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Match Report: Wigan 42 Catalan 16
Posted by Bilko on September 11 2015 - 11:25

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Saturday 5th September 2015
Wigan Warriors 42 Catalan Dragons 16
The Den, Bermondsey, London
(Switched from DW Stadium, Wigan)
First Utility Super League 20 Super 8s - Round 4 of 7
Kick Off 3:00pm

- Wigan       - Catalan    
1 Matty Bowen  T2   G7    1 Morgan Escaré    
2 Josh Charnley  T      14 Thomas Bosc    
14 John Bateman       30 Krisnan Inu  T   
34 Oliver Gildart  T      28 Tony Gigot    
22 Dom Manfredi  T      31 Jordan Sigismeau  T   
6 George Williams       6 Todd Carney    
7 Matty Smith       7 Scott Dureau  T   G2 
8 Dom Crosby       8 Olivier Elima    
9 Michael McIlorum       16 Éloi Pélissier    

Ben Flower

 T      15 Jeff Lima    
11 Joel Tomkins       11

Zeb Taia

25 Larne Patrick  T      17 Elliott Whitehead    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       24 Jason Baitieri    
16 Sam Powell       12 Louis Anderson    
17 Tony Clubb       21 Julian Bousquet    
23 Lee Mossop       26 Stanilas Robin    
24 Taulima Tautai       35 Thibault Margalet    


Playing in front of 8,101 spectators - the biggest Super League crowd in the capital for nine years, Matty Bowen led from the front as the former North Queensland Cowboy crossed for two tries and added seven conversions with a fine performance.

Bowen scored in both halves and along with a Ben Flower effort helped Wigan lead 12-6 in a tight first 40.

Catalans drew level in the first minute of the second-half with a Scott Dureau try however Wigan maintained their composure and ran in five tries to record a comfortable win. The tries coming from Oliver Gildart, Josh Charnley, Dom Manfredi, Larne Patrick and Bowen.

Michael McIlorum returned to the side after missing the game with Warrington with an eye injury, Sam Powell moving to the interchange. Larne Patrick came into the team at second-row in place of the injured Liam Farrell.

Scott Dureau came into the halves for Catalans with Thomas Bosc moving to the wing. Krisnan Inu started at centre in place the suspended Ben Pomeroy.

An overcast London awaited the Warriors along with a lively crowd made up of Wigan fans and London Rugby League enthusiasts making for a good atmosphere as the teams entered the stadium.

Both sides looked to play contrasting styles of rugby at the start with Catalans looking to slow proceedings down whilst Wigan tried to keep the tempo high.

The sides traded sets and a penalty a piece before Wigan took the lead. Close to the Catalans and looking to put on a play out wide, Ben Flower had other ideas as he bulldozed his way over from ten metres out in the 15th minute. Matty Bowen had the kicking duties and made it 6-0 with the boot.

Wigan looked spritely with Larne Patrick making good yards with a couple of great runs early on.

As the game neared the 20 minute mark the Perpignan side were handed a chance in Wigan territory after a penalty from the Cherry and Whites, Krisnan Inu taking full advantage going over on the left wing. Dureau added the two, 6-all now the score.

Wigan soon gave away another penalty after the referee adjudged they had hands in at the tackle. The Warriors felt hard done to and Tony Clubb took the law into his own hands with a massive hit to force a knock-on for Wigan to attain possession and clear their line.

A moment of genius then saw Wigan regain the lead in the 24th minute as George Williams broke the line 40 metres out before slipping a silky flick pass to Matty Bowen to go over for a definite Coral try of the month contender. Bowen added the extras again, 12-6 Wigan in front.

The Dragons were down on the scoreboard and soon down in numbers when Louis Anderson, in possession of the ball, lashed out with his leg and made contact with Sam Powell. Anderson sent to the sin bin for ten.

Wigan would look to take advantage but truth be told Catalans were the ones who came closest to scoring during the ten minutes Anderson was off the field. Julian Bousquet crashed over the line in 33rd minute only to knock-on trying to ground the ball.

George Williams put a couple of plays on for Wigan down the left but they were read well by the French defenders who kept them out.

No sooner had Wigan kicked off they were behind their own posts after Scott Dureau collected a Zeb Taia offload to race over. The Aussie half-back added the two pointer and the scores were level with another 38 minutes of second-half action to go.

Todd Carney soon heaped pressure on his side as an attempted 40/20 went rather wrong giving Wigan a scrum on the Catalans 30 metre line. The Warriors were unable to crash over on this occasion but continued to build pressure.

