Saints lose out in the derby after tight defensive battle

Saints fell to an 18-6 defeat to Wigan Warriors in a battle of the forwards at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night.

Kick off was delayed due to traffic issues affecting the opening game at the Totally Wicked Stadium, but both teams came flying out of the blocks in a ferocious early battle.

The first 15 minutes saw an end to end dog fight with both teams defending well and forcing big tackles from both sets of defences.

The competition hotted up, with tempers flaring on numerous occasions, but it was Saints who struck first; Jonny Lomax with a brilliant dummy turning two defenders inside out, before finding the supporting Lachlan Coote on his inside to touch down under the sticks. Coote converted from his own try, to give Saints a 6-0 lead after 31 minutes.

But Wigan responded four minutes later as Zak Hardaker’s grubber kick wasn’t dealt with by Lomax and Jake Bibby capitalised to score in the corner. Hardaker missed the conversion, leaving Saints ahead at the break.

Lomax came closest for Saints in the second half , but Wigan took the lead for the first time in the game in the 54th minute through Tommy Leuluai. Regan Grace knocked on and Leuluai took advantage on the next set with a powerful run through several Saints challenges to score. Hardaker missed a simple conversion, but Wigan led 8-6.

Dangerman Bevan French then went over for Wigan in the 66th minute. A pass which looked forward unleashed French and he raced down the wing to score. Hardaker missed the conversion again, leaving the score at 12-6 to the Warriors.

Despite both packs going at it again, with Saints missing the suspended Alex Walmlsey, the Warriors scored three minutes later; Jackson Hastings received an offload, before dummying and powering over the line in the left corner. Hardaker converted to extend the lead to 18-6.

The last 10 minutes were very scrappy and feisty with Wigan’s Joe Greenwood being sin binned for a high tackle on Matty Lees which caused tempers to fly. However it was Wigan who replaced Saints at the top.

Match summary:

Saints 13: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Jack Welsby, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, James Graham, James Roby, Matty Lees, Zeb Taia, James Bentley, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: Dominique Peyroux, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Kyle Amor, Joseph Paulo.

Try: Coote (30)

Goals: Coote

Wigan 13: Bevan French, Jake Bibby, Zak Hardaker, Oliver Gildart, Joe Burgess, Jackson Hastings, Tommy Leuluai, Joe Bullock, Sam Powell, Brad Singleton, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Oliver Partington.

Interchanges: Tony Clubb, Ben Flower, Joe Greenwood, Morgan Smithies.

Try: Bibby (34), Leuluai (54), French (66), Hastings (70)

Goals: Hardaker

Half time: 6-4

Full time: 6-18

Referee: Chris Kendall

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Saints Line up

1 Lachlan Coote
2 Tommy Makinson
3 Kevin Naiqama
4 Jack Welsby
5 Regan Grace
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Theo Fages
8 James Graham
9 James Roby
10 Matty Lees
11 Zeb Taia
12 James Bentley
13 Morgan Knowles
14 Dominique Peyroux
15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
16 Kyle Amor
17 Joseph Paulo

Wigan Warriors Line up

1Bevan French
2Jake Bibby
3Zak Hardaker
4Oliver Gildart
5Joe Burgess
6Jackson Hastings
7Tommy Leuluai
8Joe Bullock
9Sam Powell
10Brad Singleton
11Willie Isa
12Liam Farrell
13Oliver Partington
14Tony Clubb
15Ben Flower
16Joe Greenwood
17Morgan Smithies

Last updated 27 Nov 20 21:58:39

FT: 🔴⚪ Saints 6-18 Wigan 🍒⚪

It’s defeat for Saints in the derby.

79'
Yellow Card
Joe Greenwood for Wigan Warriors

Greenwood is sent to the bin for the high shot.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-18 Wigan 🍒⚪

78'

Tempers have come to a boil here after a high tackle on Lees.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-18 Wigan 🍒⚪

77'

Lomax knocks on. Three minutes to go.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-18 Wigan 🍒⚪

Come on boys! A big push! 💪

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72'
Goal
Zak Hardaker for Wigan Warriors

Hardaker adds the two. A big effort needed, boys!

