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Match Report: Catalan 6 Wigan 26
Posted by Bilko on July 04 2016 - 22:57

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Saturday 2nd July 2016
Catalan Dragons 6 Wigan Warriors 26
Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
First Utility Super League 21 - Round 20 of 23

Kick Off 6:00pm (5:00pm UK)

 

- Wigan       - Catalan    
1 Sam Tomkins       1 Tony Gigot    
5 Dom Manfredi  T      2 Jodie Broughton    
20 Oliver Gildart  T      4 Vincent Duport    
4 Dan Sarginson  T      33 Benjamin Garcia    
2 Josh Charnley       5 Pat Richards    G 
6 George Williams       6 Todd Carney    
7 Matty Smith    G5    27 Lucas Albert    
17 Lee Mossop       10 Rémi Casty    
16 Sam Powell       16 Éloi Pélissier    
10

Ben Flower

      14

Dave Taylor

   
21 Ryan Sutton  T      11 Glenn Stewart    
25 Willie Isa       12 Justin Horo  T   
13

Sean O'Loughlin

      13

Jason Baitieri

   
Interchange:
19 Taulima Tautai       15 Julian Bousquet    
26 Greg Burke       18 Thomas Bosc    
28 Jake Shorrocks       22 Antoni Maria    
29 Joe Bretherton       30 Romain Navarrette    

Report: 

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 France.

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 errors.

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.

Scoring: 
09mins:45 Catalan 02 Wigan 00

Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (1/1)

18mins:37 Wigan Sin Bin

Lee Mossop (Trip on Tony Gigot)

19mins:55 Catalan 02 Wigan 04

Try: Dan Sarginson

Catalan 02 Wigan 06 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
24mins:00 Catalan 02 Wigan 10

Try: Ryan Sutton

Catalan 02 Wigan 12 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)
30mins:16 Catalan 02 Wigan 16

Try: Oliver Gildart

Catalan 02 Wigan 18 Conversion: Matty Smith (3/3)
37mins:46 Catalan 02 Wigan 20

Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (4/4)

Half Time Catalan Dragons 02 Wigan Warriors 20
42mins:37 Catalan 06 Wigan 20

Try: Justin Horo

Catalan 06 Wigan 20 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
57mins:04 Catalan 06 Wigan 24

Try: Dom Manfredi

Catalan 06 Wigan 26 Conversion: Matty Smith (5/5)
Full Time Catalan Dragons 06 Wigan Warriors 26
Referee: 

Gareth Hewer

Attendance: 

11,856

First Utility Super League 21 - Round 20 Results
Thu 30 June Huddersfield Giants 22 Hull FC 12 4,143
Fri 1 July Hull Kingston Rovers 16 Warrington Wolves 16 6,827
Fri 1 July Salford Red Devils 22 Castleford Tigers 18 2,275
Sat 2 July Catalan Dragons 6 Wigan Warriors 26 11,856
Sun 3 July Leeds Rhinos 22 Widnes Vikings 23 16,130
Sun 3 July Wakefield Wildcats 32 St Helens 44 4,859

2016 First Utility Super League 21 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Hull FC 20 15 0 5 526 413 +113 30
2 Wigan Warriors 20 15 0 5 413 381 +32 30
3 Warrington Wolves 20 13 1 6 559 355 +204 27
4 Catalan Dragons 20 13 0 7 537 405 +132 26
5 St Helens 20 11 0 9 504 504 0 22
6 Widnes Vikings 20 9 0 11 433 426 +7 18
7 Wakefield Wildcats 20 9 0 11 417 558 -141 18
8 Castleford Tigers 20 8 1 11 507 554 -47 17

Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

9 Salford Red Devils 20 9 0 11 494 477 +17   12*
10 Huddersfield Giants 20 6 0 14 444 481 -37 12
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 20 5 2 13 434 531 -97 12
12 Leeds Rhinos 20 5 0 15 342 525 -183 10

*Salford Deducted Six Points for Salary Cap Breaches in 2014 & 2015

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