Saints were in full control as we beat Wigan Warriors 24-6 on Sunday evening in the first meeting between the sides since the 2020 Grand Final.

It was a bright start for the Saints, Lachlan Coote was held up inches short of the line, whilst Theo Fages was agonisingly close to scoring under the sticks, but Jackson Hastings cleared the ball for a dropout before the Frenchman could score.

Saints did take a 13th minute lead though after Wigan were penalised for a high shot on Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Coote making no mistake from in front of the sticks and we led 2-0.

One minute later we had our first try of the evening. A high Lachlan Coote kick was fumbled by Jake Bibby under pressure from Mark Percival, Regan Grace picked up the loose ball to score. Coote added the extras from close to the left toucline, 8-0.

Shortly after we had another two points from in front of the sticks courtesy of Coote’s boot, after the Warriors were caught offside again, 10-0 Saints led.

Another try followed in the 24th minute. A big break by Morgan Knowles downfield, and on the last Fages’ pass was collected by Coote and our number one fought off an attempted Jackson Hastings tackle to score. Coote then converted his own try to give us a 16-0 lead.

Coote fancied his luck again on the half hour mark on the last tackle, but was held up inches short of the try-line, as he looked for his second try of the half. Our full back did have another chance to add an extra two from in front of the sticks a few minutes later, as Wigan were once again ruled offside on the own try-line. Coote made no mistake, 18-0 Saints led.

Kai Pearce-Paul was sin-binned seconds before the break for a late shot on Coote on the left side of the pitch, which sparked a brawl between both sides. Coote was able to continue after the late shot, but his penalty went wide on the hooter, 18-0 Saints led at the break.

Willie Isa, who was lucky to avoid a sin bin for a late hit on Mark Percival in the first half, was sent to the bin five minutes into the second half, after a late shot to the head of Grace. Percival then marked his return to the Saints team with a great solo run, cutting in from the left side to ground the ball next to the sticks under pressure. The decision went to the video referee, but Percival still had control of the ball as he grounded it. Coote once again added the extras, 24-0.

The Warriors did grab a consolation though. A short pass close to the Saints line found Liam Farrell, and he forced his way over from close range. Harry Smith added the extras, 24-6 Saints led.

Saints went close to a great try 15 minutes from the end. A Coote chip wasn’t dealt with by Wigan, Grace flicked the ball back from off the pitch, but Jonny Lomax was in touch as he went to ground the ball.

But it didn’t matter as Saints won 24-6 on a wet evening at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Saints Team: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Sione Mata’utia, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: Kyle Amor, Agnatius Paasi, Jack Welsby, Lewis Dodd.

Tries: Regan Grace (14), Lachlan Coote (24), Mark Percival (49)

Conversions: Lachlan Coote (3 from 3)

Penalties: Lachlan Coote (3 from 4)

Wigan Warriors Team: Jackson Hastings, Jake Bibby, Willie Isa, Oliver Gildart, Liam Marshall, Harry Smith, Thomas Leuluai, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Joe Bullock, Jake Pearce-Paul, Liam Farrell, Ethan Havard.

Interchanges: Liam Byrne, Oliver Partington, Joe Shorrocks, Brad O’Neill.

Tries: Liam Farrell (55)

Goals: Harry Smith (1 from 1)

Sin-Bins: Kai Pearce-Paul (40), Willie Isa (45)

HT: 18-0

FT: 24-6

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Saints Line up

1 Lachlan Coote
2 Tommy Makinson
3 Kevin Naiqama
4 Mark Percival
5 Regan Grace
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Theo Fages
8 Alex Walmsley
James Roby
15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
11 Sione Mata’utia
12 Joe Batchelor
13 Morgan Knowles
18 Kyle Amor
17 Agnatius Paasi
1 Jack Welsby
7 Lewis Dodd

Wigan Warriors Line up

1Jackson Hastings
2Jake Bibby
3Willie Isa
4Oliver Gildart
5Liam Marshall
6Tommy Leuluai
7Harry Smith
8Brad Singleton
9Sam Powell
10Joe Bullock
11Kai Pearce-Paul
12Liam Farrell
13Ethan Havard
14Liam Byrne
15Oliver Partington
16Joe Shorrocks
17Brad O’Neill

Last updated 4 Jul 21 21:26:13


FT: 😇 Saints 24-6 Wigan 🔵⚫

We come away with the derby spoils after a deserved victory on a wet night in St Helens! GET IN! 💪💪💪💪



Big Al goes for the line, but knocks on a meter short. Two minutes to go!

😇 Saints 24-6 Wigan 🔵⚫

📸 Winning the forward battle!



Fages’ clever kick just runs dead before Lomax can get on the end of it…

😇 Saints 24-6 Wigan 🔵⚫


We’re into the final 10 minutes as Fages wins a penalty for a high shot. Coote will kick for touch…

😇 Saints 24-6 Wigan 🔵⚫


The ball is kicked over the top and Grace does brilliantly to palm it back, but Lomax can’t touch it down.

😇 Saints 24-6 Wigan 🔵⚫


Lewis Dodd is on for Robes who takes a breather. Just over 15 to go here in a rain-soaked St Helens!

😇 Saints 24-6 Wigan 🔵⚫


Percy is involved again as he makes a barn-storming break down the middle, but his offload can’t find a Saints man and Wigan survive.

