St Helen's coach Justin Holbrook saw his side moving one step closer to another consecutive League Leaders & # 39; Shield to win Wigan's victory – before shortly confirming whether he would remain as coach of the current Super League leaders next year.
Their pleasant success against their big rivals secured a 20 victory in 22 league games this season, and with Warrington's defeat it means the Saints are 10 points clear at the top with only seven games left. That makes finishing a near-security for the saints, but it is far less secure is Holbrook's future. He has been linked with a return to Australia next year, and while he has been offered a new deal by the club, he has yet to sign.
St Helen's fans made their feelings clear over Holbrook afterwards by insisting that they want him to stay, and he said, "It makes me feel emotionally since the fans are chanting like that, but there's really no update. " On the pitch, the Saints were far too good for the reigning champions, and finish Wigan's five-game winning race with another masterful screen. At half-time, they led 12-4 with two attempts from Tommy Makinson, and when Lachlan Coote and Kevin Naiqama both followed after 10 minutes after restarting, there was no way back to a Wigan side that forced themselves into the play- off-claims in recent weeks. "They are currently the benchmark" was how Wigan's coach, Adrian Lam, assessed the Saints.
For Wigan's credit, the evening had threatened to spiral out of control as Jonny Lomax and two goals from the Coote boot made it 32-4 before the hour mark, but Warriors voted the tide somewhat, preventing additional points from being scored. They even crossed their first and only attempt at night when Zak Hardaker's efforts gave a well deserved attempt at the fullback, but it was a little more than a consolation score on another successful evening for Holbrook and the Saints.
St Helens Coote; Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace; Lomax, Fages; Walmsley, Bentley, Thompson, Peyroux, Knowles, McCarthy-Scarsbrook. interchange Smith, Amor, Ashworth, Lees.
try Makinson 2, Coote, Naiqama, Lomax. Goal Coote 6.
Wigan Hardaker; Marshall, Saringson, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Leuluai; Navarrete, Powell, Partington, Isa, Farrell, Smithies. interchange Hankinson, Shorrocks, Byrne, Bullock.
Sample Hardaker. Goal Hardaker 3.
Judging B Thaler. Presence 17,088.
Roundup: Hull KR easy worries with victory in Leeds
The big game at the bottom of the table saw Hull Kingston Rovers ease their relegation concerns with a decisive victory at Leeds Rhinos who are not out of danger yet. Leeds former hooker, Matt Parcell, was among the Robins scores as they not only moved two points off the bottom of London but levels of points with Leeds and Huddersfield in the fascinating four-way race to avoid relegation to the championship.
In other cases, Huddersfield was beaten to the Catalans when a co-Tomkins hat-trick helped Dragons increase their play-off hopes with West Yorkshire victory. Dragons move across Wigan to fourth courtesy of their narrow 32-28 victory after receiving a late Giant rally to return to Perpignan with two points, while Castleford is now level five even after victory over local rivals Wakefield .
The Tigers won 36-16, with James Clare crossing for a hat trick when Castleford extended their winning race against Trinity to thirteen consecutive battles. The other great winners of the night were Salford Red Devils, who won second place Warrington for the second time this season to renew their own hopes for a play-off push. Krisnan Inu and Kris Welham were among their scorers as they won 22-12.
After charging a St Helens kick with the hosts at the top, Hardaker showed enough lap and pace to break free and make sure Wigan would avoid ignoring not scoring.