That pressure paid off in the 50th minute when a sublime set-play in the middle of the park saw Matty Smith feed Joel Tomkins who found Matty Bowen back on the inside to fly over the line from 15 out. Bowen converted his own try again, Wigan regaining the lead 18-12.

A smart set-play on the right for Bowen’s try and another smart one on the left just minutes later as George Williams broke the line, the former Ince Rose Bridge amateur grubbered the ball through for Oliver Gildart to collect and score his second in as many games. Bowen on target with a difficult conversion attempt, Wigan taking control at 24-12.

As soon as Wigan looked to be taking control of the game, Catalans were in again. This time a loose pass from Todd Carney that looked to have missed Krisnan Inu bounced into the arms of Jordan Sigismeau to drop over the line. Scott Dureau missing the conversion which meant Wigan held onto a crucial two-try advantage, 24-16 now the score.

The game looked as though it could swing either way, up step Matty Bowen.

The Australian full-back put in a fine solo effort, receiving a bomb before running 70 metres to put Wigan in great field position. His teammates duly obliged as with numbers on the short-side Josh Charnley dived in at the corner. Bowen added another two from the touchline, Wigan 30-16 up and looking good for the win.

The win was rubber-stamped in 68th minute when close to the Catalans line centre Oliver Gildart put in a nice kick for Larne Patrick to get to and score Wigan’s sixth of the afternoon. Bowen kept up his 100% record to make it 36-16.

Oliver Gildart was at it again, another fine kick through caused Catalans all sorts of problems forcing a drop-out. From the resulting set Wigan pushed on, won a penalty for an offside infringement close to the line before Dom Manfredi stepped his opposite number to cross from close-range. Matty Bowen added another superb conversion, this time from the right touchline. Wigan home and hosed at 42-16 moving to within two points of Leeds at the top of Super League.

15th Minute Wigan 04 Catalan 00 Try: Ben Flower
Wigan 06 Catalan 00 Conversion: Matty Bowen (1/1)
19th Minute Wigan 06 Catalan 04 Try: Krisnan Inu
Wigan 06 Catalan 06 Conversion: Scott Dureau (1/1)
24th Minute Wigan 10 Catalan 06 Try: Matty Bowen
Wigan 12 Catalan 06 Conversion: Matty Bowen (2/2)
29th Minute Catalan Sin Bin Louis Anderson (Kicking Out)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 12 Catalan Dragons 06
43rd Minute Wigan 12 Catalan 10 Try: Scott Dureau
Wigan 12 Catalan 12 Conversion: Scott Dureau (2/2)
50th Minute Wigan 16 Catalan 12 Try: Matty Bowen (2)
Wigan 18 Catalan 12 Conversion: Matty Bowen (3/3)
53rd Minute Wigan 22 Catalan 12 Try: Oliver Gildart
Wigan 24 Catalan 12 Conversion: Matty Bowen (4/4)
59th Minute Wigan 24 Catalan 16 Try: Jordan Sigismeau
Wigan 24 Catalan 16 Missed Conv: Scott Dureau (2/3)
64th Minute Wigan 28 Catalan 16 Try: Josh Charnley
Wigan 30 Catalan 16 Conversion: Matty Bowen (5/5)
67th Minute Wigan 34 Catalan 16 Try: Larne Patrick
Wigan 36 Catalan 16 Conversion: Matty Bowen (6/6)
72nd Minute Wigan 40 Catalan 16 Try: Dom Manfredi
Wigan 42 Catalan 16 Conversion: Matty Bowen (7/7)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 42 Catalan Dragons 16

Ben Thaler



First Utility Super League 20 Super 8s - Round 4 Results
Thu 3 Sept Huddersfield Giants 40 Castleford Tigers 26 5,350
Fri 4 Sept Leeds Rhinos 18 St Helens 32 16,142
Sat 5 Sept Wigan 42 Catalan 16 (at Millwall FC) 8,101
Sun 6 Sept Warrington Wolves 46 Hull FC 16 8,076

First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 27 19 1 7 886 559 +327 39
2 Wigan Warriors 27 18 1 8 707 476 +231 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 16 2 9 652 484 +168 34
4 St Helens 27 17 0 10 690 540 +150 34
5 Castleford Tigers 27 15 0 12 652 635 +17 30
6 Warrington Wolves 27 13 0 14 624 566 +58 26
7 Catalan Dragons 27 11 2 14 659 682 -23 24
8 Hull FC 27 12 0 15 552 624 -72 24

Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

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