Saints win on Good Friday

  • Match report as Wigan Warriors lose 36-10 against St Helens in the Good Friday derby at the DW Stadium.

  • First half tries from Hardaker and Williams not enough for Adrian Lam’s side.

  • Regan Grace scores hat-trick helps Saints to victory.

Wigan Warriors suffered a 36-10 defeat to St Helens in the Good Friday derby at the DW Stadium.

Regan Grace got a hat-trick to help his side on their way to victory as the Warriors failed to score in the second half.

Saints went ahead after only five minutes, James Roby powering his way through the Wigan defence to give his side an early 6-0 lead.

Adrian Lam’s side soon found their footing in the game, as Saints conceded a penalty close to their try line after a push on Burgess.

From the resulting play, Wigan found a gap in the defence as Zak Hardaker dove over in the 11th minute to make it 6-4.

Saints came close to extending their lead, but Thompson was held up on the line.

On the 20th minute Wigan lost Tom Davies to a serious injury to his left leg, forcing him off on a stretcher.

St Helens second try came soon after in the 23rd minute, Lomax breaking through and assisting Regan Grace who went over in the corner.

With Coote missing the conversion, Wigan trailed 10-4.

After missing the second conversion, Coote soon rectified things as he converted a penalty to make it 12-4.

Grace then extended his sides lead further, grabbing his second try in the 32nd minute.

Wigan were able to pull one back a minute before the break, Oliver Gildart finding the space and assisting George Williams who dove over to make it 18-10 at half time.

Like in the first half, it was Saints who got the opening try after the restart, as Makinson went over to make 22-10.

Just after the hour mark, Grace completed his hattrick, as St Helens saw their lead increase to 28-10.

Zak Hardaker was forced to make a try saving tackle, bringing down Richardson who was clean through after a poor Wigan pass.

Justin Holbrook’s side reached the 30-point mark as Coote converted another penalty in the 67th minute.

Coote then added his name to the list of try scorers, as he found a gap in the 70th minute to make it 36-10 to St Helens.

In the final two minutes, the Warriors suffered another blow as Shorrocks went off on a stretcher with a head injury, with Peyroux being shown a yellow card for the clash.

The game ended 36-10 to the visitors after a disappointing derby for the Warriors.

Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Tom Davies, Chris Hankinson, Oliver Gildart, Joe Burgess, George Williams, Jake Shorrocks, Ben Flower, Thomas Leuluai, Romain Navarrete, Willie Isa, Morgan Smithies, Oliver Partington.

Interchanges: Sean O’Loughlin, Joe Bullock, Taulima Tautai, Joe Greenwood.

Tries: Hardaker (11 minutes), Williams (39th minute)

Conversions: Hardaker (1/2)

St Helens: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Danny Richardson, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Dominque Peyroux, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Aaron Smith, Matty Lees.

Tries: Roby (5th minute), Grace (23rd, 32nd, 61st minute), Makinson (47th minute), Coote (70th minute)

Conversions: Coote (4/6)

Penalties: Coote (2/2)

Yellow Cards: Peyroux (78th minute)

Referee: James Child, Touch Judges: Richard Thompson, Clint Sharrad, Video Ref: Chris Kendall.

Attendance: 22,050