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Summary

  1. FT: Wigan 29-18 St Helens
  2. Saints' Kyle Amor sent off for high tackle on Liam Marshall
  3. Saints in action for first time since departure of coach Keiron Cunningham
  4. Michael McIlorum returns for Wigan after 14 months out
  5. Get involved at #bbcrl

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By Matt Newsum

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FT: Wigan 29-18 St Helens

Wigan celebrate
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Wigan then and their proud coach Shaun Wane, make it 35 Super League derby wins against St Helens in the opening game of Good Friday's rugby league offering.

You can find reaction to come in our report here.

Don't forget commentaries of Castleford v Wakefield, Leeds v Hull FC and Salford v Leigh which are all available by clicking here.

Thanks for joining us, and enjoy the rest of your Easter - whatever you may be doing.

Wigan celebrate

Wigan 29-18 St Helens

Wigan claim a thrilling Good Friday derby Super League win over St Helens, who play for 67 minutes with 12 men.

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FT: Wigan 29-18 St Helens

What a game. Saints, despite losing Kyle Amor early on in the game to a red card, kept up the fight against Wigan until midway in the second half when they pulled away.

Whether it was fatigue or Wigan's extra man that told, there is much to be proud of particularly in the debut of Regan Grace who looked at home on the wing.

The interim coaching team of Jamahl Lolesi, Sean Long and Derek Traynor have done themselves proud after the departure of Keiron Cunningham.

Full time

Wigan 29-18 St Helens

Liam Marshall
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Two tries for Joe Burgess and Liam Marshall and a Liam Farrell score ensure that Wigan come away with the two points to end their losing run.

St Helens were extremely brave, battling away with tries from Morgan Knowles, debutant Regan Grace and Tommy Makinson.

However, the Warriors lived up to their name, showing their mettle to record the win. What a thrilling derby.

Wigan 29-18 St Helens

Saints, desperate and time running out, went for broke but kicked straight to Wigan player.

Then concede a penalty. DW rocks with Wigan joy. Hooter is looming.

Wigan 29-18 St Helens

Wigan cross but ref Ben Thaler brings play back for a forward pass. Saints scrum 10 out.

Inside the final two minutes now.

Wigan 29-18 St Helens

Wigan v St Helens
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Saints knock on in contact. They have to force the issue and that is where errors are made.

Wigan happy to slow it down at the scrum, in midfield.

Saints high-tackle off the scrum play hands initiative to Wigan. Penalty.

Wigan 29-18 St Helens

Saints lifted by the try are making metres and finding spaces. Testing Matty Smith kick had Wigan scrambling but the home team come up with the ball.

Great finish to this game.

TRY (Makinson, con Percival)

Wigan 29-18 St Helens

What a passage of play by Saints. Chucking the ball about left to right then left and then finding a gap for Tommy Makinson to scream through.

Chink of light for Saints.

Wigan 29-12 St Helens

High shot on Theo Fages wins penalty. Tap. Morgan Knowles taken high in front of the sticks. Penalty.

Saints raiding here...

Wigan 29-12 St Helens

Freaky passage of play there.

Saints hacked the ball on after Matty Smith's kick was fumbled by Morgan Escare. Got a drop-out off it.

Chance to mount the late fightback? Too late for me.

Wigan 29-12 St Helens

What I love about George Williams is he plays in Wigan's structures, which can be very rigid, extremely well.

But he also has a touch of ingenuity and off-the-cuff as was shown there.

Morgan Escare converted that last try by the way. 17-point lead now.

TRY (Burgess)

Wigan 27-12 St Helens

They have hit their stride now.

Joe Burgess gets his second, tracking a clip over the top from George Williams to slide in and catch on the full to score.

Saints deflated, Wigan elated. Williams the fulcrum, Burgess the finisher.

Wigan 23-12 St Helens

Tommy Makinson lies on the turf after being dragged into the in-goal area. Saints are blowing now.

Another drop-out. Another marauding attack by Wigan to come.

It's the Wigan fans you can hear going through their songbook in the fans. The party starts here for them.

TRY (Marshall)

Wigan 23-12 St Helens

If this was a boxing match, then that is the knock-out combo from Wigan.

Liam Farrell's try the left hook, Liam Marshall's score - took to mid-air after a flying left-wing break - is the uppercut.

Great break, great finish. Can't see Saints getting off the canvas now. How did he squeeze it in?

TRY REVIEW

Wigan 19-12 St Helens

Liam Marshall goes airborne after a flying move down the right, Farrell to Burgess to Marshall... is that the gamebreaker?

TRY (Farrell)

Wigan 19-12 St Helens

Just as Saints feel optimism, it's punctured by Liam Farrell.

Wigan tried to crash through on the right off the scrum, but when the ball slides left Saints can't get there and Farrell just coasts through. Lovely finish.

Regan Grace has had a stellar debut but he will feel so hurt, it was his error that led to it. Poor lad, to quote Eddie Waring.

Wigan 15-12 St Helens

Ray French

BBC Radio Merseyside

The speed of Regan Grace over that five metres, he left his wing man as if he was standing still.

St Helens created an overlap with 12 men and they are still in this.

Wigan are holding territory but if St Helens can get out this game is still alive.

Wigan 15-12 St Helens

Magnificent 'at the last', 'defender in the eyeline' stuff from Saints there. Regan Grace touching down beautifully.

However, his error off the restart has given Wigan a scrum now. 10 away...

TRY (Grace)

Wigan 15-12 St Helens

Wigan had jammed in and Saints worked the ball wide to the left with some really hard-to-execute late passes and Regan Grace flew in at the corner to touch the ball down.

