Full Time Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi-Final -at the Halliwell Jones Stadium
Wigan Warriors 24
Tries: Leuluai, Higham, Goulding, Calderwood
Goals: Richards (4)
Catalans Dragons 37
Tries: McGuire, Wilson, Mogg, DuPort (2), Croker
Goals: Jones (6)
Huge disappointment for the Warriors as they lost their Carnegie Challenge Cup Semi Final to the Catalans Dragons by 24-37 at Warrington on Sunday.
Wigan trailed 22-0 and 31-6 and still made a battle of it but was the French side who made history and progressed into this years Final at Wembley.
It took the Catalans just three minutes to take the lead, a break by Adam Mogg down the right, he had Khattabi in support and his inside pass sent Casey McGuire in for the try. Stacey Jones added the conversion to make it 0-6 to the Dragons.
Catalans were nearly in again on six minutes, a Quigley grubber kick but Wilson unable to ground the ball. Two minutes later he did manage to ground from a McGuire pass out wide. Stacey Jones hit a superb conversion to make it 0-12.
On 13 minutes it was a hat-trick of tries to the French side, a McGuire kick bounced cruelly away from Pat Richards and Adam Mogg was able to kick the ball on and dive on the loose ball for the try. Jones goal, 0-18.
On 19 minutes a McGuire kick and a mistake between Calderwood and Richards allowed winger Vincent DuPort to make it 0-22. This time the extras were missed.
Wigan finally got themselves into the game, a short Barrett pass and Thomas Leuluai did well to go over from close range. Richards added the conversion, 6-22.
On 38 minutes, a Jones penalty made it 6-24.
Wigan were under more pressure at the start of the second half and Stacey Jones used all his experience to rip the ball away from Goulding close to his own line and his pass out to DuPort saw the winger get his second try, Jones hit a superb conversion to make it 6-30.
Jones added a drop goal on the very next attack, 6-31.
On 53 minutes, the Warriors responded as Higham and Fielden combined, the hooker with the try. Richards added the goal, 12-31.
On 60 minutes Jones was sent to the sin bin for stopping Wigan making a quick restart from their own 20 metre line.
With the Dragons down to 12 men Wigan were quick to score, Bailey sending in Darrell Goulding for the try in the corner. Richards hit a conversion from the touchline, 18-31.
Just as the Dragons threatened themselves the ball went loose and Mark Calderwood was able to break away for a length of the field try. Richards hit another cracker of a conversion, 24-31. It was game on!
Jones had been back on the field for a matter of seconds when his kick through was dived upon by Jason Croker for a Dragons try under the posts. Jones goal, 24-37.
Unfortunately there was no way back now for Brian Noble's side and it's the Dragons who progress through to Wembley.
Wigan Warriors: Pat Richards, Mark Calderwood, Phil Bailey, David Vaealiki, Liam Colbon, Trent Barrett, Thomas Leuluai, Stuart Fuelden, Mickey Higham, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Gareth Hock, Bryan Fletcher, Sean O’Loughlin
Subs: Paul Prescott, Harrison Hansen, Darrell Goulding, Michael McIlorum,
Catalans Dragons: Clint Greenshields, Vincent DuPort, John Wilson, Adam Mogg, Younes Khattabi, Casey McGuire, Stacey Jones, Alex Chan, Luke Quigley, Jerome Guisset, Sebastien Raguin, Jason Croker, Gregory Mounis
Replacements: David Ferrioll, Mathieu Griffi, Cyrille Gossard, Julien Touxagas
Referee - Steve Ganson
Attendance - 10,218