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A Regan Grace hat-trick inspired Saints to a thrilling 36-10 win over rivals Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium in the traditional Good Friday derby.

Inside an electric DW Stadium packed out with over 5,500 Saints fans, James Roby set us on our way scurrying over from dummy half. Wigan to their credit responded through Hardaker, before Grace grabbed his first after Jonny Lomax had broken through the Wigan line. Lachlan Coote hit a penalty before Grace went over for his second. George Williams gave Wigan hope on the half-time hooter, before Saints blew the Warrriors away in the second half. First Tommy Makinson went over, before Grace secured his hat-trick and Coote went over late on to send the Saints fans home bouncing.

An electric start to the Good Friday clash saw Saints off to a flyer through Roby. After back to back sets on the Wigan line, Roby picked the ball up from close range to crash over giving Saints the lead. Coote kicked the conversion. The opening try came at a cost though as Mark Percival hobbled off with a hamstring injury with LMS filling in the centres. LMS was to hobble off late on with a knee injury.

Wigan hit back within minutes though after a move on their right edge saw Hardaker find the gap to score, but he was unable to convert before Tom Davies was stretchered off with a nasty looking ankle injury.

An entertaining 15 minutes followed with both defences standing firm after being forced to defend back to back sets. But it was Saints who struck next after a bit of magic from Lomax created the gap for himself to run 20 metres and then feed Grace who scored in the corner.

Coote kicked a penalty minutes later giving Saints a 12-4 lead before Saints were in again. Thompson took an inside ball and broke the Wigan defensive line before feeding the supporting Coote who was tackled just short of the Wigan line. Straight from the play off the ball Thompson put Grace in at the corner giving Saints an 18-4 lead with Coote converting off the touchline.

Wigan grabbed a lifeline though scoring with seconds left on the first half after Oliver Gildart broke and fed Williams inside to score sending the teams in at half time with the score at Wigan 10-18 Saints.

The second half started just like the first with both sides playing at a fast pace. It was Wigan who were almost in first, but a try saving tackle from Danny Richardson and Makinson denied the Warriors. On the very next set the pair combined sending Makinson over in the corner after great handling from Naiqama.

Man of the match Grace then grabbed his hat-trick. After great handling on our left edge from Dom Peyroux, who put Grace away down the line. The winger stepped back inside three Warriors defenders to touch down for his third try.

Another try quickly followed when Coote chased down a Lomax kick and out jumped Hardaker to score with the Saints fans wildly singing his name. They sung a little louder minutes later as Coote converted his own try to give Saints a 36-10 Derby Day victory!

Match Summary:

Saints:

Tries: Roby (6), Grace (24, 31, 63) Makinson (47), Coote (70)

Goals: Coote (4 from 6)

Penalties: 2

Starting 13: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Danny Richardson, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: Joseph Paulo, LMS, Matty Lees, Aaron Smith.

Wigan Warriors:

Tries: Hardaker (12), Williams (39).

Goals: Hardaker (1 from 2)

Starting 13: Hardaker, Davies,  Hankinson, Gildart, Burgess, Williams, Shorrocks, Flower, Leuluai, Navarrete, Isa, Smithies, Partington,

Interchanges: O’Loughlin, Tautai, Bullock, Greenwood.

HT: 10-18
FT: 10-36

REF: J. Child

ATT: 22,050

Wigan Warriors Line up

1Zak Hardaker
2Tom Davies
3Chris Hankinson
4Oliver Gildart
5Joe Burgess
6George Williams
7Jake Shorrocks
8Ben Flower
9Tommy Leuluai
10Romain Navarrete
11Willie Isa
12Morgan Smithies
13Oliver Partington
14Sean O’Loughlin
15Taulima Tautai
16Joe Bullock
17Joe Greenwood

Last updated 12 Oct 19 19:51:29

FT: WIGAN 10-36 SAINTS ?⚪

An Amazing Grace hat-trick, plus tries from Roby, Makinson and Coooooote win the derby for Saints!

79'

Brilliant defence on our own line Wigan scoreless in this second half!

