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|Saturday 9th June 2012|
|Catalan Dragons 14 Wigan Warriors 36|
|Stobart Super League 17 - Round 17 of 27|
Kick Off 3:00pm (2:00pm UK)
|1||Sam Tomkins||T||G2||1||Clint Greenshields|
|2||Josh Charnley||T||G2||2||Damien Blanch|
|3||Darrell Goulding||25||Vincent Duport|
|4||George Carmont||T2||4||Setaimata Sa|
|24||Anthony Gelling||T||18||Daryl Millard|
|6||Brett Finch||3||Leon Pryce|
|7||Thomas Leuluai||7||Scott Dureau||T||G3|
|22||Gil Dudson||8||David Ferriol|
|9||Michael McIlorum||9||Ian Henderson|
|10||Lee Mossop||10||Remi Casty|
|16||Liam Farrell||11||Steve Menzies|
|17||Chris Tuson||T||12||Louis Anderson|
|13||Sean O'Loughlin||24||Jason Baiteiri|
|14||Jeff Lima||13||Gregory Mounis|
|21||Epalahame Lauaki||14||Sebastien Raguin|
|26||Jack Hughes||T||23||Lopini Paea|
|28||Logan Tomkins||26||Ben Fisher|
Wigan stretched their winning run to 12 wins in a row with a dominating display out in France against Catalan Dragons. The French side had won all six of their previous home matches this season but Wigan were far too strong in defence for their opponents.
Amazingly it was during a sin bin period in the opening quarter than Wigan took an early foothold in the game. Catalan had taken a 2-0 lead with an early penalty from Scott Dureau before "Henderson" Gil Dudson was sin binned by James Child for a late hit on a kicker. Catalan had a full set on our line to press home an advantage at this point but soon as Wigan got the ball they scored two quick tries.
First a massive break from half way by Lee Mossop saw Brett Finch able to send Chris Tuson over. Then on 16 minutes, Anthony Gelling beat a bad miss tackle from Clint Greenshields to score a neat try. Charnley only converted the second try, so it was just 10-2 to Wigan.
Catalan soon got back into the game with a dubious "penalty try" being awarded by video referee Ian Smith. He deemed a Catalan player was taken out without the football by Brett Finch in the process of scoring. First penalty try I can recall in a Wigan game since Karl Kirkpatrick gave Leeds one at DW Stadium in 2002. Anyway the awarding of a penalty try means the conversion comes bang in front, so an easy kick narrows Wigan's lead to 10-8.
The score was flattering Catalan a little and it looked like this score would remain right up to the half time oranges, but for the third week in a row Wigan scored just before the break. Two penalties helped us up field, the second had seen Setaimata Sa put "on report" after totally nailing Sam Tomkins. Little Sam got up though and soon sent Charnley in the right corner. He couldn't convert though, so the half time lead was just 14-8.
Into the second half and Wigan totally dominated the next twenty minutes. They took an option to "take the two" on 46 minutes for a 16-8 lead then back it up with a try soon after. Very quick hands created a massive overlap for Carmont to slip through with Gelling still spare to his left. Charnley missed another kick though - 20-8 Wigan.
Those missed kicks still kept Catalan in the contest but in truth Wigan were controlling the match and pretty much wrapped it up on the hour when Carmont claimed his second. Hughes did well to catch a kick from Finch and his offload got George in. Charnley was kicking like a toddler though - only 24-8 despite scoring 5 tries to 1!
Sadly soon after that we lost "Henderson" Gil Dudson to a nasty looking ankle injury that does not look good. He left the field on a stretcher.
Catalan then from nowhere decided to put the shits up the Wigan support with a 70 metre solo dash from a tap penalty by Dureau bringing the scores back to 24-14. Totally flattering but those missed kicks now looked like they could haunt us.
No sweat though! This Wigan side is all class and were back in control within three minutes. Leuluai went right and sent Sam through a gap to seal the game. Sam also took over goal kicking but this was pretty easy for 30-14.
Then in the final minute Hughes capped up a terrific performance from himself by hitting a nice pass from Finch. Sam converted again to complete an impressive 36-14 win.
So Wigan go into the international break with a 3 point lead and have 16 days off now before they play bottom of the table Widnes on Monday Night 25th June. Some are saying we are peaking too early but we've just completed a run of Saints (Cup), Huddersfield (A), Saints (A - Magic), Leeds (A) and Catalan (A). You have to peak to get through all that lot and we've done it brilliantly. Easier games to come now! Bring it on!
Super League 17 - Round 17 Results
|Fri 9 June||St Helens 54 Bradford Bulls 0||13,025|
|Fri 9 June||Warrington Wolves 37 Leeds Rhinos 18||10,835|
|Sat 10 June||Catalan 14 Wigan 36 (at Montpellier FC)||13,858|
|Sat 10 June||London Broncos 28 Widnes Vikings 24||2,117|
|Sun 11 June||Castleford Tigers 34 Salford City Reds 30||5,877|
|Sun 11 June||Wakefield Wildcats 32 Hull FC 30||8,986|
|Mon 12 June||Huddersfield Giants 26 Hull Kingston Rovers 42||4,982|
Stobart Super League 17 Table - After This Round
|7||Hull Kingston Rovers||17||9||1||7||485||422||+63||19|
|10||Salford City Reds||17||6||1||10||402||490||-88||13|