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Match Report: Wigan 28 Catalan 47
Posted by Bilko on April 09 2011 - 10:38

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Wigan Warriors v Catalan Dragons - Engage Super League XVI Round 9.
Friday 8th April 2011. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Report

Everyone was telling me to just write "we were shit" and leave this match report at that and to be honest I probably would have done that had I headed straight home after the game. But I've now slept on it, so here we go with the thoughts on this sorry display.

First of all it was a great performance by Catalan and very big credit to them for that. Ok, they literally had no defence to contend with but in return they defended very solid and 28 points against them is a bit of an injustice for that effort from them.

Now their are all sorts of theories going round in the post match beers, "trouble in the camp" that kind of thing, and next week will be very interesting to see if their is a reaction, but it is worth remembering that we did put in a pretty similar performance to this last year when Harlequins beat us 38-24 here.

Quins that night were ripping us to bits from deep and defensively the Wigan players all looked like they all had lead boots on and it was exactly the same in this game. The try on 21 minutes summed that up. A loose ball in the in goal was Mike McIlorum's to claim all day and yet he was beaten to it.

No doubt fans on our message board will be bagging individuals, and I do agree that Brett Finch really needs dropping to the Under 20s to find his fitness, but for me you really have to condemn the whole team for a disgraceful defensive display. Our pack absentees don't excuse that performance either!

Kris Radlinski came out in the South Stand Bar post match and, despite his role on the coaching staff, absolutely panned them. "Not fit for the shirt" was his exact words on that performance. He made other comments which I can't quite recall but you could see the hurt in him.

Chairman Ian Lenegan came out with Rads and I have to say I respect him for coming out and not hiding. I mean I will always respect Ian Millward for coming out and facing the music, and getting a verbal battering for that matter, after one of our shocking early 2006 displays and same here. I mean Maurice Lindsay would have retreated to an underground bunker after that kind of display but Lenegan came out, apologised, and said we'll make up for it next week. He said it reminded him of "that shit display" against Huddersfield in 2009 when we lost 34-4. He also said it was marvellous how the boos were "muted" and how we clapped Catalan when they were getting set for every kick off restart in the second half. He reckoned no other fans in the league would have done that and I think he's right.

The story of the match is pretty simple. Wigan got off to a great start with a classy Sam Tomkins try after just 85 seconds. He went attacking down the right, took on winger Damien Blanch, and chalking the touchline he beat him for pace and arched round him for the score. Pat couldn't convert - 4-0 Wigan.

After that it was a real no contest. I don't really need to describe these individually, they were all the same. Catalan broke clear through a non existent defensive line and Wigan had no pace to chase back. Frédéric Vaccari, Steve Menzies (twice), Rémi Casty and Scott Dureau all scored and let's not forget they also bombed another clean break with a forward pass. All five tries went converted to make the score 30-4 but a try from Mike McIlorum (I was at the bar, missed it!) in the 40th minute did give Wigan some hope.

At half time I'm thinking that the next 40 minutes would tell us a lot and whilst on paper it looks like the same game because Catalan did stretch their half time lead to 46-10 at one point, it wasn't really like that.

Wigan did improve but what they really didn't need to do was throw an intercept try to Frédéric Vaccari just two minutes after the restart. That made it 36-10 and game over. Who knows, had that not happened we might have been able to have a proper crack at them. Dureau missed the kick but added a penalty goal two minutes later.

Then to sum up the night further, Wigan threw a second intercept try to Dureau on 58 minutes. He raced 70 metres for an easy try under the posts, which he then converted. Three later Damien Blanch scored again and although the kick missed, the scoreline was now 46-10 and with 19 minutes remaining it was looking like our biggest ever defeat at DW Stadium was on the cards.

But thankfully I suppose Catalan only added a drop goal in the final 19 minutes whilst Wigan scored three tries. Nice efforts in truth. The first saw Pat taking on Blanch down the left, showing great strength, then finding a ball inside to send George Carmont over. Next try saw Sean O'Loughlin touch down a very neat kick and Stefan Marsh claimed the final consolation effort. I think it's worth noting Josh Charnley coming off the bench did provide some spark for Wigan in this final period. I'm not going to slag Stefan Marsh off but I'm really not seeing why he gets in the team ahead of Charnley. Pat converted all three of those tries and that's the only real positive out of the game. He came through the contest fine and kicked pretty well.

Massive straw clutch here but I do wonder what may have been had we not thrown them two intercept efforts in that second half. We got to 28 points somehow and that was against what I thought was an excellent defensive display from the French. I'm not convinced they switched off late in the game. I mean those late tries needed effort!

All in all, Maguire now has the biggest test of his coaching career. Not just next week but for the rest of the season. He absolutely has to get our home form improved. This result now means Wigan have lost 8 of our last 13 home matches and that is totally unacceptable. I can't really explain why we are struggling at home but whatever they are doing routine wise, it needs changing.

Reaction to the Action

Michael Maguire: "It was getting embarrassing. We have prided ourselves on our defence and Catalan turned up. They played some good rugby league tonight and scored some points on us. It wasn't Wigan-like and we will make sure we go back to work next week and improve on the things we did wrong. We have been through periods where we have made mistakes. It is up to each individual now to respond and I am sure they will."

