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Match Report: Wigan 40 Catalans 4
Posted by Bilko on August 04 2006 - 22:01

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Friday 4th August 2006
Wigan Warriors 40 Catalan Dragons 4
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 11 - Round 23 of 28
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan       - Catalan    
29 Chris Ashton  T      1 Renaud Guigue    
3 Pat Richards  T      2 Justin Murphy    
35 Nathan McAvoy       3 John Wilson    
4 David Vaealiki  T      4 Mark Hughes    
2 Mark Calderwood  T      14 Thomas Bosc  T   
6 Danny Orr       16 Sean Rudder    
20 Michael Dobson    G4    7 Stacey Jones    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       8 Chris Beattie    
9 Mick Higham  T      13 Gregory Mounis    
37 Stuart Fielden       19 Alex Chan    
11 Gareth Hock       10 Jerome Guisset    
12 Bryan Fletcher  T      12 Ian Hindmarsh    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       27 Lionel Teixido    
8 Scott Logan       20 Adel Fellous    
15 Danny Tickle    G2    22 Jamal Fakir    
18 Wayne Godwin       25 Julien Rinaldi    
19 Harrison Hansen  T      30 Mathieu Griffi    


This is no false dawn, we are definitely on the road to recovery under Brian Noble and I've no doubt we'll be back up at the top of the table next season.

Tonight was not a vintage performance. Just a good hard working professional performance which saw the job done with ease.

One or two fans were a bit nervous pre match but me personally, I always say it, I'm never nervous about us at the JJB. It's on the road we need to vastly improve. Our home performances have never been really poor, and the last four home matches has proved that.

To get +36 up on Wakefield's points difference is perhaps a killer blow to there chances of survival. If they lose tomorrow there is no chance of them catching us, simple as that.

We don't need to think about them anymore. What we need to concentrate on is proving ourselves away at Leeds next week. Let's show how far we have come!

From the off Wigan looked in good form. They went over inside sixty seconds through Sean O'Loughlin but it was disallowed by Karl Kirkpatrick for a knock on.

It didn't matter as in the third minute we took the lead with Mark Calderwood finishing off a break from Bryan Fletcher who was sent clear by a pass from David Vaealiki, playing his first match since we met St Helens in late May. Michael Dobson  converted - 6-0 Wigan.

After both Micky Higham and Stuart Fielden had been held up over the line Wigan finally increased there lead with a try from Fletcher/ He bulldozed his way over to score in his fourth consecutive home appearance. Dobson's conversion made it 12-0.

Then came a spell of good pressure from the French but despite often gifting them territory our defense held firm. Renaud Guigue went closest but was ruled to have knocked on over the line.

A penalty goal from Dobson made it 14-0 on the half hour before Harrison Hansen scored a crucial try right on half time. Hansen is looking a superb asset of the subs bench. He forced his way over to send us 20-0 up at half time.

Into the second half and Catalans winger Thomas Bosc gave the French brief hope scoring in the corner, before Australian wing Pat Richards marked his return to favour after a six-week absence, touching down a neat kick from Dobson.

That try sealed the game and in the last quarter Wigan began to ooze confidence and play some champagne football. Further tries from Vaealiki, Chris Ashton and Higham, who all scored by simply finished off good breaks, wrapped up a comfortable 40-4 victory which sees us effectively go five points clear of danger due to our now much better points difference.

3rd Minute Wigan 04 Catalans 00 Try: Mark Calderwood
- Wigan 06 Catalans 00 Conversion: Michael Dobson (1/1)
14th Minute Wigan 10 Catalans 00 Try: Bryan Fletcher
- Wigan 12 Catalans 00 Conversion: Michael Dobson (2/2)
31st Minute Wigan 14 Catalans 00 Penalty Goal: Michael Dobson (3/3)
38th Minute Wigan 18 Catalans 00 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Wigan 20 Catalans 00 Conversion: Michael Dobson (4/4)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 20 Catalans Dragons 00
45th Minute Wigan 20 Catalans 04 Try: Thomas Bosc
- Wigan 20 Catalans 04 S.Jones Missed Conversion (0/1)
50th Minute Wigan 24 Catalans 04 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 24 Catalans 04 M.Dobson Missed Conversion (4/5)
64th Minute Wigan 28 Catalans 04 Try: David Vaealiki
- Wigan 24 Catalans 04 M.Dobson Missed Conversion (4/6)
71st Minute Wigan 32 Catalans 04 Try: Chris Ashton
- Wigan 34 Catalans 04 Conversion: Danny Tickle (1/1)
74th Minute Wigan 38 Catalans 04 Try: Mick Higham
- Wigan 40 Catalans 04 Conversion: Danny Tickle (2/2)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 40 Catalans Dragons 04

Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)



Super League 11 - Round 23 Results
Fri 4 Aug Bradford Bulls 50 Warrington Wolves 22 11,469
Fri 4 Aug Hull FC 23 Leeds Rhinos 16 13,721
Fri 4 Aug St Helens 56 Huddersfield Giants 8 8,378
Fri 4 Aug Salford City Reds 34 Harlequins 0 3,046
Fri 4 Aug Wigan Warriors 40 Catalan Dragons 4 12,647
Sat 5 Aug Castleford Tigers 0 Wakefield Wildcats 18 7,230

Engage Super League 11 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 23 20 0 3 719 340 +379 40
2 Hull FC 23 17 0 6 627 480 +147 34
3 Leeds Rhinos 23 16 0 7 705 429 +276 32
4 Bradford Bulls 23 14 2 7 658 442 +216 30
5 Salford City Reds 23 11 0 12 493 414 +79 22
6 Warrington Wolves 23 11 0 12 609 558 +51 22
7 Huddersfield Giants 23 9 0 14 513 641 -128 18
8 Harlequins 23 8 1 14 423 694 -271 17
9 Castleford Tigers 23 8 1 14 501 781 -280 17
10 Wigan Warriors 23 8 0 15 504 624 -120 16
11 Wakefield Wildcats 23 7 0 16 484 626 -142 14
12 Catalan Dragons 23 7 0 16 525 732 -207 14

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