Wigan coach Graeme West appealed to the rugby league to change the rules
after seeing his side demolish the Super League new boys.
were awesome in their clinical destruction of the Frenchmen but West had
every sympathy with his opponents' tough schedule which, for the first
part of the season, forces the Paris players to compete in two
"It certainly doesn't help playing Sunday and Wednesday," said West
after hearing that Paris were severely hampered with injuries because
several of their players had been involved in the domestic semi-finals in
"These players should be exempt from that competition. They should be
giving the Super League priority and the treatment it deserves. They need
to have a week's break between games to prepare properly."
Even accounting for the strain imposed on the Frenchmen there was a
huge gulf in abilities.
Wigan were fresh after their two weeks lay-off, tackling strongly and
moving the ball swiftly on attack, leaving the Frenchmen breathless with
their power and pace. "We played very well," admitted West, who hardly
missed the services of Kel Skerrett, who had damaged a shin falling off a
ladder earlier in the day and Martin Offiah who had not quite recovered
from his back problem.
Wigan were in a different class and although the Frenchmen looked
lively on attack, their defence was well below par leaving Rob Smyth to
celebrate a second-half hat-trick in 16 minutes, and man-of-the-match
Henry Paul to also cross for three tries in a personal tally of 24 points.
The remainder of the 14 tries came from Gary Connolly (2), Simon
Haughton (2), Andy Farrell, Mick Cassidy, Kris Radlinski and Craig Murdock
with Farrell adding four goals and Paul six. Paris scored a last minute
consolation try from Vincent Wolf which Bagdad Yaha converted. Patrick
Torreilles added an early penalty.
WIGAN: Radlinski, Robinson, Tuigamala, Connolly, Smyth, Paul, Edwards,
Cowie, Hall, O'Connor, Quinnell, Cassidy, Farrell, Subs: Haughton (for
Cowie 26), Johnson (for Farrell 34), Murdock (for Hall HT), Baines (for
Quinnell 61), Hall (for Cassidy 69), O, Connor (for Cassidy 71).