Warrington Wolves 48-6 Catalans Dragons
Warrington 48 (26)
Tries: Monaghan (3), Atkins (2), Johnson (2), Currie, Myler
Goals: Sandow (4), Monaghan, Asotasi
Catalans 6 (0)
Joel Monaghan scored a hat-trick in his final home appearance for Warrington as the Wolves eased to victory over Catalans.
Ryan Atkins and Jack Johnson both crossed twice for Tony Smith’s side who led 26-0 at the break.
Further scores from Ben Currie and Catalans-bound Richie Myler sealed only Warrington’s second Super 8s victory.
Stanislas Robin did get the Dragons on the scoresheet but the day belonged to the Warrington skipper who scored his 144th try in as many appearances.
With both sides’ play-off hopes ending several weeks ago there was very little to play for at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Warrington seemed buoyed by the fact it was the final home games for Monaghan, Myler and Roy Asotasi and put in one of their strongest performances of the season.
It took the Wolves just five minutes to open the scoring as Monaghan finished off a well-worked move which had started with Kevin Penny on the opposite wing.
A contender for try of the season soon followed, with Chris Sandow’s cross-field kick finding the acrobatic Penny who fended the ball back to Atkins to go over for his first try of the afternoon.
Monaghan then added his second score on the 20 minute mark after intercepting Scott Dureau’s pass to run 90 metres and go over.
Warrington’s fourth soon followed after Penny’s break found Johnson who went over for his first try for the club before Ben Currie also went over just before the break to take the score to 26-0.
Catalans offered more resistance after the interval but conceded their sixth try on 53 minutes as Atkins went over for his second of the game.
The Dragons were reduced to 12 men five minutes later following Ben Garcia’s sin-binning and took advantage with Monaghan gathering Stefan Ratchford’s kick in the corner to send the Wolves fans ecstatic.
Dissatisfied with his treble, Monaghan also took over the goal-kicking duties from Sandow to convert Johnson’s second try on 69 minutes.
Two minutes later Myler and Asotasi both marked their final appearances by getting on the scoresheet with the prop converting the half-back’s try.
The Wolves will be disappointed not to have closed out the game as Elliot Whitehead’s pass found Robin who went over for a consolation score.
The win ensures that Warrington finish sixth ahead of the Dragons- their lowest league-standing since 2009 in what has been a poor campaign for Tony Smith’s side.
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