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Match Report: Wigan 24 Catalans 26
Posted by Bilko on April 11 2008 - 22:11

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Friday 11th April 2008
Wigan Warriors 24 Catalan Dragons 26
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Engage Super League 13 - Round 11 of 27
Kick Off 8:00pm

- Wigan       - Catalan    
1 Richard Mathers       1 Clint Greenshields  T   
2 Mark Calderwood       2 Justin Murphy  T   
14 Liam Colbon       23 Cyril Stacul    
4 George Carmont  T      11 Sebastien Raguin    
5 Pat Richards  T2   G4    4 Dimitri Pelo    
25 Thomas Coyle       4 Adam Mogg    
7 Thomas Leuluai       6 Thomas Bosc    G5 
8 Stuart Fielden       10 Jerome Guisset  T   
17 Michael McIlorum       9 Aaron Gorrell    
15 Andy Coley       19 Alex Chan    
12 Phil Bailey       12 Jason Croker    
16 Harrison Hansen       13 Gregory Mounis    
13 Sean O'Loughlin       14 Dane Carlaw  T   
Interchange:
9 Mick Higham       7 Casey McGuire    
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina       8 David Ferriol    
22 Joel Tomkins       16 Olivier Elima    
24 Eamon O'Carroll  T      24 Remi Casty    

Report: 

8 point lead with 4 minutes to go - you shouldn't really lose. But two questionable calls which went against Wigan was massive in the final outcome.

30 metres from our own line and hugging the touchline, it looked to most of the east stand as if a tackle had already been completed but the Catalans players picked up Pat Richards and bundled him into touch. Referee Klein gave the decision in Catalans favour and that allowed them to gain the impetus to win the game in the final few minutes. I'd love to see it again because it seems like we were badly done to.

Then for the winning try Mark Calderwood looked to have been taken out in the air but Klein allowed play on and with no winger in attendance Dimitri Pelo touched down for victory.

If the ref is to blame that's fair enough - without seeing it again I don't know. But I've always believed Klein is a joke referee. At the end of the day we robbed the French blind in France last year so revenge will be sweet for them. I can't really argue against them being lucky - they were terrific and what was clearly evident tonight was the fact they never laid down and died. At 20-10 and 24-16 they would have been beaten last year but not in 2008. They kept going and reaped there rewards right at the death

But it's so, so annoying from our point of view because we could have put ourselves in a very strong position with sealing victory but the loss sets us back and wastes last weeks hard fought win at Leeds.

In the match preview I talked about how you need to beat this side early. But Wigan started poorly and Catalans took the lead on 6 minutes. Clint Greenshields went straight through a gap on the left to score. Bosc converted well from the touchline and soon added an in front penalty goal to make it 8-0.

The French were looking great to be honest at this point. They were dominating Wigan with great defence - which was forcing us into mistakes. But they could not improve on 8-0 and Wigan would soon came back with a try from Pat Richards. Iafeta Paleaaesina offloaded to Joel Tomkins, before George Carmont sent Richards over in the corner. He missed off the touchline though so it was 8-4 to the French after 27 minutes.

Wigan almost levelled the scores in the 35th minute when prop Eamon O'Carroll released Calderwood clean through down the middle but Klein gave a borderline forward pass.

Wigan though would level before the break with two quickfire penalty goals from Richards in the space of three minutes made it 8-8. There was still time in the half though for a on the hooter penalty goal from Bosc to make it Wigan 8 Catalans 10 at the break.

With a close score I was quite confident ahead of the second half and Wigan's early efforts went on the justify that. After defending out two Catalans sets, Wigan took the lead for the first time when scrum-half Thomas Leuluai jinked through and put O'Carroll for his first ever Wigan try. Richards converted for 14-10 Wigan.

That lead was stretched in the 53rd minute when George Carmont hacked on a loose pass from the Catalans inside their own 20 for the touchdown. Richards conversion made it 20-10 and you were left really confident that Wigan would kick on.

But like I said Catalans never gave in and hit back in the 58th minute. Field position was created by a knock on from Mark Calderwood and the Dragons spread the ball right for Greenshields to bring winger Justin Murphy inside to score. Bosc converted to make it 20-16 Wigan.

