Catalans Dragons went down 36-10 to Warrington Wolves yesterday afternoon in game two in the Magic Weekend.
The Wolves went into this fixture as heavy underdogs given their recent disappointing results, but they were in inspired form – led from the front by the likes of Thomas Mikaele and in the backs by George Williams and Stefan Ratchford – and put French side Catalans to the sword in emphatic fashion.
For Dragons head coach Steve McNamara it was an incredibly disappointing showing following the superb comeback win against St Helens at last year’s event at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, but attention quickly turned to captain Benjamin Garcia who suffered a horrific ear injury.
McNamara said: “We’ve got to perform better than that when we are understrength.
“I don’t think you can put it on one area and I think our attack was poor today.”
“He’s (Garcia) got a horrible injury, his ear is nearly off and he’s going to get it stitched up tonight.”
That result, however, meant Catalans stayed fourth in the Super League table as Warrington moved up to ninth, just four points off the play-offs.
More concern was levelled Garcia’s way though with the thought of the Frenchman almost severing his ear, however, he eased those concerns with his own update on social media this afternoon.
Garcia tweeted: “Hi everyone, The surgery went well with 20 stitches to reattach my ear. Thank you all for your messages ! / La chirurgie c’est bien passé avec 20 points de sutures pour rattaché mon oreille. Merci a tous pour vos messages! @DragonsOfficiel“
Hi everyone, The surgery went well with 20 stitches to reattach my ear. Thank you all for your messages ! / La chirurgie c'est bien passé avec 20 points de sutures pour rattaché mon oreille. Merci a tous pour vos messages ! @DragonsOfficiel pic.twitter.com/72LowNBVwL
— Ben Garcia (@12GarciaBen) July 11, 2022