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Australia coach Mal Meninga watched his old club St Helens end their Good Friday hoodoo in dramatic fashion with a 21-18 victory over Wigan Warriors.
Meninga, still revered from his one-season stint with the club 33 years ago, shouted “Go Saints” when he was introduced to the capacity crowd of 17,980 before kick-off at the Totally Wicked Stadium and they duly responded in an epic tussle.
Trailing 12-2 after being outplayed in the first half and conceding tries to Ben Barba and Zeb Taia, Wigan hit the front for the first time on 65 minutes and were on course for a ninth successive Good Friday victory.
Mal Meninga heading out onto the pitch - getting a great round of applause from the home and away fans. “Go the Saints” he says.— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) March 30, 2018
Joel Tomkins and Willie Isa both crossed as Wigan responded, however, scrum-half Danny Richardson brought Saints level with a penalty and Wales winger Regan Grace snatched victory with a try five minutes from the end that keeps his side top of the table.
Meninga took up an invitation from coach Justin Holbrook to address his players before kick-off.
“It’s great that Mal could be here and I got him in to talk to them,” said Holbrook.
“Although he was only here for a season, everyone still talks about the impact he had. To get Mal to the game was awesome.
“It was a fantastic game of rugby league. I saw highlights of the Good Friday clashes over the years and it delivered again.
“Someone pointed out that we hadn’t won it in eight years, it means so much to everyone in the town.
“Both teams were run off their feet, but we just hung in there. For Wigan to get their noses in front and for us to respond, I’m rapt.”
It was St Helens’ first Easter victory in the fixture since 2009, when the teams played on Maundy Thursday, and their first Good Friday success since the previous year.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane could not hide his disappointment over his first Good Friday defeat as coach.
An hour until kick-off and the away end is already looking very busy!— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) March 30, 2018
4,300 Wigan fans with us today. Thank you for your support, be sure to keep it loud and proud! 🍒⚪️ pic.twitter.com/9chykcFJ2X
“I can’t put into words how bad I feel,” Wane said. “It’s a very important game in our calendar.
“But, in the cold light of day, when I look back, Ill be okay with that.”
Wigan suffered a blow before kick-off when Sam Tomkins pulled out through illness and they also lost his replacement, Morgan Escare, with a head injury in the second half.
“We had to change everything this morning losing Sam,” Wane said. “Without a doubt it hurt us.
“But it is what it is. Morgan is a good player and we should have done better.
“We had a load of disruption but, to come from 12-2 down at St Helens, makes me very proud. I thought we did some really good things but it just wasn’t enough to beat a good side like Saints.”