Wigan Warriors’ EPS members contributed to a strong Wigan Warriors performance as they defeated rivals St Helens to boost their hopes of making the Betfred Super League semi-finals.
Sean O’Loughlin played a huge part in Wigan’s big defensive show om Friday, and was Sky Sports’ Man of the Match.
Although he didn’t score, Joe Burgess was a real creative threat down the left wing, assisting two tries, including a brilliant break for George Williams’ score. Williams also kicked five goals in the victory.
Full-back Sam Tomkins also bagged an assist as well as executing a brilliant try-saving tackle on Regan Grace, to deny the Saints winger a try at a crucial part of the first half.
Potential future England star Oliver Gildart produced another impressive performance for the Warriors, with two tries early on as well as making 147 metres on the evening.
Elsewhere forward John Bateman made 36 tackles on his 100th appearance for Wigan, whilst Liam Farrell, made 20 carries.
St Helens’ England hopefuls played their part in a really memorable derby, with winger Tommy Makinson finishing off a classy move in the second half.
With the arrival of Ben Barba, Jonny Lomax managed to keep his place in Justin Holbrook’s side but instead switched to the halves, where he assisted two tries from.
Hooker James Roby produced another solid performance, including 42 tackles, on his 250th career game in Super League, whilst Alex Walmsley made 104 metres.
Luke Gale finished off a classy Castleford try and kicked four goals as the Tigers turned around a half-time deficit to put a big hole in Huddersfield Giants’ semi-final aspirations.
Greg Eden continued his scoring run as he got another to nudge his Super League tally in 2017 up to 36.
The winger also picked up an assist on the night, as did fellow EPS members Zak Hardaker and Paul McShane.
Winger Jermaine McGillvary made 153 metres in what was his 200th game in Huddersfield Giants colours.
Steve Ward got one try assist as Leeds Rhinos strengthened their hold on second position in Super League by beating Hull FC 38-26 on Thursday.
Kallum Watkins kicked seven goals for the Rhinos with Ryan Hall also featuring for Brian McDermott’s side.
Prop Scott Taylor scored one try for Hull as they suffered from a Wembley hangover after lifting the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup last weekend.
Half-back Kevin Brown scored two tries as Warrington Wolves eked out a 40-38 win at London Broncos in the Qualifiers on Saturday.
Stefan Ratchford made 187 metres and Chris Hill made 153, as Tony Smith’s side were fortunate not to throw away their lead in the closing stages.