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Gleeson strikes as Wigan claim Grand Final glory

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Martin Gleeson scored two early tries as Wigan got off to a flying start © Getty Images
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Wigan Warriors stunned St Helens 22-10 to win the Super League Grand Final and condemn Saints to the runners-up medals for the fourth consecutive year.

Martin Gleeson scored twice against his former club as the Warriors burst out of the blocks to race to a 16-0 lead.

Gleeson dived over after only four minutes following a well-worked move on the right wing, and he doubled his points total to help his side to a 10-0 lead. And just four minutes later Gleeson turned provider when he took advantage of some sluggish Saints defending to set up Darrell Goulding.

St Helens finally got on the board through Andrew Dixon but Sam Tomkins effectively ended the contest when he evaded the grasp of Chris Flannery to dive over for Wigan's fourth try. It was a one-sided affair as Wigan claimed their first Grand Final victory since 1998, with Meli's late try was little more than consolation for the Saints.

"It's immense," said Warriors prop Andy Coley. "It's been a long time for me so to win with this bunch of people means so much. The desire in the squad is unbelievable - there was only ever going to be one result tonight. It means everything to us and the people of Wigan. It's been a fairytale story and a great year."

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