Blake hails skipper O’Loughlin

Sean O'Loughlin ploughs into James Roby and Luke Walsh during another exemplary performance
Sean O'Loughlin ploughs into James Roby and Luke Walsh during another exemplary performance
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BLAKE Green hailed Sean O’Loughlin as his greatest ever team-mate after the captain inspired Wigan to a stunning 33-14 derby victory over St Helens.

He scored the opening try at Langtree Park, conjured a magical pass for their second and produced a real captain’s knock as the Warriors became the first team this year to beat Saints.

Defeated coach Nathan Brown later hailed him as one of the best players in the world - and Australian stand-off Green was equally as gushing in his praise.

“He’s a superstar, the best player I’ve played with,” said the former Canterbury and Parramatta player.

“He plays 80 minutes in the middle, the hardest job on the field.

“And that ball he threw for Dan Sarginson’s try, left to right, at pace... it was world-class. He’s always outstanding for us and he was again today.”

In front of a capacity 17,980 crowd, Wigan led 20-14 at half-time and then kept their high-flying opponents to nil after the interval to record their sixth straight win.

Liam Farrell (inset) finished with two tries, while Matty Smith nailed six goals.

“Our desire was the most impressive thing, it was a great effort,” said Green.

“We’ve been a bit patchy recently, and I hope this kicks our season off, because aside from the win at Warrington, we’ve been a bit flat and it’s great to get a result like that.”

The win was soured by injuries to Iain Thornley (pectoral), Eddy Pettybourne (calf) and Ben Flower (ankle), which will be assessed today.

Shaun Wane will name his 19-man squad today for Monday’s home match, with Gil Dudson, Dom Crosby, Sam Powell and Dom Manfredi in the frame.