St Helens 14-10 Wigan

St Helens progressed to the engage Super League Grand Final courtesy of a 14-10 win over Wigan Warriors at the GPW Recruitment Stadium.

This was a tough match and the momentum switched back and forth from the moment the home side opened the scoring.

The result means a third successive Leeds-Saints Grand Final, while it is also the third year in a row that Wigan have bowed out at this stage.

St Helens posted the first try after just three minutes, Kyle Eastmond making the break and sending Francis Meli over at the corner for a 4-0 lead.

The Warriors went close through Pat Richards – the prolific winger had his foot in touch – but did hit back when George Carmont was the first to reach Sam Tomkins’ speculative kick.

Richards added the conversion for a two-point lead, a lead that was defended when Meli, like Richards, was ruled to have put his foot over the line in the act of touching down.

But Saints would re-take the lead before half time: with pressure mounting on the Wigan defence Sean Long found enough space to get over, Eastmond adding the conversion to make the score 10-6.

The hosts extended that advantage after the restart when Long’s well-aimed pass found Meli, who this time navigated perfectly the space between the corner post and the oncoming defenders.

The Warriors put themselves in a position to rescue the game when Tomkins’ pass set Richards loose, Richards then kicking to the in-goal area and re-gathering for an excellent try.

With the gap just four points Wigan did all they could to find a try that would level matters and with the kick at goal offer the chance of a narrow win, but St Helens held firm until full time.

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