Last year's 56-18 loss away at Catalan
was probably the lowest of the low in terms of a poor
season of away results. This year's trip completed a sixth
consecutive away victory and was perhaps one of our best
away results in the ten years of trips to the south of
The win actually reminded me of the 2008
play off victory at Stade Gilbert Brutus. It was twenty
minutes of not exactly being under the pump from Catalan
but being comfortable soaking up early pressure in the
opening quarter, with just a penalty goal conceded to Pat
Richards, before bursting out with three tries in ten
minutes to quickly find total command of the contest.
Ironically it was a poor sin bin for
tripping to Lee Mossop in the 19th Minute that sparked
Wigan into finding another gear and just 83 seconds later
Catalan had knocked on and Dan Sarginson had touched down
in the right corner.
Further tries from the excellent Ryan
Sutton and then a brilliant finish by Oliver Gildart had
Wigan 18-2 up by the half hour and Matty Smith added a
penalty a couple of minutes before half time for 20-2.
Most pleasing for me was the response by
Wigan to conceding a try to Catalan early second half.
Described by Shaun Wane afterwards as a "soft one", that
made it 20-6, I was fearing Wigan would end up in a game
because so often this season they had made it far too easy
for teams to hit back at them with ill discipline and poor
My memory may have been clouded by beer
but it seemed very comfortable second half that we were not
going to let this one slip at all. Only one further try in
attack came, a nice finish from Dom Manfredi from a nice
grubber by Sarginson, but in the end I don't think this was
a came you came away question why Wigan didn't "kick on".
That was something questioned in the Cas cup tie but this
one was still a battle and Wigan's full control and game
management was pleasing to watch.
So a good job done and a good weekend
enjoyed by all the Wigan fans that went I expect. It's
amazing how a turnaround in away form can change the mood
but we are now joint top of the table and dots are
beginning to look far more connected. I feel a spanking
isn't too far away and Wakefield might be ripe after the
0-62 score of April. We shall see.