Wigan prolong St Helens' wait for League Leaders' Shield
|Betfred Super 8s|
|St Helens (4) 10|
|Tries: Makinson 2 Goal: Richardson|
|Wigan (14) 30|
|Tries: Sarginson 2, Bateman, Davies, Gildart, O’Loughlin Goals: Williams 3|
Wigan denied local rivals St Helens the chance to secure the League Leaders’ Shield with a stunning 30-10 derby win.
Warriors ran in six tries to lead throughout despite losing influential full-back Sam Tomkins to a knee injury in the warm-up.
Dan Sarginson’s double and John Bateman’s try before Tommy Makinson’s reply put them 14-4 ahead at the break.
Further scores after the interval from Tom Davies, Oliver Gildart and Sean O’Loughlin put the gloss on a big win.
Wigan strengthened their chances of a home semi-final, but Saints will have to wait to win a first League Leaders’ Shield since 2014.
Wigan made their mark early as Sarginson barged his way over for the opening score inside four minutes, before having to weather a storm from Saints in the opening half-hour.
Both sides had tries disallowed in an engaging opening quarter, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for obstruction in Saints’ build-up and then Sam Powell for Wigan after an earlier knock-on by Bateman.
After Sarginson’s second score, Bateman shrugged off about half a dozen challenges to barge through from 10 metres out and put Wigan in the ascendancy.
Makinson gave St Helens hope when he caught a Danny Richardson cross-kick inches inside the whitewash as the half-time hooter sounded.
But any chance of a Saints comeback was snuffed out moments after the restart as Davies nudged over for Wigan’s fourth.
Makinson clawed a second try back for Saints after a brilliant offload from McCarthy-Scarsbrook and with 30 minutes to play, there were only eight points in it.
But Wigan turned on the class in the closing quarter, Gildart stunning the home crowd with a try from inside own half as he sprinted and outfoxed Ben Barba to cross the try line.
O’Loughlin then made it a night to remember for the Warriors as he crashed over from close range for his first try of the season.
St Helens: Barba; Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Grace; Lomax, Richardson; Douglas, Roby, Thompson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Taia, Knowles.
Replacements: Amor, Wilkin, Lees, Ashworth.
Wigan: Escare; Davies, Isa, Sarginson, Gildart; Williams, Leuluai; Navarrete, Powell, Flower, Greenwood, Bateman, O’Loughlin.
Replacements: Clubb, Sutton, Partington, Hamlin.
Referee: Chris Kendall