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Match Report: Wigan 24 Catalans 18
Posted by Bilko on June 18 2006 - 21:15

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Sunday 18th June 2006
Wigan Warriors 22 Catalan Dragons 18
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 11 - Round 17 of 28

Kick Off 7:00pm


- Wigan       - Catalan    
29 Chris Ashton       1 Renaud Guigue    
3 Pat Richards       5 Bruno Verges  T   
1 Kris Radlinski       16 Sean Rudder    
35 Nathan McAvoy  T      3 John Wilson  T   
5 Brett Dallas       2 Justin Murphy    
6 Danny Orr       29 Younes Khattabi    
20 Michael Dobson    G6    7 Stacey Jones    G 
8 Scott Logan       8 Chris Beattie  T   
9 Mick Higham  T      25 Julien Rinaldi    G 
12 Bryan Fletcher  T      20 Adel Fellous    
11 Gareth Hock       12 Ian Hindmarsh    
15 Danny Tickle       22 Jamal Fakir    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       10 Jérôme Guisset    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       6 Laurent Frayssinous    G 
17 Jerry Seuseu       13 Gregory Mounis    
18 Wayne Godwin       19 Alex Chan    
36 Danny Hill       24 Remi Casty    


It was not pretty, in truth it was bloody awful, but what a relief to win our first home match since February 24th.

That was absolutely painful to watch. Even twelve points up with five minutes to go we couldn't relax because this team knows how to blow a match.

Continually all game we kept throwing silly offloads, sometimes even in our own 20! It just highlighted the lack of leadership yet again.

But as jittery and scrappy as that win was it gives us hope. I remember getting a scrappy win at Leigh last season after those two record defeats. We followed that with a victory over Warrington at the JJB. Our next opponents are Warrington at the JJB so lets hope history repeats itself.

I refuse to get carried away. I think this match would have been totally different had Catalans not been immune from relegation. The bottom line is, this win is pointless unless we back it up next week.

Deja Vu from our match in France earlier in the season. Wigan knock on straight away and the Dragons punish us by scoring. Chris Beattie sent over by Julien Rinaldi after just 47 seconds. Shocking defending.

Wigan perhaps should have been further behind after continually knocking on, Nathan McAvoy in particular being guilty with two errors.

Referee Steve Ganson was involved in a car accident on his way to the game but was passed fit by a club doctor. He had a shocker I felt. But we do need to look at our own discipline as well, particularly back chatting. This is another part of our game which highlights the lack of leadership.

Wigan's ill-discipline went unpunished and they took advantage of that by levelling up the scores. Mick Higham dummied is way over in the corner on 13 minutes before Nathan McAvoy's try gave us the lead after he touched down a neat kick from Michael Dobson. Dobson converted both tries superbly to give us a 12-6 lead.

Wigan haven't had much luck this season but they did get a huge slice when Bruno Verges and John Wilson fluffed a simple touchdown from a Sean Rudder kick.

It was comical as was Pat Richards gifting them a try minutes later. Another kick from Rudder was touched down by Bruno Verges as Richards failed to pick up or kick/touch the ball dead for a drop out.

Stacey Jones' second conversion, this time from the touchline, levelled the scores but Dobson, who remains the Dragons' leading points-scorer from his 12-week stint in the south of France, edged Wigan into a 16-12 lead with two penalties late in the half.

Into the second half and a third penalty from Dobson made it 18-12 on 50 minutes.

Wigan piled the pressure on the French but it looked like failure to convert good territory would come back to haunt us.

That was until Bryan Fletcher scored on the hour as he took an dummy half pass from Higham. Dobson's conversion made it 24-12.

There was a lack of urgency from the French who knew they didn't have to win this game, after all they can't be relegated.

Wigan looked like they would kill the game comfortably until Pat Richards completely messed up a simple bomb. John Wilson capatalised on his second error of the match and a goal from Lauren Frayssinous made it 24-18 with about 2 minutes left.

Wigan managed to hang on. It was more relief than joy at half time. Another 11 weeks of pain to come.

00mins:47Wigan 00 Catalans 04Try: Chris Beattie
-Wigan 00 Catalans 06Conversion: Stacey Jones (1/1)
13mins:20Wigan 04 Catalans 06Try: Mick Higham
-Wigan 06 Catalans 06Conversion: Michael Dobson (1/1)
22mins:24Wigan 10 Catalans 06Try: Nathan McAvoy
-Wigan 12 Catalans 06Conversion: Michael Dobson (2/2)
26mins:49Wigan 12 Catalans 10Try: Bruno Verges
-Wigan 12 Catalans 12Conversion: Julien Rinaldi (1/1)
37mins:12Wigan 14 Catalans 12Penalty Goal: Michael Dobson (3/3)
40mins:00Wigan 16 Catalans 12Penalty Goal: Michael Dobson (4/4)
Half TimeWigan Warriors 16 Catalans Dragons 12
50mins:04Wigan 18 Catalans 12Penalty Goal: Michael Dobson (5/5)
59mins:54Wigan 22 Catalans 12Try: Bryan Fletcher
-Wigan 24 Catalans 12Conversion: Michael Dobson (6/6)
76mins:45Wigan 24 Catalans 16Try: John Wilson
-Wigan 24 Catalans 18Conversion: Laurent Frayssinous (1/1)
Full TimeWigan Warriors 24 Catalans Dragons 18

Steve Ganson (St Helens)



Super League 11 - Round 17 Results
Fri 16 Jun Bradford Bulls 20 St Helens 18 12,450
Fri 16 Jun Hull FC 30 Harlequins 16 9,540
Fri 16 Jun Salford City Reds 18 Leeds Rhinos 19 4,517
Sun 18 Jun Warrington Wolves 16 Wakefield Wildcats 17 8,884
Sun 18 Jun Castleford Tigers 32 Huddersfield Giants 14 6,502
Sun 18 Jun Wigan Warriors 24 Catalan Dragons 18 11,250

Engage Super League 11 Table - After This Round
1St Helens171403483226+25728
2Leeds Rhinos171304547299+24826
3Hull FC171205476376+10024
4Bradford Bulls171025454325+12922
5Warrington Wolves17908473344+12918
6Salford City Reds17908398300+9818
7Huddersfield Giants177010389447-6214
9Castleford Tigers176110382621-23913
10Wakefield Wildcats176011346428-8212
11Catalan Dragons175012399562-16310
12Wigan Warriors173014326526-2006

bigkarl8 on June 19 2006 - 09:25
Yes good feeling shame it was so shabby but a win is a win at this point.There was one thing I noticed on the night was that Rinaldithe hooker on more than once was pushing the players of the tackle on the floor as they were working of the man tackled.This should be a penalatie surely shocker and at one point he was pushing down a player and then tried to ask for a pen.I noticed this on many occasion.Well lets see what happens next week everything is crossed.COME ON WIGAN
wires till i die on July 16 2006 - 16:13
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