Wolves must learn

no easy games!

by Gary Skentelbery

WARRINGTON Wolves will quickly have to learn there are no "easy" games in Super League after being left red faced by lowly French newcomers Catalans Dragons.
Despite scoring first when Jon Clarke strolled through a gaping hole in the visitors defence, the Wolves soon found themselves trailing 6-16.
Four tries without reply, the first just before the interval, should have seen the Wolves get out of jail. But they again took their foot off the gas and allowed Les Catalans to snatch a dramatic victory.
After the match a fuming Wolves Coach Paul Cullen accused some of his players of letting the club down: "It was a very poor effort. We started slow, invited them into a fight and we couldn't win it.
"We carried too many individuals tonight who have let us down very badly.
"You could see from the first set that we were going to play soft."
After heavy back-to-back defeats at home to Bradford and Leeds, the Dragons were given little chance of upsetting the odds against a Warrington side still on a high after their historic win at Wigan.
However, the form book was thrown out of the window in a see-saw game that could have gone either way.
It appeared Warrington would be picking up the two points when three tries at the start of the second half put them in control. But the Dragons refused to be beaten and Adel Fellous' try on 71 minutes was converted by Michael Dobson to ensure the small section of travelling supporters would be heading home happy.
Clarke's opening try from close range was converted by Lee Briers but it did not dampen the Dragons' spirit, as they drew level when winger Justin Murphy got on the end of Gregory Mounis' kick to grab his first of the night.
Dobson converted from the touchline and, buoyed by their efforts, Les Catalans shocked the hosts with two tries in a seven-minute spell. Thomas Bosc finished off a flowing move to go in for the first and that was soon followed by a try from substitute prop Lionel Teixido.
A second successful kick from Dobson put them 16-6 up and they looked set to go in with a comfortable cushion at the break until Chris Bridge slipped through their defences to score. That try at the end of the opening 40 minutes boosted the Wolves' confidence and they raced into the lead after the re-start.
Martin Gleeson's quick pass sent Henry Fa'afili over on the right for the winger's eighth try of the campaign.
Ben Westwood crossed soon after and when Toe Kohe-Love danced through to score, Warrington looked likely to run away with the game.
However, led by the excellent Julien Rinaldi, the Dragons climbed off the canvas to claim an unlikely victory. Murphy galloped in 40 metres to complete his brace and when Fellous barged his way over from close to the line the scores were level.
Dobson, a recent signing to replace the injured Stacey Jones, held his nerve to slot over his fourth conversion and gave Les Catalans an historic first away victory.

Warrington (10) 26.
Tries: Clarke, Bridge, Fa'afili, Westwood, Kohe-Love.
Goals: Briers 3.

Catalans Dragons (16) 28.
Tries: Murphy 2, Bosc, Teixido, Fellous.
Goals: Dobson 4.
Att: 9,631

  • Pictures show (top) Henry Fa'fili in full flight (Picture George Thornton) and Chris Bridge taking on the Catalans defence.(Picture Neil Ashurt)
    Pictures courtesy of Neil Ashurst www.pandbpictures.com
    & George Thorton