Catalans Dragons 58
Tries: Yaha (2), Gigot (3), Taia (3), Oldfield, Escare
Goals: Dureau 9/10
Wigan Warriors 16
Tries: Charnley, Sarginson, Burgess
Goals: Smith 2/3
Catalans Dragons ran in 10 tries as they demolished Wigan Warriors 58-16 at Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Zeb Taia and Tony Gigot bagged a hat-trick of tries each as the Dragons eased to their fifth straight home victory.
Scott Dureau and Todd Carney heavily involved as their devastating partnership takes shape.
The Warriors, who hadn’t conceded a point in their last two Super League games, suffered their heaviest Super League defeat since September 2009.
It was also Shaun Wane’s heaviest defeat during his time as the Warriors’ coach.
His opposite number, Laurent Frayssinous, said his side were now “harvesting the fruits of labour that is being done every day” by his players.
The evening started out promisingly for the travelling Wigan fans, who saw their side take the lead on seven minutes. Josh Charnley powered his way through Morgan Escare’s tackle to touch down before Matty Smith moved into treble points figures for the season when he added the extras.
The lead didn’t last long though, Fouad Yaha scored what would be the first of three Dragons tries in a 20 minute spell that put the hosts firmly in control of the match. Ian Henderson, Carney, Escare and Willie Tonga moved the ball to the left and the young winger crossed before Dureau’s goal levelled the scores.
Gigot, who was making his first Super League appearance for the Dragons since 2011, crossed for the first of his treble after being picked out by Dureau’s big pass out to the left, before Taia went over after charging onto Carney’s short ball.
Just before the half-hour mark Wigan grabbed their second try of the game; Dan Sarginson forcing his way over the try line despite the attentions of four Dragons tacklers.
That was as close as Wigan got to the Dragons, who posted a further three scores before the break.
Cook Islander Taia pounced after Charnley’s attempt to bat Dureau’s high kick dead fell short and the home side’s lead was extended to 12 points.
Carney then provided a superb pass out to the right for the impressive Gigot to grab his brace before the former Australian international provided the assist for Yaha’s second of the evening.
Dureau was in top form with the boot all night, missing just one of his ten conversion attempts, despite the blustery conditions in Perpignan.
Wigan trailed 34-10 at the break but hit back four minutes into the second half when Super League’s leading try scorer Joe Burgess scored his 15th touch down of the season. Smith’s conversion cut the deficit to 18 points but the rest of the game was all about Catalan.
Dureau looped a pass over Burgess and Sarginson in the right corner for Michael Oldfield to collect and touch down with a wonderful one handed finish, diving over the line.
On the hour Taia completed his hat-trick, Dureau’s high kick was batted backwards by Elliott Whitehead, and the 30 year-old touched down for his 10th try of the season, making him the Dragons leading try scorer in 2015.
Just three minutes later Escare notched his fourth try in Super League this year with a sublime solo effort. George Williams knocked on just inside his own 40 metre line, the French international full-back gathered the loose ball and chipped it over the Wigan line. The 23 year-old then sprinted onto the bouncing ball, hacking it forward before collecting it to dot down.
The returning Gigot finished off the rout and his own treble with the final score 10 minutes from time. This time Whitehead provided the assist with an offload out to the right and the former Cronulla Shark backed himself and forced his way over the line, despite the would-be tacklers.
Dragons hero Remi Casty almost put the icing on the cake for Catalan when he made a dash for the line but the Warriors defence was able to stop him before he could score.
The home fans gave their team a standing ovation as they left the pitch following the what is a famous victory.
The win takes Catalans up to 6th spot in the table and makes them Super League’s second highest point scorers this season.
Frayssinous’ men will be full of confidence heading to Newcastle for Magic Weekend next week where they will take on Huddersfield Giants.
The Cherry and Whites are now 3rd and face league leaders Leeds Rhinos at St James’ Park next Saturday.
Man of the Match: Tony Gigot – Could have been any one of the Dragons’ players today, but the back defended valiantly as well as taking his hat-trick well. He may well prove to be a great addition for the rest of the season.
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