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78'

We have had a long stoppage in play here as Shorrocks leaves the field on a stretcher as Peyroux is shown the yellow card.

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@TommyMak21 loves a derby try!

76'

Richardson pokes an arm out and goes for the line, but knocks on. Unlucky Danny!

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75'

Wigan knock on on the last and we go down the other end, but Lomax is denied 10 meters from the line…

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72'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

The Coote chants gets louder!

?⚪ WIGAN 10-36 SAINTS ?⚪

70'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Lomax’s high bomb is clutched out of the air from that man Cooooooooooooooooooooote and he strides over under the sticks! The Saints fans need no invitation……”He’s the reason….”

?⚪ WIGAN 10-34 SAINTS ?⚪

68'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

There is the added two!

?⚪ WIGAN 10-30 SAINTS ?⚪

67'

We are nearly in again as Aaron Smith, who came on for Robes earlier, wins a penalty right on the Wigan line and Cooooote will take the two here!

?⚪ WIGAN 10-28 SAINTS ?⚪

64'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

And the extras are added, no problem!

?⚪ WIGAN 10-28 SAINTS ?⚪

63'
Try
Regan Grace for Saints

Leuluai’s pass finds only Kev Naiqama and the ball is fed out left eventually reaching Grace who beats three Wigan men to skip inside Hardaker and stroll 30 yards down field for the HAT-TRICK!!

?⚪ WIGAN 10-26 SAINTS ?⚪

61'

Richardson goes for a 40/20, but the ball narrowly goes out on the full and Wigan have the scrum.

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61'

Coote pinches Burgess’ play the ball and the Saints fans start THAT song…..”He is the reason……”

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57'

Bullock knocks on the high kick and Saints have the ball back as Tommy Mak so nearly breaks through the Wigan line. Come on boys!

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55'

Lees knocks on when in possession and the Warriors have the scrum in their own half.

?⚪ WIGAN 10-22 SAINTS ?⚪

52'

And Dom goes close to going over himself, but loses the ball in a tackle and Wigan survive.

?⚪ WIGAN 10-22 SAINTS ?⚪

49'

Peyroux wins a penalty after referee James Childs calls a ball steal. Saints with a set of six to come in Wigan’s half as the Red Vee fans make all the noise to our left!

?⚪ WIGAN 10-22 SAINTS ?⚪

48'

Coote is unfortunate again with the touchline conversion as his kick rebounds off the posts!

?⚪ WIGAN 10-22 SAINTS ?⚪

47'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

And we go down the end to score after a lovely pass inside from Richardson feeds Naiqama who feeds Tommy to score easily in the corner. Get in!!

?⚪ WIGAN 10-22 SAINTS ?⚪

46'

Richardson and Makinson with a try scoring tackle on Williams as Burgess fed the ball inside on the last.

?⚪ WIGAN 10-18 SAINTS ?⚪

44'

A steady start from both sides in this second half as both Wigan and Saints have seen out a few sets. Saints have the scrum in our own half after a Williams kick to touch.

?⚪ WIGAN 10-18 SAINTS ?⚪

41'

Game on. Come on boys!

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HT: ?⚪ WIGAN 10-18 SAINTS ?⚪

A Grace double and a Roby try means we lead at the break despite tries from Hardaker and Williams for the hosts.

40'
Goal
Zak Hardaker for Wigan Warriors

The Wigan full back adds the two right on the hooter.

?⚪ WIGAN 10-18 SAINTS ?⚪

39'
Try
George Williams for Wigan Warriors

Out of nowhere Gildart breaks through the Saints line down the left and feeds the supporting Williams who gives Wigan a life-line right on half-time.

?⚪ WIGAN 8-18 SAINTS ?⚪

36'

Gildart breaks through and the ball is fed to the Wigan right side, but Willie Isa’s pass evades Burgess and finds touch when the line was gaping!

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33'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

The touchline conversion is nailed! What a kick Cooooootie!

?⚪ WIGAN 4-18 SAINTS ?⚪

31'
Try
Regan Grace for Saints

Thompson breaks through and feeds the supporting Coote who is tackled right on the Wigan line, but from the play the ball Thomo fed Grace who scores easily in the corner!!

