St Helens elevated their lead on the high of the Betfred Tremendous League to 10 factors with a crushing 32-10 derby win over arch-rivals Wigan.
Tommy Makinson crossed twice within the first half to place Saints forward on the Completely Depraved Stadium and additional scores from Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Jonny Lomax put the hosts 32-Four up after an hour.
Wigan completed strongly and claimed a comfort strive by Zak Hardaker – who scored all his facet’s factors – however various their followers had lengthy headed for the exits.
Coote completed with a private haul of 16 factors having additionally kicked six targets.
The Saints followers within the close to sell-out crowd have been handled to a glowing show from their facet, notably within the second half.
Wigan, with their five-match profitable run emphatically ended, have been left with a lot to do to safe a play-off spot.
The groups traded early penalty targets however Saints seized the initiative after 13 minutes when Lomax despatched Makinson diving over for his first within the nook with a advantageous cross.
Saints remained the dominant facet all through the rest of the primary half however some uncharacteristic dealing with errors hampered their makes an attempt to extend their benefit.
Hardaker lowered the arrears to 6-Four along with his second penalty and the sport remained shut though Wigan, with Tommy Leuluai off the sector for a spell, lacked creativity.
Saints continued to press and Makinson was denied when Hardaker learn his try and kick previous the full-back.
The breakthrough finally got here six minutes earlier than the interval as Saints once more moved the ball to the best to provide Makinson a simple end.
With the bit between their enamel, Saints carried their momentum into the second half and shortly took agency management.
They elevated their lead after 51 minutes when Coote raced by to the touch down a kick from Theo Fages after Lomax had been held simply quick.
One other adopted as Joe Burgess didn’t cope with a Fages bomb and Naiqama pounced, and issues bought worse for Wigan as Morgan Knowles charged down a Leuluai kick and Lomax raced in to attain.
Wigan rallied within the latter phases and Hardaker raced onto a unfastened ball after one other cost down to attain however Saints’ third victory over their rivals this season had lengthy since been secured.