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Super League: Wigan Warriors run riot over Catalans Dragons
Wigan Warriors made it three wins in a row in emphatic fashion as they handed out a demoralising 38-0 hammering to the Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium.
Both teams sat on the same number of points just behind Super League leaders Huddersfield before the game, but there was a clear gulf in class as the French side failed to even get on the scoresheet.
After a scoreless 20 minutes, Wigan went on to run in seven tries - two of them for Pat Richards to take him beyond the 150-mark on his 200th Wigan appearance.
Blake Green, Jack Hughes, Chris Tuson, Sam Tomkins and Greg Burke also crossed the whitewash for Wigan, while Richards also hit five successful kicks to bolster the margin of victory.
The Dragons even had Oliver Elima sent to the sin bin seven minutes from time to add insult to injury as the team tumbled down the table into sixth from third.
After winning the initial arm wrestle, Wigan never looked back after taking the lead after 21 minutes when Green went in after Tomkins' kick through bounced into the hands of Tuson, who offloaded for Smith to send his half-back partner over.
Michael McIlorum won his side a clever penalty inside the Dragons half and after receiving another set of six Wigan crossed for the second try as Tuson steamed onto a ball from O'Loughlin, with Richards adding the extras.
The home side's third try quickly followed as quick thinking from O'Loughlin presented a try for Hughes. Tomkins' initial kick was spilled by Daryl Millard and O'Loughlin swooped on the ball before passing off the floor for his centre to walk over.
The hosts needed just three minutes of the second half to register their fourth try as they turned defence into attack. A wayward ball from Millard was intercepted by Richards and the winger raced 95 metres to score his landmark try for the team, before adding the extras.
The game ended as a contest on 51 minutes when Tomkins crossed in the corner for a 28-0 advantage as Richards missed his first attempt of the night - but he redeemed himself moments later when he collected a fine kick from Green to get his second try of the night.
It was definitely a night to forget for the Dragons - Blanch failed to get on the end of a clever Pryce kick in one of their rare attacks.
In the final 10 minutes Eloi Pelissier looked to have put a fair hit on Tomkins but his team-mates took offence and a melee followed. When it had calmed down referee Phil Bentham showed Elima a yellow card, although it was unclear what for.
A strong Wigan performance was capped in the final three minutes when youngster Burke went over in the corner for his first Super League try - Richards converting to complete the scoring.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||25||21|
|12||Salford Red Devils||25||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||25||8|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Bradford vs Widnes|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 11th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Warrington|
|Friday 12th September|
|20:00||Hull vs Leeds|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs St Helens|
|Sunday 31st August|
|Castleford 32 - 18 Bradford|
|Wakefield 42 - 6 Salford|
|Saturday 30th August|
|Catalan Dragons 46 - 4 London Broncos|
|Friday 29th August|
|Widnes 24 - 10 Wigan|
|Leeds 12 - 13 St Helens|
|Hull 28 - 0 Hull K R|
|Thursday 28th August|
|Warrington 24 - 24 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
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