?⚪ WIGAN 4-16 SAINTS ?⚪

29'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

He does so and we extend our lead!

?⚪ WIGAN 4-12 SAINTS ?⚪

29'

Yet another penalty conceded by Wigan and Cooooooote will look to take the two here!

?⚪ WIGAN 4-10 SAINTS ?⚪

29'

Wigan are penalised for another offside and Saints have a set of six from half-way. Come on boys!

?⚪ WIGAN 4-10 SAINTS ?⚪

28'

Hardaker knocks on when Wigan were gaining yardage and Saints have the scrum in our own half as Matty Lees comes on for Big Al.

?⚪ WIGAN 4-10 SAINTS ?⚪

The moment Robes went over for the first score of the game!

25'

Coote narrowly misses the touchline conversion…and it was only a matter of inches! Unlucky Cootie!

?⚪ WIGAN 4-10 SAINTS ?⚪

24'
Try
Regan Grace for Saints

AMAZING GRACE! Jonny Lomax breaks through the Wigan line and feeds Grace who flies over in the corner! Get in!!!

?⚪ WIGAN 4-10 SAINTS ?⚪

23'

Hankinson so nearly knocks on after Coote’s high bomb, but somehow holds on as both teams exchange sets.

?⚪ WIGAN 4-6 SAINTS ?⚪

21'

We are back under way here after a lengthy stoppage as both sets of fans applauded Davies off the field…

?⚪ WIGAN 4-6 SAINTS ?⚪

? There have been some big hits here at the DW!

20'

We have a break in play here as it looks like Tom Davies has picked up a nasty looking ankle injury. The stretcher is on and Greenwood will replace him.

?⚪ Wigan 4-6 Saints ?⚪

20'

LMS is held up just short of the line before Coote’s kick runs dead and Wigan survive.

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19'

Makinson wins the penalty after a ball steal and Saints have a set of six in Wigan’s half.

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17'

The Warriors complete their set and kick to touch. Saints have the scrum. Come on boys!

?⚪ Wigan 4-6 Saints ?⚪

15'

No, says the video referee and Wigan have the ball back following the turnover.

?⚪ Wigan 4-6 Saints ?⚪

15'

The video referee has been called here as Luke Thompson goes for the line on the last tackle. Has he got it down?

?⚪ Wigan 4-6 Saints ?⚪

13'

Hardaker misses the extras and Saints still lead.

?⚪ Wigan 4-6 Saints ?⚪

12'
Try
Zak Hardaker for Wigan Warriors

The ball is swung from left to right and Hardaker goes over in the corner.

?⚪ Wigan 4-6 Saints ?⚪

11'

LMS is now in the centres as Percy is forced off with an early injury. Wigan win another penalty as Burgess is taken out off the ball.

?⚪ Wigan 0-6 Saints ?⚪

9'

Wigan win the penalty as Saints are penalised for offside this time. Percy looks like he is struggling on this left side.

?⚪ Wigan 0-6 Saints ?⚪

6'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

The travelling Saints fans will tell you that Cooooooooote kicks the extras!

?⚪ Wigan 0-6 Saints ?⚪

6'
Try
James Roby for Saints

GET INNNNNN!! Our captain supreme goes over from dummy half!!!

?⚪ Wigan 0-4 Saints ?⚪

6'

Grace is tackled on the line after a quick offload from Coooote, before Tommy Mak wins the penalty as Wigan are again penalised for offside. COYS!!!

?⚪ Wigan 0-0 Saints ?⚪

4'

Coote catches Hardaker’s high bomb and Grace wins another penalty for Saints as the Warriors are penalised for offside.

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3'

Roby finds Peyroux with the short ball and he goes for the line, but knocks on and Wigan have the scrum.

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2'

An early penalty to Saints after Dom Peyroux is caught high. The atmosphere is bouncing!

?⚪ Wigan 0-0 Saints ?⚪

We are off and underway here at the DW Stadium on Derby Day!

COYS!

?⚪ Wigan 0-0 Saints ?⚪

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