Catalans Dragons 12 Wigan Warriors 28

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Joe Burgess raced over for two of Wigan's five tries as they claimed a hugely-impressive victory in the south of France.

Adrian Lam said his side were desperate to restore some pride after being "embarrassed" by their performance in a 34-18 loss to Hull KR in their last outing.

And they certainly did that with a dominant display bristling with energy, aggression and composure.

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Across the line-up, they were balanced and it was a really strong team performance - well controlled by Sam Powell, Thomas Leuluai and Jackson Hastings.

They established an 18-0 lead by half-time and tightened their grip on the contest from the restart, with Burgess' second try and a Powell touchdown ending the game as a contest.

The game was watched by a limited crowd of 5,000, the first Super League game with fans inside the ground since the season restarted.

And the Warriors stole the show from Catalans - who had climbed top of the ladder with the adaption of a 'win percentage' to the table - to put their campaign firmly back on track, and boost their confidence ahead of next weekend's Challenge Cup quarter-final.

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Wigan were dealt a blow when they met at 6am this morning to begin their journey, with captain Sean O'Loughlin - due to play his first match since the restart - withdrawing because a family member had symptoms of Covid-19.

Bevan French scored Wigan's second tryBevan French scored Wigan's second try
Bevan French scored Wigan's second try

But Lam had other reinforcements to call on, most notably George Burgess, Joe Bullock and Ethan Havard in the pack, Thomas Leuluai at halfback, while Joe Burgess replaced Jake Bibby on the left wing.

Ex-Warriors Joel and Sam Tomkins, as well as Lewis Tierney, were in the Catalans side which had been stood down for two weeks due to a coronavirus outbreak in their squad.

In sweltering conditions, the line speed of Wigan's defence was hugely impressive.

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Oliver Gildart muscled beyond his close pal Tierney in the seventh minute, though the home fans were furious referee Chris Kendall didn't halt play for a Hastings forward pass in the build-up. Zak Hardaker missed the conversion.

A Burgess spill sparked a passage when the Dragons had five successive sets on their opponents' line.

But the visitors repelled the raids - and countered with a classic sucker-punch.

Leuluai and Hastings spread the ball to the left, where the Gildart-Burgess combination carved out an opening for Bevan French to arc over. Hardaker's goal made it 10-0.

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Catalans had their moments but disrupted by the absence of Josh Drinkwater and Micky McIlorum, they seemed to grow more frustrated as the first half unfolded.

Sam Kasiano's spill - under a Joe Greenwood tackle - was scooped up by Hastings, who fed Burgess to go over. And a Hardaker penalty just before half-time gave them an 18-point lead.

Referee Kendall lost his patience with Wigan's ill-discipline early after the restart and sinbinned Greenwood.

But Wigan marched on with 12-men, Burgess profiting from Gildart's speed and offload to cross for his second in the 53rd minute. Hardaker was off-target with the conversion but at 22-0, the visitors were well in control.

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The game lulled for a spell but given the circumstances - the players left their homes at 5am this morning - Wigan did well to choke out any of the Dragons' half-chances. And Powell, outstanding throughout, flattered the scoreline with a short-range try to make it 28-0.

Julien Bousquet powered beyond Oli Partington and Fouad Yaha went over with the final play, but the day belonged to the visitors.

Catalans: S Tomkins; Tierney, Langi, Folau, Yaha; Maloney, Albert; Casty, Da Costa, Bousquet, J Tomkins, Whitley, Garcia. Subs: Jullien, Goudeman, Baitieri, Kasiano.

Wigan: French; Manfredi, Hardaker, Gildart, J Burgess; Hastings, Leuluai; Havard, Powell, Bullock, Isa, Farrell, Partington. Subs: G Burgess, Greenwood, Jo Shorrocks, Smith.