Catalans 10 Wigan 32
Match report as Wigan Warriors beat Catalans Dragons 32-10 at the Stade Gilbert Brutus
Tom Davies and Taulima Tautai replace Lewis Tierney and Jack Wells in Shaun Wane’s side
- Joe Burgess (3), George Williams and Sam Tomkins with Wigan’s tries
Joe Burgess crossed for a hat-trick as the Warriors came through against a spirited Catalans side in the South of France.
A converted Joe Burgess try put Wigan into a 6-0 lead before Vincent Duport scored for Catalans. George Williams added a penalty goal meaning Wigan edged a close first half, 8-4.
Duport put the Dragons in a narrow lead in the second-half but Wigan levelled through the boot of Williams at 10-10 before four further tries from Joe Burgess (2), George Williams and Sam Tomkins saw Wigan seal a fine 32-10 win.
The Warriors made two changes to the side that beat Widnes Vikings last weekend as Tom Davies and Taulima Tautai replaced Lewis Tierney and Jack Wells.
Steve McNamara made five changes to his side that won against Leigh Centurions last time out. Brayden Wiliame, Lucas Albert, Alrix Da Costa, Thibaud Margalet and Lambert Belmas came in for Fouad Yaha, Richie Myler, Greg Bird, Benjamin Garcia and Mika Simon.
The game started evenly with both sides applying pressure on the opposition line. It was Wigan who scored first though as a George Williams’ chip over the top found Joe Burgess, with the England winger managing to reach over the line following an ankle tap. Williams converted to put his side 6-0 up after 21 minutes.
Catalans soon hit back though with a try from Vincent Duport. The France international pounced on a Lucas Albert grubber to touch down out wide. Luke Walsh sliced his conversion attempt, Wigan narrowly leading now 6-4.
From the restart, Paul Aiton obstructed John Bateman from collecting a bouncing ball kick-off which resulted in Wigan being awarded a penalty. England ace Williams successfully added the penalty goal from 30 metres out to put Wigan 8-4 to the good.
The Warriors were forced to defend several sets on their own line late in the half but they did so solidly and held onto their lead at the break.
HALF TIME: Catalans Dragons 4–8 Wigan Warriors
The Dragons went in front for the first time in the game early in the second-half as Vincent Duport grabbed his second as he cottoned on to a Walsh bomb to score. Walsh added the extras to edge his side 10-8 in front.
Tom Davies came agonisingly close to putting Wigan back into the lead when he stepped Tony Gigot and went over in the corner but the referee ruled that the young winger was in touch.
Wigan got a penalty due to interference at the play-the-ball from Catalans so Williams once again added the penalty goal from 30 metres out to level the score at 10-10 after 57 minutes.
The Cherry and Whites went back in front on the hour mark as Oliver Gildart showed nice footwork to step Jodie Broughton and assist Joe Burgess who scored his second. The conversion was wide from Williams but Wigan were 14-10 ahead.
Williams scored his seventh try of the campaign when he threw a dummy to burst through the Dragons defence and pull Wigan two-tries clear. The half-back converted his own try to make the score 20-10 to the Warriors.
Sam Tomkins all but sealed the two points for Wigan five minutes from time. After a melee in the Dragons’ in-goal Micky McIlorum flicked the ball up and Gigot looked to have collected it but the ball came free and Tomkins pounced on it over the line. Williams converted and Wigan were 26-10 to the good.
Burgess completed his hat-trick with a minute to spare following a fantastic cut-out pass from Williams. The conversion was on point from Williams and he sent the travelling contingent home with a lovely 32-10 win in Perpignan.
FULL TIME: Catalans Dragons 10–32 Wigan Warriors
Catalans Dragons – 10
Tries: Duport 2
Goals: Walsh 1/2
Wigan Warriors - 32
Tries: Burgess 3, Williams, S Tomkins
Goals: Williams 6/7
Catalans Dragons: 1. Tony Gigot, 2. Jodie Broughton, 3. Krisnan Inu, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 18. Vincent Duport, 6. Luke Walsh, 22. Lucas Albert, 8. Sam Moa, 9. Paul Aiton, 10. Remi Casty, 11. Louis Anderson, 12. Justin Horo, 17. Jason Baitieri.
Interchange: 14. Julian Bousquet, 23. Alrix Da Costa, 25. Thibaud Margalet, 26. Lambert Belmas.
Wigan Warriors: 1. Sam Tomkins, 36. Tom Davies, 3. Anthony Gelling, 4. Oliver Gildart, 5. Joe Burgess, 6. George Williams, 7. Tommy Leuluai, 8. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 9. Micky McIlorum, 19. Ryan Sutton, 14. John Bateman, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin.
Interchange: 15. Tony Clubb, 16. Sam Powell, 17. Taulima Tautai, 20. Willie Isa.
Referee – Robert Hicks