WHAT A DEBUT. SENSATIONAL.

TRY (Grace)

Wigan 15-12 St Helens

DROP-GOAL (Escare)

Wigan 15-8 St Helens

Wigan really using their outside backs well to give the forwards a break, They're gaining good metres too.

Looked as though one move was going to run aground, so the astute Morgan Escare pops over a one-pointer. Just nudging the scoreboard along, to Saints frustrations.

Wigan 14-8 St Helens

Saints make a real boo-boo at the play-the-ball. Matty Smith played it to no-one, then blocked off Michael McIlorum's attempts to get the loose ball.

Penalty to touch. Wigan within 10... Saints come up with the ball after a sloppy Wigan pass.

Wigan 14-8 St Helens

Wigan v St Helens
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This is a really interesting stage of the game. Still open, still anyone's game.

Do Saints go for broke? Do they conserve energy - down to 12 of course - and try to rally late on?

Wigan don't NEED to do anything special with their lead but with any chance to put the hammer down against their rivals - the fans will certainly demand it.

Should Amor have been sent off?

Wigan 14-8 St Helens

Allen Rooney

BBC Radio Merseyside

Kyle Amor
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I've been down to the press room at half-time and after seeing the replays everyone is agreed that Saints have been harshly done to there because Kyle Amor's tackle was chest high and his arm bounced up off the ball.

A yellow card would have been acceptable but a red was harsh.

When I first saw it live I thought it was high but after seeing a replay I thought it was a yellow card at best.

Wigan 14-8 St Helens

Morgan Escare's conversion is good. Wigan restore the six point cushion.

TRY (Marshall)

Wigan 12-8 St Helens

Cutting run from Liam Marshall off a booming ball to the left from George Williams.

Off the standard start, cuts in and rips through. Brilliant finish. Wigan respond immediately.

Wigan 8-8 St Helens

Best and worst of Saints - great try then cough the ball up off the restart. Wigan scrum. 20 away.

TRY (Knowles)

Wigan 8-8 St Helens

WOW! What a set from Saints. Regan Grace set it all up with a thunderous break.

After Saints were foiled on the right they came back to the middle with Theo Fages and when he was stopped, Morgan Knowles rumbled across to get Saints within two. Added to by Mark Percival.

Super, super play and it is level.

TRY (Knowles)

Wigan 8-6 St Helens

Kick-off

Wigan 8-2 St Helens

Right. Well-earned break. Breathless first 40.

St Helens will field the ball off the kick-off. Six points in it.

Here we go.

Some good news for Saints

Wigan v St Helens (12:15 BST)

Mark Percival
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He's the man whose boot has St Helens on the board, England centre Mark Percival is also the man who signed a four-year deal this week, a big bit of business for the Red Vee.

Percival, 22, was a bright spot in England's 2016 Four Nations campaign, scoring against Scotland for his first international Test try.

"I love this club. I have been here since I was 12 years old and I want to help it win more trophies. That is my aim," he said.

This half-time score will be hurting him.

Out with the old...

Wigan v St Helens (12:15 BST)

Luke Gale for Castleford takes on Liam Forsyth of Wigan
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It's still early days in Super League of course, although we're already more than a third of the way through the regular 23 rounds of the campaign, and it's the new guard who are topping the table.

Castleford, who play Wakefield in a good old-fashioned West Yorkshire derby at the Jungle, lead the way; with a much-improved Salford just behind in second - they play Leigh for their own local bragging rights.

Leeds and Hull in third and four go head-to-head at the KCOM Stadium to complete the four game programme for the day.

Half-time analysis

HT: Wigan 8-2 St Helens

Ray French

BBC Radio Merseyside

Saints have done a really good job defensively but they can't get out in attack.

They've not got through a set of six in attack in the last 20 minutes.

They've also given too many penalties away and they need to cut that out.

Half-time

Wigan 8-2 St Helens

One try, one red card, a whole heap of incident. Wigan lead at the break but St Helens deserve huge credit for their defensive mettle.

Kyle Amor's sending off for a high shot on Liam Marshall didn't quite light the touchpaper in this derby, but it might well have swung it.

Mark Percival's penalty goal and some resolute defence have kept St Helens in the game, but Wigan have banged and banged and banged on the door.

They did cross through Joe Burgess from a George Williams kick, while Morgan Escare tacked on the extra four points with two goals.

All to play for.

Wigan 8-2 St Helens

Wigan fail to find touch. Brilliant work by Regan Grace - again! Kept it the field of play.

Then the home side are offside at the play-the-ball and then Saints knock on.

Scrappy end to the half.

PENALTY (Escare)

Wigan 8-2 St Helens

Morgan Escare clips it through. Smart. It's a converted score lead now.

Wigan 6-2 St Helens

Wigan might live to rue the possession and field position they've had but without the additional points so far. They've one try to show for it.

Penalty given away by Zeb Taia, sloppy at the ruck that.

Wigan aiming up at the sticks.

Wigan 6-2 St Helens

How are they standing firm?! Wigan and George Williams tried to go on the outside but Saints held their line, and as the ball went wide to Liam Marshall, he was shepherded out.

Defenders are often told - the touchline is your friend, it was Saints' there.

Wigan 6-2 St Helens

The energy is with Wigan. The momentum is with Wigan. Saints look shattered. They are still only four points behind.

Matty Smith smacks the ball away from a third drop out of the half.

Wigan 6-2 St Helens

Saints somehow survive again but with the ball back, they're so lateral they can't get forward.

Matty Smith sends up a skyscraping kick to clear.

Michael McIlorum welcomed back after 14 months by Wigan's fans. Great moment for him.