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Match report – Catalans 48 – 0 Wigan


Catalan Dragons destroy previously undefeated Wigan Warriors in Saturday’s Super League clash; Sam Tomkins and Josh Drinkwater scored two tries apiece, while Michael Mcllorum, Arthur Mourgue, Mike McMeeken and Mathieu Laguerre scored further efforts in the rout.

Last updated: 05/29/21 19:53



Match report - Catalans 48 - 0 Wigan



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Watch highlights from Saturday’s Super League clash between Catalan Dragons and Wigan Warriors.

Watch highlights from Saturday’s Super League clash between Catalan Dragons and Wigan Warriors.

The Wigan Warriors’ unbeaten start to the Betfred Super League season ended as the Catalan Dragons proved too hot to be overpowered in a 48-0 defeat at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium.

Wigan appeared to wither in the 30-degree heat and humidity of Perpignan, losing his unbeaten leg with a jaded performance riddled with indiscipline and handling errors.

A late dispatch from full-back Zak Hardaker for an apparent header to England rival Sam Tomkins only added to the Warriors’ woes.

To rub the salt in their injuries, it was former Warriors players who did most of the damage as former Wigan stars Michael McIlorum and Tomkins scored the first tries to put their former team on the back foot.

Sam Tomkins scored twice as the Catalans put unbeaten Wigan to the sword on Saturday

Sam Tomkins scored twice as the Catalans put unbeaten Wigan to the sword on Saturday

Tomkins got his second just before half-time to give the Catalans a 16-0 lead at the break.

Even captain Thomas Leuluai’s return from injury could not inspire Wigan as they fell behind on a James Maloney penalty following a dazzling midfield shot from Arthur Mourgue who failed could only be stopped by a high tackle.

They couldn’t stop him two minutes later when the young electric Frenchman faked Wigan’s entire defense and crossed the line five yards away.

At 24-0 the Catalans could afford to calm down, but Josh Drinkwater ignited the afterburners with a simple grubber and a touchdown through a gaping hole in Wigan’s defense, Maloney’s conversion bringing the score to 30-0 .

Two minutes later, Drinkwater doubled his score with a powerful climb of 10 meters over the line, with Maloney again adding the conversion.

Another former Wiganer, Tom Davies, then broke away in a 40-yard run on the right wing and provided the pass to Mike McMeeken to crash into intact.

Despite the best efforts of Jackson Hastings and John Bateman, Wigan lacked direction and too often possession was lost through sloppy handling.

Three straight penalties put Wigan in promising positions towards the end, but their handling let them down in the face of the Dragons’ fierce defense.

Then Bateman threw the ball in the face of Benjamin Jullien and the Catalans returned to the attack with young French winger Mathieu Laguerre scoring the knockout with a try in the left corner.

The Catalans have beaten Hull, St Helens and Wigan in their last three games and, with a week off due to the Challenge Cup to allow Matt Whitley and Fouad Yaha to come back from injury, the Dragons appear to be a real threat.

As for Wigan, they will have to take advantage of the cup break to reassess their handling and discipline if Adrian Lam’s team is to find their way back to victory.

They may have to do without Hardaker as he appeared to face his England side rival Tomkins at the end of the game and received a red card. Sam’s brother, Joel, was convicted of retaliation.





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