18th August 2018, 20:08 | super_league

Warriors beat Challenge Cup finalists

Warriors beat Challenge Cup finalists

Catalans Dragons will go into next Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final on the back of successive heavy Betfred Super League defeats after going down 35-6 at home to Wigan Warriors.

Coming on the back of a 56-6 loss by final opponents Warrington Wolves, the one-sided reverse in Perpignan was the worst possible preparation for the Dragons’ big day at Wembley.

The Dragons have taken just a point from their last five league games and coach Steve McNamara was also handed an injury scare when full-back Tony Gigot pulled out of the game with an ankle problem, although the club remain confident he will be fit for Wembley.

Joe Greenwood opened the scoring for Wigan, with Morgan Escare crossing twice just before the break to put the visitors 18-0 up after three goals from Sam Tomkins.

Tony Clubb extended the Warriors' lead before Fouad Yaha finally got the home side on the scoreboard, but Shaun Wane's side added two more tries through George Williams and Greenwood's second before Tomkins took his tally to 11 points with a late drop-goal.

On the injury to Gigot, Dragons coach McNamara said: “Tony suffered an ankle injury at Wigan the week before the semi.

"He recovered from that to play in the semi-final but he’s been having a bit of trouble with it and he felt it before the game.

“So we weren’t going to risk him. As I say, it was about getting the team ready to play next week.”

Wigan coach Wane said: “It was a good performance, this is always a tough place to come. I thought we were very physical.

“I’m happy, we’ve got some momentum before the break and perhaps we’ll get a few players back for the next game.”