Catalan Dragons 38-18 Warrington Wolves – Match Report

A debuting Todd Carney inspired Catalans to their first win over Warrington in six attempts and in emphatic fashion.

Catalans managed a relatively easy 38-18 victory. Michael Oldfield and Zeb Taia both grabbed braces whilst Willie Tonga and

Carney impressed on debut
Carney impressed on debut

Vincent Duport also scored.

A mini revival came from Warrington at the start of the second half with Joel Monaghan and Gary Wheeler scoring however it was short lived. Joe Philbin also grabbed a consolation for the Wolves.

It was the Catalan halves who stole the show as Todd Carney impressed on his first start for the club and immediately formed a strong link with Scott Dureau. Dureau also had a magnificent performance with the boot kicking seven from seven.

Warrington’s game against St George last week took a lot out of them and it showed. Their only strong period coming early in the second half.

Similarly to last week against Castleford, Catalans came out of the traps fast dominating the game in the early going. This paid off when Tonga found a gap from Dureau’s ball and put the home side in front.

Warrington really struggled in the first half only having one real chance which was gifted to them by Taia throwing the ball away. Chris Hill looked to force his way over from close range but a miraculous piece of defending from full-back Morgan Escare prevented him from getting the ball down.

The French side continued their dominance when Dureau’s jump from hooker gave them an overlap, they shipped the ball out to Oldfield who finished with ease.

Moments later Catalans attacked the opposite side and Duport managed to break before handing off Gary Wheeler, whose attempt at a tackle was poor. Duport scored the try and this meant Catalans had a comfortable 18-0 lead at the break.

Tony Smith must have given the Wolves a mouthful at half-time as they came out fighting in the early stages of the second forty. However it was Catalans who gifted them two tries.

Joel Monaghan managed to swoop on a poor pass which went to ground and jogged over the line unchallenged. Wheeler would get over next for Warrington when the ball came free in a challenge before Wheeler picked it up and managed to finish well.

The visitors were back in touching distance and applying some pressure. However Catalans received a penalty in front of the Warrington sticks and tactically decided to go for goal. Dureau converted in what turned out to be another turning point in this match. This extra two really did extinguish Warrington’s flame.

Zeb Taia would take centre stage as he scored two in three minutes. The first was an unbelievable team try which saw the Dragons break from their own line with Escare. Catalan’s passed, jinked and broke their way down the field before Taia finished in the far left corner of the field, the complete opposite end to where the break started.

Taia grabbed consecutive tries
Taia grabbed two tries

Carney had been instrumental in everything Catalans had done and he was key again when he threw a beautiful dummy which allowed him to go through Warrington’s defensive line. He gave the ball to Taia who cantered over the line.

A consolation try did come for Warrington when youngster Philbin managed to power his way over. Unfortunately this was cancelled out when an inch perfect kick from Dureau was met in the air by Oldfield who claimed well before planting the ball down to wrap up the win for the Dragons.

This makes it back to back home wins for Catalans who will be looking to make it three as they host Salford next Saturday. Meanwhile Warrington welcome the visit of Hull KR to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

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