat Richards

Dom Crosby

Josh Charnley

Sam Tomkins

Pat Richards

GOAL SCORERS:

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Tom Makinson

Francis Meli

Paul Clough

GOAL SCORERS:

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Australian winger Pat Richards scored the first and last tries of the 230th Wigan-St Helens derby to ensure the Warriors took the spoils in front of a sell-out crowd of 23,861 at the DW Stadium.
 
England duo Sam Tomkins and Josh Charnley also crossed as Wigan demonstrated their class, but they were forced to withstand a late fightback from their injury-hit opponents before clinching the win that knocked Catalan Dragons off the top of the Super League table.

Saints coach Nathan Brown will be proud of his players’ efforts in his first Wigan-Saints derby, but will know he needs to get his big names back if they are to maintain a title challenge.

Brown made former Wigan junior Stuart Howarth the ninth Saints debutant of 2013 and the 29th player to be called on so far in just nine matches and he acquitted himself well.

Saints’ unlikely half-back pairing of Paul Wellens and Jon Wilkin worked hard to inspire their team-mates, but Brown must be desperate for the return of Jonny Lomax, James Roby, Lance Hohaia and Tony Puletua.

Wigan were also well below strength, but their absentees were all among the forwards and their youthful replacements, most notably prop Dom Crosby, ensured a plentiful supply of ball for their full-strength back line, which was responsible for all but one of their five tries.

Saints created the first try-scoring opportunity after Wigan skipper Sean O’Loughlin squandered possession on his own 20-metre line, but Wellens’ pass meant for his outside backs sailed straight into touch, a sure sign of rust from the veteran international following his recent injury lay-off.

The Warriors were also guilty of poor finishing, with clean breaks from Ben Flower and the impressive Matty Smith petering out, but they managed to establish an 18-0 interval lead without getting out of third gear.

Richards opened the scoring on eight minutes, finishing off a flowing move after Wigan opted to run a penalty from in front of the Saints posts, and full-back Tomkins supported a break by second rower Jack Hughes to score their second try.

Saints gradually worked their way into the game and applied some pressure by forcing two goal-line drop-outs but were hit on the counter-attack eight minutes before the break by Charnley, who gathered the ball from Josh Jones’ high kick and sprinted 90 metres for an outstanding solo try.

Richards kicked all three conversions and the home side would have been further ahead had Hughes been able to hold on to Charnley’s pass with the Saints line beckoning.

St Helens clearly benefited from Brown’s half-time pep talk for they were far more energetic and threatening in the second half.

A break by Mark Percival, forced on to the wing in his second senior outing after Ade Gardner went off with concussion, got them into a good attacking position and replacement prop Paul Clough forced his way over from close range on the last tackle.

Percival added the conversion to make it 18-6, but Wigan looked to have made the game safe when Blake Green timed his pass to perfection to get the 22-year-old Crosby romping over for his second Super League try and Richards kicked his fourth goal.

However, Saints showed their character to stage a tremendous fightback, with veteran left winger Francis Meli leading the way.

The former Kiwi international demonstrated exceptional strength to touch down on 58 minutes before taking a quite brilliant overhead pass from Jordan Turner to send full-back Tom Makinson over.

Percival’s second goal cut the deficit to eight points, but Richards finally ended the visitors’ hopes when he squeezed over for his second try eight minutes from the end.

Match Action

  • 75m
    try

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 71m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 71m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 60m
    try

    Francis Meli

    St Helens

  • 56m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 56m
    try

    Dom Crosby

    Wigan

  • 45m
    try

    Paul Clough

    St Helens

  • 45m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 34m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 34m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Mark Flanagan

    St Helens

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Anthony Walker

    St Helens

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Logan Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Michael McIlorum

    Wigan

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Alex Walmsley

    St Helens

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Iosia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Willie Manu

    St Helens

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Anthony Laffranchi

    St Helens

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Paul Clough

    St Helens

  • 23m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 23m
    try

    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Chris Tuson

    Wigan

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Jack Hughes

    Wigan

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Greg Burke

    Wigan

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Ben Flower

    Wigan

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Scott Taylor

    Wigan

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Dom Crosby

    Wigan

  • 9m
    try

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 9m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan