10th August 2018, 22:43 | super8
Warrington Wolves thrashed Catalans Dragons 56-6 in the opening round of the Super 8s in a game that was billed as a dress rehearsal for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final.
While this game between two much-changed sides will have little bearing on the clash at Wembley later this month, it did showcase the attacking talent of Warrington for whom half-backs Kevin Brown and Tyrone Roberts ran the show.
Winger Tom Lineham scored a hat-trick as the home side stormed to their biggest league win of the season against an inexperienced Catalans side.
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Wire 56-6 Catalans
TRY!! Tommy Lineham completes his hat-trick with another spectacular diving effort in the corner! 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/PnVrPwnH8x
Josh Charnley and Mitch Brown, along with Lineham's first two tries, took the home side into a 22-0 half-time lead and there was no let-up in the second period.
Kevin Brown, Tyrone Roberts and Toby King extended the lead before Declan Patton scored the try of the night, racing 40 metres to score.
Joe Philbin added a ninth try and after David Mead's consolation score, Lineham fittingly had the final word with a stylish finish in the corner.
Warrington coach Steve Price hailed his side's performance but warned not to read too much into the scoreline.
“It will be a totally different story when we meet again in the Challenge Cup,” he said.
“We are still playing for two trophies and we have to manage our way through the next two weeks until Wembley and I fully understand what Steve (McNamara) had to do tonight (regarding team selection).”
🎬 | Hear from tonight's debutant Bodene Thompson following his man-of-the-match performance in the Wire's dominant win over Catalans pic.twitter.com/Fr4hZjKKIP— Warrington Wolves (@wolvesrl) August 10, 2018
Catalans coach McNamara admitted: “It was an extreme circumstances for us. The players were given an impossible task and there was a big gulf in class between the two teams.
“We were struggling with injuries in what was our third consecutive game in England. Teams complain about travelling to France but it has been hard for us too.
“We had to make significant changes but without doubt we will be a stronger team for the game against Wigan. Given the intensity of the semi-final last week it was the right thing for us to do.”