Wigan Warriors have been battling with Leigh Leopards, St Helens and Catalans Dragons at the top of the Super League table but Wigan have given themselves a huge boost in the chase for the League Leaders’ Shield.
They defeated Catalans in France with one of the best performances in the Super League season as they battered the league leaders 34-0 to cut the gap between the two down to just two points.
Wigan have underlined their chances of winning the Grand Final with a massive triumph over the French side.
But the game was overshadowed by a potential broken rib for Brad O’Neill after Sam Tomkins lifted his knee in a tackle which Matt Peet wasn’t happy about.
“I’m not going to comment on it … everyone saw what happened,” Peet told Wigan Today.
“I don’t think it’s my place to say anything.
“Brad has gone for X-rays. We needled him up to get him back out there in the second half but it was no good. He’s got a rib issue and we’ll find out the seriousness of it in the coming days I guess.”
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 score his third try as Wigan stormed to a statement victory over the league leaders.
Jake Wardle would add another try capitalising on a Tyrone May error.
It was a result that cemented Wigan’s title credentials but brought up serious questions about the league leaders Catalans Dragons.