Match Report: Catalan 6 Wigan 26
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Catalan Dragons v Wigan Warriors - First Utility Super League 21 - Round 20
Saturday 2nd July 2016. Kick Off 6:00pm (5:00pm UK) at Stade Gilbert Brutus

Match Report

Last year's 56-18 loss away at Catalan was probably the lowest of the low in terms of a poor season of away results. This year's trip completed a sixth consecutive away victory and was perhaps one of our best away results in the ten years of trips to the south of France.

The win actually reminded me of the 2008 play off victory at Stade Gilbert Brutus. It was twenty minutes of not exactly being under the pump from Catalan but being comfortable soaking up early pressure in the opening quarter, with just a penalty goal conceded to Pat Richards, before bursting out with three tries in ten minutes to quickly find total command of the contest.

Ironically it was a poor sin bin for tripping to Lee Mossop in the 19th Minute that sparked Wigan into finding another gear and just 83 seconds later Catalan had knocked on and Dan Sarginson had touched down in the right corner.

Further tries from the excellent Ryan Sutton and then a brilliant finish by Oliver Gildart had Wigan 18-2 up by the half hour and Matty Smith added a penalty a couple of minutes before half time for 20-2.

Most pleasing for me was the response by Wigan to conceding a try to Catalan early second half. Described by Shaun Wane afterwards as a "soft one", that made it 20-6, I was fearing Wigan would end up in a game because so often this season they had made it far too easy for teams to hit back at them with ill discipline and poor errors.

My memory may have been clouded by beer but it seemed very comfortable second half that we were not going to let this one slip at all. Only one further try in attack came, a nice finish from Dom Manfredi from a nice grubber by Sarginson, but in the end I don't think this was a came you came away question why Wigan didn't "kick on". That was something questioned in the Cas cup tie but this one was still a battle and Wigan's full control and game management was pleasing to watch.

So a good job done and a good weekend enjoyed by all the Wigan fans that went I expect. It's amazing how a turnaround in away form can change the mood but we are now joint top of the table and dots are beginning to look far more connected. I feel a spanking isn't too far away and Wakefield might be ripe after the 0-62 score of April. We shall see.

Team Sheets

- Widnes Position Wigan 1
1 Tony Gigot Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
2 Jodie Broughton

Right Wing

Dom Manfredi 5
4 Vincent Duport Centre Oliver Gildart 20
33 Benjamin Garcia Centre Dan Sarginson 4
5 Pat Richards Left Wing Josh Charnley 2
6 Todd Carney Stand Off George Williams 6
27 Lucas Albert Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
10 Rémi Casty Prop Lee Mossop 17
16 Éloi Pélissier Hooker Sam Powell 16
14

Dave Taylor

Prop

Ben Flower

10
11 Glenn Stewart 2nd Row Ryan Sutton 21
12 Justin Horo 2nd Row Willie Isa 25
13

Jason Baitieri

L.Forward

Sean O'Loughlin

13
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15 Julian Bousquet Substitute Taulima Tautai 19
18 Thomas Bosc Substitute Greg Burke 26
22 Antoni Maria Substitute Jake Shorrocks 28
30 Romain Navarrette Substitute Joe Bretherton 29
- L.Frayssinous Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Catalan Dragons 6

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Wigan Warriors 26

Tries (1):
Justin Horo

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Tries (4):
Dan Sarginson
Ryan Sutton
Oliver Gildart
Dom Manfredi

Goals:
Pat Richards 1/2
--- Goals:
Matty Smith 5/5

Scoring and Incident Pattern

09mins:45 Catalan 02 Wigan 00

Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (1/1)

18mins:37 Wigan Sin Bin

Lee Mossop (Trip on Tony Gigot)

19mins:55 Catalan 02 Wigan 04

Try: Dan Sarginson

Catalan 02 Wigan 06 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
24mins:00 Catalan 02 Wigan 10

Try: Ryan Sutton

Catalan 02 Wigan 12 Conversion: Matty Smith (2/2)
30mins:16 Catalan 02 Wigan 16

Try: Oliver Gildart

Catalan 02 Wigan 18 Conversion: Matty Smith (3/3)
37mins:46 Catalan 02 Wigan 20

Penalty Goal: Matty Smith (4/4)

Half Time Catalan Dragons 02 Wigan Warriors 20
42mins:37 Catalan 06 Wigan 20

Try: Justin Horo

Catalan 06 Wigan 20 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/2)
57mins:04 Catalan 06 Wigan 24

Try: Dom Manfredi

Catalan 06 Wigan 26 Conversion: Matty Smith (5/5)
Full Time Catalan Dragons 06 Wigan Warriors 26

Referee

Gareth Hewer

Penalties Conceded

Catalan 11 Wigan 12

Match Attendance

11,856

Weather

Dry with a cool breeze. No humidity at all.