NSaints women travel over to Wigan this afternoon for a historic first ever Derby meeting between the two sides. Saints are buoyant coming off three straight victories against York, Bradford and Featherstone to maintain a 100% record, but they face their toughest test to date against a Wigan side who’s results slightly belie the talent and ability available to them.
Wigan come into the side with only 1 win from their opening 3 games – that being a 54-0 demolition job of Featherstone, but the games they’ve failed to win include a draw against Castleford, and a 6 point reversal against Leeds – both sides competing at the top of the table.
Saints, who maintain top spot on points difference have an opportunity to give themselves a little bit of daylight in the top 2 spots at the top of the table, and Coach Mark Brennan is relishing the fixture,
“It is an historic fixture; the first ever Saints and Wigan female derby game and we hope, as always, the Saints fans who have been brilliant this season come over to Robin Park and support the team.”
Saints welcome back Pip Birchall into the side after the injury sustained in the opening fixture, but Becca Rotherham missed out after suffering a slight injury. Lizzie Gladman, Isabelle Rudge and Pip Birchall also come into the squad alongside Charlotte Hill and Rhianna Burke.
The St Helens squad is:
Pip Birchall, Leah Burke, Rhianna Burke, Chantelle Crowl, Faye Gaskin, Lizzie Gladman, Zoe Harris, Charlotte Hill, Tara Jones, Sarah Lovejoy, Carys Marsh, Roxy Mura, Chloe Richardson, Emily Rudge, Isabelle Rudge, Dawn Taylor, Katie-May Williams, Naomi Williams, Vicky Whitfield.
Wigan Warriors Women face St Helens Women at Robin Park Arena on Sunday 13th May, 1pm kick off. Adults £5, Concessions £3.
It should be a cracking afternoon of Rugby – let’s hope we can make it 2 wins out of 2 for the Saints this weekend!