Warriors take down Toulouse

  • Match Report as Wigan Warriors against Toulouse Olympique.
  • Abbas Miski scored four tries as Wigan put on a dominant display at the DW Stadium.
  • FT | Wigan Warriors 40-6 Toulouse Olympique.

Abbas Miski stole the show, scoring four tries in a stellar performance as Wigan eased to victory against Toulouse Olympique on Friday night.

Abbas Miski completed a first half hat-trick as Wigan made light work of Toulouse in the opening forty. Liam Farrell and Bevan French also crossed for scores as they ran up a 28-0 lead before the break.

Toulouse responded through Peyroux but second half efforts from Jai Field and a fourth for Abbas Miski saw Wigan take a resounding win back at home.

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It was the perfect start for Wigan as they went over almost immediately. Racing their way upfield they shifted the ball right, all the way to the wing for Miski to dive in at the right corner and open the scoring. Harry Smith added the conversion from the touchline for 6-0 after 5 minutes.

Wigan were asking questions again from the restart as Jai Field and Bevan French combined before being stopped meters short, Brad Singleton was then held up over the line before a pass to the wing was knocked on by Marcon to deny a certain try on the left edge. The pressure did tell though as Liam Farrell forced his way over in the 9th minute to make it 10-0.

Wigan extended their lead in the 20th minute as a knock on from Toulouse allowed them a full set from short range. Once again Wigan shifted it right for Bevan French to bat the ball on to the wing for Miski to grab his second of the evening, converted by Smith for 16-0.

Abbas Miski completed a first half hat-trick just after the half hour mark as Wigan found joy again to see the winger go in with ease at the corner for his third, Harry Smith added the extras from the touchline again to make it 22-0.

Bevan French completed the half with another fine effort with help from Liam Marshall in the build up, before racing away to score on the left hand side of the posts. Harry Smith made no mistake with the conversion to see Wigan out to 28-0. Kaide Ellis left the field shortly before the break with a knee injury as Wigan went into the sheds with a comfortable lead over Toulouse.

Wigan were playing some ruthless rugby as they piled on the pressure from the off. Bevan French thought he had added to his tally in the 44th minute as he put a grubber kick through and chased himself but he couldn’t ground the ball before the dead ball line to give Toulouse the ball back.

The visitors did get their reward for some persistence as a penalty allowed Toulouse into the Wigan half and a good play on the right edge allowed Dominic Peyroux to break the line and go over for the try. Chris Hankinson added the extras to make it 28-6.

The Warriors hit back though as Jai Field produced a moment of brilliance, catching a looping pass before throwing a dummy step and weaving his way to the line to crash over, Harry Smith added a fifth conversion of the evening to extend the lead to 34-6.

Not content with a hat-trick, Abbas Miski added his fourth score of the evening on 62 minutes as he latched onto a sublime pass from Bevan French to race down the wing and touch down. Harry Smith was on target with the extras as Wigan made it 40-6.

Wigan tried their best to add more to the performance, but Bevan French couldn’t complete a good chase before Abbas Miski’s inside ball to Jai Field go to ground to deny any further scores as Wigan took a fantastic 40-6 victory.

Gallery:

Wigan Warriors: Bevan French, Abbas Miski, Willie Isa, Jake Bibby, Liam Marshall, Jai Field, Harry Smith, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Liam Byrne, Liam Farrell, Kai Pearce-Paul, Joe Shorrocks.

Interchange: Patrick Mago, Kaide Ellis, Ethan Havard, Brad O’Neill.

Tries: Miski (3′, 20′, 32′, 62′), Farrell (9′), French (35′), Field (54′)

Goals: Smith 6/7

Toulouse Olympique: Oliver Ashall-Bott, Paul Marcon, Mathieu Jussaume, Chris Hankinson, Matty Russell, Corey Norman, Tony Gigot, Maxime Puech, Nathan Peats, Daniel Alvaro, Maxime Stefani, Dominique Peyroux, Andrew Dixon.

Interchange: Eloi Pelissier, Harrison Hansen, Lambert Belmas, Anthony Marion.

Tries: Peyroux (46′)

Goals: Hankinson 1/1

Referee: Liam Moore

Attendance: 14,493