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  • Charnley (2), Burgess,
12 - 16

St Helens

  • Wellens, Makinson (2),
    Goals: Percival (2),
  • First Utility Super League
  • 27th Jun 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 20,224

First Utility Super League: St Helens hold on to beat Wigan Warriors

Last updated: 28th June 2014  

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Scott Taylor on the charge for Wigan

RUGBYL WIGAN ST HELENS' ALEX WALMSLEY IS TACKLED BY WIGAN WARRIORS' JACK HUGHES

St Helens' Alex Walmsley is tackled by Wigan Warriors' Jack Hughes

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St Helens moved three points clear at the First Utility Super League summit with a thrilling 16-12 derby victory at neighbours Wigan.

Defeat would have seen Saints overhauled by their fiercest rivals but they held on in a breathless finish at the DW Stadium.

Winger Tom Makinson, Super League's leading tryscorer, touched down twice and evergreen skipper Paul Wellens scored his sixth try in his last five matches as Saints overcame the loss of influential scrum-half Luke Walsh to grind out a 16-8 victory in front of a 20,224 crowd at the DW Stadium.

Walsh went off after 21 minutes with a back strain but St Helens proved they are far from a one-man team as condemned the below-strength reigning champions to a second consecutive defeat and claim the spoils from a 233rd league derby packed with crunching tackles.

With both sides scoring three tries, it came down in the end to the goalkicking, with Saints' third-choice marksman Mark Percival succeeding with two of his three attempts while Wigan's Matty Smith failed with all his three.

Wigan, who gave a debut to teenage half-back Jamie Doran in the absence of seven first-choice players through injury and suspension, began in lively fashion, with full-back Matty Bowen producing a couple of threatening runs from deep which had the visitors back-pedalling.

They took the lead on eight minutes when left winger Joe Burgess won the race to Sam Powell's perfectly-weighted kick to the corner to claim his 16th try of the season.

Smith was unable to convert and Saints drew level midway through the first half when second rower Mark Flanagan came up with a superb one-handed pass out of a two-man tackle to get Makinson over for his 16th Super League try of the campaign to pull clear of the pack.

With regular marksman Walsh limping from the field, Makinson attempted to convert his own try but was off target to leave the scores tied.

Jon Wilkin moved into the halves following Lomax's exit and Saints continued to give as good as they received for the rest of the score-less first half.

Best chance

Wigan's best chance came when Burgess as bundled into touch just short of the corner while Saints spurned the opportunity to kick a penalty, running the ball instead from in front of the posts only to fail to see out their next set.

With Lance Hohaia coming more into the game in the absence of Walsh, Saints gradually got on top and they went in front four minutes into the second half when Burgess failed to claim Wilkin's high kick and Wellens was on hand to gather the loose ball and go past Dan Sarginson to touch down.

Mark Percival was this time wide with the conversion but Saints were good value for their 8-4 lead.

Wigan almost conceded again when the previously immaculate Bowen made a hash of collecting Hohaia's grubber kick near his own line but they survived and struck against the run of play to draw level.

Bowen was the creator with a cut-out pass which gave winger Josh Charnley the space to cross for his side's second try.

It was too far out for Smith to convert and Saints edged back in front on 63 minutes when Percival was successful with a penalty awarded for a high tackle.

The pivotal moment came two minutes later when an offload in midfield from Samoan heavyweight Mose Masoe created space on Wigan's left and Makinson took Jordan Turner's pass to go past Sarginson and Bowen for his second try.

Percival's touchline conversion put two scores between the teams and that proved crucial when Charnley went over for his second try three minutes from the end.

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Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Thursday 5th February
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
Friday 6th February
20:00St Helens vs Catalans Dragons
Sunday 8th February
15:00Huddersfield vs Hull
15:00Warrington vs Salford
15:00Hull K R vs Leeds
15:30Castleford vs Wakefield
Thursday 12th February
20:00Salford vs St Helens
Friday 13th February
20:00Hull vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Widnes
20:00Wigan vs Huddersfield
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes
Friday 19th September
St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford
Thursday 18th September
Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield
Sunday 14th September
Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R

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