Wigan Warriors fans stunned as team is mauled at Magic

The second game of Magic Weekend saw a battle between second and third with the prize potentially being first spot in the table.

Many expected it to be a tight and low scoring affair and Wigan Warriors were certainly the favourites against Catalans Dragons.

However, the French side have absolutely blown the Warriors away.

It would have been easy for Wigan fans to boo or even leave the event early but the deserve amazing credit. They, along with the Leeds Rhinos fans who engaged in a singing competition with them at one stage, have been the loudest fans here even when their side were 38 points down on the scoreboard.

They were singing the likes of “Wigan till we die” as their team struggled and celebrated Bevan French’s try in the second half like a Grand Final winner.

You have to give credit where it is due.

After an Arthur Mourgue penalty kick early on, it was Wigan who scored the first try of the day with Bevan French again being at the heart of it and helping Jake Wardle glide in in the corner.

Wigan kicked out on the full and from there it didn’t take long for Catalans to fire back with Sam Tomkins grabbing a bouncing ball and grounding under the stick just minutes before the ball was spread wide off the scrum, leaving Tom Johnstone to score his 15th of the season. Matt Whitley then added the third on the 25 minute leaving Wigan stunned.

This was one of the first instances this season that the Dragons had their halves and full-back fully fit and the class showed. Mitchell Pearce was pulling strings and just before the half hour mark he played in Mourgue who walked through courtesy of a dummy.

After going three scores down Wigan started to play more off the cuff and it was that free-flowing style where they were happy to throw the ball around that got them their try. Miski was exceptional on the right wing and eventually French was able to dive over in the corner.

Less than three minutes into the second half it was another score for Tom Johnstone, one that took him outright as top try scorer this season. A high kick was placed towards Abbas Miski and despite Toby King’s presence it was Tom Johnstone who rose spectacularly to claim the high ball and extend the lead.

It was Matt Whitley scoring next but once again it was all because of Sam Tomkins. In his final ever Magic Weekend as a player he drew all the attention and his brilliant pass left the second-rower to cross over untouched on the 50 minute mark.

Romano runs through Field off the back of a Pearce pass- overload on the left side three mins later johnstone scores acrobatically in the corner for his hattrick.