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St Helens 21-18 Wigan Warriors

Friday 30th March 2018
KO: 15:15 - Round: 8

21-18 FT

HT: 12 2

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Ben Barba, Zeb Taia, Regan Grace,

  • Goals
    Danny Richardson 4,

  • Drop Goals
    Danny Richardson,

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Joel Tomkins 2, Willie Isa,

  • Goals
    Morgan Escare 2, George Williams,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

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.

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.

“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.”

  • 79: TRY! scored for Wigan by Joel Tomkins
  • 78: Goal scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 77: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 75: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 72: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 66: GOAL! scored for Wigan by George Williams
  • 65: TRY! scored for Wigan by Willie Isa
  • 47: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Morgan Escare
  • 45: TRY! scored for Wigan by Joel Tomkins
  • 37: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 36: TRY! scored for St Helens by Zeb Taia
  • 19: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 18: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 5: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Morgan Escare
  • Key Performers

    Ben Barba

    Metres: 156

    Regan Grace

    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Saints 3
    Warriors 3

    Goals:

    Saints 4
    Warriors 3

    METRES:

    Saints 1605
    Warriors 1406

    CARRIES:

    Saints 201
    Warriors 188

    TACKLES:

    Saints 347
    Warriors 358

    OFFLOADS:

    Saints 8
    Warriors 9

    PENALTIES:

    Saints 6
    Warriors 11

    BREAKS:

    Saints 8
    Warriors 2

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ben Barba 1 0 4 0 0 3 2 16 156 9.75 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Zeb Taia 1 0 31 5 3 0 0 21 137 6.52 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 14 131 9.36 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 23 4 1 1 0 17 130 7.65 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Regan Grace 1 0 5 1 0 4 0 15 125 8.33 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Mark Percival 0 0 12 2 1 3 0 15 116 7.73 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 26 3 2 0 1 7 106 15.14 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    James Roby 0 1 48 7 1 5 0 8 98 12.25 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 20 5 1 0 0 13 97 7.46 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Morgan 0 0 14 0 2 1 0 9 92 10.22 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Luke Thompson 0 1 30 7 0 2 0 13 85 6.54 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Jonathan Lomax 0 1 14 1 0 2 4 15 84 5.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 27 6 3 0 0 11 83 7.55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Douglas 0 0 16 4 2 1 0 9 76 8.44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 0 0 38 6 2 1 1 9 56 6.22 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Richardson 0 0 14 1 3 0 5 5 17 3.40 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 1
    Theo Fages 0 0 22 6 0 0 0 4 16 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 7 0 0 4 0 18 142 7.89 0 7 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Tom Davies 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 17 138 8.12 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Farrell 0 0 38 7 1 2 0 15 129 8.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    John Bateman 0 0 19 2 0 6 1 18 118 6.56 0 6 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Joe Burgess 0 0 6 0 2 2 0 14 110 7.86 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Sutton 0 0 31 7 2 0 0 11 103 9.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Morgan Escare 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 11 91 8.27 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
    Sean O'Loughlin 0 1 27 5 0 1 0 13 85 6.54 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Tony Clubb 0 0 26 3 3 0 0 9 81 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    William Isa 1 0 36 6 2 1 1 10 71 7.10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Leuluai 0 1 31 3 2 1 0 10 70 7.00 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
    George Williams 0 1 16 1 1 1 8 13 66 5.08 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 2
    Joel Tomkins 2 0 31 1 3 0 0 10 63 6.30 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Ben Flower 0 0 19 0 2 0 0 7 60 8.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Taulima Tautai 0 0 22 6 2 1 0 5 44 8.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Powell 0 0 33 5 2 0 5 6 28 4.67 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Josh Woods 0 0 10 1 1 0 2 1 7 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties