Match Report: Wigan 34 Catalan 0
Posted by Bilko on April 12 2015 - 21:09

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Sunday 12th April 2015
Wigan Warriors 34 Catalan Dragons 0
DW Stadium, Wigan
First Utility Super League 20 - Round 10 of 23
Kick Off 3:00pm

- Wigan       - Catalan    
20 Ryan Hampshire  T   G    1 Morgan Escare    
22 Dom Manfredi  T3      20 Damien Cardace    
3 Anthony Gelling  T      17 Elliott Whitehead    
4 Dan Sarginson  T      4 Willie Tonga    
5 Joe Burgess  T2      19 Mathias Pala    
6 George Williams       14 Thomas Bosc    
7 Matty Smith       7 Scott Dureau    
24 Taulima Tautai       15 Jeff Lima    
9 Michael McIlorum       9 Ian Henderson    
23

Lee Mossop

      10

Remi Casty

   
11 Joel Tomkins       11 Zeb Taia    
12 Liam Farrell       12 Louis Anderson    
8 Dom Crosby       24 Jason Baitieri    
Interchange:
17 Tony Clubb       8 Olivier Elima    
25 Larne Patrick       13 Gregory Mounis    
26 Logan Tomkins       16 Eloi Pelissier    
28 Ryan Sutton       18 Benjamin Garcia    

Report: 

I thought this was Wigan's best all round performance of the season. Not pretty, because the conditions didn't allow for that, but they scored some great tries to demoralise Catalan in a defeat to nil.

The only real downside was a woeful 1 from 8 conversion rate by Ryan Hampshire. Tough windy conditions would excuse for some of the misses but the last miss from easy range topped off a difficult day. Slight cause for concern but Matty Smith wasn't kicking due to a "tight hamstring" and he will return to kicking extras on Thursday against Warrington.

Rocky though played his part in a good attacking display despite driving rain and the notorious heavy pitch at the DW. It was sloppy early on to be fair and Catalan had two early opportunities near the try line, one after a 40/20 by Scott Dureau, but Wigan muscled up well in defence.

Then on the quarter hour, Wigan got an opportunity from a close scrum and quick simple hands saw Dan Sarginson send Joe Burgess in the left corner.

Space always looked on via the left wing and the second try also came that way with Sarginson going himself this time through a big gap.

That was 8-0 after 22 minutes and Wigan began to take control with the interchange option of Tony Clubb being a particular advantage. Dom Crosby also had a great return starting the game, albeit from an unusual loose forward position.

Towards half time, two more tries came. Dom Manfredi got over in the right corner on 29 minutes and then a minute before the break, Joel Tomkins pass got Hampshire away and Anthony Gelling finished off. No conversions so far left the score at just 16-0 half time.

Wigan had been guilty of poor second halves this season, particularly at Widnes and Hull KR where they bombed big leads. So I'm hoping for some control at the start of the second half. Simple stuff was all that was required and although it stifled some attack for a while, they saw that period out well, bar a couple of penalties.

Then once they found a try on 56 minutes, they were able to kick on. The try that broke the second half came from a break by Burgess up his left wing and Hampshire was in support to finish an 80 metre move. He was able to convert that one for 22-0.

That try broke Catalan and Wigan found three more scores in the final quarter. Dom Manfredi scored two, to complete a hat-trick, either side of Burgess claiming his second. The last try by Manfredi came from a great kick by Hampshire, nicely weighted and finished.

Job done though and we now turn to Warrington. Josh Charnley, Sam Powell, Sean O'Loughlin all come back into contention for that and with the suspension of Ben Flower ending also, it's not a bad position to be in at the end of the tough Easter run.

I see small signs that we are beginning to turn the corner this season, but Warrington will be another big test of that and then we need to start finding form away. Shaun Wane has alluded to the fact we have been "good in patches" this season but I think those patches are getting longer and better. He still admits though that he wants "to see a good month" of consistency before getting carried away and that has to be the target.

What pleased me most here was the patience. If we didn't score we forced two or three drop outs to keep the pressure on. Then we controlled the lead we had built in the second half. Those are things we were failing on earlier in the season, so it is progress being made.

Scoring: 
15th Minute Wigan 04 Catalan 00 Try: Joe Burgess
Wigan 04 Catalan 00

Missed Conv: Ryan Hampshire (0/1)

22nd Minute Wigan 08 Catalan 00 Try: Dan Sarginson
Wigan 08 Catalan 00

Missed Conv: Ryan Hampshire (0/2)

29th Minute Wigan 12 Catalan 00 Try: Dom Manfredi
Wigan 12 Catalan 00

Missed Conv: Ryan Hampshire (0/3)

39th Minute Wigan 16 Catalan 00 Try: Anthony Gelling
Wigan 16 Catalan 00

Missed Conv: Ryan Hampshire (0/4)

Half Time Wigan Warriors 16 Catalan Dragons 00
56th Minute Wigan 20 Catalan 00 Try: Ryan Hampshire
Wigan 22 Catalan 00

Conversion: Ryan Hampshire (1/5)

61st Minute Wigan 26 Catalan 00 Try: Dom Manfredi (2)
Wigan 26 Catalan 00

Missed Conv: Ryan Hampshire (1/6)

70th Minute Wigan 30 Catalan 00 Try: Joe Burgess (2)
Wigan 30 Catalan 00

Missed Conv: Ryan Hampshire (1/7)

72nd Minute Wigan 34 Catalan 00 Try: Dom Manfredi
Wigan 34 Catalan 00

Missed Conv: Ryan Hampshire (1/8)

Full Time Wigan Warriors 34 Catalan Dragons 00
Referee: 

Phil Bentham

Attendance: 

12,126

First Utility Super League 20 - Round 10 Results
Fri 10 Apr Hull FC 22 Widnes Vikings 8 9,295
Sat 11 Apr Warrington Wolves 80 Wakefield Wildcats 0 8,036
Sat 11 Apr Castleford Tigers 25 Hull Kingston Rovers 4 6,012
Sun 12 Apr Huddersfield Giants 8 St Helens 11 5,825
Sun 12 Apr Leeds Rhinos 28 Salford Red Devils 18 4,000
Sun 12 Apr Wigan Warriors 34 Catalan Dragons 0 12,162

First Utility Super League 20 Table - After This Round
- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 10 9 0 1 321 178 +143 18
2 St Helens 10 7 0 3 230 159 +71 14
3 Wigan Warriors 10 5 1 4 223 178 +45 11
4 Salford Red Devils 10 5 1 4 222 256 -34 11
5 Warrington Wolves 10 5 0 5 235 195 +40 10
6 Castleford Tigers 10 5 0 5 199 168 +31 10
7 Hull Kingston Rovers 10 5 0 5 234 245 -11 10
8 Catalan Dragons 10 4 1 5 234 263 -29 9

Top 8 Qualify for "Super 8s" after Round 23 / Top 4 Qualify for Play Offs

9 Huddersfield Giants 10 4 0 6 195 156 +39 8
10 Hull FC 10 4 0 6 180 185 -5 8
11 Widnes Vikings 10 3 1 6 200 246 -46 7
12 Wakefield Wildcats 10 2 0 8 168 412 -244 4