Catalan coach Trent Robinson: "Attacking-wise I thought we were better this week. Last week was our best game for the year but I think we learned lessons from last week and went one step ahead in attack. We had better movement and structure and I thought it was pretty tough to defend."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Catalan 1
1 Sam Tomkins Full Back Cyril Stacul 5
2 Darrell Goulding Winger Damien Blanch 2
24 Stefan Marsh Centre Daryl Millard 18
4 George Carmont Centre Setaimata Sa 4
5 Pat Richards Winger Freddic Vaccari 19
17 Brett Finch Stand Off Ben Farrar 3
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Scott Dureau 7
10 Andy Coley Prop David Ferriol 8
9 Mike McIlorum Hooker Ian Henderson 9
14 Paul Prescott Prop Remi Casty 10
12 Joel Tomkins 2nd Row Steve Menzies 11
16 Ryan Hoffman 2nd Row Sebastien Raguin 16
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Gregory Mounis 13
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11 Harrison Hansen Substitute Michael Simon 20
21 Lee Mossop Substitute Sebastien Martins 21
23 Chris Tuson Substitute Jason Baiteri 24
25 Josh Charnley Substitute Eloi Pelissier 26
- Michael Maguire Coach Trent Robinson -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 28 --- Catalan Dragons 47
Tries (5):
Sam Tomkins
Mike McIlorum
George Carmont
Sean O'Loughlin
Stefan Marsh
--- Tries (8):
Frederic Vaccari 2
Steve Menzies 2
Remi Casty
Scott Dereau 2
Damien Blanch
Goals:
Pat Richards 4/5
--- Goals:
Scott Dureau 7/9
--- --- Drop Goals:
Scott Dureau 1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

2nd Minute Wigan 04 Catalan 00 Try: Sam Tomkins
- Wigan 04 Catalan 00 P.Richards Missed Conversion (0/1)
7th Minute Wigan 04 Catalan 04 Try: Fredaric Vaccari
- Wigan 04 Catalan 06 Conversion: Scott Dureau (1/1)
11th Minute Wigan 04 Catalan 10 Try: Steve Menzies
- Wigan 04 Catalan 12 Conversion: Scott Dureau (2/2)
16th Minute Wigan 04 Catalan 16 Try: Remi Casty
- Wigan 04 Catalan 18 Conversion: Scott Dureau (3/3)
21st Minute Wigan 04 Catalan 22 Try: Scott Dureau
- Wigan 04 Catalan 24 Conversion: Scott Dureau (4/4)
37th Minute Wigan 04 Catalan 28 Try: Steve Menzies (2)
- Wigan 04 Catalan 30 Conversion: Scott Dureau (5/5)
40th Minute Wigan 08 Catalan 30 Try: Mike McIlorum
- Wigan 10 Catalan 30 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 10 Catalan Dragons 30
42nd Minute Wigan 10 Catalan 34 Try: Frredaric Vaccari (2)
- Wigan 10 Catalan 34 S.Dureau Missed Conversion (5/6)
49th Minute Wigan 10 Catalan 36 Penalty Goal: Scott Dureau (6/7)
58th Minute Wigan 10 Catalan 40 Try: Scott Dureau (2)
- Wigan 10 Catalan 42 Conversion: Scott Dureau (7/8)
61st Minute Wigan 10 Catalan 46 Try: Damien Blanch
- Wigan 10 Catalan 46 S.Dureau Missed Conversion (7/9)
67th Minute Wigan 14 Catalan 46 Try: George Carmont
- Wigan 16 Catalan 46 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
73rd Minute Wigan 20 Catalan 46 Try: Sean O'Loughlin
- Wigan 22 Catalan 46 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
76th Minute Wigan 22 Catalan 47 Drop Goal: Scott Dureau
78th Minute Wigan 26 Catalan 47 Try: Stefan Marsh
- Wigan 28 Catalan 47 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/5)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 28 Catalan Dragons 47

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Stefan Marsh
2nd: Lee Mossop 3rd: Sam Tomkins 4th: Mike McIlorum  5th: Harrison Hansen

Referee

James Child

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 7 Catalan 11

Match Attendance

13,134

Weather

Dry.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 16 Round 9

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Castleford Tigers 8 7 0 1 261 142 +119 14
2 Huddersfield Giants 9 7 0 2 235 128 +107 14
3 St Helens 9 6 1 2 254 172 +82 13
4 Warrington Wolves 9 6 0 3 265 161 +104 12
5 Wigan Warriors 8 4 2 2 182 153 +29 10
6 Leeds Rhinos 9 4 1 4 254 230 +24 9
7 Catalan Dragons 9 4 0 5 200 215 -15 8
8 Bradford Bulls 9 4 0 5 206 268 -62 8
9 Harlequins 9 4 0 5 194 280 -86 8
10 Hull FC 9 3 0 6 202 212 -10 6
11 Hull Kingston Rovers 9 3 0 6 216 260 -44 6
12 Salford City Reds 9 3 0 6 180 278 -98 6
13 Wakefield Wildcats* 9 3 0 6 176 248 -72 2
14 Crusaders* 9 2 0 7 198 276 -78 0

*Crusaders and Wakefield both deducted 4 points for entering administration.

Round 9 Results
Fri 8 Apr Crusaders 18 St Helens 34 4,002
Fri 8 Apr Huddersfield Giants 29 Warrington Wolves 10 7,224
Fri 8 Apr Hull FC 34 Bradford Bulls 24 11,346
Fri 8 Apr Wigan Warriors 28 Catalan Dragons 47 13,134
Sat 9 Apr Hull Kingston Rovers 38 Leeds Rhinos 28 8,653
Sun 10 Apr Castleford Tigers 52 Salford City Reds 32 6,741
Sun 10 Apr Wakefield Wildcats 52 Harlequins 32 5,412

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