St Helens (10/11 Grand Final Winner) boss Kristian Woolf praised his team’s ability to “stick to their guns” as they moved two points clear at the top of the Betfred Super League after beating rivals Wigan Warriors 22-4.
Saints, who have won the last three Grand Finals, were in a ruthless mood as they produced the goods in front of a sellout 17,980 crowd.
Wigan (11/2 Grand Final Winner) opened the scoring through Jai Field, but it was their only moment of joy on Good Friday.
Tommy Makinson levelled matters before further tries from Jonny Lomax, Joe Batchelor, and Mark Percival completed the victory.
As expected, there was no love lost between the two sides in a bruising encounter, but Saints got the job done to win their seventh game in eight.
When asked about his team’s display, Woolf told BBC Sport: “Every team wants to be physical against us at the start and what I love about this group so much is that they absorb that and hang in.
“A lot of things didn’t go our way, but we played tough. I found both calls that went against us really hard to take because when a ref sends them up as tries, you’ve got to find a strong reason to disallow them.
“But we didn’t allow that to frustrate us; we stuck to our guns and took the opportunities when they arose. We also left some points out there with the missed conversions, which makes it a great performance.”
Fullback Lachlan Coote scored twice in his first derby appearance, while Ryan Hall also crossed over for Tony Smith’s side.
The Black and Whites’ only try came through Josh Reynolds, and Friday’s result means both Hull clubs are now level on points.