Super League  Friday 14th September 2012  DW Stadium  Att: 7,232

Squad

Carmont, Charnley, Dudson, Farrell, Fielden, Finch, Flower, Goulding, Hansen, Hock, Hughes, Lauaki, Leuluai, Lima, Mossop, O'Loughlin, Richards, Smith, S. Tomkins.

Squad

Greenshields, Blanch, Sa, Bosc, Dureau, Ferriol, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Mounis, Raguin, Pelissier, Millard, Fakir, Paea, Baitieri, Duport, Cardace.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Josh Charnley

George Carmont

Sam Tomkins

Liam Farrell

Darrell Goulding

Thomas Leuluai

George Carmont

George Carmont

GOAL SCORERS:

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Pat Richards

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Louis Anderson

GOAL SCORERS:

Scott Dureau

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Veteran centre George Carmont grabbed a hat-trick of tries in his penultimate home game as Stobart Super League title favourites Wigan Warriors moved to within 80 minutes of the Grand Final.

The 34-year-old New Zealander, who is sticking by his decision to hang up his boots at the end of the season despite earning a place in the 2012 Dream Team, produced some devastating finishing to destroy a sorry-looking Catalan Dragons side whose suspect away form again let them down.

Carmont struck twice in the first eight minutes to give the Warriors a flying start and completed his hat-trick on 67 minutes, each time profiting from the sublime ball distribution of another departing overseas star, Brett Finch.

Wigan's comfortable victory earned them next week off and a passage straight through to a home semi-final, when they will face a much sterner test of their title credentials.

The Catalans' collapse rekindled memories of their 44-0 thrashing by Wigan in last season's play-offs and, although this time they live to fight another day, they will have to find some drastic improvement before playing a sudden-death tie in Perpignan next Friday.

Wigan were without England second rower Gareth Hock through injury, as well as the suspended hooker Michael McIlorum, but they never looked back after Carmont's early brace of scores.

Stand-off Finch was the architect for man of the match Carmont on both occasions, with loose forward Liam Farrell supplying the final pass for his second try.

The Catalans struggled to find any cohesion throughout the first half and, after centre Vincent Duport had a try disallowed for a knock-on, they conceded again on 23 minutes when scrum-half Thomas Leuluai took Finch's pass and dummied his way past Gregory Mounis to touch down.

It took a solo effort from Dragons second rower Louis Anderson to breach the well-organised Wigan defence on 34 minutes but the Warriors struck again on the stroke of half-time through centre Darrell Goulding to end any prospect of a comeback.

Pat Richards kicked his third goal to make it 22-6 and it was a similar story in the second half as the Catalans struggled to make their mark.

Another superbly-timed pass from Finch got Farrell through a gap in the visitors' defence within two minutes of the restart and second rower Harrison Hansen was only prevented from scoring by an illegal ball steal by full-back Clint Greenshields.

Full-back Sam Tomkins was denied a try by video referee Phil Bentham because of an obstruction but there was no stopping him when he outjumped Setaimata Sa to touch down Matty Smith's high kick on 52 minutes.

Carmont made the most of some shocking defence to complete his hat-trick before winger Josh Charnley, having switched to full-back with Tomkins taking a rest, brought the 7,232 crowd to its feet with a thrilling 90-metre try.

Match Action

  • 73m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 73m
    try

    Josh Charnley

    Wigan

  • 67m
    try

    George Carmont

    Wigan

  • 67m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 58m
    interchange_on

    Eloi Pelissier

    Catalan Dragons

  • 58m
    interchange_off

    Ian Henderson

    Catalan Dragons

  • 52m
    try

    Sam Tomkins

    Wigan

  • 52m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 47m
    interchange_on

    Sebastien Raguin

    Catalan Dragons

  • 47m
    interchange_off

    Jason Baitieri

    Catalan Dragons

  • 42m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 42m
    try

    Liam Farrell

    Wigan

  • 39m
    try

    Darrell Goulding

    Wigan

  • 39m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Gil Dudson

    Wigan

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    Jeff Lima

    Wigan

  • 34m
    goal

    Scott Dureau

    Catalan Dragons

  • 34m
    try

    Louis Anderson

    Catalan Dragons

  • 23m
    try

    Thomas Leuluai

    Wigan

  • 23m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Jack Hughes

    Wigan

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Matty Smith

    Wigan

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Remi Casty

    Catalan Dragons

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Jamal Fakir

    Catalan Dragons

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Ben Flower

    Wigan

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Lee Mossop

    Wigan

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Gregory Mounis

    Catalan Dragons

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Lopini Paea

    Catalan Dragons

  • 16m
    interchange_on

    Jeff Lima

    Wigan

  • 16m
    interchange_off

    Epalahame Lauaki

    Wigan

  • 8m
    try

    George Carmont

    Wigan

  • 4m
    goal

    Pat Richards

    Wigan

  • 4m
    try

    George Carmont

    Wigan