Wigan Warriors 42-22 Catalans Dragons

Wigan Warriors 24-24 Warrington Wolves

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Wigan moved within one point of Super League leaders Castleford with an eight-try win against Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

A fine start saw Wigan fly into a 16-0 lead through Tom Davies (2) and Joe Burgess, but the Dragons hit back through Fouad Yaha, Tony Gigot and Louis Anderson to bring the scores level at the break.

A dominant second-half performance saw the Warriors run in five tries to overpower the Dragons.

Wigan’s first chance of the game came in only the second minute when they made 90 metres off a set, but on the final tackle referee Gareth Hewer called a forward pass.

Five minutes later Wigan won a penalty for a stray elbow in the tackle by Paul Aiton. From the resulting set they went close, but couldn’t find a way through.

The opening score of the game came in the 14th minute. Catalans threatened down the left, but the ball hit the deck and Davies was there to collect and race almost 100 metres to score. Morgan Escare added the extras, 6-0.

Three minutes later Catalans spilled the ball again, this time on the Wigan 40 and Liam Forsyth made the break to pass to Davies for his second of the afternoon. Escare’s conversion hit the post and bounced out, 10-0.

A nice drop-off pass from George Williams to Burgess saw the centre burst through the defence to score in the 20th minute. Escare converted the try and Wigan had a 16-0 lead.

Wigan’s lead was cut in the 27th minute when Yaha snook in at the corner to score for Catalans. Luke Walsh couldn’t convert, 16-4.

Catalans were in again five minutes before the half-time break. Walsh’s kick came down with snow on it, was fumbled by Escare, and Gigot was there to collect and score. Walsh converted, 16-10.

A high bomb into the sunshine from Richie Myler was collected by Anderson who went over in the 38th minute. Walsh added the two to bring the scores level.

It didn’t take long for Wigan to regain the lead. Just one minute into the second half, Liam Forsyth crossed over after a high bomb caused Catalans all sorts of problems. Escare was unable to convert, 20-16.

A pass from Myler picked out Anderson who crossed the whitewash from five out in the 47th minute. Walsh added the two and the visitors led, 20-22.

The hosts regained the lead in the 60th minute. The ball hit the deck, Forsyth put his nose through the gap and went over from 15 out. Escare was off target with the boot, 24-22.

A sublime pass from Liam Farrell found Williams, out to Burgess who went over for his second of the game two minutes later. Sam Powell took over the kicking duties and extended Wigan’s lead, 30-22.

Marshall made it seven tries from the Wigan three-quarter line when he waltzed over in the 68th minute. Powell converted again and Wigan were now 36-22 to the good.

Williams made a break up the middle and had Farrell in support who crossed for his second of the season. Powell added the conversion from right in from as the hooter sounded.

The victory – Warriors’ third in succession – lifts Shaun Wane’s side up to third in the table, above Salford, who beat Toronto Wolfpack in the Challenge Cup fifth round earlier on Sunday.

Referee: Gareth Hewer

Attendance: 11,637

SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 10-0, 16-0, 16-4, 16-10, 16-16, 20-16, 20-22, 24-22, 30-22, 36-22, 42-22.

Written by Adam Gray.

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
5Joe BurgessWing200000
6George WilliamsStand Off100001
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum Half000000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 17Prop000000
10Ben Flower 19Prop000000
12Liam FarrellSecond Row000000
13Sean O’LoughlinLoose Forward000000
16Sam Powell 9Hooker030000
20Willie Isa 26Second Row000000
22Morgan EscareFull Back020000
32Liam ForsythCentre200000
35Liam MarshallWing100000
36Tom DaviesWing200000
9Michael McIlorum 16Interchange000000
17Taulima Tautai 8Interchange000000
19Ryan Sutton 10Interchange000000
26Romain Navarrete 20Interchange000000
 Total 850001

Catalans Dragons

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Tony GigotFull Back100000
5Fouad YahaWing100000
6Luke WalshStand Off030000
7Richie MylerScrum Half000000
8Sam Moa 14Prop000000
9Paul Aiton 23Loose Forward000000
10Remi Casty 19Prop000000
11Louis AndersonHooker200000
15Benjamin Garcia 25Second Row000000
16Thomas BoscWing000000
18Vincent DuportCentre000000
21Iain ThornleyCentre000000
26Lambert BelmasSecond Row000000
14Julian Bousquet 8Interchange000000
19Mickael Simon 10Interchange000000
23Alrix Da Costa 9Interchange000000
25Thibaut Margalet 15Interchange000000
 Total 430000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
April 23, 2017 3:00 pm Super League 2017 Sunday

Venue

DW Stadium

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Wigan Warriors162642
Catalans Dragons16622