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 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
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
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