SHAUN Wane saluted his players for keeping their cool in the Mediterranean heat to claim a 37-16 victory against Catalan.
Wigan became the first away team to win in Perpignan since February, crossing six times including two from Matty Bowen, whose contract extension was confirmed by Wane in the post-match press conference.
But the prickly second-half tested the Warriors’ discipline, particularly when Vincent Duport applied a forearm choke on Josh Charnley which left the winger needing on-field treatment.
The Catalan player was sinbinned and they were reduced to 11-men for a spell as their discipline deteriorated.
Wane said: “I didn’t see what happened in great detail, the ref’ dealt with it at the time and the authorities will deal with it as they see fit.
“But when that happened, I liked the way we got the ball and went into attack mode, we stayed composed and scored tries.
“I’ve just congratulated the players on that. The win was down to our professionalism.
“I love coming here, they’re very passionate about the game and what happened is not going to alter my opinion – it was a good, tough rugby league game, and I thought James (Child, referee) handled it well.”
The victory, which lifts Wigan back into third spot in the ladder, was built on strong foundations from the pack, allowing Charnley, Joe Burgess and Bowen (two) to score four of their six tries.
“Matty Bowen turns up in big games,” said Wane. “This was a big game – they take some beating at home, as St Helens found out (they lost 42-0) – and he loves it. He’s an outstanding player, and I’m really glad he’s staying with us (next year).”
Tony Clubb and Scott Taylor also crossed for Wigan in front of around 500 of their fans among the 9,000-plus crowd.
“We didn’t start well, we didn’t complete our sets, but we improved and the score reflected that,” Wane said.
“I thought we went about our business really well.
“Their middles are big and aggressive, but we dominated, under some pressure but we kept scoring tries.”
Winger Joe Burgess didn’t finish the game after a suspected “slight ligament strain in his knee”, Wane explained.