Ideal preparation for French exam

Josh Charnley powers through the London defence for the opening try
Josh Charnley powers through the London defence for the opening try

DAN Sarginson hailed the professional attitude which underpinned Wigan’s 10-try victory in the capital – and reckons they must head to France with the same mind-set.

The Warriors nudged back up to third spot in the ladder with a 58-6 mauling of London Broncos on Saturday.

But they face a sterner test this week in Perpignan, against a Catalan outfit which has surged up the ladder in recent weeks.

The Dragons are notoriously difficult to beat on their own turf, and have lost just once at home this season – back in February against Leeds.

Centre Sarginson believes the manner of their victory in the capital will serve as a good preparation.

He said: “We were aiming about being professional against London and doing everything right.

“It’s easy to switch off when a team is struggling, like they are, but we didn’t under-estimate London one bit. We stayed over night, we did all the video and prepared the same way and – after two losses – it was the performance we needed.

“If we back that up get a win at Catalan we’re back up near the top of the ladder again.

“But we also know how good they are, especially at home, we saw what they did to St Helens (winning 42-0) and other teams who have been there.

“So we’ll keep the same approach, the same attitude, and try and go over there and get the win.”

Wingers Josh Charnley and Joe Burgess scored half of Wigan’s 10 tries against London, who trailed 22-6 at half-time.

Sarginson moved to the Warriors from the Broncos at the end of last season and while he is disappointed to see them struggling at the foot of the ladder, he enjoyed being among familiar faces at the weekend.

“I had quite a few family and friends come down so it was good, and I know a few of the lads here so it was nice to see them – and hear some familiar accents,” he said.

Shaun Wane reported no fresh injuries from the win, and hopes to welcome back skipper Sean O’Loughlin from a slight hamstring problem this week.

Warriors Under-19s defeated London Broncos Under-19s 52-22 at Orrell on Saturday.