Tom Johnstone claimed his third hat-trick of the season as Wakefield Trinity moved back up to fifth in the Betfred Super League table with a 34-22 victory over Catalans Dragons.
Johnstone draws level with St Helens’ Ben Barba on 24 at the top of the league’s try scorers after his latest scoring spree, and he was joined on the scoresheet by Matty Ashurt, Ryan Hampshire, Tyler Randell and Reece Lyne.
Six of those tries came in a dominant first-half display as Trinity led 30-12 at the break, with Benjamin Jullien and Iain Thornley replying for the French side.
Johnstone completed his treble after the restart before David Mead touched down for Catalans. Craig Huby was sin-binned with 14 minutes left and Brayden Williame immediately sliced through the 12-man Trinity defence to close the gap to 12 points.
Trinity half-back Jacob Miller and former Wakefield man Mickael Simon were both sent off late on as Ladbrokes Challenge Cup winners Catalans have now lost six successive Super League games either side of their Wembley triumph.
Les Dragons s’inclinent sur la pelouse de Wakefield pic.twitter.com/Q6DIiigKC5— Dragons Catalans 🏆 (@DragonsOfficiel) September 14, 2018
Head coach Chester said: "Tom is a special talent who took his tries really well, carried the ball well and defensively too, on the left edge, he was good.
"He got an elbow off Sam Moa in the cheekbone and we are a little concerned about that. We’ll get him off for a scan at the earliest opportunity.
"Tom has really worked hard on the defensive side of his game and fingers crossed it’s not a season-ending injury.
"Bill Tupou used to be a winger and he has certainly been the form centre recently.
"It would be great for the club if we got a couple of players in the dream team and those two certainly deserve it."
Catalans boss Steve McNamara said: "I was concerned at half-time as we couldn’t make a tackle in the first half.
"We were completely out of energy, which is understandable with everything and as this is our sixth trip to England in eight weeks.
"The response in the second half is a huge credit to the group and their performance, finding our way back into the game, was good in spite of the fact we didn’t win.
"We were not quite the team we have been in the past few months but a bit nearer to it. We had a few injuries beforehand and now have a few more sore bodies."
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