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Warriors march on
Leaders run in seven tries to pull three points clear at the top
Stobart Super League leaders Wigan Warriors pulled three points clear at the top thanks to a hard-fought 36-14 win over Catalan Dragons.
George Carmont notched a second-half brace as the Warriors ran in seven tries, while Scott Dureau scored all of the points for the third-placed hosts.
However, the result was much closer than the scoreline suggests as time and time again the home side were on the wrong end of some baffling refereeing decisions.
The main contentious decision came just before half-time when Josh Charnley appeared to score a try despite his elbow being in touch. Despite a video referee being available to James Child, the referee opted to give the try without the assistance.
After last weekend's defeat at Salford, this was a much better Catalan performance and they took the lead early through a Dureau penalty.
There are still signs that the home side are not at their best however, when - with Gil Dudson in the sin-bin for a late challenge on Dureau - Wigan managed to score two tries. Charnley converted one of them to give the Warriors a 10-2 lead.
The video referee was needed in the 18th minute when he awarded a penalty try to the Catalans after Michael McIlorum tackled Clint Greenshields just before the tryline without the ball as the full-back chased Setaimata Sa's kick through. Dureau added the conversion to reduce the arrears to 10-8.
Just before the break Louis Anderson left the field with a shoulder injury, and down the right hand edge that he had been defending in Sam Tomkins set Charnley free to dive over for his controversial effort. Charnley failed to convert his effort as the half time hooter went.
Six minutes after the turnaround, Charnley did extend the Warriors lead with a penalty from in front of the posts, given for the markers not being square at the play the ball.
Wigan extended their lead further four minutes later with a superb try that involved Sean O'Loughlin, Jeff Lima, McIlorum and Brett Finch before the ball found its way to Carmont to score his first of the afternoon. Again Charnley failed with the conversion.
On the hour the ball was sent to the Wigan left and Jack Hughes managed to offload to the supporting Carmont to score to the left of the posts. Charnley again missed the conversion attempt.
Dureau narrowed the deficit with a quick tap penalty that caught the Wigan defence napping as he raced in from 60 metres out to score under the posts. He quickly converted his own try to narrow the gap further to 10 points with 10 minutes remaining.
However, Wigan finished the stronger and late tries from Tomkins and Hughes extended their advantage. Tomkins took over the kicking duties from Charnley and converted both efforts.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||24||21|
|10||Salford Red Devils||24||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
|Friday 15th August|
|Salford 34 - 22 Catalan Dragons|
|Friday 1st August|
|Catalan Dragons 24 - 26 Warrington|
|Sunday 27th July|
|Huddersfield 38 - 16 Catalan Dragons|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
|Saturday 12th July|
|Catalan Dragons 16 - 37 Wigan|
|Sunday 6th July|
|Bradford 30 - 32 Catalan Dragons|
|Sunday 29th June|
|Leeds 32 - 31 Catalan Dragons|
|Saturday 21st June|
|Catalan Dragons 20 - 16 Hull|
|Saturday 14th June|
|Catalan Dragons 42 - 0 St Helens|
|Friday 30th May|
|Widnes 26 - 26 Catalan Dragons|
|Saturday 24th May|
|Catalan Dragons 46 - 4 Bradford|
|Saturday 17th May|
|London Broncos 22 - 24 Catalan Dragons|
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