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Match report – Wigan 12 – 8 Catalans


Willie Isa and James McDonnell scored tries as Wigan Warriors defeated the Catalans Dragons on Friday night in the Super League; Tom Davies and Mathieu Laguerre scored unconverted tries for the Catalans in the loss.

Last update: 09/17/21 10:35 PM

Highlights of the Betfred Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons.

Highlights of the Betfred Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons.

Wigan heads into next week’s play-offs with confidence thanks to a hard-earned and well-deserved 12-8 victory over Betfred’s Super League leaders Catalans Dragons.

The Warriors were the better team in a fierce opening 40 minutes and led by six points at the break thanks to a try from captain Willie Isa following a sublime kick from Jackson Hastings.

It wasn’t until the 52nd minute that the Dragons crossed the Wigan line with Tom Davies scoring in the corner – those were the first points the Warriors conceded in over 180 minutes of action.

It looked like the Dragons were going to score more points, but it was Wigan who extended their lead with a nice try for youngster James McDonnell, his first for the club.

A draft try from Matthieu Laguerre set up a tense finish, but the Warriors hung on to become only the fourth team to beat Steve McNamara’s men in the league.

The Warriors, who made six changes to the squad that beat Hull, created a few chances in the first half with Kai Pearce-Paul dropping the ball near the line, while Jake Bibby was thwarted by a handsome tackle from Sam Tomkins.

The Catalans had their own chances, but Wigan’s line defense was there as they kept Gil Dudson, James Maloney and Davies out of the whitewash.

The Dragons suffered a heavy blow after 20 minutes when Tomkins – their best player of the night – limped out of the action and was replaced by Arthur Mourgue.

Wigan found some success on the right side with Hastings and Pearce-Paul, but the final ball continued to disappoint them.

The Warriors finally opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Hastings – who was causing plenty of trouble for the Catalans – sent a grubber kick to get Isa to the ground. Zak Hardaker converted with Wigan holding a deserved 6-0 lead.

Wigan is proud of his defense and they were in great shape in the first half with Sam Kasiano stopped twice.

The first points of the second half were always going to be crucial and the Catalans started strong, Kasiano again causing problems with his storm runs.

Mike McMeeken paused on the right and he grabbed Wigan’s defense to send Davies around the corner. Maloney was off target with the conversion attempt as they trailed 6-4.

Match report – Wigan 12 – 8 Catalans

Highlights from the Betfred Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons.

Highlights from the Betfred Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons.

Wigan lost Brad O’Neill to a 58th minute header assessment with the incident reported. However, that didn’t disrupt their pace at all as they extended their lead with a superb try from McDonnell.

There wasn’t much to see when the youngster released the ball from 30 yards, but he used his speed and strength to cross the line and, with Hardaker’s conversion, they led by eight points to 17 minutes from the end.

The Dragons set up a tense finish as Laguerre touched down after Pearce-Paul was unable to get the ball down. Maloney hit the post with his attempt and the gap was reduced to four points.

The Catalans were in the spotlight but a big blow to Josh Drinkwater saw him drop the ball. The Dragons disagreed with the decision and Kasiano was sentenced for dissent.

Wigan thought they secured the points when all Hardaker had to do was grab the ball and hit the ground – but he let it go. However, it did not end up costing them dearly.

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