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Match Report: Catalans 45 Wigan 38
Posted by Bilko on June 15 2008 - 18:19

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Catalans Dragons v Wigan Warriors. Engage Super League 13 Round 17.
Saturday 14th June 2008. Kick Off 8:00pm at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Thoughts on the Match

Well we finally made a summer trip to Perpignan and no one can win me over in the argument about whether we should have a French side in Super League.

Ok I can understand the argument that they offer little in terms of away support at venues here but when you go out to France you see the passion and its fantastic. No venue in this country makes the effort atmosphere wise like they do. To be fair they only shout "Catalan....Catalan....Catalan" but they rarely let up.

Obviously helps that the weather was nice but that wasn't the case as we arrived in Barcelona Girona Airport Friday afternoon. There were black clouds as we left and on the coach trip to Perpignan we went straight into a big storm which made last years monsoon look like light drizzle! Thankfully it didn't hit Perpignan. The match day weather was warm and sunny but I didn't think it was that uncomfortable.

The town was awash with Wiganers down by the canal but we found a nice quiet square which offered a beer vending type thing called a "giraffe". 2 and half litres of beer it held and about 10 of them between us kept us quiet for the afternoon. Whilst sat there chairman Ian Lenegan walked past we stopped him to say hello and rather than walk away he just sat himself down without hesitation. His wife was with him and when told about cherry&white she asked me "are you the one that whinges alot?". She must have me confused with someone else lol.

She was telling us though how it was an off chance conversation at a varsity match they went to that Ian got involved with Harlequins and that it wouldn't be at Wigan today but for that. She said they'd always mingled with the fans and I think most Wigan fans appreciate it. In recent years the fans have been left in the cold I feel with a lack of honesty but now if you walk up to Ian and ask him a question he'll give you a decent answer.

Having made our way to the bar near the ground a few of us broke out into a rendition of Delilah by Tom Jones. No idea why but most of us had been on the ale since 10am and it was an 8pm kick off so that might be an answer.

Story of the Match

On to the game and what was that kit clash about? I believe its the RFL who decide the kits you have to wear and that was ridiculous. Not the first time it's happened either - Hull and Bradford both played in white at the KC Stadium earlier this year. If Wigan only packed the home kit let the Catalans play in there excellent all red and yellow shirt they used at the JJB!

Wigan started the game well and scored the first try in the 9th minute when Pat Richards broke down the left and just about slid over the line. Know to save me having to write "he converted" again and again its easier for me just to say that every kick from every angle was expertly kicked by both Paaat and Thomas Bosc in this game.

Unfortunately though we managed to cock up the restart. It went into touch and within a minute Catalans made it 6-6 with Adam Mogg sending John Wilson over. Annoying to say the least. A penalty goal on 16 minutes put the French ahead for the first time 8-6 as Wigan got caught offside.

Defence was at a premium and Wigan retook the lead on 20 minutes. Joel Tomkins it was who touched down a great pass from Trent Barrett which made it 12-8 to Wigan.

But the Dragons hit straight back and should have scored but Thomas Bosc knocked on trying to ground the ball. Didn't matter because Clint Greenshields did score on 28 minutes to make it 14-12 Catalans.

Wigan though had the last laugh of the half when Barrett put a bomb in the air and Pat batted it back into the arms of George Carmont who touched down for his eight try of an impressive campaign. So Wigan went into half time with a 18-14 lead which was very pleasing at the time.

The second half though continued in the same vain with both sides exchanging tries.

It was Catalans first with a try from Oliver Elima on 44 minutes then a penalty goal from Pat levelled the scores up a 20-20.

Wigan though were beginning to wilt in the humidity and the Catalans began to take control. First Adam Mogg went over then a break down the middle from Casey McGuire sent Greenshields over for his second try. Crucially this was the first time in the match either side had scored twice in a row without reply.

Wigan soon hit back though on 63 minutes when a good run from the marauding Paleaaesina got Andy Coley in position to barge over from close range. He did well also to round off nearer to the posts which help Wigan back to within a converted try at 32-26. I honestly felt Wigan would come back to win at this point but then came a killer blow.

Feka, who to be fair continued his outstanding recent form, threw an offload straight into the hands of Sebastien Raguin who raced away to make it 38-26 with 15 minutes left and that was game over.

Three minutes later Stuart Fielden threw another intercept - this time to Clint Greenshields who completed his hatrick. I've more sympathy with Fielden though because we had to start offloading to give ourselves a chance but that pass well and truly finished us off at 42-26.

But to be fair Wigan never gave up. A barge over from Feka and a late debut score for Cameron Phelps took the flattery out of the 42-26 lead the Catalans have built with the two intercepts and perhaps made the final score a fair reflection on the match. In between the two late tries incidentally Adam Mogg had slotted a drop goal to make the final score Catalans 45 Wigan 38.

All in all we did concede some soft tries and to score 38 and lose should never happen but I thought we played great. It was a big effort in that difficult French back yard and I also thought referee Ian Smith had a great game.

Game Breaking Moment

The Feka intercept try at 32-26 was a killer blow.

Top Player

Trent Barrett - Didn't score but as ever controlled the match from a Wigan point of view.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "To come away and score 38 points and not come away with the points is very disappointing. But our defence wasn't good enough. We let Catalans have too much ruck speed and we could have helped ourselves a whole lot more. You can't win anything in this competition if you can't bend your backs and we conceded some tries from right under our own posts, which was disappointing. We did some good things with the ball and I thought we were quite strong in the first half but it was like a game of touch football and they came out on top in the second half. (Cameron) Phelps looked decent, as did George Carmont and Pat Richards. When we shift the ball we looked threatening but at times we played too much east-to-west football and not enough north-to-south."