🔴⚪ Saints 6-18 Wigan 🍒⚪

71'
Try
Jackson Hastings for Wigan Warriors

Wigan keep the ball alive and Hastings goes over on the Saints right. Kick to come.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-16 Wigan 🍒⚪

68'

Saints force a goal-line drop out, but Grace knocks on from the Hastings kick.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-12 Wigan 🍒⚪

67'

Replays suggest the pass was forward, but it’s time to respond, lads! Knowles forces the knock on and we have a chance to hit back here…

🔴⚪ Saints 6-12 Wigan 🍒⚪

66'
Try
Bevan French for Wigan Warriors

French skips past a few Saints defenders to go over on the right. Hardaker misses the two again.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-12 Wigan 🍒⚪

62'

It looked promising as Lomax tried to feed Taia, but Zeb can’t take the ball and Wigan survive.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-8 Wigan 🍒⚪

61'

Lomax wins a penalty for Saints after a high shot. Is this our chance?

🔴⚪ Saints 6-8 Wigan 🍒⚪

57'

Dom Peyroux and Knowles are on in a double change for Saints. Amor and Paulo make way.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-8 Wigan 🍒⚪

55'
Try
Tommy Leuluai for Wigan Warriors

A mistake from Saints gives Wigan the ball and Leuluai goes over. Hardaker misses what could be a crucial kick.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-8 Wigan 🍒⚪

The forwards continue to dominate! 💪

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48'

The second half has started like the first with bot teams solid in defence. Jackson Hastings has just knocked on mind on half way and we will come forward!

🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Wigan 🍒⚪

41'

We are back underway! Come on boys! 💪

🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Wigan 🍒⚪

HT: 🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Wigan 🍒⚪

We lead by two points at the break and it’s all to play for in the second half in the Derby! 💪

39'

LMS knocks on before Grace forces the Wigan error! It’s end-to-end as we approach the break!

🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Wigan 🍒⚪

36'

Hardaker misses the two from the touchline and we are still ahead.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Wigan 🍒⚪

34'
Try
Jake Bibby for Wigan Warriors

Hardaker’s grubber is pounced upon by Bibby and he goes over in the corner.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Wigan 🍒⚪

32'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote adds the two to his own try!

🔴⚪ Saints 6-0 Wigan 🍒⚪

31'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

GETTT IN!!!! Lomax breaks through a rare gap in the Wigan defence and Coooooote is there supporting him on his inside to stroll over under the sticks!

🔴⚪ Saints 4-0 Wigan 🍒⚪

30'

LMS and Kyle Amor are both on for Jammer and Matty Lees…Come on boys! 👊

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wigan 🍒⚪

24'

Wigan’s kick finds touch and we will start this set in our own half. COYS! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wigan 🍒⚪

22'

Wigan do similar as a pass out wide goes astray and into touch. We will come forward!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wigan 🍒⚪

21'

Saints move the ball out to the right, but Robes kicks out on the full…Who will make the first breakthrough?

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wigan 🍒⚪

A typical Derby battle so far! 💪

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14'

Not too much to report thus far. As expected it is a tight game. Zak Hardaker did make a break down the Saints left, but Coooote was there to bring him down.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wigan 🍒⚪

4'

It’s a solid start from both teams who exchange sets early, with plenty of contact along the way! Saints have it on half way…

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wigan 🍒⚪

The DERBY is off and underway! COYS! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wigan 🍒⚪

Game Faces on boys! Kick off is next…

Jammer, who could be about to play in his last ever Derby is on the pre-match media duties with Sky Sports!

Make it a memorable one, big man!

Kevin Naiqama will make his 50th Saints appearance tonight! Well in, Kevy!

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The legend that is Sean Long is back in town – on duty for Sky Sports this evening! He certainly knew how to win a DERBY….!

Welcome back HOME as we host Wigan in the DERBY this evening!

PLEASE NOTE: Kick off is now 8:15pm after the earlier game was delayed by 30 minutes due to traffic issues.