Saints returned to winning ways on Friday evening with a dominant 26-2 win over the Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium in the derby in front of over 3000 traveling fans!

Saints took an early eight minute lead at the DW Stadium. A big break downfield by the returning Regan Grace gave us great field position. A few tackles later close to the Warriors line, James Roby found Lachlan Coote down the left-hand side and he threw a cut-out pass to find Grace on the left wing who slid in to open the scoring. Coote added the extras from the left touchline to make it 6-0.

James Bentley and John Bateman both then got sent to the sin bin for an off the ball incident as tempers began to flare between the two sides. Wigan responded in the 16th minute, after Saints were caught offside and they opted to take two, rather than run it. Harry Smith converting, 6-2 Saints led.

Saints looked to have increased their lead in the 21st minute with a moment of magic. A Grace kick from the left wing was collected by Oliver Partington, but Lewis Dodd pinched the ball in a one-one-one steal and scored underneath the sticks. Coote once again added the extras to make it 12-2 which is how the first half ended.

Five minutes into the second half Saints were awarded a penalty after Coote was pulled back by the neck with the try line begging. A penalty try perhaps could have been given, but with Coote taken off following the tackle, Dodd stepped forward to add the extra two and increase our lead to 14-2.

Bateman was then sent to the sin bin for a second time for dissent off the ball with half an hour to go. Mark Percival almost further extended our lead a few minutes later, but he dropped the ball as the try line was beckoning.

We had another attempt to extend our lead as the returning Coote went for two from a penalty after Wigan got caught offside, the kick went wide, but from the restart the hosts were down to 12 men again, as Willie Isa was sent to the sin bin for a high shot on LMS.

We immediately made the most of that advantage. We threw the ball from right to left which resulted in Grace making a break down the left side, he then found Percival on his inside and he made no mistake this time to score! Coote missed the conversion, 18-2.

Saints had another chance to add an extra two after Liam Farrell tackled Matty Lees off the ball. Coote once again took it and this time he made no mistake, 20-2 to the Saints.

Our victory was then sealed in the final minute. Alex Walmsley crashing over from close range after collecting a short pass from Aaron Smith and our number eight was not going to be stopped and celebrated in front of the Saints fans. Coote added the extras from in front of the sticks, as Saints capped off a dominant performance at the DW Stadium with a 26-2 win.

Wigan Warriors Team: Zak Hardaker, Jake Bibby, Willie Isa, Oliver Gildart, Liam Marshall, Harry Smith, Jackson Hastings, Ethan Havard, Joe Shorrocks, Oliver Partington, Jake Pearce-Paul, Liam Farrell, Morgan Smithies.

Interchanges: John Bateman, Amir Bourouh, Joe Bullock, Liam Byrne.

Penalties: Harry Smith (1 from 1)

Sin Bins: John Bateman (16, 50), Willie Isa (61)

Saints Team: Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama, Jack Welsby, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, Joel Thompson, James Bentley, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Agnatius Paasi, Aaron Smith, Joe Batchelor.

Tries: Regan Grace (8), Lewis Dodd (21), Mark Percival (62), Alex Walmsley (80)

Conversions: Lachlan Coote (3 from 4)

Penalties: Lewis Dodd (1 from 1), Lachlan Coote (1 from 2)

Sin Bin: James Bentley (16)

HT: 2-12

FT: 2-26

Saints Line up

1 Lachlan Coote
3 Kevin Naiqama
1 Jack Welsby
4 Mark Percival
5 Regan Grace
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Lewis Dodd
8 Alex Walmsley
James Roby
10 Matty Lees
11 Joel Thompson
12 James Bentley
13 Morgan Knowles
15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
17 Agnatius Paasi
19 Aaron Smith
12 Joe Batchelor

Wigan Warriors Line up

1Zak Hardaker
2Jake Bibby
3Willie Isa
4Oliver Gildart
5Liam Marshall
6Harry Smith
7Jackson Hastings
8Ethan Havard
9Joe Shorrocks
10Oliver Partington
11Kai Pearce-Paul
12Liam Farrell
13Morgan Smithies
14John Bateman
15Amir Bourouh
16Joe Bullock
17Liam Byrne

Last updated 20 Aug 21 21:44:33


FT: 🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-26 SAINTS 🔵⚪

It’s 𝗗𝗲𝗿𝗯𝘆 𝗗𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 for Saints in Wigan!


Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooooote adds the two as the hooter sounds!

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-26 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Alex Walmsley for Saints

BIG ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! The big man powers his way over in the last minute in front of the Saints fans!!!

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-24 SAINTS 🔵⚪


Five to go here in Wigan and it’s the Saints fans in fine voice to our left!

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-20 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Lachlan Coote for Saints

We win another penalty as Hastings catches Lomax high and Cooooote adds the two!

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-20 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Mark Percival for Saints

PERCYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! And we take advantage as Coote finds Grace and he feeds the supporting Percival to go over in front of the Saints fans!! Coote misses the two.

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-18 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Yellow Card
Willie Isa for Wigan Warriors

Isa is rightly sent to the bin this time for a high shot on LMS. Bateman has returned from his time off.

