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Simmons in awe of ruthless Wigan

St Helens coach Royce Simmons knows his side could have their work cut out against Wigan Warriors on Saturday after watching the defending Engage Super League champions roar back to form with a 44-0 rout of Catalan Dragons.
Simmons in awe of ruthless Wigan
by NRL

St Helens coach Royce Simmons knows his side could have their work cut out against Wigan Warriors on Saturday after watching the defending Engage Super League champions roar back to form with a 44-0 rout of Catalan Dragons.

The Warriors bounced back in impression fashion from their opening 26-18 home play-off defeat by Saints to book their place in the last four and earn a re-match with their arch rivals for a place in the Grand Final.

Wigan ran in seven tries without reply, much to the admiration of Simmons, who was at the DW Stadium for the post-match Clubcall press conference.

"Their defence was outstanding," he said. "They were very aggressive and, to hold a great attacking side to zero, they were very good."

The arch rivals were handed a sixth meeting of 2011 in the second qualifying semi-final after Warrington Wolves chose Leeds Rhinos as their Friday night opponents under the Clubcall system.

After finishing fifth at the end of the regular season, the Rhinos were always favourite - as the lowest-ranked side - to be the Wolves' pick.

Meanwhile, Wigan coach Michael Maguire paid tribute to goalkicking winger Pat Richards after he became only the fourth player in the club's history to score 2,000 points.

The 2010 Super League Man of Steel kicked eight goals from nine attempts in the Warriors' win to register the nine points he needed to join Andy Farrell, Jim Sullivan and Frano Botica in reaching the magical milestone.

"It's a great effort," Maguire said. "He was struggling before the game with a minor bump on his calf but he came through really well and it was good to see him get some points on the back end of it."




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