Everything that was wrong against Hull KR last week
was right here on this trip to Perpignan, a superb response on both
sides of the ball.
The first crowds since lockdown saw a restricted
5,000 in attendance (at least 3 Wigan fans out there that I know of) and
Wigan rose to the challenge in magnificent fashion.
They gave old boy Lewis Tierney a nightmare in
defence down our left with an early Oliver Gildart try making it 4-0
with Hardaker failing to convert.
Most impressive in this win was how Wigan soaked up
long defence before finding two tries to extend that lead.
They survived a spell of three drop outs forced and
two penalties conceded for offside before doing more damage on that left
side with Bevan French finishing despite the pass from Joe Burgess being
behind him. Hardaker converted that for 10-0.
Then Joe Burgess claimed his fifth try in five games
this season by returning a poor error from Sam Kasiano on 36th Minute.
Hardaker converted for16-0 before adding an excellent 40 metre penalty
off the post right on half time for 18-0.
Catalan game out strong second half and at least now
for them they had Isreal Folau, Sam Tomkins and James Maloney showing
some signs but despite a sin binning to Joe Greenwood, Wigan soaked up
the defence again and came out up the other end with a second try for
Joe Burgess making it 22-0 despite the kick missing.
That deflated the local side. They had been belted
and rattled by a superb Wigan effort up the middle with Joe's Greenwood
and Shorrocks excellently backing up the experience starters of Liam
Farrell, Sam Powell and Willie Isa alongside Oliver Partington and Ethan
Even an injury to Joe Bullock wouldn't stop Wigan
whilst George Burgess was clearly still struggling with that hip.
Catalan still tried to find a score but Wigan always
looked in dominant control and sealed the result with Sam Powell
spinning out of a tackle to claim sixth try in 10 matches this season.
Hardaker converting for 28-0.
Thoughts turned to nil but two late consolation tries
to Julian Bousquet and Fouad Yaha saw that avoided but given the match
was played in 33 degree heat for the most part it would be harsh to
This was an excellent display, a standard setter that
showed they do have title winning potential but consistency is now also
key. It'll mean little if it's not backed up in next weeks cup tie.