Saturday 11th February 2017
18:00 - Round: 1

20-12 FT

( 6-6 HT )

Attendance : 8,842

Official: J Child

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

Saturday 11th February 2017
18:00 - Round: 1

20 : 12 FT

( 6 - 6 HT )

Attendance : 8,842

Official: J Child

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

Scorers

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Richie Myler, Greg Bird, Brayden Wiliame,

  • Goals
    Luke Walsh 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • Warrington Wolves

  • Tries
    Andre Savelio, Rhys Evans,

  • Goals
    Declan Patton 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Catalans Dragons kicked off the 2017 Betfred Super League season with a 20-12 win over last season's runners-up Warrington Wolves.

Warrington took the lead when Andre Savelio went over for a debut try in the ninth minute. Declan Patton added the conversion to give the visitors a 6-0 lead.

The Dragons opened their account for the game in the 24th minute thanks to former Wire playmaker Richie Myler's try. Luke Walsh failed to add the extra two points but he made amends with a penalty goal two minutes before the break to level the scores at 6-6.

Warrington were reduced to 12 men just after half-time as Tom Lineham was sent to the sin bin and Catalans quickly made the most of their numerical advantage, with Greg Bird touching down and Walsh adding the conversion to make it 12-6.

A Walsh penalty 11 minutes from time increased Catalans' lead to eight points but Warrington hit back and reduced the deficit through Rhys Evans' try with two minutes remaining.

The home side ended Warrington's challenge when Brayden Wiliame notched a third try right at the death, which Walsh converted.

Warrington coach Tony Smith lauded his side's defending but admitted they have plenty of work to do in attack.

He said: "I thought it was a pretty average game standard wise, both teams will improve in attack, but there were too many errors, too many penalties from us.

"It's a tough place to come and get your fair share, we knew that before we came so you have to be good when you've got it (the ball).

"You don't get many opportunities to attack with the ball in good areas of the park so when you do, you've got to be better at it.

"I was really proud of my boys defensively, we had a bit of a brain explosion in the first half when Rhys threw that pass, but aside from that, we didn't look like we were going to get scored against, so that was pleasing."

Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous was also pleased with his side's defensive showing.

He said: "I thought defensively we were good despite the number of changes we made in the off season. We conceded just 12 points and our attitude to turn up for each other was very pleasing and I'm pleased with the win."

  • 80: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Brayden Wiliame
  • 80: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Luke Walsh
  • 78: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 77: TRY! scored for Warrington by Rhys Evans
  • 70: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Luke Walsh
  • 49: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Luke Walsh
  • 48: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Greg Bird
  • 38: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Luke Walsh
  • 24: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Richie Myler
  • 10: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 9: TRY! scored for Warrington by Andre Savelio
  • Key Performers

    Declan Patton

    Forty Twenty 1

    Mike Cooper

    Tackles 35

    Daryl Clark

    Tackles 46

    Justin Horo

    Tackles 31

    Greg Bird

    Metres 168

    Paul Aiton

    Tackles 36

    Head to Head

    Tries: 3-2

    Goals: 4-2

    METRES 1150 - 896

    CARRIES 176 - 151

    TACKLES 283 - 336

    OFFLOADS 5 - 10

    PENALTIES 8 - 13

    BREAKS 3 - 1

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Greg Bird 1 0 25 1 3 3 0 23 168 7.30 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 2
    Richard Myler 1 1 21 1 3 0 1 9 42 4.67 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Brayden Wiliame 1 0 13 5 2 4 0 12 86 7.17 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 10 1 1 0 0 14 86 6.14 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mickael Simon 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 20 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Thomas Bosc 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 7 67 9.57 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Julian Bousquet 0 0 17 4 1 1 0 12 88 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Benjamin Garcia 0 0 28 2 0 1 0 13 67 5.15 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Justin Horo 0 0 31 1 5 2 0 15 94 6.27 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Remi Casty 0 0 29 6 1 1 0 10 77 7.70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Paul Aiton 0 1 36 3 1 1 1 7 41 5.86 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Sam Moa 0 0 16 0 1 0 0 10 74 7.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Walsh 0 0 19 4 1 1 9 3 2 0.67 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 1
    Fouad Yaha 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 6 45 7.50 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Vincent Duport 0 0 10 1 1 1 0 13 84 6.46 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Krisnan Inu 0 0 12 2 0 2 0 9 49 5.44 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jodie Broughton 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 9 60 6.67 0 1 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
    Andre Savelio 1 0 30 7 4 4 0 14 71 5.07 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Rhys Evans 1 0 6 0 1 0 0 10 51 5.10 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Dominic Crosby 0 0 16 1 1 0 0 3 17 5.67 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Philbin 0 0 17 3 0 1 0 3 18 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Joe Westerman 0 0 48 10 1 5 0 14 79 5.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Brad Dwyer 0 0 12 5 0 0 0 3 19 6.33 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Hughes 0 0 20 2 3 0 0 6 22 3.67 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 3
    Ashton Sims 0 1 25 2 1 0 0 12 62 5.17 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 1
    Daryl Clark 0 0 46 3 1 1 0 9 102 11.33 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike Cooper 0 0 35 7 1 1 0 12 66 5.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Kurt Gidley 0 1 29 5 1 1 0 5 18 3.60 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Declan Patton 0 0 13 2 2 1 5 5 17 3.40 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1
    Tom Lineham 0 0 3 1 0 3 0 10 73 7.30 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Atkins 0 0 14 4 1 2 0 9 51 5.67 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Toby King 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 6 51 8.50 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Matthew Russell 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 24 143 5.96 0 5 4 0 0 0 1 0
    Harvey Livett 0 0 17 5 0 0 0 6 36 6.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

    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