Wigan boss Adrian Lam has criticised the “car crash” performance of his side as their unbeaten start to the 2021 Super League season came to a crushing halt away at Catalans.
The Dragons, buoyed by last week’s victory over reigning champions St Helens at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, ran out emphatic 48-0 winners after a confidence and clinical performance.
The Warriors seemed to wilt in the 30-degree heat and humidity of Perpignan, losing their unbeaten run with a jaded performance riddled with indiscipline and handling errors.
To add insult to injury, former Wigan stars Sam Tomkins and Michael McIlorum helped the Dragons to a 16-0 half-time lead that they never looked like giving up.
A late sending-off for full-back Zak Hardaker for an apparent headbutt on his England rival Sam Tomkins only added to Wigan’s woes.
Lam admits there can be no excuses for the manner of their defeat, and that the onus will be on his players to respond when they next take to the field away at Huddersfield on June 11.
“It was an absolute embarrassment and one of the worst Wigan performances I have been associated with,” he said.
“To end the game like that with a red card just makes a bad situation worse.
“It was a nightmare, and we can’t fix it until two weeks’ time because of the cup break.
“I’m in complete shock, everything went against us. I didn’t see that coming.”