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Match Report: Wigan 30 Catalans 0
Posted by Bilko on June 16 2007 - 12:55

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Friday 15th June 2007
Wigan Warriors 30 Catalan Dragons 0
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 12 - Round 17 of 27

Kick Off 8:00pm


- Wigan       - Catalan    
1 Chris Ashton  T      1 Clint Greenshields    
2 Mark Calderwood  T      2 Justin Murphy    
3 Phil Bailey  T      3 John Wilson    
14 David Vaealiki       4 Adam Mogg    
5 Pat Richards  T   G5    14 Thomas Bosc    
6 Trent Barrett  T      6 Casey McGuire    
7 Thomas Leuluai       7 Stacey Jones    
8 Stuart Fielden       19 Alex Chan    
9 Mick Higham       26 Luke Quigley    
18 Paul Prescott       10 Jerome Guisset    
19 Harrison Hansen       21 Julien Touxagas    
12 Bryan Fletcher       17 Cyril Gossard    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       13 Gregory Mounis    
20 Darrell Goulding       8 David Ferriol    
22 Joel Tomkins       15 Mathieu Griffi    
24 Eamon O'Carroll       17 Younes Khattabi    
25 Michael McIlorum       28 Andrew Bentley    


The fact we nilled a side was great but the most pleasing thing about this match for me was that at one point second half our pack consisted of Paul Prescott, Mike McIlorum, Eamon O'Carroll, Harrison Hansen, Joel Tomkins and Sean O'Loughlin. Six players who all came through the academy ranks at Wigan. Yeah we probably wouldn't get away with having them all out on the field against most clubs but nethertheless it was very pleasing.

Another pleasing thing about this game was that Justin Murphy got up from an unbelievable collision with the advertising hoardings. Something as to be done about that. It was as if he'd been hit by a car at 40 miles per hour. A full somersault over the boards which saw him crash land on the steps at the bottom of the North Stand. Amazing how he had no broken bones or even a bit of blood. The fact he played on was an absolute miracle but the club need to do something about this. This incident was in the 7th minute and just 3 minutes earlier our own Trent Barrett just managed to avoid a similar incident by hurdling the barrier. They need to be made taller in the in goals so you can't fall over them as easily because in this instance he could have easily have died and that is no exaggeration.

With no Feka, Stuart Fielden needed to come to the fore and he did with a great display. After the match he commented that he had taken a bit of a "slagging" for his performances this season from a minority of Wigan fans and also the media. I don't think he deserved criticising but when he did receive it, it was simply sheer frustration that he had never showed glimpses of his old form. He did in this match but its been rare this season and as he admitted himself he needs to show it on a more consistent basis. I think we'll get a different better Stuart Fielden as the season draws to a close.

The main difference in this match for me was our kicking game. Stacey Jones was anonymous whilst Trent and Thomas Leuluai produced some excellent kicks into the corners.

Due praise for Mark Calderwood as well I think. Scored a great try and was particularly impressive in his defensive efforts but 0/10 for the try he bombed right on the hooter!

Catalans this season have been the best starters in the league during the opening 10 minutes and again they showed why as they peppered the Wigan line early. This early onslaught saw them forced a drop out and the Justin Murphy incident I eluded to earlier. They also had a try ruled out by video referee Ben Thaler after Clint Greenshields had touched down a Stacey Jones kick but he was miles offside.

Both sides were defensive tremendously, in fact Wigan really struggled to get out of their own half early doors. The first attempt they did have was a high kick towards Pat Richards wing but big Pat was blatantly taken out and the penalty given. Should have been a yellow in my view.

A yellow soon came as Thomas Leuluai broke clear up the middle, he found Chris Ashton on the inside but he was tackled just short of the line. Attempting a quick play the ball Adam Mogg held in down and referee Steve Ganson blew for the foul. Wigan played on and scored but Ganson had blown before the play the ball. Mogg was sin binned and Wigan made them play as they took the tap and quickly sent the ball out wide as Trent Barrett sent Phil Bailey over. Before all that Pat Richards had kicked a penalty goal so his conversion to this try made it 8-0 Wigan.

From the restart Wigan increased their lead with a try that Trent scored all by his self. Just inside our own half we swung the ball out wide to the left and Barrett found the gap with an arching run and although he had easy support he through the dummy to beat the full back Greenshields and score himself. Brilliant try. Richards conversion made it 14-0 and just 3 minutes into Mogg's 10 in the bin Wigan had gone from 2-0 to 14-0 and that is how it would remain until the break.

I never really thought Catalans could come back from that but at 14-0, the first score after the break was going to a clincher.

The French began to tire and conceded to penalties inside their own half in which Richards attempted shots at goal. He missed the first but the second made it 16-0.

Sixty second later David Vaealiki broke clear from inside his own half and Chris Ashton was their in support to score and make it 22-0 as Richards converted again. 51 minutes and the game was sealed.

The final half hour become more about Wigan keeping them to nil but they did score two further tries. Pat Richards finished off a neat kick from Leuluai in the corner and a break from Barrett sent Mark Calderwood over on the opposite side. Richards failed to convert either score so it was 30-0 at full time although Calderwood missed a sitter at the end.

18mins:05 Wigan 02 Catalans 00 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (1/1)
22mins:28 Catalans Sin Bin Adam Mogg (Holding Down)
23mins:33 Wigan 06 Catalans 00 Try: Phil Bailey
- Wigan 08 Catalans 00 Coversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
25mins:52 Wigan 12 Catalans 00 Try: Trent Barrett
- Wigan 14 Catalans 00 Coversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 14 Catalans Dragons 00
43mins:10 Wigan 14 Catalans 00 P.Richards Missed Penalty Goal (3/4)
50mins:43 Wigan 16 Catalans 00 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (4/5)
51mins:36 Wigan 20 Catalans 00 Try: Chris Ashton
- Wigan 22 Catalans 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/6)
60mins:22 Wigan 26 Catalans 00 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 26 Catalans 00 P.Richards Missed Penalty Goal (5/7)
62mins:58 Wigan 30 Catalans 00 Try: Mark Calderwood
- Wigan 30 Catalans 00 P.Richards Missed Penalty Goal (5/8)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 30 Catalans Dragons 00

Steve Ganson



Super League 12 - Round 17 Results
Fri 15 June Salford City Reds 5 Harlequins 2 4,067
Fri 15 June Wigan Warriors 30 Catalan Dragons 0 12,641
Sun 17 June Huddersfield Giants 12 Leeds Rhinos 25 10,241
Sun 17 June Hull Kingston Rovers 0 St Helens 40 7,011
Sun 17 June Warrington Wolves 31 Wakefield Wildcats 12 10,324
Sun 17 June Bradford Bulls 34 Hull FC 8 11,557

Engage Super League 12 Table - After This Match
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 St Helens 17 13 0 4 553 267 +286 26
2 Leeds Rhinos 17 13 0 4 485 309 +176 26
3 Bradford Bulls 17 12 0 5 548 399 +149 24
4 Wigan Warriors 17 9 0 8 400 335 +65 18
5 Harlequins 17 7 2 8 319 378 -59 16
6 Huddersfield Giants 17 7 1 9 398 276 +122 15
7 Wakefield Wildcats 17 7 1 9 361 448 -87 15
8 Hull FC 17 6 2 9 290 354 -64 14
9 Warrington Wolves 17 7 0 10 371 474 -103 14
10 Catalans Dragons 17 6 1 10 349 439 -90 13
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 17 6 0 11 262 425 -163 12
12 Salford City Reds 17 5 1 11 297 529 -232 11

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