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Wane revels in derby triumph
Saints wait on news of injuries to Lomax and Wilkin
Wigan coach Shaun Wane described himself as the "happiest man in the north west" after watching his side's win at St Helens.
"We had a chat in the week about how important this first game at this stadium was and how much it means to the local players," he said after the 28-10 victory.
"I'm made up, I'm the happiest man in the north west. It was a great effort with the injuries we had and we had people there who wouldn't have played if everybody was fit.
"The toughness we showed was absolutely outstanding. It was a convincing win against a really talented Saints team.
"We had to dig in and defend, which showed the character and team spirit."
Wane also revealed that full-back Sam Tomkins had been unable to train all week because of tonsillitis and only played because it was the derby.
"Sam has been really sick but there is no way he would ever have missed this," he said.
St Helens lost Johnny Lomax to a first-half broken thumb and England forward Jon Wilkin with a shoulder injury just before the end, to cap a miserable afternoon.
"I didn't think we were far away," said caretaker coach Mike Rush. "At 12-10 we decided to run the ball rather than take a shot with the penalty because we felt we had the momentum.
"A decision from the referee shortly afterwards changed the game a little bit.
"Losing a key player part way through a game is difficult. Jonny has a finger injury and Jon has ice on his shoulder. We need to get them both assessed."
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|11||Salford Red Devils||22||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||22||4|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|20:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Bradford|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|15:00||Widnes vs Hull K R|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Huddersfield|
|15:30||Castleford vs London Broncos|
|Thursday 14th August|
|20:00||Hull K R vs Wigan|
|Friday 15th August|
|20:00||Salford vs Catalan Dragons|
|20:00||Warrington vs Castleford|
|Sunday 27th July|
|Huddersfield 38 - 16 Catalan Dragons|
|Bradford 16 - 8 Wigan|
|Warrington 26 - 40 Wakefield|
|Saturday 26th July|
|London Broncos 10 - 62 Hull K R|
|Friday 25th July|
|Salford 18 - 22 Leeds|
|St Helens 44 - 22 Widnes|
|Thursday 24th July|
|Hull 18 - 18 Castleford|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
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