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Match Report: Wigan 38 Catalan 0
Posted by cherryandwhite on March 09 2013 - 12:03

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Wigan Warriors v Catalan Dragons - Super League 18 Round 6.
Friday 8th March 2013
. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Pat Richards claiming his 150th Wigan try on the night of his 200th Wigan appearance was almost as inevitable as the sun rising, but Wigan's young side nilling Catalan was not so inevitable.

If you hadn't seen the match it would be easy to look at that final score and just conclude that Catalan were really poor but the reality was more that Wigan made them look poor. We ground them down into a performance that saw them looking more and more clueless as the night wore on.

I mean the first twenty minutes was a really good contest and had Catalan scored the games first try, it would have been a totally different result. I reckon both sides had three good chances each in the opening quarter but it was a bit of luck that eventually got the scoreboard ticking.

A grubber by Sam Tomkins forty metres out ricocheted off a Catalan defender straight into the hands of Mike McIlorum who had support from Matty Smith to get Blake Green over. Pat converted for 6-0 after 21 minutes.

It was when Catalan started making interchanges that Wigan took full control of the contest. Wigan's standard of play never dropped in comparison and they finished the half strongly with two back to back tries just before half time.

First effort came after a drop out with last week's match winning partnership of Sean O'Loughlin and Chris Tuson combining again in the middle of the park to get the latter over. Nicely timed run by Tuson again and Pat converted easily for 12-0.

Then a mistake off a kick gifted Wigan's third score. O'Loughlin's chip over the top turned grubber was completely missed by full back Daryl Millard, but Lockers did brilliantly to get the pass away whilst flat on his back and Jack Hughes had a simple walk over the line under the posts. Easy conversion for 18-0.

First try of the second half is always a big one and it fell to Wigan after just 3 minutes whilst Catalan were on the attack. Close to the Wigan line Millard's pass was intercepted by Richards and he raced 95 metres down his left wing to score his 150th try. What a brilliant way to achieve that landmark and it brought the house down. Even more so when he nailed his conversion off the touchline for 24-0.

This young Wigan side, missing its three most experienced props (Paul Prescott, Eric Lauaki, Lee Mossop) and most experienced second rower (Harrison Hansen), visibly grew from that effort and Wigan showed some great class over the next few minutes.

Two quick back to back tries on 49 and 52 minutes put the result beyond full doubt. First Sam Tomkins scored in the right corner after combination from half backs Green and Smith, then Pat took a perfect kick from Green down the left to claim his second. He missed both conversions though, leaving the score at 32-0.

I think what showed that this wasn't exactly a Catalan surrender was the way they didn't collapse in the final 28 minutes. They had no idea by now in attack, particularly without talisman Scott Dereau, but defensively as a line they weren't that poor. Only one further try followed for Wigan and that came after Catalan had been reduced to 12 men with a sin bin.

The yellow came in the 71st Minute following an incident that saw Sam Tomkins knocked out. Couldn't quite tell if it was a shoulder charge on him or even a punch but I'm sure the disciplinary will look at that one. Olivier Elima was yellow carded following the incident but it seems that was for Dissent rather than the challenge itself. Sam was substituted but will be OK.

The French had a really good defensive stand following that, despite being a man down, but Wigan's pressure eventually told with Greg Burke claiming his first try for the club with 3 minutes to go. We had got a "back to one" down the left wing and with this new "free play" rule, Burke got up and had a go. I made the point on twitter that Burke was aged just 1 when Steve Menzies played 5 minutes as a substitute for Australia at Central Park in October 1994, but Burke did brilliantly to throw off Menzies attempted tackle and although he fell just short of the line, he was able to double move over it with no one on him. Pat converted off the touchline to finish his big night in perfect style and round off an excellent 38-0 win.

I've just said earlier on twitter that no other side in Super League could lose their equivalents of the experience we have out and produce the standard of performance we are achieving. I don't think Warrington would fancy a trip to Leeds without Morley, Carvell, Wood and Westwood, Huddersfield without Crabtree, Fielden, Chan, Ferres or St Helens without Perry, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Laffranchi and Soliola. Yet we'll go there next Friday with great confidence and enthusiasm and that speaks volumes for our coaching staff both at this level and in the academy ranks!

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "I would take the nil every day. I was pleased with our defence. They are a good team Catalan and are very skilful, but our defence for the majority of the game was good. It was a professional performance. What makes me feel good is that I know we can improve. There are a lot of areas in which we can improve on. We can get better in attack, we all know that. There is a lot of improvement in us yet. (Pat Richards) try scoring record doesn't really bother me but to get 200 games is a marvellous achievement. We all like Paddy, he is just like a Wiganer and we wanted to do well for him. I have been at this club since I was 15 and I have seen some top Australians and he is honestly up there with the top three I have played with and coached. He is that good. Not just on the field but the way he handles himself off it as well. He is very professional and he works hard on his skills and listens to us."

