Wildcats march on
Defeat for Hull KR on Thursday ensured that Wakefield qualified for the Super 8s despite being most people’s favourites to finish bottom again this campaign.
The effect Chris Chester has had on the side since he took over is incredible and the Wildcats worked hard as a unit to grind out the win in Perpignan.
Wakefield are now up to sixth and only six points behind the Dragons in fourth. If they can put in more strong performances in the Super 8s they may even fancy themselves to snatch fourth spot.
The conversion that never was
Unfortunately the ending of the game was marred by a controversial call by the touch judges who deemed that Pat Richards’ conversion attempt from Fouad Yaha’s try went wide.
The television replays appeared to show the effort was good and would have levelled the scores and seen Catalans claim a point.
It is important to note however that the touch judges had the best view of the conversion and the television angle may be deceptive.
Catalans missing key personnel
The defeat for Catalans means the Dragons have now lost their last five matches and their top four spot is under threat heading into the Super 8s.
The Dragons have been missing some big players and most notably could have done with Todd Carney’s kicking and organisation game.
That put a lot of responsibility on 18-year-old Lucas Albert who provided some glimpses of quality, in particular a neat inside kick for Morgan Escare to collect and score.
It also appeared the senior players such as Dave Taylor were trying too hard to lead from the front which led to some uncharacteristic plays and errors.
Too many mistakes from the kick-off
There were four instances during the game where a player failed to collect the ball from the restart.
Giving away a mistake from the kick-off and letting the opponent get back into the game by forcing you to defend on your own line is poor and put both teams under needless pressure so soon after scoring a try.
Maybe the ball was not being picked up under the Perpignan sunshine but it’s something both sides will be looking to rectify next week.
Catalans Dragons 28 (18)
Tries: Gigot, Taylor, Horo, Escare, Yaha
Goals: Richards (4)
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 30 (18)
Tries: Jowitt, Molloy, Hall, Tupou, Sio
Goals: Finn (5)