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Wolves slay Dragons in rain-soaked south of France

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Pictures Eddie Whitham

WARRINGTON Wolves moved up to 5th with a 0-26 victory at a rain soaked Catalans Dragons as Mitch Brown and Ben Murdoch-Masila both scored their first tries for the club.

They got off to the perfect start in the south of France after just 4 minutes when a sweeping move saw Mitch Brown dive over in the corner for his first try for the club, although Goodwin was unable to add the extras.

On 14 minutes the Wolves nearly extended their lead after Goodwin did well to get a touch on Kevin Brown’s kick but Fouad Yaha managed to clear the ball.

The Dragons first real chance came on 16 minutes but Lewis Tierney’s chip and chase went out of play.

Warrington doubled their lead on 18 minutes when Daryl Clark darted his way over from dummy half. Goodwin added the extras to make it 0-10.

Then on 26 minutes Warrington were over again as a cross field kick by Kevin brown was palmed back by Mitch Brown allowing Ben Murdoch-Masila to cross for his first try for the Wire. Goodwin was wide leaving it at 0-14.

On 32 minutes Tom Lineham and Yaha were both sin binned following an altercation between the pair.

Big Ben clearly enjoyed scoring as within three minutes of the start of the second half he was over for his second as he powered his way over the line. Goodwin added the extras to make it 0-20 and pretty much game over as the conditions continued to deteriorate.

The Dragons thought they had got one back on 53 minutes through Greg Bird but the effort was ruled out by the video ref for onstruction in the build up.

On 75 minutes two more players ended up in the sin bin, this time George King and Michael McIlorum.

Then in the closing moments Warrington completed the scoring as Harvey Livett went under the sticks.

After the game a delighted Head Coach Steve Price said: “It was a great performance and we showed a big improvement tonight.

“To keep them scoreless in difficult playing conditions is credit to my players.”

Dragons: Mead, Yaha, Gigot, Thornley, Tierney, Bird, Albert, McIlorum, Moa, Anderson, Williame, Garcia.
Subs: Aiton, Bousquet, Simon, Jullien

Wolves: Ratchford, Lineham, Goodwin King (T) Brown (M) Brown (K) Roberts, Hill, Clark, Cooper, Westwood, Hughes King (G)
Subs: Murdoch-Masila, Akauola, Philbin, Livett

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