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Friday 1st August 2014, 21:00 - Round:23
|Michael Oldfield 3, Gregory Mounis,||T||Michael Monaghan, Gene Ormsby, Rhys Evans, Joel Monaghan,|
Thomas Bosc 4,
Chris Bridge 5,
Attendance: 7,000 Official: R Silverwood Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan
Warrington Wolves secured a vital two points as they inflicted a third home defeat of the season on Catalan Dragons by winning 26-24 at Stade Gilbert Brutus.
The Wolves never trailed and opened the scoring through a solo effort by Michael Monaghan, who twisted his way to the try line to score.
Chris Bridge then added the first of his five successful conversion attempts.
Catalan fought back after an error by Richie Myler gifted them field position from the restart, Michael Oldfield the beneficiary after Whitehead's pass found its way on the bounce after missing out Ben Pomeroy. Thomas Bosc converted.
With both sides continually knocking on and inviting pressure, the score remained the same until two minutes before the break.
Monaghan was the architect, scooting away from dummy half to throw a miss pass out to Gene Ormsby, who dived in at the corner.
After the interval, Bridge added a penalty goal four minutes in after the Dragons had held on too long in the tackle.
Catalan then reduced the gap to two points, as Gregory Mounis powered over from one metre out to score under the posts before Bosc once more added a conversion.
The Dragons coughed up possession from the restart and, from that field position, Gareth O'Brien kicked in behind the Catalan defence and Rhys Evans managed to dive onto the ball first to extend the Warrington lead.
Catalan refused to give up, Oldfield scoring his second try with the try of the game that saw the ball go through six pairs of hands before ending up with Pomeroy, who drew the covering defenders before sending Oldfield in at the corner.
Warrington sealed the win 15 minutes from time, with a highly fortunate try as O'Brien's kick-through rebounded off Catalan's Ian Henderson straight into Stefan Ratchford's hands.
He drew the cover and offloaded to the supporting Joel Monaghan to score a simple try.
Oldfield reduced the Warrington lead and set up a grandstand finish as he scored his hat-trick try after latching onto Bosc's neat kick in behind.
Alas, Catalan could not register the vital score that would have seen them take the lead as the minutes ran down.
The dying moments saw Pomeroy knock on as Catalan tried to throw the ball around, but that scrum sealed the Warrington win.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals