Sunday, 18 August 2013

Dragons Flying Win Over Warriors

Wembley is a just under a week away as Wigan travelled to the South of France to face Catalan with hopes of going second in the table after Warrington's shock loss on Thursday.

Wigan started well with their best chance coming as Richards powered down the wing but was denied by the defending Blanch who tackled him into touch, Catalan posted the opening try as Vaccardi went over from Webb's pass but referee Ben Thaler went to the screen and after a long delay the try was awarded with Bosc kicking to lead 6-0.

Wigan had a double chance to level the score as Green kicked through after a break by Charnley but the kick went dead and set up Farrell only to be denied aftet the pass was deemed to be forward.

However, Wigan were level just before the interval as a short pass from Logan Tomkins set up Scott Taylor who flew past Fakir to go over under the posts and an easy kick from Richards made it 6 all.

Recently it has been Wigan's indiscipline has cost them and today was no different as straight after the break, Bosc kicked a penalty to give Catalan an 8-6 lead but soon Richards kicked a penalty and the scores were level at 8 all.

Unfortunately, that was Wigan's last score of the evening and Catalan edged ahead as Bosc kicked  two further penalties to make it 12-6 which soon became 16-6 as Menzies scored a try in the 63rd minute.

Pelissier slipped past Hansen and Dudson to increase the Dragons lead and Bosc's 5th goal made it 22-8, Wigan did have a chance to reduce the deficit as Smith's 40-20 missed touch but allowed Charnley to create a chance which sadly was ruled unsuccessful and confirmed a second consecutive loss and meant Wigan's hopes of retaining the League Leaders Shield are looking very unlikely as they stay third.

As the next game sees Wigan face Hull in the CC final, I like many people on the forums hoped for a win to build confidence ahead of the tie but after the humbling in Perpignan and the defeat last week to Huddersfield it seems the excitement of the showpiece final has slipped as confidence is low and the last thing anyone wants is to be on a long coach ride home after losing to a team we then face days later in the league.