Wakefield Wildcats 4 Catalans Dragons 40: Cats lack the fire to deal with Dragons

Craig Hall
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BOTTOM CLUB Wakefield Trinity Wildcats hit a new low for the season when they were thumped 40-4 at home by Catalans Dragons last night.

It was Wildcats sixth successive Super League defeat and they were embarrassed by a team who were themselves on a three-match losing run and without a win in their previous four.

Wakefield were still missing key players due to injury, but both scrum-half Tim Smith and skipper Danny Kirmond returned and the hosts did have enough pressure to make a game of it.

Catalans defended well, but Wildcats threw very little at them and they were punished for their failure to complete their sets, particularly in the tight early stages.

Ironically, Wildcats’ only points came after the final hooter had sounded, Chris Riley touching down for an unconverted try from Ali Lauitiiti’s offload.

Catalans were without injured star stand-off Todd Carney, but Scott Dureau was far too hot for Widcats to handle.

The scrum-half set up four of their seven tries and kicked six goals from eight attempts.

Catalans had the game in the bag by half-time, when they led 26-0. Benjamin Garcia broke the deadlock after 16 minutes, barging over from Thomas Bosc’s pass.

Soon afterwards Willie Tonga finished strongly at the corner after Dureau, Bosc and Zeb Taia had handled and then Wakefield lost possession near their own line to gift a try to Ben Pomeroy.

Dureau landed his third conversion and added a penalty goal and Catalans made it 26-0 at the interval when Elliott Whitehead rampaged over after neat play by Dureau and Pomeroy.

A couple of Catalans knock-ons and three penalties gave Wakefield a huge spell of pressure following the penalty goal, but they never really threatened the French team’s defence, though Joe Arundel might have scored if Craig Hall had come up with a better pass close to the line.

Wakefield went close through Richard Owen immediately after the break, but Catalans’ fifth try ended any prospect of a fightback.

Paul McShane managed to prevent Gregory Mounis getting the ball down, but Dureau kicked to the corner and Damien Cardace touched down spectacularly.

That was the start of a genuine hat-trick as the winger went over for three successive tries, Dureau and Bosc providing the passes for numbers two and three.

Dureau failed to convert both and seemed to injure himself making his final kick, immediately limping off.

Taia had a strong game and had a touchdown ruled out in the final moments, before Riley’s ultra-late consolation.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Hall, Riley, Collis, Arundel, Owen, Miller, T Smith, Scruton, McShane, Griffin, Kirmond, Washbrook. Simon. Subs (all used): Ryan, Lauitiiti, D Smith, Trout.

Catalans Dragons: Robin, Cardace, Pomeroy, Tonga, Pala, Bosc, Dureau, Garcia, Henderson, Casty, Taia, Whitehead, Baitieri. Subs (all used): Elima, Mounis, Pelissier, Bousquet.

Referee: George Stokes (Wigan). Attendance: 3,015.