Super League: Wakefield 4-40 Catalans

Damien Cardace
Cardace scored three tries in succession for his hat-trick
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Wakefield (0) 4
Try: Riley
Catalans (26) 40
Tries: Garcia, Tonga, Pomeroy, Whitehead, Cardace 3 Goals: Dureau 6

Catalans Dragons emphatically ended their four-game winless run with a ruthless dismantling of Super League's bottom side Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Damien Cardace ran in a second-half hat-trick to seal the Dragons' victory.

Tries from Benjamin Garcia, Willie Tonga, Ben Pomeroy and Elliott Whitehead gave the dominant Catalans a 26-0 half-time lead.

Chris Riley's last-minute try got Wakefield on the scoreboard but they are now without a win in six.

Coaches James Webster and Laurent Frayssinous were critical of their respective sides' recent lack of accuracy, but only the latter will have been heartened after this one-sided contest.

The Dragons landed in England this week on the back of three straight away defeats, but once Garcia scored from an Ian Henderson pop pass inside a quarter of an hour they were always in control.

Playmakers Scott Dureau and Thomas Bosc worked the ball to Zeb Taia, who fed Tonga for the second try, and Pomeroy built on the lead shortly after when he pounced on an error close in.

Whitehead crashed over for Catalans just before half-time, and there was little respite for Wakefield after the break when Cardace racked up a 12-minute treble.

Dureau and Bosc were again prominent, creating the platform for the France international to scoot over at pace as the Wildcats defence looked increasingly tired.

With the game sewn up, smart play by Ali Lauitiiti gave Riley the chance to salvage some pride for the hosts on an otherwise miserable night.

Wakefield head coach James Webster:

"We are well and truly under the pump at the moment.

"Has a club ever not fielded a team? We're close to that situation. Monday's going to be a hard job for us, mentally and physically.

"But it's a challenge for me, the club and the players. We can look for all the excuses in the world, but we should probably be doing better than we're doing."

Catalans head coach Laurent Frayssinous:

"It is a big boost but at the same time I don't want to be too excited. I told the boys, 'Enjoy that one because we didn't enjoy anything for the last three or four weeks. But focus straight away on Monday night'.

"Every season the Easter period is very important, and with the new format of the competition this season it's even more important.

"It was a pretty good performance. Even if it's on the back of too many losses, the boys did well. I'm proud of the way we won the game tonight."

Wakefield: Hall; Riley, Collis, Arundel, Owen; Miller, T. Smith; Scruton, McShane, Griffin, Kirmond, Washbrook, Simon.

Replacements: Ryan, Lauitiiti, D. Smith, Trout.

Catalans Dragons: Robin, Cardace, Pomeroy, Tonga; Pala, Bosc; Dureau, Garcia, Henderson, Casty, Taia, Whitehead, Baitieri.

Replacements: Elima, Mounis, Pelissier, Bousquet.

Att: 3,015

Referee: George Stokes (RFL)

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