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Match Report – Wakefield 18-38 Catalans

Catalan winger Davies repeated his feat against the same opponents last August to help the French side stay in touch with the leaders of the Super League.

Last updated: 04/30/21 8:49 pm

Match Report – Wakefield 18-38 Catalans


Highlights of Betfred Super League fifth round clash between Wakefield Trinity and Catalans Dragons

Highlights of Betfred Super League fifth round clash between Wakefield Trinity and Catalans Dragons

Tom Davies netted a try-three for Catalans Dragons against Wakefield Trinity for the second season in a row to help them to a 38-18 win that keeps them in touch with Super League leaders Betfred.

Davies repeated his heroic trebles from last August and New Zealand international Dean Whare scored his first try for the Dragons, who collected 18 points in the final 12 minutes to secure a flattering margin of victory.

Trinity, who was knocked out of the Challenge Cup by the French in April, put on a stoic show and trailed just two points after 68 minutes before collapsing at the end.

Match Report – Wakefield 18-38 Catalans

Olly Ashall-Bott celebrates first try for Wakefield

The Catalans have brought back former Wigan second rower Joel Tomkins after an eight-game ban to make the 300th appearance of his career and coach Steve McNamara handed Jordan Dezaria, 24, a first Super League appearance for four years.

But they were outclassed by their three quick silver quarterbacks as the Catalans used the width of Mobile Rocket Stadium to expose a rift in Wakefield’s left flank, Davies and Whare scoring three of their team’s four tries before mid- time to establish a 20-12 lead.

Former Wigan winger Davies opened the scoring at eight minutes, thanks to Whare’s lightning pass, but Trinity edged out four minutes later when full-back Olly Ashall-Bott, signed in the week on loan from Huddersfield , took advantage of half-back Mason Lino’s footwork to score a try in his debut.

Match Report – Wakefield 18-38 Catalans

Tom Davies scored again against Wakefield

Lino’s conversion went 6-4 and little Samoan was inches away from adding a second try before the Dragons found a purple spot.

Second rower Mike McMeeken, now his impressive start to his Catalan career, dropped Scott Drinkwater’s high kick to score his second try for the club and Sam Tomkins got Davies for his second of the game.

James Maloney threw his second goal to bring the score to 16-6 and, although Max Jowitt, a third-choice stand-off, won the pursuit of his own grubber kick on the final tackle to get back , the visitors struck again six minutes. before the break when Tomkins worked on Whare for their fourth try.

Match Report – Wakefield 18-38 Catalans

Catalans’ Arthur Mourgue takes a break against Wakefield

Neither coach would have been impressed with their team’s defenses and the Dragons opened up invitingly early in the second half to let Wakefield center Reece Lyne cut for his team’s third try, which Lino converted to cut the deficit to two points.

With the return game hanging in the balance, the Catalans missed out on some obvious chances to make it safe.

Maloney put substitute Jason Baitieri through a gap, but he rolled onto his back over the line and skipper Ben Garcia let go of the ball as he held out his hand.

Match Report – Wakefield 18-38 Catalans

The Catalans’ Dean Whare celebrates his tryout

Having lived dangerously, Wakefield then had a chance to come back to the front when center Bill Tupou, a constant threat on his return from injury, sent winger Liam Kay to the corner but the pass was declared forward.

The game was eventually set to 68 minutes thanks in large part to a superb play piece from McMeeken, who found a gap in the home defense and managed twice in a frantic move to get Whare on his second try.

With the game over, the Catalans finished in full control, with Davies completing their hat-trick and center Samisoni Langi scoring their seventh try.


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