Catalans Dragons 14-20 Warrington Wolves: Highlights, player ratings and talking points

Is it Warrington’s year?

Today they showed why it might be with a sensational effort to defeat a Catalans side who outplayed them for most of the game. Real character on show from the Wolves.


Great start from the Dragons
Written off with so many players out the Dragons put Warrington under immense pressure forcing an immediate goal line drop out with some amazing defence.

Warrington strike first
After defending brilliantly on their line, Matt Dufty made a half break allowing the Wolves starting to move down field. Paul Vaughan charged forward later and on the back of that good passing from George Williams and Dufty set up a walk in for Josh Thewlis.

Da Costa denied
Alrix Da Costa looked like he was set to pull the French side level as he darted from dummy half but desperate Warrington defence dragged him back and as he reached for the line he dropped the ball.

McMeeken on hand to score
Catalans did eventually hit back when Adam Keighran’s kick was patted back by Tom Davies to Mike McMeeken to score.

Controversial penalty try
The Dragons them immediately broke down the left with Paul Seguier. He kicked ahead for Adam Keighran who was deemed to have been taken out by Ben Currie resulting in a penalty try and a 10-4 lead.

Warrington hit back
After that controversy, Warrington kept composed and hit back with Matt Dufty showing his pace to carve through the Catalans chase from deep and dart to the other end of the field.

Johnstone denied try
Just before the halftime break a kick out wide and a juggling catch from Tom Johnstone, which saw him use his head to catch the ball, looked as though it had extended Catalans’ lead but the video referee believed that Johnstone had knocked the ball on into Josh Thewlis.

Kasiano haunts former side
Against his former side, Sam Kasiano tore through after an inside ball from Williams and Kasiano then found Williams in support to score.

Amazing Warrington defence
Most of the time when you see Tom Johnstone intercept, you will see him score but the pace in the Warrington side saw four players swarm and deny him. They continued this desperate defence and forced an error from Tanguy Zenon.

Romano gets over
Catalans didn’t have to wait long however to get themselves an equaliser with centre Arthur Romano jinking round Peter Mata’utia to score.

Red midst descends
Gil Dudson was sent off in his last appearance for Catalans against Leeds Rhinos. Against his former club, after a brilliant intercept from Tom Johnstone to deny a certain try, he punched the winger and was sent off.

12-man Warrington strike
Warrington then delivered some amazing defence to deny the Dragons especially as Arthur Mourgue probed. However, the Wolves then broke down the left through Stefan Ratchford. The Wolves then went right and a George Williams ball over the top and a pass from Matty Nicholson gave Josh Thewlis enough space to score.

Catalans denied equaliser
After a lovely kick was patted back and offloaded to Romano, it looked like the Dragons had levelled matters but it was decided that the Dragons chasers were offside and the try was denied.

Talking Points:

Champion character
The major criticism of Warrington in 2022 was their attitude. But the way they stood up to adversity today shows they have the attitude of champions.

Winning when not at your best
This was a long way off Warrington’s best but they found a way to win and that is the sign of a Champion side.

Catalans will be up there
Catalans Dragons are an excellent side and without key players they out played the league leaders today. They have the character and the philosophy they need to be successful in 2023. They will challenge the Wolves.

Dudson madness
Having only just got Josh McGuire back from a ban, the Wolves will no doubt lose Dudson know after a moment of madness today.

Player Ratings:

Catalans Dragons
31 Tanguy Zenon – 8
2 Tom Davies – 7
11 Matt Whitley – 7
19 Arthur Romano – 8
24 Tom Johnstone – 8
1 Arthur Mourgue – 7
3 Adam Keighran – 8
10 Julian Bousquet – 7
14 Alrix Da Costa – 6
16 Roman Navarrete – 7
8 Mike McMeeken – 8
12 Paul Seguier – 8
13 Ben Garcia – 7
15 Mickael Goudemand – 7
22 Siua Taukeiaho – 7
23 Jordan Dezaria – 7
28 Ugo Tison – 7

Warrington Wolves
1 Matt Dufty – 8
2 Josh Thewlis – 8
3 Peter Mata’utia – 7
4 Stefan Ratchford – 8
5 Matty Ashton – 7
6 George Williams – 7
7 Josh Drinkwater – 7
10 Paul Vaughan – 7
16 Danny Walker – 7
17 Gil Dudson – 5
11 Ben Currie – 8
12 Matty Nicholson – 8
13 Josh McGuire – 7
14 Sam Kasiano – 8
15 Joe Philbin – 7
21 Greg Minikin – 7
35 Lucas Green –

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