Super League: Wigan Warriors 34-0 Catalans Dragons
|Wigan Warriors (16) 34|
|Tries: Burgess 2, Sarginson, Manfredi 3, Gelling, Hampshire Goals: Hampshire|
|Catalans Dragons (0) 0|
Dom Manfredi scored a hat-trick as Wigan Warriors ran riot against Catalans Dragons, who failed to get on the scoresheet at the DW Stadium.
Joe Burgess scored Wigan's first and Dan Sarginson, Manfredi and Anthony Gelling extended the lead.
Manfredi scored two more tries after the break before Ryan Hampshire and Burgess put the Warriors out of sight.
Catalans failed to register a single point and never looked like threatening after Wigan dominated the first half.
The visitors enjoyed a promising start that was triggered by Scott Dureau kicking a 40-20, but that was the peak of their difficult afternoon in Wigan.
Burgess broke the deadlock for Wigan when he went over after latching on to the end of a scrum and running straight through the Catalans' defence.
Shortly afterwards, Williams found Sarginson, who barged through to score the second.
Wigan were coasting and were further rewarded when Gelling found Manfredi, who made no mistake.
Just before the interval, provider turned scorer as Gelling took advantage of Hampshire's set-up to take his side into the break with a comfortable 16-0 lead.
Catalans' miserable afternoon continued following the re-start when they had a try disallowed for obstruction and Wigan went 20-0 up soon after.
Burgess powered down the wing and provided the chance for Hampshire to dive over, which he followed with Wigan's only successful conversion of the game out of his eight attempts.
Manfredi scored his second try as Wigan continued to dominate after collecting a chip from Hampshire, and Burgess did likewise when he latched on to a kick through by Sarginson.
The rout was completed when Manfedi completed his hat-trick after he rounded the back line again.
Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane said: "I just wanted us to nil them. That's what I told them at half-time. I lied to the players I said I would be happy if it stayed at 16-0. I didn't mean it, I wanted to score, but the nil I really wanted.
"We have only had one team run this week so it was a mental challenge and that could have easily been a messy game in those conditions. We were really professional and I was really impressed.
"I was impressed and it takes a lot for me to give them some praise but it was a real professional job the way we went about our business."
Catalan Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous said: "We did not play smart enough and did not handle the conditions well. I know they can play better, they are better players than that.
"Some of the players did pretty well but some guys only played at 10 or 20 per cent of their ability.
"To win against Wigan or any Super League side you need to give your best from every individual and that was not the case this afternoon."
Wigan: Hampshire, Manfredi, Gelling, Sarginson, Burgess, Williams, Smith, Tautai, McIlorum, Mossop, Tomkins, Farrell, Crosby.
Replacements: Clubb, Patrick, Tomkins, Sutton.
Catalans: Escaré, Cardace, Whitehead, Tonga, Pala, Bosc, Dureau, Lima, Henderson, Casty, Taia, Anderson, Baitieri.
Replacements: Elima, Mounis, Pelissier, Garcia.
Referee: Phil Bentham