Catalans end Wigan’s unbeaten start in emphatic style

Catalans end Wigan’s unbeaten start in emphatic style

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Catalans Dragons rose to second in the Super League after thrashing previously unbeaten Wigan Warriors 48-0 at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Catalans took the lead after just six minutes. Micky McIlorum managed to break a tackle and get over. James Maloney scored the conversion to open up a six-point lead.

The Dragons thought they had doubled their lead six minutes later, however Maloney had knocked on in the act of scoring.

However, five minutes later, they were not to be denied a second time. Sam Tomkins got on the end of a Josh Drinkwater grubber kick to score. Maloney added the conversion to double the home side’s lead.

Catalans almost added another just before the half-hour, but only a Joe Shorrocks hand underneath the ball stopped Samisoni Langi from scoring.

Just before the break, Maloney missed the chance to extend the Dragons lead, as his penalty went wide.

But they were able to get more points, as Tomkins was able to get over for his second try right on half-time. Maloney missed the conversion, meaning the Dragons led by 16 at the break.

The Dragons struck again six minutes into the second half. Maloney added a penalty after a high tackle on Arthur Mourgue.

The hosts got their first try of the second half soon after. Mourgue was able to step through the Wigan defence and get the try. Maloney added the conversion.

Three minutes later, Catalans struck again. Josh Drinkwater kicked forward and was able to gather his own kick before going over. Maloney kicked the conversion to get the Dragons up to 30 points.

Drinkwater was able to get his second soon after. He spotted a gap, and was able to get over from short range. Maloney kicked the conversion.

Catalans continued their impressive second half by grabbing their seventh try of the match just past the hour. Mike McMeeken supported a break down the wing from Tom Davies to get in on the act. Maloney added the conversion.

With seven minutes left, Catalans edged closer to the 50-point mark. They spread the ball out wide, and Mathieu Laguerre was able to score in the corner. Maloney scored the conversion.

To compound matters for Wigan, Zak Hardaker was sent off with two minutes to go for a head butt on Sam Tomkins. Joel Tomkins was also sent to the sin bin for punching.

Both sides have a week off next week before returning to Super League action. Catalans travel to Leigh Centurions on the Saturday, while Wigan travel to Huddersfield Giants on the Friday.

Catalans Dragons: Sam Tomkins, Tom Davies, Samisoni Langi, Dean Whare, Mathieu Laguerre, James Maloney, Josh Drinkwater, Julian Bousquet, Micky McIlorum, Gil Dudson, Mike McMeeken, Benjamin Jullien, Ben Garcia.

Subs: Arthur Mourgue, Mickael Goudemand, Joel Tomkins, Sam Kasiano.

Head Coach: Steve McNamara.

Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Dom Manfredi, Jake Bibby, Liam Farrell, Umyla Hanley, Jackson Hastings, Thomas Leuluai, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Ethan Havard, Morgan Smithies, John Bateman, Oliver Partington.

Subs: Joe Bullock, Liam Byrne, Joe Shorrocks, Harry Smith.

Head Coach: Adrian Lam.

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Steven Hughes

I am a freelance journalist based in Liverpool, specialising in football, darts and rugby league
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