Wigan stretched their winning run to 12 wins in a row with a
dominating display out in France against Catalan Dragons. The
French side had won all six of their previous home matches this
season but Wigan were far too strong in defence for their
Amazingly it was during a sin bin period in the opening quarter
than Wigan took an early foothold in the game. Catalan had taken a
2-0 lead with an early penalty from Scott Dureau before "Henderson"
Gil Dudson was sin binned by James Child for a late hit on a
kicker. Catalan had a full set on our line to press home an
advantage at this point but soon as Wigan got the ball they scored
two quick tries.
First a massive break from half way by Lee Mossop saw Brett
Finch able to send Chris Tuson over. Then on 16 minutes, Anthony
Gelling beat a bad miss tackle from Clint Greenshields to score a
neat try. Charnley only converted the second try, so it was just
10-2 to Wigan.
Catalan soon got back into the game with a dubious "penalty try"
being awarded by video referee Ian Smith. He deemed a Catalan
player was taken out without the football by Brett Finch in the
process of scoring. First penalty try I can recall in a Wigan game
since Karl Kirkpatrick gave Leeds one at DW Stadium in 2002. Anyway
the awarding of a penalty try means the conversion comes bang in
front, so an easy kick narrows Wigan's lead to 10-8.
The score was flattering Catalan a little and it looked like
this score would remain right up to the half time oranges, but for
the third week in a row Wigan scored just before the break. Two
penalties helped us up field, the second had seen Setaimata Sa put
"on report" after totally nailing Sam Tomkins. Little Sam got up
though and soon sent Charnley in the right corner. He couldn't
convert though, so the half time lead was just 14-8.
Into the second half and Wigan totally dominated the next twenty
minutes. They took an option to "take the two" on 46 minutes for a
16-8 lead then back it up with a try soon after. Very quick hands
created a massive overlap for Carmont to slip through with Gelling
still spare to his left. Charnley missed another kick though - 20-8
Those missed kicks still kept Catalan in the contest but in
truth Wigan were controlling the match and pretty much wrapped it
up on the hour when Carmont claimed his second. Hughes did well
to catch a kick from Finch and his offload got George in. Charnley
was kicking like a toddler though - only 24-8 despite scoring 5
tries to 1!
Sadly soon after that we lost "Henderson" Gil Dudson to a nasty
looking ankle injury that does not look good. He left the field on
Catalan then from nowhere decided to put the shits up the Wigan
support with a 70 metre solo dash from a tap penalty by Dureau
bringing the scores back to 24-14. Totally flattering but those
missed kicks now looked like they could haunt us.
No sweat though! This Wigan side is all class and were back in
control within three minutes. Leuluai went right and sent Sam
through a gap to seal the game. Sam also took over goal kicking but
this was pretty easy for 30-14.
Then in the final minute Hughes capped up a terrific performance
from himself by hitting a nice pass from Finch. Sam converted again
to complete an impressive 36-14 win.
So Wigan go into the international break with a 3 point lead and
have 16 days off now before they play bottom of the table Widnes on
Monday Night 25th June. Some are saying we are peaking too early
but we've just completed a run of Saints (Cup), Huddersfield (A),
Saints (A - Magic), Leeds (A) and Catalan (A). You have to peak to
get through all that lot and we've done it brilliantly. Easier
games to come now! Bring it on!