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Wigan Warriors 28-47 Catalan Dragons

Wigan (10) 28
Tries: S Tomkins, McIlorum, Carmont, O'Loughlin, Marsh
Goals: Richards 4
Catalan Dragons (30) 47
Tries: Vaccari 2, Menzies 2, Casty, Dureau 2, Blanch
Goals:
Dureau 7 Drop-goal: Dureau


Scott Dureau
Scott Dureau kicked seven goals and a drop-goal on top of his two tries

Catalan Dragons ran in eight tries as they cruised to their second stunning victory in the North West in a week.

Just six days on from their 22-20 win at Super League leaders Warrington, the French side stunned champions Wigan with a record-breaking romp.

Winger Frederic Vaccari, veteran Steve Menzies and Aussie scrum-half Scott Dureau, who added 15 points with the boot, all scored twice.

Remi Casty and Damien Blanch got the others in Dragons' best win over Wigan.

Ironically, Sam Tomkins opened the scoring after just two minutes for Wigan.

But the Catalans then responded with five tries until Wigan ran in a second try through Michael McIlorum just before the break.

And there was no let-up after the interval, the Warriors' line being breached again three more times before the home side ran in three late tries through George Carmont, skipper Sean O'Loughlin and Stefan Marsh.

Last season's Man of Steel Pat Richards kicked four out of five attempts at goal on his first start since rupturing his Achilles in October's Grand Final.

It wasn't Wigan-like. We will make sure we go back to work next week and improve on the things we did wrong. It is up to each individual now to respond and I am sure they will

Wigan coach Michael Maguire

Although Wigan remain unbeaten away from home in Super League since their 22-20 defeat at Bradford 13 months ago, their home record is comparatively shocking.

Friday night's unexpected hammering was their eighth defeat in their last 13 games at the DW Stadium.

And Dureau's performance was all the more remarkable given that he started the week in hospital after taking a heavy knock late on against Warrington last Sunday.

Instead, the Aussie playmaker produced another sensational performance to complete a wonderful week in Manchester for the men from Perpignan.

Wigan, who have now gone three games without a win, contributed to their own downfall with an error-strewn display.

But, while there was little hint of what was to follow when Tomkins broke from 40 metres and beat Cyril Stacul on the outside to open the scoring, they did at least add respectability to the scoreline when Carmont, O'Loughlin and Marsh all crossed late on.


Wigan coach Michael Maguire:
"It was getting embarrassing. It wasn't Wigan-like. We will make sure we go back to work next week and improve on the things we did wrong. It is up to each individual now to respond and I am sure they will.

"We have prided ourselves on our defence and Catalan turned up. They played some good rugby league tonight and scored some points on us.

"It is great to see Pat Richards running around again. He is a big influence on the team and it is a shame we didn't deliver the performance for him we are capable of tonight."

Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson:
"Attacking-wise I thought we were better this week. Last week was our best game for the year but I think we learned lessons from last week and went one step ahead in attack.

"We had better movement and structure and I thought it was pretty tough to defend.

"Scott Dureau is playing really nice footy, leading us around the park and kicking well. He was really important to get across the line.

"As for Steve Menzies, I haven't seen a player like him. He is the best I have ever seen, a youthful free spirit. He is like a 25-year-old running out there and loves playing."


Wigan: S Tomkins; Goulding, Marsh, Carmont, Richards; Finch, Leuluai; Coley, McIlorum, Prescott, J Tomkins, Hoffman, O'Loughlin.
Replacements: Hansen, Mossop, Tuson, Charnley.

Catalan Dragons: Stacul; Blanch, Millard, Sa, Vaccari; Farrar, Dureau; Ferriol, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Raguin, Mounis.
Replacements: Simon, Martins, Baitieri, Pelissier.

Attendance: 13,134.

Referee: James Child (Dewsbury).



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see also
Leeds 22-22 Wigan
01 Apr 11 |  Rugby League
Warrington 20-22 Catalan Dragons
03 Apr 11 |  Rugby League


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