Super League: St Helens 32-10 Wigan Warriors - Leaders Saints seal third derby win
|Betfred Super League|
|St Helens (12) 32|
|Tries: Makinson 2, Coote, Naiqama, Lomax Goals: Coote 6|
|Wigan (4) 10|
|Tries: Hardaker Goals: Hardaker 3|
Super League leaders St Helens easily pulled off their third derby win of the season to beat in-form Wigan Warriors and move 10 points clear at the top.
Tommy Makinson sent Saints ahead after Zak Hardaker and Lachlan Coote exchanged penalty goals early on before he crossed again just before half-time.
Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Jonny Lomax all crossed over after the break to give Saints a formidable lead.
Hardaker later ran in for Wigan but a Saints victory never looked in doubt.
The result is the third St Helens derby victory against Wigan this season after Justin Holbrook's side defeated the Cherry and Whites in the opening game of the season as well as a Good Friday rout at the DW Stadium.
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Saints' victory, combined with second-placed Warrington's failure to beat Salford Red Devils, widened their lead at the top, while Wigan slip a place to fifth after Sam Tomkins helped Catalans beat Huddersfield.
Wigan, whose head coach Adrian Lam signed a one-year contract extension earlier this week, had arrived at the Totally Wicked Stadium off the back of five consecutive wins.
Their recent form had transformed their season and turned them into play-off contenders, but they struggled to match St Helens' class.
The hosts sealed victory in front of a sell-out crowd in a rare derby fixture that was not being broadcast live on television.
Prior to the game, Saints had named England and Great Britain international James Roby in their 19-man squad as he neared his return from a groin injury.
Roby did not make their matchday squad and the hosts were forced to name James Bentley as hooker, although it did not impede a dominant display.
St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook told BBC Radio Merseyside:
"Every week is always a hard game but to play Warrington, go to Hull and then face our biggest rivals tonight - to come away with such a dominant win I couldn't be happier.
"We finished the first half really well and in the second half I thought we started well and then it got a bit scrappy at the end but that happens.
"To keep them to just one try, I thought we did a great job, because they've got so many dangerous players."
Wigan Warriors head coach Adrian Lam told BBC Radio Manchester:
"I thought we started the game pretty well and we were aggressive and the team we wanted to be but there were a couple of slip-ups.
"We didn't attack well and once we were frustrated and under the pump we sort of referred back to type and were a completely different team.
"I give credit to St Helens tonight, they were pretty strong and I don't think they could have played much better than they did."
St Helens: Lomax, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Fages, Walmsley, Thompson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Knowles, Peyroux, Bentley, Coote.
Interchanges: Amor, Lees, Ashworth, Smith.
Wigan: Sarginson, Gildart, Burgess, Williams, Leuluai, Powell, Farrell, Navarrete, Isa, Marshall, Hardaker, Partington, Smithies.
Interchanges: Bullock, Hankinson, Shorrocks, Byrne.
Referee: Ben Thaler.