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-14 SAINTS 🔵⚪


And Cooote is straight into the action as he goes for a penalty kick, but it misses.

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-14 SAINTS 🔵⚪


Coooooote is back on from his HIA assessment. Joel Thompson makes way.

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-14 SAINTS 🔵⚪


Lomax tries to find Grace with a cut-out pass, but it is intercepted by Bibby. He can’t keep hold and we will come again…

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-14 SAINTS 🔵⚪


Isa hits Welsby off the ball and it goes on report. Wigan have the ball back, the Saints fans are fired up as this derby heats up!

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-14 SAINTS 🔵⚪


A BIG chance goes begging for Saints as Dodd’s grubber is picked up by Percival, but he loses the ball with the try line begging…

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-14 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Yellow Card
John Bateman for Wigan Warriors

Bateman is sent to the bin for the second time this game…

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-14 SAINTS 🔵⚪


Bentley is quick off the mark, but catches Marshall high and Wigan get a penalty…Roby is in his ear to calm down.

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-14 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Lewis Dodd for Saints

We take the two on offer through Dodd! Coote is off to get checked out as Knowles comes back on. Welsby drops into full back…

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-14 SAINTS 🔵⚪


A lovely kick over he Wigan defence and Coooote is there to grab it and looks like he is going to score, but Hastings grabs him back by the neck. What is the referee going to give here?

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-12 SAINTS 🔵⚪


Here we go! The second half is back underway!

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-12 SAINTS 🔵⚪


HT: 🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-12 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Grace and Dodd tries send us into the break ahead in the derby!



It’s getting scrappy as both teams cough up possession twice in as many minutes. Wigan have it on half way as we approach the break…

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-12 SAINTS 🔵⚪


Lomax loses the ball and Wigan come forward, but we defend the set out well. Joe Batchelor is on for the impressive, Knowles.

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-12 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Doddyyyy goes over!


Bentley is back on and he and Knowles do brilliantly to force a knock on from Hastings! LMS and Iggy Paasi are also on for Matty Lees and Big Al…

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-12 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooooooote kicks the two from right in front to extend our lead!

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-12 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Lewis Dodd for Saints

OUT OF NOWHERE! DODDY steals the ball in a one-on-one and goes over!! What a play!

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-10 SAINTS 🔵⚪


Great defence from Saints force Liam Farrell in touch and we have it back on half way…

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-6 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Harry Smith for Wigan Warriors

Wigan win a penalty in front of the sticks and opt to take the two….

🍒⚪ WIGAN 2-6 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Yellow Card
John Bateman for Wigan Warriors

And so is Bateman as both sides are down to 12. Penalty to Wigan and time to defend.

🍒⚪ WIGAN 0-6 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Yellow Card
James Bentley for Saints

Bateman and Bentley are close to coming to blows after the pair collide on the floor and Bentley is sent to the bin for 10.

🍒⚪ WIGAN 0-6 SAINTS 🔵⚪


Lachlan Coote for Saints

COOOOOOOOTE who made the try with a lovely cut-out pass kicks the two from the touchline!

🍒⚪ WIGAN 0-6 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Regan Grace for Saints

REGANNNNNNNNNNN!! And it’s that man to finish it!!! The ball is moved from right to left and Grace, who started the attack, finishes it in the corner! GET IN!

🍒⚪ WIGAN 0-4 SAINTS 🔵⚪


Regan Grace makes a trademark break down half the length of the field and we have a big chance with a set on the Wigan line!!

🍒⚪ WIGAN 0-0 SAINTS 🔵⚪


Both sides have exchanged early sets, with some big hits along the way. Saints’ Morgan Knowles and James Bentley with some good early contact on Bateman.

🍒⚪ WIGAN 0-0 SAINTS 🔵⚪


Liam Marshall has taken an early hit to the head and he is off for a HIA assessment. John Bateman is on in his place…

🍒⚪ WIGAN 0-0 SAINTS 🔵⚪


We are off and under way in #RivalsRound here at the DW Stadium! 💥

🍒⚪ WIGAN 0-0 SAINTS 🔵⚪

Kick off is next!

The boys are out for warm ups! And they are greeted by a wonderful Saints reception!

And so is this guy!

Regan Grace is BACK in the team tonight!

Hear from the boss on our social media accounts and he will reveal why Sione Mata’utia misses out today…

This is how Wigan will line up….

Reporting for #RivalsRound 👊

This is how we will line up this evening!

The game this evening is also live on Sky Sports for those who can’t make it! Team news is up at 6:15…

This is the stand we want to hear all you Saints fans this evening!

We have arrived at the DW Stadium!

This man signed a new deal this week which will see him play on again in 2022! Will he feature tonight? Team news will be with you around 6:15pm!

Head over to our news section of our website for all the pre-match news including our match preview story. In it you will read everything you need to know ahead of tonight including details on tickets!

It’s DERBY DAY! Welcome to our live blog ahead of Wigan vs Saints this evening. Kick off from the DW Stadium is 7:45pm!

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