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Catalans too strong for Wigan

Mitchell Pearce has scored two tries for Catalans Dragons in their 28-0 Super League win over Wigan in Perpignan.

The Warriors’ 10-day -trip began with a narrow victory in Toulouse last week but this loss was a bitter ending to coach Matt Peet’s team-bonding break.

Catalans were too big and strong, with prop Gil Dudson and hooker Michael McIlorum returning from suspension and Australian five-eighth Pearce crossing twice.

Not even the return of captain Thomas Leuluai and centre Jake Bibby could rescue anything for Wigan.

It was Sam Tomkins’ comeback that had the biggest influence on the game as the former Wigan star tormented his old club with a brilliant display with ball and boot.

Catalans dominated the early stages, camped in Wigan’s half as the Warriors struggled to retain control of the ball in slippery conditions.

When John Bateman lost possession 10 metres from his own line, Pearce weaved through a sleeping Wigan defence to pounce beside the posts for the first try of the game.

The Australian’s second try came midway through the second half after Wigan fumbled once more in their own in-goal area.

An all-in scrap in the final minutes, saw referee Robert Hicks issue red cards to Dragon Jordan Dezaria and Wigan’s Australian prop Kaide Ellis.

“We came to France to beat Toulouse and Catalans and we need to learn some lessons from this,” said Wigan coach Peet.

“We will find out where we are as a group in how we react to tonight’s performance.

“We’re very disappointed. We were given a lesson in how to play wet-weather rugby league by Catalans and I thought they kicked and completed better than we did.”

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