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Warrington leave it late to beat Catalans and maintain unbeaten start

Catalans Dragons 20 (14)
Tries: Carney, Richards, Duport
Goals: Richards (4)

Warrington Wolves 30 (12)
Tries: Evans (2), Currie, King, Sandow
Goals: Gidley (5)

Late tries from George King and Chris Sandow ensured that Warrington maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a hard-fought win over Catalans.

The Dragons had led 20-18 with three minutes remaining and looked set to record their third win of the campaign.

Tries from Todd Carney and Pat Richards gave the home side a narrow 14-12 lead at half-time with Rhys Evans and Ben Currie crossing for Warrington.

Vincent Duport then extended their lead shortly after the interval but Evans’ second try of the game kept the visitors in contention.

Time appeared to be running out for the Wolves before King forced his way over and Sandow crossed as the final hooter sounded to give Tony Smith’s side their fifth win from five.

Catalans made a strong start and were ahead after nine minutes through Carney as the Australian half-back spotted a gaping hole in the Wolves defence to open the scoring.

Warrington responded two minutes later however with Evans forcing his way over on the right-hand side.

The home side were back in front 10 minutes later as Justin Horo broke the Wolves line before finding Richards on his outside who went over in the corner.

The former Wigan winger converted his own try and slotted over a penalty shortly after to take the score to 14-6.

Warrington reduced the deficit on the half-hour mark after a smart move from Stefan Ratchford to charge down former Wolves half-back Richie Myler’s kick resulted in Ratchford gathering the ball on Catalans’ 20 metre line.

From the next play Sandow found Currie on his left who went over for his fifth try of the season.

The Wolves suffered a blow on the stroke of half-time however as prop Mitchell Dodds was stretchered off with a double-leg break in only his second appearance for the club.

Catalans extended their lead after the break with Duport finishing off a well-worked move down the left-hand side.

Richards converted to give the Dragons a 20-12 lead.

Warrington had come from behind to snatch a win away to Salford last week and even with time running out looked capable of getting back into the game.

Evans went over for his second try of the game on the hour-mark before King scrambled his way over the line with three minutes remaining.

Kurt Gidley converted both tries to give the Wolves a 24-20 lead heading into the final moments.

The Dragons began to play audacious rugby to try and gain field possession but were punished in the dying seconds as Sandow went over following a loose pass from Glenn Stewart to secure the two points.

Warrington join Wigan as the only sides with 100% records left in the competition but trail Widnes at the top of the table on points difference.

Catalans have now lost two home games this campaign which equals their number of home defeats last season.

Trainee sports journalist at News Associates, Manchester, UK.

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