Wigan v Dragons match report


Wigan Warriors (12) 42
T : Ben Flower, Matty Bowen 2, Oliver Gildart, Josh Charnley, Larne Patrick, Dom Manfredi,
G : Matty Bowen 7,

Catalans Dragons  (6) 16
T : Krisnan Inu, Scott Dureau, Jordan Sigismeau,
G : Scott Dureau 2


Matty Bowen inspired Wigan Warriors to a 42-16 victory over Catalans Dragons at The New Den, a result which confirms their place in the First Utility Super League semi-finals.

Wigan led at the break in the capital, tries from Ben Flower and full-back Bowen sandwiching Krisnan Inu's effort for the visitors.

Scott Dureau and Bowen traded tries after half-time before Oliver Gildart and Jordan Sigismeau did the same, leaving Wigan eight points better off.

However, the Warriors cut loose in the final 20 minutes as Josh Charnley, Larne Patrick and Dom Manfredi each crossed for Wigan, Bowen kicking seven goals in total.

Wigan opened the scoring in the 15th minute as Flower powered through the visiting defence, with Bowen adding the extras.

Catalans levelled the scores soon afterwards with their first try as Inu scored in the far-left corner, after Todd Carney fended off Scott Bateman - Thomas Bosc completed an impressive touchline conversion.

Wigan led 12-6 four minutes later as George Williams broke the defensive line, before finding Bowen, who crashed through to score despite the attention of Morgan Escare.

The visitors were then reduced to 12 men for 10 minutes as replacement Louis Anderson was yellow carded for kicking out unnecessarily.

Wigan looked to have immediately taken advantage of the extra man as they worked a considerable overlap, but Bosc intercepted a George Williams pass.

That began a considerable spell of Catalans pressure, ending only when Julian Bousquet knocked on with the line gaping.

Wigan took a 12-6 advantage into the break but conceded within the first minute of the second half as a superb offload from Zeb Taia fed Escare, who fed Dureau and the scrum-half touched down and added the extras.

Wigan then scored five tries in 25 minutes to pull clear, all expertly converted by Bowen - including three from the touchline.

The assault began as Bowen scored after his inside run was perfectly found by Joel Tomkins, before the lead doubled to 12 points as a grubber kick from Williams fell kindly for Gildart.

The 19-year-old scored to make it his second try in two career appearances for Wigan, after notching on his debut against Warrington Wolves last time out.

Catalans did make it 24-16 as Sigismeau scored in the corner after benefiting from a lucky bounce following successive penalties. Wigan responded quickly, through a sensational 60-metre break from Bowen that culminated with Charnley squeezing over, and Patrick scoring from a Gildart kick in the corner.

Manfredi then scored after Smith found him with a clever inside pass, to the delight of much of the 8,101 crowd - the biggest Super League attendance in London since 2006 - as Wigan ran out comfortable winners.

Team sheet

Wigan : Bowen, Charnley, Bateman, Gildart, Manfredi, Williams, Smith, Flower, McIlorum, Crosby, Tomkins, Patrick, O'Loughlin
Bench : Powell, Clubb, Mossop, Tautai

Dragons : Escaré, Bosc, Gigot, Inu, Sigismeau, Carney, Dureau, Elima, Pelissier, Lima, Taia, Whitehead, Baitieri
Bench : Anderson, Bousquet, Robin, Margalet

Referee : Ben Thaler

Attendance : 8101