Catalans Dragons 10-32 Wigan Warriors

Catalans Dragons 10-32 Wigan Warriors

Report

Wigan Warriors moved level on points with St. Helens in sixth place after a hard-fought victory in the searing Perpignan heat.

Joe Burgess scored a hat-trick and with just four points in it at half time, the Warriors came out fighting and stepped it up a gear in the second to take the much-needed two points.

After an inconsistent season plagued with injuries, Wigan had a near full-strength squad to choose from and it paid dividends today with Catalans missing key players due to suspension.

The match was evenly poised for the majority of the first half with both sides matching each other physically and creatively – there were few clear-cut chances until Burgess opened the scoring for the Warriors after 20 minutes.

George Williams spotted a gap down the left hand side and kicked a neat grubber for Burgess to collect. Krisnan Inu attempted to stop the winger with an ankle tap but it was not enough as he scrambled over the line and Williams converted.

But Catalans responded just five minutes later after a repeat set on the Wigan line saw Lucas Albert dink a beautifully weighted kick behind the defensive line that evaded winger Tom Davies, and Vincent Duport managed to touch the ball down.

Luke Walsh missed the conversion and Williams then edged Wigan four points in front when they received a penalty from the re-start, as Paul Aiton was adjudged to obstruct John Bateman.

It was an intense first 40 that saw little in the way of penalties, and the Dragons had a good chance to take the lead going into the break but Walsh’s stray pass 10 metres out with two minutes to go perhaps showed a sign of just how physical the first half was.

Catalans opened the scoring in the second half – Duport notched his brace when he out jumped Davies to put his side ahead for the first time in the game.

Referee Robert Hicks had let the game play on as the Dragons celebrated the try, unclear whether Duport had touched the ball down cleanly. Anthony Gelling raced up the other end of the field and Williams went in by the posts, but play was soon brought back for the video referee to decide Catalans had actually scored.

Davies could have edged Wigan back in front moments later, but a determined Dragons defence bundled the winger into touch to keep their lead. Although Williams levelled the scores at 10-10 after 56 minutes with a penalty.

But the Warriors did regain the advantage when Oliver Gildart picked up Sean O’Loughlin’s loose pass to put Burgess in for his 15th try of the season.

Wigan then put a ten-point margin between themselves and the Dragons as Williams crossed for a try of his own in the 66th minute, Catalans seemingly ran out of steam after a determined and physical performance.

Sam Tomkins scored his first four pointer of 2017 and rubbed salt into Dragons wounds with an ugly, but match-winning try. The ball looked to have been collected by Catalans but it came free for the full-back to touch down.

And Burgess bagged his hatrick with two minutes to go, making the score line flatter the Warriors – Catalans have played worse in games they have won this season, but they now face an uphill struggle to pull themselves out of the bottom four.

Written by Zoe Shackleton.

Catalans Dragons

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Tony GigotFull Back000000
2Jodie BroughtonWing000000
3Krisnan InuCentre000000
4Brayden WiliameCentre000000
6Luke WalshStand Off010000
8Sam Moa 14Prop000000
9Paul Aiton 23Hooker000000
10Remi Casty 25Prop000000
11Louis Anderson 26Prop000000
12Justin HoroSecond Row000000
17Jason BaitieriLoose Forward000000
18Vincent DuportCentre200000
22Lucas AlbertScrum Half000000
14Julian Bousquet 8Interchange000000
23Alrix Da Costa 9Interchange000000
25Thibaut Margalet 10Interchange000000
26Lambert Belmas 11Interchange000000
 Total 210000

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Sam TomkinsFull Back100000
3Anthony GellingCentre000000
4Oliver GildartCentre000000
5Joe BurgessWing300001
6George WilliamsStand Off160000
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum Half000000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 15Prop000000
9Michael McIlorum 16Hooker000000
12Liam Farrell 20Second Row000000
13Sean O’LoughlinLoose Forward000000
14John BatemanSecond Row000000
19Ryan Sutton 17Prop000000
36Tom DaviesWing000000
15Tony Clubb 8Interchange000000
16Sam Powell 9Interchange000000
17Taulima Tautai 19Interchange000000
20Willie Isa 12Interchange000000
 Total 560001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
July 8, 2017 6:00 pm Super League 2017 Saturday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Catalans Dragons4610
Wigan Warriors82432