Following a fiery opening that started with the kind of big tackles that this derby game has become known for, the game suffered a dramatic twist in only the second minute of the game when Wigan Prop, Ben Flower, was sent off by referee Phil Bentham after he punched a defenceless Lance Hohaia. This forced Wigan to play 78 minutes with 12-men, causing a switch in the Wigan approach to one of smash-and-grab. A valiant first-half performance by Wigan's 12-men meant they entered the break with a 6-2 lead.
Despite further strong defensive displays by the Wigan outfit in the ensuing second-half, Iosia Soliola forced himself over the Wigan try-line in his final appearance in the Red-Vee to put St Helens ahead and in control of the game. An admirable yet desperate display by Wigan to get themselves back into contention was halted when Tommy Makinson crashed over for Saints 12 minutes from time to make the score 14-6 after a precise kick over-the-top of the Wigan defence from Saints stalwart, Paul Wellens. Despite a late Wigan flurry, Makinson's try proved to be the one that sealed the game and the championship for St Helens meaning that the Saints claimed their first championship title since 2006 and their sixth overall in the Super League era (St Helens are now equal with,Leeds Rhinos for titles since 1996, both have 6 titles).