Catalan Coach Laurent Frayssinous: "It was just not our night. I don't think there is actually 38 points difference between the two sides but tonight there was and we didn't deserve anything. The first half was quite tight but they scored a lucky try through a kick and they went on from that Wigan were patient all night, they started to build some pressure and we were unable to absorb it."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Catalan 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Daryl Millard 18
2 Josh Charnley Winger Damien Blanch 2
4 Jack Hughes Centre Steve Menzies 11
17 Iain Thornley Centre Vincent Duport 25
5 Pat Richards Winger Mathais Pala 19
6 Blake Green Stand Off Leon Pryce 3
7 Matty Smith Scrum Half Thomas Bosc 6
20 Gil Dudson Prop Michael Simon 20
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Ian Henderson 9
15 Ben Flower Prop Rémi Casty 10
16 Chris Tuson 2nd Row Olivier Elima 8
12 Liam Farrell 2nd Row Kevin Larroyer 17
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Jason Baitieri 23
21 Scott Taylor Substitute Grégory Mounis 13
23 Logan Tomkins Substitute Eloi Pelissier 16
26 Dom Crosby Substitute Jamal Fakir 22
29 Greg Burke Substitute Jean-Philippe Baile 26
- Shaun Wane Coach L.Fraysinnous -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 38 --- Catalan Dragons 0
Tries (7):
Blake Green
Chris Tuson
Jack Hughes
Pat Richards 2
Sam Tomkins
Greg Burke
--- Tries (0):
Pat Richards 5/7
--- ---

Scoring and Incident Pattern

21st Minute Wigan 04 Catalan 00 Try: Blake Green
- Wigan 06 Catalan 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
33rd Minute Wigan 10 Catalan 00 Try: Chris Tuson
- Wigan 12 Catalan 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
37th Minute Wigan 16 Catalan 00 Try: Jack Hughes
- Wigan 18 Catalan 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 18 Catalan Dragons 00
43rd Minute Wigan 22 Catalan 00 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 24 Catalan 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
49th Minute Wigan 28 Catalan 00 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 28 Catalan 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (4/5)
52nd Minute Wigan 32 Catalan 00 Try: Pat Richards (2)
- Wigan 32 Catalan 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (4/6)
71st Minute Catalan Sin Bin Olivier Elima (Dissent)
77th Minute Wigan 36 Catalan 00 Try: Greg Burke
- Wigan 38 Catalan 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/7)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 38 Catalan Dragons 00

Video Highlights


Phil Bentham

Key Stats

Clean Breaks: lll Wigan 6 lll Catalan 1
Offloads:   Wigan 3   Catalan 3
Penalties Conceded:   Wigan 9   Catalan 11
Errors:   Wigan 9   Catalan 14
Set Completion:   Wigan 84%   Catalan 71%

Match Attendance

12,149 (North Stand Closed)



League Table at Conclusion of Super League 18 - Round 6

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 6 5 0 1 164 87 +77 10
2 Wigan Warriors 6 4 1 1 183 79 +104 9
3 Bradford Bulls 6 3 1 2 165 122 +43 7
4 Warrington Wolves 6 3 1 2 127 115 +12 7
5 St Helens 6 3 1 2 112 106 +6 7
6 Catalan Dragons 6 3 1 2 134 131 +3 7
7 Leeds Rhinos 5 3 0 2 118 78 +40 6
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 6 3 0 3 190 158 +32 6
9 Hull FC 6 2 1 3 134 130 +4 5
10 Wakefield Wildcats 6 2 1 3 131 130 +1 5
11 Widnes Vikings 5 2 1 2 108 112 -4 5
12 Castleford Tigers 6 1 1 4 89 187 -98 3
13 Salford City Reds 6 1 1 4 85 219 -134 3
14 London Broncos 6 1 0 5 98 184 -86 2

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs

Round 6 Results
Fri 8 Mar Hull FC 52 Castleford Tigers 0 11,852
Fri 8 Mar Leeds Rhinos 8 Huddersfield Giants 32 15,013
Fri 8 Mar Warrington Wolves 10 St Helens 22 13,381
Fri 8 Mar Widnes Vikings 22 Bradford Bulls 22 5,861
Fri 8 Mar Wigan Warriors 38 Catalan Dragons 0 12,149
Sat 9 Mar London Broncos 22 Hull Kingston Rovers 42 1,837
Sun 10 Mar Wakefield Wildcats 23 Salford City Reds 23 6,986

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