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Match Report: Catalan 14 Wigan 36
Posted by cherryandwhite on June 09 2012 - 16:22

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Catalan Dragons v Wigan Warriors - Stobart Super League XVII Round 17.
Saturday 9th June 2012. Kick Off 3:00pm at Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier.

Match Report

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 opponents.

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 Wigan.

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 a stretcher.

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!

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "I'm very happy. We've come through a block of six games playing Leeds and St Helens twice and we identified this game in pre-season as a tough one - and to come through winning every game is fantastic. We scored some great tries today and I'm a happy man, looking forward to a glass of wine tonight. I'm happy with the performance, with the ball in hand we had a lot of composure, our completions were about 94%. In a game like that against a team as good as Catalan I think that is massive for our team. If there is a better hooker in the competition (than Mike McIlorum) then I need to see him because he is consistently been fantastic for me. The subtle part of his game, the technical part of his game of being a dummy half is nearly there, his speed and vision are both superb and he is tough, he belts people and as far as I am concerned, he is the perfect hooker. Gil (Dudson) has done something to his ankle ligaments, he's maybe snapped them. If he has then he will be out for maybe five or six months which is a shame as he's played well and stood up and I never expected him to play so many games."

Catalan coach Trent Robinson: "That was an improved performance on what we have been playing over the last month, but it was hard to climb in terms of performance from where we have been to where we needed to be to win that game today. The small points or small plays whether it was in attack, finishing off a break or executing a play...some of the opportunities we created today probably would have been tries earlier in the year. We just needed that extra person in support, or a change of direction or extra bit of speed that would have got us over the line.  (Wigan) turned up today and that is their strength and that is why they are where they are. Obviously its not ideal that we concede those tries (in the sin bin period), two quick tries like that is unacceptable, but you don't need 13 men to score a try, we needed to defend the small plays that they had and we didn't do that. In terms of possession, we had 20 plays less than they had in the first half and I'll have to have a look at the penalties they got in the second half. They got some relieving penalties that helped them when we were on top."

Team Sheets

- Catalan Position Wigan 1
1 Clint Greenshields Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
2 Damien Blanch Winger Josh Charnley 2
25 Vincent Duport Centre Darrell Goulding 3
4 Setaimata Sa Centre George Carmont 4
18 Daryl Millard Winger Anthony Gelling 24
3 Leon Pryce Stand Off Brett Finch 6
7 Scott Dureau Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
8 David Ferriol Prop Gil Dudson 22
9 Ian Henderson Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
10 Remi Casty Prop Lee Mossop 10
11 Steve Menzies 2nd Row Liam Farrell 16
12 Louis Anderson 2nd Row Chris Tuson 17
24 Jason Baiteiri L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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13 Gregory Mounis Substitute Jeff Lima 14
14 Sebastien Raguin Substitute Epalahame Lauaki 21
23 Lopini Paea Substitute Jack Hughes 26
26 Ben Fisher Substitute Logan Tomkins 28
- Brian McDermott Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Catalan Dragons 14 --- Wigan Warriors 36
Tries (2):
(Penalty Try)
Scott Dureau
--- Tries (7):
Chris Tuson
Anthony Gelling
Josh Charnley
George Carmont 2
Sam Tomkins
Jack Hughes
Goals:
Scott Dureau 3/3
--- Goals:
Josh Charnley 2/6
Sam Tomkins 2/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

04mins:44 Catalan 02 Wigan 00 Penalty Goal: Scott Dureau (1/1)
09mins:30 Wigan Sin Bin Gil Dudson (Late Hit on a Kicker)
11mins:14 Catalan 02 Wigan 04 Try: Chris Tuson
- Catalan 02 Wigan 04 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (0/1)
15mins:15 Catalan 02 Wigan 08 Try: Anthony Gelling
- Catalan 02 Wigan 10 Conversion: Josh Charnley (1/2)
18mins:11 Catalan 06 Wigan 10 Try: (Penalty Try)
- Catalan 08 Wigan 10 Conversion: Scott Dureau (2/2)
38mins:35 Catalan 08 Wigan 14 Try: Josh Charnley
- Catalan 08 Wigan 14 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (1/3)
Half Time Catalan Dragons 08 Wigan Warriors 14
45mins:10 Catalan 08 Wigan 16 Penalty Goal: Josh Charnley (2/4)
49mins:29 Catalan 08 Wigan 20 Try: George Carmont
- Catalan 08 Wigan 20 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (2/5)
59mins:56 Catalan 08 Wigan 24 Try: George Carmont (2)
- Catalan 08 Wigan 24 J.Charnley Missed Conversion (2/6)
69mins:48 Catalan 12 Wigan 24 Try: Scott Dureau
- Catalan 14 Wigan 24 Conversion: Scott Dureau (3/3)
72mins:36 Catalan 14 Wigan 28 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Catalan 14 Wigan 30 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (1/1)
78mins:43 Catalan 14 Wigan 34 Try: Jack Hughes
- Catalan 14 Wigan 36 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (2/2)
Full Time Catalan Dragons 14 Wigan Warriors 36

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Lee Mossop
2nd: Jack Hughes 3rd: Sam Tomkins 4th: Mike McIlorum 5th: Darrell Goulding

Referee

James Child

Penalties Conceded

Catalan 13 Wigan 9

Match Attendance

13,858

Television (Match shown in France Only)

Weather

Dry.

League Table after Super League 17 Round 17

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 17 14 0 3 626 267 +359 28
2 Warrington Wolves 17 12 1 4 564 315 +249 25
3 Catalan Dragons 16 11 0 5 519 378 +141 22
4 St Helens 17 9 2 6 495 307 +188 20
5 Huddersfield Giants 17 10 0 7 465 343 +122 20
6 Hull FC 16 9 2 5 492 332 +70 20
7 Hull Kingston Rovers 17 9 1 7 485 422 +63 19
8 Bradford Bulls 17 8 1 8 351 428 -77 17
9 Leeds Rhinos 16 8 0 8 411 382 +29 16
10 Salford City Reds 17 6 1 10 402 490 -88 13
11 Wakefield Wildcats 16 6 0 10 306 442 -136 12
12 Castleford Tigers 17 5 0 12 348 574 -226 10
13 London Broncos 17 3 0 14 344 541 -197 6
14 Widnes Vikings 17 3 0 14 261 758 -497 6

Round 17 Results
Fri 9 June St Helens 54 Bradford Bulls 0 13,025
Fri 9 June Warrington Wolves 37 Leeds Rhinos 18 10,835
Sat 10 June Catalan 14 Wigan 36 (at Montpellier FC) 13,858
Sat 10 June London Broncos 28 Widnes Vikings 24 2,117
Sun 11 June Castleford Tigers 34 Salford City Reds 30 5,877
Sun 11 June Wakefield Wildcats 32 Hull FC 30 8,986
Mon 12 June Huddersfield Giants 26 Hull Kingston Rovers 42 4,982

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