St Helens 48 v 10 Wigan Warriors

DATE
COMPETITION
VENUEATTENDANCE(HT)
14th Apr 2006
Super League
HOME
17500
HT:0-18
MATCH NOTES : Keiron Cunningham made his 350th appearance for St. Helens

1

Paul Wellens

AGE 26
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
1999 SLGF 2000 SLGF 2001 SCCCF
2002 SLGF 2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF
2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF
2014 SLGF

2

Ade Gardner

AGE 22
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF
2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF

3

Jamie Lyon

AGE 24
TRIES 0
GOALS 8
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF

4

Willie Talau

AGE 30
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF
2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF

5

Ian Hardman

AGE 20
TRIES 1
GOALS 0

6

Leon Pryce

AGE 24
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF
2008 CCCF

7

Sean Long

AGE 29
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
1999 SLGF 2000 SLGF 2001 SCCCF
2002 SLGF 2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF
2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF

8

Paul Anderson

AGE 34
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF

9

Keiron Cunningham

AGE 29
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
1996 SCCCF 1997 SCCCF 1999 SLGF
2000 SLGF 2001 SCCCF 2002 SLGF
2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF
2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF

10

Jason Cayless

AGE 26
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF

11

Jon Wilkin

AGE 22
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF
2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF

12

Paul Sculthorpe

AGE 28
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
1999 SLGF 2000 SLGF 2001 SCCCF
2002 SLGF 2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF
2008 CCCF

13

Jason Hooper

AGE 28
TRIES 2
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF

14

James Roby

AGE 20
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF
2008 CCCF 2014 SLGF 2019 SLGF
2020 SLGF 2021 RLCCF 2021 SLGF

15

James Graham

AGE 20
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF
2008 CCCF 2020 SLGF

16

Maurie Fa'asavalu

AGE 26
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF
2008 CCCF

17

Vinnie Anderson

AGE 27
TRIES 0
GOALS 0

Age in brackets is at time of match - Total average age for this team is 25.


MATCH VIDEO

MATCH REPORT


MATCH REPORT : Even the demands of a local derby did little to distract Saints from the job in hand of stretching their unbeaten run to ten matches with a convincing eight-try performance.

The performance, which was described by coach Daniel Anderson as �patchy�, showed the current gulf between the neighbouring clubs, which is most clearly demonstrated by the Super League table.

In truth the game lacked the intensity of a Saints-Wigan derby, and instead had the feeling of a �top v bottom� match, especially once Saints established a commanding 12-0 lead which laid the platform for a routine victory.

Paul Sculthorpe opened the scoring on eight minutes with his first try in nine months, and Paul Wellens crossed after Jamie Lyon�s break.

It created a cushion that meant that the chances of a shock Wigan victory became even more remote.

Saints carved out several chances, but lacked the fluency to finish the moves off. Sean Long and Leon Pryce both launched counter-attacks that ultimately came to nothing, Ian Hardman was knocked into touch as he tried to touch down in the corner, and Wellens had a try harshly disallowed for a knock-on in the build-up.

Eventually Saints did increase their lead, Pryce breaking through on the fringes before he slipped the pass to Long to score.

The Saints scrum-half could have scored his second in the opening minutes of the second half after fantastic work by James Graham, but he lost his footing in the style of Devon Lock.

It only delayed the inevitable, with Ade Gardner crossing for his eleventh try of the season after Saints shifted the ball to the right.

24-0 up, Saints were in complete control, but a missed tackle by Hardman on Chris Ashton on halfway gave the winger enough space to sprint home. Pat Richards nearly added a second for the visitors, but the video referee surprisingly ruled it out for a knock-on.

Saints then warded off any chance of a fightback with four tries in twelve minutes, for the scoreboard to reflect the balance of the game.

Ian Hardman became Saints� seventeenth tryscorer in 2006 when he scored from Long�s crossfield kick, then Hooper crossed twice and Pryce touched down as Saints threatened to overwhelm the Warriors.

Instead the fifty-point barrier remained tantalisingly out of reach, and Wigan were able to claim the final try, as Jordan James ensured that Wigan became only the second team to come to Knowsley Road and get into double figures.

The most notable statistic of the day belonged to Keiron Cunningham, who made his 350th appearance for Saints, which was marked by a guard of honour from his teammates.

Saints: Paul Wellens, Ade Gardner, Jamie Lyon, Willie Talau, Ian Hardman, Leon Pryce, Sean Long, Paul Anderson, Keiron Cunningham, Jason Cayless, Paul Sculthorpe, Jon Wilkin, Jason Hooper.

Subs: Maurie Fa'asavalu, James Graham, James Roby, Vinnie Anderson.

T: Hooper (2), Sculthorpe, Wellens, Long, Gardner, Hardman, Pryce.

G: Lyon (8/8)

Wigan: Dennis Moran, Chris Ashton, David Vaealiki, Pat Richards, Brett Dallas, Danny Orr, Mick Higham, Jerry Seu Seu, Wayne Godwin, Bryn Hargreaves, Tim Jonkers, Jordan James, Sean O'Loughlin.

Subs: Darrell Goulding, Joel Tomkins, Eamonn O'Carrolkl, Oliver Wilkes.

T: Ashton, James.

G: Richards (1/2)

Referee: K Kirkpatrick









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