- Wigan 14-6 St Helens
- Tries from Smith and Toby King help hosts move up to second
Good Friday is always the first marker of significance for both Wigan and St Helens every season and for the first time in a long while, it is Wigan who will enjoy their Easter weekend more than their greatest rivals. Not since 2017 have the Warriors come out on the right side of the Good Friday derby but there can be no arguments from either side of this legendary rugby league rivalry that this was the correct result.
It was as full-blooded and intense as it always is. But in front of the biggest crowd to watch this fixture for 18 years at a sold-out DW Stadium, it was Wigan who had the greater success in the crucial moments. Derbies like these are often decided in pivotal moments and when they arrived, the hosts held their nerve better than the reigning champions.
Written by Aaron Bower at the DW Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/apr/07/wigan-st-helens-super-league-rugby-league-match-report under the title “Harry Smith on target to help Wigan see off St Helens in full-blooded derby”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.