Late tries by Ian Hindmarsh and Justin Murphy snatched a thrilling last-gasp win for Catalans Dragons on their Super League debut.
Catalans (16) 38
Tries: Hughes, Frayssinous, Fakir, Guigue,
Murphy (2), Hindmarsh.
Goals: Frayssinous (5)
Wigan (22) 30
Tries: Dallas, Paleaaesina, Moran, Seu Seu, Richards
Goals: Tickle (5)
Mark Hughes opened the scoring in the second minute, only for Brett Dallas and Iafeta Palea'aesina to put Wigan in the driving seat.
Dennis Moran ensured Wigan led at the break but two tries just after the restart made things competitive again.
Hindmarsh put the Dragons ahead before Murphy's touchdown wrapped up the win.
After making the worst possible start, Wigan looked to have regained their composure when Dallas finished off after David Vaealiki's ball-juggling, and Palea'aesina sprinted in 30 metres to score.
Tries by Laurent Frayssinous and Jamal Fakir put the Dragons ahead before Fakir was sin-binned, and Wigan used their one-man advantage to secure a half-time lead, with Moran scoring while the Dragons were a man down.
Renaud Guige and Murphy went over after the restart to get the home side back in front, but after Sean O'Loughlin dropped the ball going over the line, Pat Richards scored what looked like being the winning try for Wigan.
But with five minutes left, Hindmarsh squeezed over the line, and at the death Murphy made sure of a shock result when he was quickest to react after Stacey Jones was held up on the line.
Dragons director of rugby David Waite:
"For all those people in the last few years who believed in the venture, we have a team who've delivered.
"It's a fairytale start for a new venture in a new country and I hope we can build on that.
"The plaudits have got to go to the team and a little fella with number seven on his back (Stacey Jones)"
Wigan coach Ian Millward:
"It was an experience. It was very pleasing for the journey of the game, short and long term.
"There were some very disappointing calls. Some of the rule changes that
were made during the game perplexed us.
"But I don't want to use them as an excuse for us losing. We weren't
Catalans Dragons: Frayssinous, Murphy, Sadaoui, Wilson, Hughes, Rudder, Jones, Beattie, Rinaldi, Fellous, Guisset, Fakir, Hindmarsh.
Replacements: Jampy, Mounis, Guigue, Chan.
Wigan: Ashton, Calderwood, Richards, Vaealiki, Dallas, Orr, Moran, Logan, Higham, Paleaaesina, Hansen, Tickle, O'Loughlin.
Replacements: Brown, Godwin, Seu Seu, Tomkins.
Referee: A Klein (London)
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