Explained: Why Super League pitch is a mess at the moment

We have seen some big games this week as Wigan Warriors headed over to France, Warrington Wolves defeated Hull FC, Leigh Leopards were stunned by Hull KR as both Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers lost in the relegation battle.

The big game was of course the meeting between Wigan and Catalans but the match ended up being second fiddle when it came to discussions as the look of Catalans’ pitch covered in dead grass dominated talk among fans.

The reason behind this is Catalans chose to share a lawnmower with Perpignan Rugby Union leading to a fungal infection that killed some of the grass.

The infection was spread out across the pitch by the lawnmower leading to a poor looking pitch.

It didn’t affected Wigan’s performance on the pitch however.

Wigan started the game excellently rolling Catalans down field frequently doing what is rarely seen in Super League and out muscling the Dragons in their own back yard.

As they routinely forced their way down field, Wigan eventually got their try as a probing kick from Bevan French caused confusion.

Tom Johnstone came across to deal with it colliding with Toby King allowing Abbas Miski to get to the ball and ground it to score.

Another kick led to another try as Miski rose highest to claim the kick before offloading to centre Toby King to score.

Wigan were on top and causing problems down the edge for Catalans especially down their right and the left of the French side.

Speaking of French, Bevan French continued to torment the Dragons as he ducked and darted through tackles busting tackles to power his way over the line in the corner.

A second conversion from Harry Smith, who also missed a penalty, made it 16-0 before Miski claimed a second try on the stroke of halftime.

Again French caused problems with a probing run and Miski hit a line inside as dummy runners moved wide of the winger allowing Miski to go through on his disguised line and powered through the cover to score a second try.

He would later complete his hat-trick.