Super League: Warrington Wolves battle to win over Catalan Dragons to go top of the table
Last Updated: 15/02/13 10:49pm
Joel Monaghan scored two tries as Warrington Wolves inflicted a first defeat of the Super League season on Catalan Dragons at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The Wolves ran in four tries during a 24-16 victory to give Tony Smith the 250th first-team win of his coaching career and ensured they hit the top of the table.
Monaghan's double and a Richie Myler effort gave Warrington a 16-0 lead but Damien Blanch touched down either side of half-time to get the Dragons back in the hunt at 16-12.
Rhys Evans added the Wolves' fourth on 56 minutes and Brett Hodgson's penalty - awarded after Brent Webb and Ben Westwood were sent to the sin-bin for fighting - padded the lead before Zeb Taia rounded off the scoring with the Dragons' third try late on.
The Dragons were caught off-side twice in quick succession and the pressure told when Monaghan went over in the right corner for the opening try in the ninth minute. Hodgson converted.
Monaghan was in again in the same place on 29 minutes after the ball was moved wide at the first opportunity, the Wolves having been given head-and-feed at a scrum thanks to the touch judge ruling Catalan winger Blanch had knocked on.
Blanch appeared to get the faintest of touches on the ball during a Warrington passing move that ended with Chris Riley being bundled into touch short of the line.
A third Warrington try soon followed, Trent Waterhouse's inside ball exposed a gaping hole in the defence and gave Myler an unopposed run to the line.
And the Dragons were in danger of capitulating when full-back Webb made the first of two visits to the sin-bin for interfering at the play-of-the-ball four minutes before half-time.
A knock-on by Ryan Atkins prevented Warrington taking immediate advantage of their extra man and instead it was Catalan who scored next, Blanch barging over Riley in the right corner from Leon Pryce's pass. Thomas Bosc landed the touchline conversion to reduce his side's deficit to 16-6 at the break.
Blanch added his second try 12 minutes into the second half, Ian Henderson drawing four defenders straight from the play-of-the-ball and then serving up the scoring pass. Bosc was again on target from the touchline to get Catalan back within four points.
Warrington soon responded with their fourth try, Myler's grubber kick on the last tackle bounced kindly for a diving Evans to touch down.
Tempers began to flare and Webb earned another yellow card, this time after a fracas with Westwood, who received the same punishment. Hodgson kicked the subsequent penalty to ensure Taia's late effort was inconsequential.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round three
Tony Smith is unhappy that Ben Westwood will miss Warrington's weekend clash against Hull FC due to suspension.
Julian Bousquet has failed to have his four-match ban reduced while Brent Webb and Ben Westwood banned for one match.
Huddersfield Giants are the early pacesetters after maintaining their perfect record.
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- Wakefield run wild at Broncos
- Vikings fall to red-hot Rovers
- Bulls play their cards right
- Warriors wounded by Giants
- Smith - Some nasty moments
- Gentle - It's a point gained
- Hull hit back to claim draw
- Sinfield stars in Rhinos romp
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- Bulls v Tigers: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent
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