Team Sheets

- Catalans Position Wigan -
1 Clint Greenshields Full Back Richard Mathers 1
23 Cyril Stacul Winger Liam Colbon 14
3 John Wilson Centre Cameron Phelps 21
11 Sebastien Raguin Centre George Carmont 4
5 Dimitri Pelo Winger Pat Richards 5
4 Adam Mogg Stand Off Trent Barrett 6
6 Thomas Bosc Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
19 Alex Chan Prop Stuart Fielden 8
7 Casey McGuire Hooker Mick Higham 9
10 Jerome Guisset Prop Andy Coley 15
12 Jason Croker 2nd Row Gareth Hock 11
13 Gregory Mounis 2nd Row Phil Bailey 12
14 Dane Carlaw L.Forward Harrison Hansen 16
- - - - -
16 Oliver Elima Substitute Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
18 Vincent Duport Substitute Mike McIlorum 17
22 Jamal Fakir Substitute Paul Prescott 19
24 Remi Casty Substitute Joel Tomkins 22

Score Sheet

Catalans Dragons 45 --- Wigan Warriors 38
Tries (7):
John Wilson
Clint Greenshields 3
Oliver Elima
Adam Mogg
Sebastien Raguin
--- Tries (6):
Pat Richards
Joel Tomkins
George Carmont
Andy Coley
Iafeta Paleaaesina
Cameron Phelps
Goals:
Thomas Bosc 8/8
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 7/7
Drop Goals:
Adam Mogg 1
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 7/7

Scoring and Incident Pattern

09mins:29 Catalans 00 Wigan 04 Try: Pat Richards
- Catalans 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
11mins:21 Catalans 04 Wigan 06 Try: John Wilson
- Catalans 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Thomas Bosc (1/1)
15mins:26 Catalans 08 Wigan 06 Penalty Goal: Thomas Bosc (2/2)
20mins:30 Catalans 08 Wigan 10 Try: Joel Tomkins
- Catalans 08 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
28mins:08 Catalans 12 Wigan 12 Try: Clint Greenshields
- Catalans 14 Wigan 12 Conversion: Thomas Bosc (3/3)
33mins:29 Catalans 14 Wigan 16 Try: George Carmont
- Catalans 14 Wigan 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
Half Time Catalans Dragons 14 Wigan Warriors 18
44mins:03 Catalans 18 Wigan 18 Try: Oliver Elima
- Catalans 20 Wigan 18 Conversion: Thomas Bosc (4/4)
51mins:29 Catalans 20 Wigan 20 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (4/4)
56mins:48 Catalans 24 Wigan 20 Try: Adam Mogg
- Catalans 26 Wigan 20 Conversion: Thomas Bosc (5/5)
58mins:54 Catalans 30 Wigan 20 Try: Clint Greenshields (2)
- Catalans 32 Wigan 20 Conversion: Thomas Bosc (6/6)
63mins:25 Catalans 32 Wigan 24 Try: Andy Coley
- Catalans 32 Wigan 26 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)
65mins:30 Catalans 36 Wigan 26 Try: Sebastien Raguin
- Catalans 38 Wigan 26 Conversion: Thomas Bosc (7/7)
68mins:39 Catalans 42 Wigan 26 Try: Clint Greenshields (3)
- Catalans 44 Wigan 26 Conversion: Thomas Bosc (8/8)
73mins:58 Catalans 44 Wigan 30 Try: Iafeta Paleaaesina
- Catalans 44 Wigan 32 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/6)
76mins:40 Catalans 45 Wigan 32 Drop Goal: Adam Mogg
77mins:41 Catalans 45 Wigan 36 Try: Cameron Phelps
- Catalans 45 Wigan 38 Conversion: Pat Richards (7/7)
Full Time Catalans Dragons 45 Wigan Warriors 38

Referee

Ian Smith

Video Referee

Ian Ollerton

Penalties Conceded

Catalans 8 Wigan 9

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Catalans 2 Wigan 2

Match Attendance

9,125

Television

Match Weather

Warm.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 13 Round 17

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 17 14 0 3 552 240 +312 28
2 St Helens 17 12 0 5 553 325 +228 24
3 Catalans Dragons 17 11 1 5 416 378 +38 23
4 Warrington Wolves 17 9 0 8 425 422 +3 18
5 Wigan Warriors 16 9 0 7 381 403 -22 18
6 Wakefield Wildcats 17 9 0 8 378 418 -40 18
7 Bradford Bulls 17 8 0 9 409 404 +5 16
8 Harlequins 17 8 0 9 363 425 -62 16
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 17 7 1 9 323 423 -100 15
10 Hull FC 17 5 1 11 328 393 -65 11
11 Huddersfield Giants 16 4 1 11 361 406 -45 9
12 Castleford Tigers 17 3 0 14 329 581 -252 6

Round 16 Results
Fri 6 June St Helens 52 Hull Kingston Rovers 10 8,404
Fri 6 June Leeds Rhinos 38 Hull FC 22 16,886
Sat 7 June Castleford Tigers 16 Wakefield Wildcats 22 8,236
Sun 8 June Bradford Bulls 16 Catalan Dragons 24 8,346
Sun 8 June Harlequins 24 Warrington Wolves 40 3,622
Postponed Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants -

Round 17 Results
Fri 13 June St Helens 58 Bradford Bulls 20 9,009
Sat 14 June Harlequins 28 Leeds Rhinos 24 3,769
Sat 14 June Catalan Dragons 45 Wigan Warriors 38 9,125
Sun 15 June Warrington Wolves 38 Hull Kingston Rovers 20 9,095
Sun 15 June Hull FC 40 Castleford Tigers 14 12,681
Sun 15 June Wakefield Wildcats 28 Huddersfield Giants 26 6,271

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