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
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Super League 2013, round three
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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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