Saturday 12th July 2014, 21:00 - Round:20

Catalan Dragons

Catalan Dragons

16 (10)

VS.

Wigan Warriors

(24) 37

Wigan Warriors
Morgan Escare, Elliott Whitehead, Damien Cardace,

T Tony Clubb, Matty Bowen 2, Josh Charnley, Scott Taylor, Joe Burgess,

Sam Williams 2,

G

Matty Smith 5, Jack Hughes,

  DG Matty Smith,

Attendance: 7,498  Official: J Child  Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan

TRIES:
3
6
TRIES:
GOALS:
2
6
GOALS:
METRES:
947
1311
METRES:
CARRIES:
157
204
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
321
280
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
16
11
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
12
9
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
4
9
BREAKS:

Matty Bowen scored two tries and had a hand in two more as Wigan Warriors ran riot in Perpignan against Catalan Dragons with a 37-16 win.

Bowen was superb as he turned in a man-of-the-match performance to help the Warriors move into third spot in the standings on 28 points, two adrift of leaders St Helens.

For Catalan, who were leading midway through the first half but saw their efforts hit by the loss of two players to the sin-bin at the start of the second period, a ninth defeat of the season leaves them in seventh place on 21 points.

Bowen was quickly into his stride and set up the first try for Tony Clubb after 11 minutes with a superb kick return and winning a penalty, from which field position George Williams sent in Clubb with a short pass.

Catalan fought back, though, with Zeb Taia offloading to Morgan Escare who raced over for his 18th try of the season.

The Dragons then took the lead after Leon Pryce's kick to the right corner was knocked back by Michael Oldfield and touched down by Elliott Whitehead.

That was as good as it got for the home side, however, as Wigan - led by the brilliant Bowen - roared back to take a 24-10 half-time lead.

Bowen got on the end of a flowing move that saw the ball go through five sets of hands before the full-back fended away Taia to race over for Wigan's second try.

The final three minutes of the first half then saw Bowen and Josh Charnley link up to devastating effect as Wigan crossed for two more scores.

First Bowen created a try for Charnley in the right corner, the England winger scoring his ninth try in four games, before Bowen touched down following a 70-metre effort that saw him exchange passes with Charnley.

After the break, Catalan had both Jason Baitieri and Benjamin Garcia sin-binned in a run of five consecutive penalties conceded in a three-minute period - for which referee James Child received the wrath of the majority of the 9,500 crowd.

Wigan took full advantage as first Scott Taylor scored a short-range effort after good work by Anthony Gelling, and then Joe Burgess latched on to Dan Sarginson's pass and raced 30 metres unopposed.

With nine minutes remaining Matty Smith kicked a drop-goal to extend Wigan's lead before Damien Cardace raced over in the dying moments to offer a little consolation to the Dragons.

Morgan Escare 1 1 5 0 1 3 1 7 79 11.29 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
Damien Cardace 1 0 7 2 1 0 0 7 38 5.43 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Elliot Whitehead 1 0 38 6 4 2 0 15 91 6.07 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Michael Oldfield 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 9 55 6.11 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ben Pomeroy 0 0 16 1 1 1 0 12 60 5.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Vincent Duport 0 0 19 7 3 1 0 8 63 7.88 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Leon Pryce 0 0 19 3 7 0 3 6 38 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Sam Williams 0 0 32 8 3 1 2 10 32 3.20 0 1 1 0 2 1 2 0
Olivier Elima 0 0 17 3 2 2 0 9 49 5.44 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Ian Henderson 0 0 22 6 4 2 0 11 36 3.27 0 8 2 0 0 0 2 0
Jeff Lima 0 0 16 1 2 3 0 15 106 7.07 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
Zeb Taia 0 1 28 7 3 1 0 14 111 7.93 1 2 3 0 0 0 3 1
Jason Baitieri 0 0 21 4 3 1 0 16 71 4.44 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Louis Anderson 0 0 13 1 5 0 0 8 62 7.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gregory Mounis 0 0 18 1 3 0 0 2 10 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Eloi Pelissier 0 0 23 2 2 1 0 4 30 7.50 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 1
Benjamin Garcia 0 0 24 4 0 0 0 4 16 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Stats Key

T: Tries
TA: Try assists
TK: Tackles
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts

AT: Attacking kicks
C: Carries
M: Metres
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half

E: Errors
FT: Forty twenty
G: Goals
MG: Missed goals
OF: Offload
P: Penalties

  • (FB) M. Escare
  • (W) D. Cardace
  • (U) B. Pomeroy
  • (U) V. Duport
  • (W) M. Oldfield
  • (U) L. Pryce
  • (SO) S. Williamsx2
  • (P) O. Elima
  • (H) I. Henderson
  • (P) J. Lima
  • (U) Z. Taia
  • (SR) E. Whitehead
  • (U) J. Baitieri
  • (SR) L. Anderson
  • (U) G. Mounis
  • (H) E. Pelissier
  • (U) B. Garcia

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Matthew Bowen

Metres: 174

Player

Anthony Gelling

Metres: 136

Player

Sam Powell

Tackles: 36

Player

John Bateman

Metres: 140

Player

Sam Williams

Tackles: 32

Player

Elliot Whitehead

Tackles: 38

Catalan Dragons 16-37 Wigan Warriors 2013.superleague.co.uk