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Saturday 20th August 2011, 18:30 - Round:25
|Damien Blanch, Steve Menzies,||T||Chris Bridge 2, Ryan Atkins, Lee Briers,|
Scott Dureau 2,
Chris Bridge 4,
Attendance: 9,495 Official: T Alibert Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus
Warrington Wolves returned to within a point of Engage Super League leaders Wigan Warriors with an impressive win over Catalan Dragons in the south of France tonight.
With plenty at stake for both sides - Catalan would have gone fourth with a win - three unanswered tries in the second half helped Tony Smith’s men overturn a 12-6 half-time deficit and take the win.
With Lee Briers, back after injury, pulling the strings for Warrington, the home side were locked out in the last 10 minutes and unable to get anything from the game.
A Scott Dureau penalty got the scoring under way for Catalan, who extended their lead in the 16th minute when Damien Blanch took in Dureau’s long pass.
Warrington responded in the 21st minute when Chris Bridge pounced on a loose ball and raced the length of the field to score, converting under the posts.
But veteran Steve Menzies ensured the Dragons went into the half-time break ahead, racing onto another stunning Dureau pass to do the damage.
With a six-point deficit to wipe out, Warrington started the second half well and by the 45th minute they were level, with Bridge taking in a Chris Riley pass to score, with the former converting.
Warrington then went in front. Louis Anderson, headed for France himself next season, picked up a Menzies mistake and offloaded to the supporting Ryan Atkins who went in, with Bridge again tagging the extras.
With seven minutes left, Briers, Super League’s record one-point kicker, landed a 35-yard field goal to give his side a seven-point lead that meant Catalan would need to score twice to win.
As it was, they were unable to score even once, with Warrington adding a slightly unfair gloss to their win with another try.
This time Briers was the scorer, snatching an interception, another of his trademark moves, and leaving Bridge with a simple conversion.
|Jean Philippe Baile||0||0||6||0||1||2||1||20||121||6.05||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||0|
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