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."
Pour la première fois cette saison, le chant de la victoire 🐉🔥 pic.twitter.com/knZEsl92TT— Dragons Catalans (@DragonsOfficiel) February 11, 2017
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."