|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.