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A attempt for Liam Marshall plus a conversion and two penalties from Harry Smith gave Wigan Warriors the 10-2 victory over Catalans Dragons; Adam Keighran added the one factors for the Dragons; Sam Tomkins was denied his dream ending as he retires from rugby league

Final Up to date: 14/10/23 8:20pm

Wigan Warriors got here out on high within the Grand Ultimate to be topped Tremendous League champions for the primary time since 2018

Wigan Warriors had been topped Tremendous League champions after a 10-2 victory over Catalans Dragons within the Grand Ultimate at Previous Trafford, with Liam Marshall’s attempt proving to be the distinction.

It was a cagey and brutal first 40 minutes between the 2 sides as each struggled to interrupt by way of robust defences, with penalty conversions from Harry Smith and Adam Keighran taking them in stage at 2-2 on the half-time break.

Dragons centre Keighran additionally spent 10 minutes within the sin-bin for a tip sort out on Kai Pearce-Paul, however the French aspect stood agency to make sure the cardboard was not too expensive.

Unwell-discipline struck once more for Catalans at the beginning of the second half when Tom Davies was despatched to the sin-bin for pulling again Marshall and Wigan took benefit because the winger himself went over within the nook and Smith transformed to present the Warriors an 8-2 lead with slightly below half-hour to play.

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Liam Marshall goes over to say the primary attempt within the Grand Ultimate to place Wigan Warriors forward in opposition to Catalans Dragons

Liam Marshall goes over to say the primary attempt within the Grand Ultimate to place Wigan Warriors forward in opposition to Catalans Dragons

Wigan then took management with one other penalty conversion from Smith to realize a 10-2 benefit and from there they by no means let the match slip, the ‘Theatre of Desires’ erupting as they sealed one other well-known victory and denied Sam Tomkins his fairytale ending.

Story of the match

The match was all the time going to be a feisty encounter as the electrical environment Previous Trafford ramped up the stress and we noticed that in motion simply two minutes in as Wigan captain Liam Farrell put in an enormous shot on Tomkins.

Each side accomplished properly for the primary 14 minutes earlier than Catalans had the primary actual likelihood, Tyrone Could breaking downfield and sending a chip over to the nook which was left properly by Jai Discipline to run into contact as Tom Johnstone chased onerous.

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Adam Keighran is given a yellow card for lifting Kai Pearce-Paul over the horizontal in a sort out

Adam Keighran is given a yellow card for lifting Kai Pearce-Paul over the horizontal in a sort out

Keighran was then despatched to the sin-bin for his tip sort out on Pearce-Paul, the Wigan-bound man solely saved from a pink card as Pearce-Paul landed on his shoulder.

The primary factors of the competition got here within the twenty fifth minute as a excessive shot on Marshall gifted the Warriors a penalty and Smith slotted it over for a 2-0 lead.

Defences continued to be robust for each side as the sport of attrition continued, Wigan dropping returnee Ethan Havard after 27 minutes to the calf drawback that has plagued his season.

Wigan Warriors: Tries: Liam Marshall (52); Conversions: Harry Smith (25, 53, 64)

Catalans Dragons: Conversions: Adam Keighran (37)

With simply three minutes remaining of the primary 40, a penalty for offside gave Catalans an opportunity to deliver the sport again stage as Keighran slotted his kick over the posts to deliver the rating to 2-2, nothing separating the 2 at half-time.

The Dragons had a horrible begin to the second half as Davies was despatched to the sin-bin for escorting Marshall off the ball, however they scrambled onerous in defence as Bevan French was denied what would have been a superb attempt when Discipline’s move went ahead below strain.

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Catalans’ Tom Davies is sin-binned for pulling again Jake Wardle’s support-runner Marshall

Catalans’ Tom Davies is sin-binned for pulling again Jake Wardle’s support-runner Marshall

Wigan lastly discovered the breakthrough within the 52nd minute and Previous Trafford erupted as Harry Sunderland Trophy winner Jake Wardle discovered the area to move again inside to skipper Farrell who despatched the ball again out huge to Marshall to go over within the nook, Smith including a troublesome conversion to present his aspect an 8-2 cushion.

A excessive shot from Keighran within the 63rd minute then gifted Wigan one other two factors as Smith slotted over and from there they maintained management regardless of Catalans giving every little thing to try to get extra factors on the board.

As the ultimate hooter went, the group went wild and the Wigan gamers fell to their knees because the membership added one other trophy to their spectacular cupboard by claiming the sixth Grand Ultimate win of their historical past.

‘It has been a very long time coming’- What they mentioned:

Wigan centre Jake Wardle, the Harry Sunderland Trophy winner …

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Wardle was awarded the Harry Sunderland Trophy

Wardle was awarded the Harry Sunderland Trophy

“It may have gone to any of the boys on the market. It was an actual group effort and it is an actual proud second.

“We’re a bunch of mates who do every little thing for one another. At instances it bought a bit scrappy, however we dug deep.”

Wigan head coach Matt Peet:

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Matt Peet says Wigan Warriors’ Tremendous League triumph has been ‘a very long time coming’

Matt Peet says Wigan Warriors’ Tremendous League triumph has been ‘a very long time coming’

“It feels good and it has been a very long time coming. Myself and Rads [chief executive Kris Radlinski] began speaking about what we wished to attain over the following few years a few years in the past, and we’re constructing.

“We have got a particular group of gamers, a particular membership from high to backside, and I am happy with everybody within the surroundings.”

Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara:

“Once you lose a Grand Ultimate and also you concede one attempt, you have bought half the sport proper in defence.

“We could not get it happening in assault. I am very happy with the group all season, however bitterly upset.

“I could not ask for any extra. I’ve bought no regrets, the group may have no regrets. We did not play properly sufficient and we knew we might must be on the high of our recreation tonight, and we weren’t.”

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