Wakefield Trinity 16-20 Catalans Dragons: Highlights, player ratings and talking points

Wakefield Trinity took on Catalans Dragons at Belle Vue this afternoon in a game that could have serious consequences at both ends of the Super League table.

Catalans ran into a 12-0 lead after just eight minutes with Fouad Yaha getting fed by Arthur Mourgue for both scores.

Credit to Wakefield, they hit back through Jamie Shaul when they looked like they were heading for a potential hiding.

Yaha completed his hat-trick in the 27th minute before a moment of controversy hit as Tiaki Chan was sent to the sinbin for a dangerous tackle on Lewis Murphy when it could have been red.

16-4 down at half-time and Trinity had to score first in the second-half and they did just that through Matty Ashurst after the second-rower was fed by a beautiful short Jacob Miller pass.

Two penalties from Mourgue, however, sent Catalans into a 20-10 lead before a late Lewis Murphy try almost put the cat amongst the pigeons before the final whistle went after one last ditch effort by Trinity.

Highlights

Jacob Miller’s superb pass to Matty Ashurst let the second-rower go under the posts untouched.

Talking points

1. Wakefield’s new signings

Wakefield have had endured a nightmare 2022, but the new signings of Jamie Shaul and Josh Bowden have helped the West Yorkshire club undoubted amounts. Both were in the thick of the action this afternoon with some massive plays by Shaul and some big runs by Bowden helping Trinity no end.

2. Catalans’ dip in form

Catalans have been in disappointing form recently with just two wins in their last six games and they lacked a lot of go forward today against Trinity for some reason, having to rely on the boot of Arthur Mourgue to get over the line in the end.

3. Matter of margins

Wakefield could have won – and might have won had Corey Hall passed to winger Lee Kershaw with the hooter gone, but that’s the matter of margins that decides games.

Wakefield Trinity

38 Jamie Shaul – 8
18 Lee Kershaw – 8
30 Corey Hall – 7
17 Lee Gaskell – 6
27 Lewis Murphy – 7
6 Jacob Miller – 6
7 Mason Lino – 6
15 Jai Whitbread – 6
9 Liam Hood – 6
10 Tinirau Arona – 6
11 Matty Ashurst – 7
12 Kelepi Tanginoa – 8
16 James Batchelor – 7
Substitutes
8 Eddie Battye – 7
14 Jordy Crowther – 6
35 David Fifita – 6
37 Josh Bowden – 7
Also in 21-man squad
21 Brad Walker
22 Yusuf Aydin
29 Isaac Shaw
36 Kyle Evans

Catalans Dragons

1 Arthur Mourgue – 9
2 Tom Davies – 8
3 Samisoni Langi – 7
19 Arthur Romano – 7
5 Fouad Yaha – 8
20 Tyrone May – 7
7 Josh Drinkwater – 7
16 Paul Seguier – 6
9 Michael McIlorum – 6
24 Mathieu Cozza – 6
15 Benjamin Jullien – 8
21 Corentin Le Cam – 7
14 Alrix Da Costa – 6
Substitutes
25 Cesar Rouge – 7
26 Romain Franco – 6
28 Sam Kasiano – 8
33 Tiaki Chan – 5
Also in 21-man squad
4 Dean Whare
6 Mitchell Pearce
17 Mickael Goudemand
29 Sam Tomkins

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