Super League  Saturday 12th July 2014  Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan  Att: 7,498

Squad

Escare, Pryce, Pomeroy, Oldfield, Elima, Henderson, Lima, Taia, Anderson, Mounis, Pelissier, Whitehead, Millard, Bousquet, Baitieri, Duport, Cardace, Garcia, Williams.

Squad

Bateman, Bowen, Burgess, Burke, Charnley, Clubb, Crosby, L. Farrell, Gelling, Hughes, James, Manfredi, O'Loughlin, Pettybourne, S. Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Taylor, Williams.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Damien Cardace

Elliott Whitehead

Morgan Escare

GOAL SCORERS:

Sam Williams

Sam Williams

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Joe Burgess

Scott Taylor

Matty Bowen

Josh Charnley

Matty Bowen

Tony Clubb

GOAL SCORERS:

Matty Smith

Jack Hughes

Matty Smith

Matty Smith

Matty Smith

Matty Smith

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Matty Smith

Full Report

Match Official: J Child

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.

Match Action

  • 77m
    try

    Damien Cardace

    Catalan Dragons

  • 77m
    goal

    Sam Williams

    Catalan Dragons

  • 71m
    dropgoal

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 67m
    interchange_off

    Eddy Pettybourne

    Wigan

  • 67m
    interchange_on

    Greg Burke

    Wigan

  • 49m
    try

    Joe Burgess

    Wigan

  • 49m
    goal

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 47m
    interchange_on

    Jack Hughes

    Wigan

  • 47m
    interchange_off

    Liam Farrell

    Wigan

  • 47m
    try

    Scott Taylor

    Wigan

  • 47m
    goal

    Jack Hughes

    Wigan

  • 40m
    goal

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 40m
    try

    Matty Bowen

    Wigan

  • 36m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 36m
    goal

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Louis Anderson

    Catalan Dragons

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Zeb Taia

    Catalan Dragons

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Jeff Lima

    Catalan Dragons

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Gregory Mounis

    Catalan Dragons

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Eloi Pelissier

    Catalan Dragons

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Ian Henderson

    Catalan Dragons

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Eddy Pettybourne

    Wigan

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Tony Clubb

    Wigan

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Benjamin Garcia

    Catalan Dragons

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Olivier Elima

    Catalan Dragons

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Scott Taylor

    Wigan

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Dom Crosby

    Wigan

  • 26m
    goal

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 26m
    try

    Matty Bowen

    Wigan

  • 22m
    try

    Elliott Whitehead

    Catalan Dragons

  • 22m
    goal

    Sam Williams

    Catalan Dragons

  • 16m
    try

    Morgan Escare

    Catalan Dragons

  • 11m
    try

    Tony Clubb

    Wigan

  • 11m
    goal

    Matty Smith

    Wigan