Wigan back on top after derby win

Wigan Warriors returned to the top of Super League after an impressive 18-6 victory over bitter rivals St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium

Saints took the lead just past the half-hour, as Jonny Lomax broke free and set Lachlan Coote up under the posts. Coote then converted for a six-point advantage.

Wigan took just three minutes to respond as Jake Bibby took advantage of some indecision at the back for Saints to collect Zak Hardaker’s kick to score. Hardaker missed the conversion, meaning the Warriors still trailed by two points.

The Warriors took the lead just short of 15 minutes into the second half, as Tommy Leuluai spotted a gap and got himself over. Hardaker missed the conversion.

Wigan made their move in the final quarter, as Bevan French got free down the left hand side, and went over. Hardaker missed the conversion again, to leave their lead at six points.

They then made the game safe with less than 10 minutes to go, as Jackson Hastings threw a dummy and got over. Hardaker added the conversion to double their advantage.

That wasn’t the end of the drama, after Joe Greenwood was sent to the sin bin after a melee.

Both sides return to action next week. Saints travel to Catalans Dragons on Thursday, while Wigan take on Huddersfield Giants at Headingley, also on Thursday.

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