St Helens 22-12 Wigan Warriors

Thursday 31st January 2019
KO: 19:45 - Round: 1

22-12 FT

HT: 12 12

Attendance: 16,508

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Kevin Naiqama, Jonny Lomax, Regan Grace, James Roby,

  • Goals
    Mark Percival 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Wigan Warriors

  • Tries
    Ben Flower, Liam Marshall,

  • Goals
    Zak Hardaker 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Wigan Warriors started the defence of their Betfred Super League title with a 22-12 loss to arch rivals St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Second-half tries from Regan Grace and James Roby proved the difference as Adrian Lam tasted defeat in his first competitive game in charge of the Warriors.

Saints waltzed into a 12-0 lead after Kevin Naiqama, making his Super League debut, and Jonny Lomax crossed.

Wigan fought back though, drawing level at half-time courtesy of Ben Flower's close-range score and Liam Marshall's 80-metre interception try.

But winger Grace flew over in the corner early in the second half and, with six minutes to go, Roby sealed the win by barging his way over.

Wigan coach Lam said: “I’m a little bit confused to be honest. We didn’t play the way we trained.

“I knew we needed a good start and dropping the ball in the first set and being on the defensive for the first 20 minutes took the gas out of us.

“The courage of the side to get back into the game was positive but I knew at the back end we would run out of legs.”

Saints coach Justin Holbrook said: “It was always going to be a tough game and to come away with a win was the most pleasing thing.

“Obviously we started really well and I thought we were unlucky to be 12-all at half-time, I thought we could have skipped away. But the second half was a great defensive effort.”

  • 74: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 73: TRY! scored for St Helens by James Roby
  • 50: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 38: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Zak Hardaker
  • 36: TRY! scored for Wigan by Liam Marshall
  • 29: GOAL! scored for Wigan by Zak Hardaker
  • 28: TRY! scored for Wigan by Ben Flower
  • 16: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 15: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax
  • 3: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 2: TRY! scored for St Helens by Kevin Naiqama
  • Key Performers

    James Roby

    Tackles: 54

    Sam Powell

    Tackles: 58

    Liam Marshall

    Metres: 174

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Saints 4
    Warriors 2

    Goals:

    Saints 3
    Warriors 2

    METRES:

    Saints 1367
    Warriors 1285

    CARRIES:

    Saints 200
    Warriors 198

    TACKLES:

    Saints 363
    Warriors 387

    OFFLOADS:

    Saints 5
    Warriors 13

    PENALTIES:

    Saints 7
    Warriors 7

    BREAKS:

    Saints 5
    Warriors 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Zeb Taia 0 0 36 4 5 0 0 18 132 7.33 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 21 127 6.05 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 12 2 1 5 0 14 115 8.21 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Kevin Naiqama 1 0 15 1 0 1 0 15 105 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mark Percival 0 1 15 5 2 4 0 15 94 6.27 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
    Luke Thompson 0 0 35 6 3 3 0 13 90 6.92 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Lachlan Coote 0 0 5 0 1 1 3 13 83 6.38 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    James Roby 1 0 54 10 4 1 0 11 79 7.18 0 10 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Dominique Peyroux 0 1 17 1 7 2 0 8 79 9.88 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Matthew Lees 0 0 28 6 3 0 0 11 74 6.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Regan Grace 1 0 3 0 1 3 1 10 73 7.30 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jonathan Lomax 1 1 17 0 2 1 1 9 71 7.89 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 22 5 3 0 0 11 71 6.45 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Theo Fages 0 0 18 2 6 4 4 10 58 5.80 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 39 11 4 1 0 8 44 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joseph Paulo 0 0 25 7 0 0 0 8 38 4.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 21 8 2 1 0 5 34 6.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Liam Marshall 1 0 5 0 0 3 0 9 174 19.33 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Zak Hardaker 0 0 5 0 0 10 1 19 138 7.26 0 3 0 0 2 0 1 0
    Dan Sarginson 0 0 18 3 2 5 0 16 111 6.94 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Farrell 0 0 38 8 0 3 1 18 100 5.56 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Joe Bullock 0 0 23 5 2 3 0 14 100 7.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Flower 1 0 38 6 4 3 0 16 92 5.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Davies 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 16 89 5.56 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Gildart 0 0 13 0 1 4 1 13 81 6.23 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    George Williams 0 0 21 2 2 7 4 15 81 5.40 0 1 2 0 0 0 4 0
    Joe Greenwood 0 0 43 9 3 1 0 12 68 5.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Sean O'Loughlin 0 0 37 1 4 2 1 13 58 4.46 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Gabriel Hamlin 0 0 28 4 0 2 0 7 53 7.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    William Isa 0 0 25 2 1 1 0 10 48 4.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Sam Powell 0 1 58 7 4 0 0 5 37 7.40 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Thomas Leuluai 0 0 16 2 3 0 6 9 32 3.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Romain Navarrete 0 0 15 4 0 0 0 6 23 3.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Tony Clubb 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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