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Match Report: Wigan 30 Catalans 0
Posted by Bilko on June 16 2007 - 11:55

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Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons. Engage Super League XII Round 17.
Friday 15th June 2007. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Thoughts on the Match

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!

Story of the Match

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.

Game Breaking Moment

The sin binning of Adam Mogg and subsequent first try for Wigan. Catalans don't chase games well and never looked like scoring once we had gone 8-0 up.

Top Player

Notable mention for Stuart Fielden but joint top players for me were our half backs Tommy and Trent who kicked Catalans to death.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "It was a good night's work and we were pretty methodical, looked sharp and were vigorous in defence and I also thought our mentality was good too. It's good to have a blank weekend coming up because of the international and I'll be giving the players a few days off this week because they deserve it"

Catalans coach Mick Potter: "It was a bit scary when Justin (Murphy) went over the wall. It looked pretty bad and I'm glad he didn't hurt himself. But he was very lucky. The (upcoming Challenge Cup) semi-final (against Wigan) is the furthest thing from my mind at the moment because we are only two points off the bottom. Our handling was terrible. I think we only completed two sets in the second half and you don't win games doing that. Maybe I'll have to hand out nets to the blokes so they can catch. As for Barrett, everyone knows he's world class. If you're a bit loose on him, he'll cut you up, score tries and kick you off the park. He showed tonight what he can do."

Team Sheets

1Chris AshtonFull BackClint Greenshields1
2Mark CalderwoodWingerJustin Murphy2
3Phil BaileyCentreJohn Wilson3
14David VaealikiCentreAdam Mogg4
5Pat RichardsWingerThomas Bosc14
6Trent BarrettStand OffCasey McGuire6
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum HalfStacey Jones7
8Stuart FieldenPropAlex Chan19
9Mick HighamHookerLuke Quigley26
18Paul PrescottPropJerome Guisset10
19Harrison Hansen2nd RowJulien Touxagas21
12Bryan Fletcher2nd RowCyril Gossard17
13Sean O'LoughlinL.ForwardGregory Mounis13
20Darrell GouldingSubstituteDavid Ferriol8
22Joel TomkinsSubstituteMathieu Griffi15
24Eamon O'CarrollSubstituteYounes Khattabi25
25Mike McIllorumSubstituteAndrew Bentley28

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 30-Catalans Dragons 0
Tries (5):
Phil Bailey
Trent Barrett
Chris Ashton
Pat Richards
Mark Calderwood
Pat Richards 5/8



Scoring and Incident Pattern

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

Video Highlights


Steve Ganson (St Helens). Video Referee - Ben Thaler.

Match Attendance



Match Weather

Drizzly Rain at times. Overcast.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 12 Round 17

1St Helens171304553267+28626
2Leeds Rhinos171304485309+17626
3Bradford Bulls171205548399+14924
4Wigan Warriors17908400335+6518
6Huddersfield Giants17719398276+12215
7Wakefield Wildcats17719361448-8715
8Hull FC17629290354-6414
9Warrington Wolves177010371474-10314
10Catalans Dragons176110349439-9013
11Hull Kingston Rovers176011262425-16312
12Salford City Reds175111297529-23211

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

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