Catalans Dragons (Grand Final Winner 7/2) laid down a big marker in their quest for the Betfred Super League title as they battered Wigan Warriors 28-0 in a rain-soddened fixture.
Steve McNamara’s side lost their first match of the season at St Helens but have since won four in a row to go third in the table.
Mitchell Pearce scored a try in each half, with Michael Goudemand and Samisoni Langi also grounding for the Perpignan side.
The Warriors struggled to gain any sort of foothold in the game, while both teams ended the match with 12 men, as Catalans’ Jordan Dezaria and Wigan’s Kaide Ellis saw red with tempers flaring.
Speaking after the game, McNamara said he was very happy with how his side dealt with the poor playing conditions.
“It was really efficient,” McNamara told reporters. “We knew the conditions would be bad so we set ourselves all week for a really basic performance but I thought we were efficient.
“In the first 30 minutes we kept Wigan at bay and got the scoreboard rolling. Once you get in front on a day like this it’s very difficult for the other team to bring it back.
“It was really simple what we did. Our halves controlled it really well and we had a high completion rate.”
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Elsewhere, Huddersfield Giants (Regular season winner 20/1) continued their excellent start to the season with a 36-24 win at home to struggling Castleford Tigers.
Ricky Leutele scored a hat trick as the Giants were able to stave off a second-half fightback from Lee Radford’s side.
Owen Trout, Luke Yates, and Jermaine McGillvary crossed with ease while Jake Trueman scored two of Cas’ four tries.
Huddersfield are second in the league while Cas are only being kept off the bottom by winless newbies Toulouse.
On Sunday, the fifth round of the Challenge Cup takes centre stage with Championship table toppers Featherstone Rovers facing a trip to Batley Bulldogs.
Whitehaven are also in action as they face York City Knights at home, with a potential showdown with a Betfred Super League club awaiting for the winners of both ties.
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