Wigan would restore a two try lead when Richards was sent over for his second by Leuluai. He failed to convert though but an 8 point lead looked strong enough with 13 minutes left.

But then came that call against Wigan in which Klein adjudged Richards had been bundled into touch inside his own half when a tackle looked to have been completed.

This allowed Catalans great field position and eventually ex Warrior Jerome Guisset made it an tense finish by crashing over in the 76th minute, with Bosc adding his fifth goal. 24-22 Wigan with 3 minutes left.

Wigan were desperately hanging on as the clock was removed from the scoreboard to signify injury time. The French were battering the Wigan line and on a last tackle, the impressive Bosc hoisted a kick to the corner and with Calderwood appearing to be tackled in the air, their was no one out wide to stop Dane Carlaw from scoring and nicking two points off Wigan. The conversion was missed but it didn't matter - time was up and the French ended the only 100% home record remaining in this years strong Super League competition.

Scoring: 
7th Minute Wigan 00 Catalans 04 Try: Clint Greenshields
- Wigan 00 Catalans 06 Conversion: Thomas Bosc (1/1)
17th Minute Wigan 00 Catalans 08 Penalty Goal: Thomas Bosc (2/2)
26th Minute Wigan 04 Catalans 08 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 04 Catalans 08 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
38th Minute Wigan 06 Catalans 08 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (1/2)
40th Minute Wigan 08 Catalans 08 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (2/3)
40th Minute Wigan 08 Catalans 10 Penalty Goal: Thomas Bosc (3/3)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 08 Catalans Dragons 10
47th Minute Wigan 12 Catalans 10 Try: Eamon O'Carroll
- Wigan 14 Catalans 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
53rd Minute Wigan 18 Catalans 10 Try: George Carmont
- Wigan 20 Catalans 10 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/5)
58th Minute Wigan 20 Catalans 14 Try: Justin Murphy
- Wigan 20 Catalans 16 Conversion: Thomas Bosc (4/4)
66th Minute Wigan 24 Catalans 16 Try: Pat Richards (2)
- Wigan 24 Catalans 16 P.Richards Missed Conversion (4/6)
76th Minute Wigan 24 Catalans 20 Try: Jerome Guisset
- Wigan 24 Catalans 22 Conversion: Thomas Bosc (5/5)
80th Minute Wigan 24 Catalans 26 Try: Dane Carlaw
- Wigan 24 Catalans 26 T.Bosc Missed Conversion (5/6)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 24 Catalans Dragons 26
Referee: 

Ashley Klein

Attendance: 

13,044

Super League 13 - Round 11 Results
Fri 11 Apr Castleford Tigers 12 Hull FC 32 8,136
Fri 11 Apr St Helens 58 Harlequins 12 8,553
Fri 11 Apr Leeds Rhinos 32 Warrington Wolves 12 16,327
Fri 11 Apr Wigan Warriors 24 Catalan Dragons 26 13,044
Sat 12 Apr Huddersfield Giants 16 Wakefield Wildcats 18 5,693
Sun 13 Apr Hull Kingston Rovers 20 Bradford Bulls 18 8,377

Engage Super League 12 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 11 9 0 2 326 116 +210 18
2 Wigan Warriors 11 7 0 4 239 231 +8 14
3 Catalans Dragons 11 6 1 4 233 250 -17 14
4 St Helens 11 6 0 5 312 239 +73 12
5 Bradford Bulls 11 6 0 5 261 216 +45 12
6 Warrington Wolves 11 6 0 5 247 240 +6 12
7 Harlequins 11 6 0 5 233 271 -38 12
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 11 5 1 5 211 222 -11 11
9 Wakefield Wildcats 11 5 0 6 198 244 -46 10
10 Huddersfield Giants 11 3 1 7 231 250 -19 7
11 Hull FC 11 3 1 7 187 249 -62 7
12 Castleford Tigers 11 2 0 9 193 343 -150 4

Comments
catalancs on April 12 2008 - 13:24
it's alright blaming the ref but the truth is that we should have had the game wrapped up and the 2 points in the bag. i like noble because unlike some other coaches he doesnt dress up his comments and paper over cracks. one last thing, catalans are a very stong team who play some really good rugby so lets not panic as we only lost by 2 and bosc kicked one more goal than pat. ps would love to see bosc at wigan, the lad's all class.
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