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WIGAN 11 LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 29

This was more like it. After last week’s horror show, Liverpool St Helens produced a battling display full of effort and adventure and eventually ran out worthy winners to keep them comfortably at the right end of the table.  The game was preceded by a minutes silence, generously agreed to by our hosts, in tribute to Paul Poulton, a man who has worked tirelessly for Liverpool St Helens.  

Andy Northey once again gave a number of youngsters their first introduction to senior League action and Jamie Morris, William Game and Connor Glynn, making his first start, will undoubtedly benefit from the experience. Young Morris, in particular, made an impressive debut, seeking out the ball whenever the chance presented.  The overall performance however, was once again orchestrated by the experienced Darren Wilson whilst prop Mark Fryer had a fine game up front.

Wigan had the better of the early exchanges, landing two early penalties to take a 6-0 lead before LSH finally got their hands on the ball.   Current Colt Alex McBride is almost an old hand now and once again he showed his strength and pace to loop around from one wing to the other to finish off a fine backs move, converting his own try. 6-7. The young winger then slotted a penalty in the 32 minute, 6-10, after which Wigan launched a sustained attack on the LSH line. On this occasion the LSH defence stood firm and reached half time with a four point lead.

LSH went further ahead after the restart when a fine break from Paddy Royle was continued by Wilson to race over for the second try, 6-15 before LSH scored again in the 54th minute. This time the unwaveringly loyal Matt Cunliffe showed the youngsters how it is done when finishing off an excellent move featuring Matty Johnston and Andrew Rawsthorne, converted by McBride, 6-22.

Wigan hit back with a try of their own followed by a typical solo sniping effort from the base of a scrum by scrum half Wilson just before the close, to give LSH a deserved bonus point.

Team

15 Kean 14 Morris 13 Cunliffe M 12 Rawsthorne 11 McBride 10 Johnston 9 Wilson D (capt) 1 Williamson 2 Houlton 3 Fryer 4 Donlevy 5 Royle P 6 Glynn 7 Burrows 8 Potter. 16 Heywood 17 Metcalfe 18 Game.


John Williams