WIGAN’S players took a ‘good look’ at themselves over the weekend as they reflected on the ruins of last Friday’s mauling by Catalan.
Winger Darrell Goulding labelled it their “worst performance in years” as they were gunned down 47-28 by the French outfit in front of their own fans at the DW Stadium.
Sadly, the statistics back up Goulding’s claim, with the 47 points conceded being the worst under Michael Maguire’s watch – and the second-worst at home in the club’s 16-year Super League history.
And while Warriors mustered three late tries to flatter the scoreline – adding to two tries in the opening half – it did not disguise an awful display against a slick Dragons team bursting with enthusiasm.
Goulding admitted: “Catalan surprised Warrington the previous week and credit to them, they played well – but that was probably our worst performance in years.
“We pride ourselves on our defence so to leak so many points...we’ve had to take a good look at ourselves over the weekend.”
The defeat marked the third game in succession without a victory for the Super League champions, who scraped a draw at Leeds the previous week.
“Against Leeds we didn’t perform until the last 20, but we wanted to bring the form we showed at the end of that game into this, and build some momentum,” said Goulding.
“It’s worrying why we didn’t turn up because we trained well, prepared well.”
Catalan’s capitalised on their penalty decisions to put Wigan to the sword, with expert kicker Scott Dureau, who finished with 23 points, and veteran Steve Menzies each grabbing two tries to ruin Pat Richards’ comeback match.
“The ref didn’t cost us – if we’d had the best referee in the world we’d still have lost. We’re not going to make any excuses, it was all down to us,” added Goulding.
Warriors have now lost three of their four matches at home this season – their only victory a scrappy win against Hull FC – though they remain undefeated on the road.
They face St Helens on Good Friday at the DW Stadium but before then, Maguire takes his outfit to Hull KR this Friday – a trip made all the more daunting by the Robins’ 38-28 win against Leeds two days ago.
“We’ll have to be a lot better for Hull KR and we’ve got Saints the week after,” said Goulding.
“We’re confident we can fix it but it wasn’t a good day for us against Catalan.”
Warriors will be boosted by the availability of Jeff Lima following a one-game suspension, while half-back Paul Deacon should be fit after overcoming a bad head knock.
The squad gathered for training yesterday.