•Wigan 42-0 Catalans
• Wigan coach Adrian Lam lauds Hardaker’s leadership qualities
This was a day which had a distinct feel of nostalgia for anyone involved with Wigan Warriors, but it presented an encouraging glimpse into the future for the Super League champions.
Such has been the nature of their season that it has not been difficult to criticise the Warriors. But here one of rugby league’s most famous clubs dismantled Catalans and soured Sam Tomkins’s return to Wigan as an opposition player for the first time.