😇 Saints 24-6 Wigan 🔵⚫

Percival going over for a Saints try earlier!

😇 Saints 24-6 Wigan 🔵⚫

Harry Smith for Wigan Warriors

Harry Smith converts.

😇 Saints 24-6 Wigan 🔵⚫

Liam Farrell for Wigan Warriors

Wigan win a penalty and Farrell goes over.

😇 Saints 24-4 Wigan 🔵⚫

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote adds the two! Pearce-Paul returns from his sin-bin.

😇 Saints 24-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

Mark Percival for Saints

PERCYYYYYYYYYYY!! Fages does brilliantly to cut inside and find Percival, he cuts inside three Wigan defenders and powers his way over! Get in!!!

😇 Saints 22-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

Yellow Card
Willie Isa for Wigan Warriors

Isa is sin-binned after a dangerous tackle on Welsby before the stadium ERUPTS after three huge defensive sets which force the Warriors in their own-goal!

😇 Saints 18-0 Wigan 🔵⚫


But Singleton knocks on under the challenge from Welsby and we have it back!

😇 Saints 18-0 Wigan 🔵⚫


Wigan’s kick towards the corner finds touch, via the hands of Grace before the visitors win a penalty as we are penalised for offside.

😇 Saints 18-0 Wigan 🔵⚫


We have a break in play as Oliver Partington is down with a nasty looking head injury after a collision with Joe Batchelor.

😇 Saints 18-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

We are back off again in the second half! Come on, lads!

😇 Saints 18-0 Wigan 🔵⚫


HT: 😇 Saints 18-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

We take a healthy lead into the break after tries from Grace and Cooote plus three penalties from our no.1!



The penalty is awarded to Saints, but as the hooter sounds, Cooote’s kick drifts wide.

😇 Saints 18-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

Yellow Card
Kai Pearce-Paul for Wigan Warriors

It’s boiling over here as first Percival is hit off the ball by Isa before minutes later Coote is caught late by Pearce-Paul who is sin-binned.

😇 Saints 18-0 Wigan 🔵⚫


Wigan have a chance as Hastings steps past Naiqama on the Saints left, but Marshall miss-judges the half backs kick and the ball bobbles out of play.

😇 Saints 18-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Saints win another penalty in front of the sticks and Coooooooote extends our lead!

😇 Saints 18-0 Wigan 🔵⚫


A few changes as Amor and Paasi are on for LMS and Walmsley as is Welsby who comes on for Knowles at loose forward.

😇 Saints 16-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

📸 Cooooooooooooote!



Lomax flattens Leuluai and the West stand liked that one…..👀

😇 Saints 16-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote adds the two to his try and the lead is 16!

😇 Saints 16-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

Lachlan Coote for Saints

COOOOOOTE! Knowles makes a brilliant run before Fages’ pass is brilliantly picked up by our full back and he reaches over the line to score! Get in!

😇 Saints 14-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

Regan goes over!

Lachlan Coote for Saints

We are nearly in again as Lomax jinxes his way through. He is held up just short and Roby’s pass is knocked down and we win a penalty in front of the sticks….Cooooote does the rest!

😇 Saints 10-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooote kicks the two from wide left to extend our lead!

😇 Saints 8-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

Regan Grace for Saints

REEEGGGGZ!! A high Coooote kick is fumbled by Bibby under the challenge of Percival and Regan Geace is there to pick up the loose ball and score!!! Get in!

😇 Saints 6-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Saints win successive penalties, the latter a high shot on LMS and Cooooote kicks us into an early lead with the two points from right in front.

😇 Saints 2-0 Wigan 🔵⚫


We come forward and Coooote’s grubber is so nearly pounced upon by Theo Fages, but a Wigan man kicks the ball dead and we will come again…

😇 Saints 0-0 Wigan 🔵⚫


Their first set of six on the Saints line is well defended by Kristian Woolf’s men before Leuluai is penalised for an incorrect play the ball.

😇 Saints 0-0 Wigan 🔵⚫


A good start from the Saints sees Regan Grace make a break down the left before cutting inside. Lachlan Coote is then trapped on the last and Wigan have a set of six in their own half.

😇 Saints 0-0 Wigan 🔵⚫


We are off in the derby at the Totally Wicked Stadium! COYS! 🔴⚪

😇 Saints 0-0 Wigan 🔵⚫

Moments ago we saw the Saints Women’s team parade their Challenge Cup trophy around the Stadium….Hopefully we can be doing that again in a few week’s time!

The boys have just completed their warm ups! Not long to go now until kick off!

Pre-match media duties….

Woolf on his team: “Its great to have Percy and Lomax back and they are key and big players for us. Jack Welsby covers a few positions in the outside backs and in the halves and he can also do a job in the forwards.”

Mark Percival is back in the team!

Here is how Wigan will line up…

Here is your Saints line up for this evenings derby clash!

The heavens have now opened here in St Helens – it’s raining heavily! 🌧️ Team news will be with you at approximately 6pm. Stay tuned!

Our Totally Wicked Stadium is looking on point! 😅

A reminder of our 21 man squad ahead of this evening’s game. We will have team news for you at approximately 6pm!

You can also read our match preview which has all the information you need ahead of tonight’s game. Visit our news section to read all about it.

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Welcome to our live Blog as Saints host Wigan at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Kick off is at 7:30pm this evening.

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