Sunday 6th March 2016
KO: 15:00 - Round: 4

28-42 FT

( 12-26 HT )

Attendance: 4,442

Official: P Bentham

Venue: Belle Vue Stadium

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Anthony Tupou, Joe Arundel, Reece Lyne, Tom Johnstone, Mickael Simon,

  • Goals
    Liam Finn 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Vincent Duport, Jodie Broughton, Pat Richards, Jason Baitieri, Glenn Stewart, Richie Myler, Tony Gigot 2,

  • Goals
    Pat Richards 5,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Catalans Dragons beat Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 42-28 to collect their first away win of the First Utility Super League season.

Catalans made a spectacular start, scoring at a point a minute as they racked up a 26-0 lead, but were forced to withstand a brave fightback before finding their second wind.

Remi Casty returned from an eight-month injury lay-off and the Dragons looked a class apart from the moment Todd Carney's pass got Krisnan Inu into a half-gap and he sent Jodie Broughton over for his first try for the club.

Dave Taylor conjured a neat grubber kick for centre Vincent Duport to score their second while veteran winger Pat Richards plucked Carney's towering kick out of the air for a third.

Jason Baitieri then forced his way over and Carney's short pass got Glenn Stewart through to score the visitors' fifth on 25 minutes.

The Wildcats rallied in the final 10 minutes of the first half and Anthony Tupou went over before carving out a second for centre Joe Arundel.

Their revival continued in the second half with Reece Lyne touching down while Tom Johnstone leapt skyward to touch down Liam Finn's high kick.

Richie Myler and Tony Gigot then crossed within the space of six minutes to get Catalans’ lead back up to 14 points.

Gigot put the result beyond doubt on 67 minutes with his second try, although Wakefield had the final say when former Catalans forward Mickael Simon crashed over. 

Despite conceding five tries, Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous was happy with a rare away win for his side, who were victorious only twice on the road in 2015.

"I think we were very good for the first 20 minutes and, although we let in some soft tries, we leave with two points," he said.

"Defensively we need to improve but to come away and score 40 points is pleasing."

Frayssinous was delighted with the way Taylor is fitting into the Catalans team and is expecting further improvement from the bulky former Gold Coast Titans forward, who lived up to his nickname of the Coal Train with some devastating charges.

"He is very good with the ball and defensively he's improving," Frayssinous said. "He's getting better and better each game. It's up to us to make sure he fits in with our structure but he's good for us."

Frayssinous was also pleased with the contribution of scrum-half Myler, who sparked the Dragons' second-half points spree.

"Since the first day he arrived in Perpignan in November, Richie has worked very hard," he said. "I know what he can bring to the team with the ball and defensively he's working very hard.

"His partnership with Todd (Carney) is improving, I'm very happy with Richie."

Wakefield coach Brian Smith said: "I was very disappointed with our defensive performance in the first half and, when we got ourselves back in the game, we let ourselves down with defensive problems.

"If you concede 42 points you are not going to win. That part was very disappointing, generally we're better than that.

"The boys were still putting in at the end but you get no medals for trying. In professional sport you've got to be better than that.

"We've got to learn how to go with the opposition early doors in games. The opening part of the game is vital so it's back to the drawing board for us."

  • 80: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Mickael Simon
  • 80: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 68: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Tony Gigot
  • 68: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Pat Richards
  • 61: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Tony Gigot
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Pat Richards
  • 55: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Richie Myler
  • 52: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Tom Johnstone
  • 45: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Reece Lyne
  • 45: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 40: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Joe Arundel
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 35: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Anthony Tupou
  • 29: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Glenn Stewart
  • 24: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Jason Baitieri
  • 24: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Pat Richards
  • 16: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Pat Richards
  • 16: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Pat Richards
  • 13: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Vincent Duport
  • 8: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Pat Richards
  • 8: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Jodie Broughton
  • Key Performers

    Tom Johnstone

    Clean Breaks 3

    Tony Gigot

    Metres 152

    Richard Myler

    Clean Breaks 3

    David Taylor

    Metres 135

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wakefield Trinity 5
    Catalans Dragons 8

    Goals:

    Wakefield Trinity 4
    Catalans Dragons 5

    METRES:

    Wakefield Trinity 912
    Catalans Dragons 1285

    CARRIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 146
    Catalans Dragons 159

    TACKLES:

    Wakefield Trinity 275
    Catalans Dragons 268

    OFFLOADS:

    Wakefield Trinity 10
    Catalans Dragons 10

    PENALTIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 7
    Catalans Dragons 14

    BREAKS:

    Wakefield Trinity 5
    Catalans Dragons 7

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Reece Lyne 1 0 4 0 1 0 0 11 76 6.91 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Arundel 1 0 8 0 0 1 0 6 44 7.33 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Johnstone 1 0 5 0 2 6 0 9 113 12.56 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Mickael Simon 1 0 26 4 2 0 0 11 54 4.91 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Anthony Tupou 1 0 19 0 2 2 0 10 38 3.80 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Ben Jones-Bishop 0 1 5 1 1 2 0 12 84 7.00 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Craig Hall 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 8 88 11.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Jacob Miller 0 1 9 0 1 1 4 10 43 4.30 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 1
    Liam Finn 0 2 15 2 3 0 3 5 16 3.20 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 1
    Nick Scruton 0 0 21 2 1 4 0 8 46 5.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Micheal Sio 0 0 13 1 1 0 0 4 28 7.00 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Anthony England 0 0 24 4 1 0 0 11 62 5.64 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Molloy 0 0 25 2 3 0 0 4 25 6.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mat Ashurst 0 0 22 1 1 2 1 12 70 5.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Tinirau Arona 0 0 20 2 2 1 0 16 68 4.25 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Scott Anderson 0 0 26 1 2 0 0 9 57 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Stuart Howarth 0 0 29 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Tony Gigot 2 0 10 0 0 2 2 17 152 8.94 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Jodie Broughton 1 0 5 0 1 1 0 12 95 7.92 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Vincent Duport 1 0 13 1 1 0 0 7 56 8.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Pat Richards 1 0 3 0 1 1 0 12 127 10.58 1 0 2 0 5 3 1 0
    Richard Myler 1 2 14 0 1 6 4 8 93 11.63 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 2
    Glenn Stewart 1 0 36 5 2 1 0 11 55 5.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jason Baitieri 1 0 28 2 4 0 0 13 84 6.46 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Krisnan Inu 0 0 17 4 1 2 1 7 60 8.57 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3
    Todd Carney 0 1 9 1 0 1 2 9 54 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Louis Anderson 0 0 19 3 0 1 0 11 66 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Eloi Pelissier 0 1 34 2 4 3 0 9 75 8.33 0 5 2 0 0 0 1 2
    David Taylor 0 1 16 0 0 3 1 15 135 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Justin Horo 0 0 20 0 1 1 0 10 72 7.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Remi Casty 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 3 40 13.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Julian Bousquet 0 0 16 0 0 0 0 8 78 9.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Bosc 0 1 11 2 0 0 0 2 4 2.00 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Willie Mason 0 0 13 1 3 0 0 5 39 7.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties