Wigan Warriors 46 Catalans Dragons 6

George Carmont attacks the Dragons
George Carmont attacks the Dragons

WIGAN roared to within 80 minutes of a Grand Final appearance with a convincing win against Catalan at the DW Stadium.

Shaun Wane’s troops simply had too much power, pace and precision for the French outfit.

George Carmont bagged a first-half double as the home side stormed into a 22-6 lead at the break – and they never relented during the second-half, with the veteran centre finishing with a hat-trick.

The victory ensures Wigan will play a semi-final at the DW Stadium in two weeks’ time. And as league leaders, they will also be presented with the dubious honour of the ClubCall – allowing them to choose their semi-final opponents from the two winners of next weekend’s play-off matches.

Some fans had concerned how Wigan would fare without suspended hooker Mike McIlorum. And that anxiety was only heightened before the game, when Sean O’Loughlin was named at dummy-half and Gareth Hock was ruled out through injury.

But from the moment Carmont crossed for his first try in the second minute, it was obvious that the Warriors meant business.

Louis Anderson replied for the Dragons before Thomas Leuluai and Darrell Goulding put the home side back in control with further first-half tries. Liam Farrell and Sam Tomkins piled on the misery after the break.

And after Carmont grabbed his treble, Josh Charnley left scorch-marks on the DW Stadium pitch with a stunning 90m solo try.

See Saturday’s Wigan Evening Post for a full match report, reaction and previews to this weekend’s other play-off matches.