Catalans Dragons 38-18 Warrington Wolves
Catalans 38 (18)
Tries: Tonga, Oldfield (2), Duport, Taia (2)
Goals: Dureau (7)
Warrington 18 (0)
Tries: Monaghan, Wheeler, Philbin
Goals: O’Brien (3)
Todd Carney made an impressive start to his Catalans career by inspiring his side to a 38-18 win over Warrington.
Tries from Willie Tonga, Michael Oldfield and Vincent Duport put the Dragons 18-0 up at the break but Warrington responded straight after half-time with efforts from Joel Monaghan and Gary Wheeler.
Two tries from Zeb Taia and Oldfied’s second of the game secured the victory and gave the Dragons their first win over the Wolves since 2012.
A 40/20 from Carney gave Catalans good field possession on the Warrington line after eight minutes. Willie Tonga took advantage on the left-hand side to shrug off the Warrington defence and open the scoring.
The Dragons should be applauded for their attack in the game but they also excelled in defence. On 23 minutes Chris Hill looked to have responded for Warrington but was somehow held up by Morgan Escare who managed to prevent the big Wolves forward from touching down.
Two minutes later and the French side added their second try. Having outnumbered Warrington on the right-hand side, Michael Oldfield had the space to go over in the corner and double the Dragons lead to 12-0.
Vincent Duport then eased past a tired looking Warrington defence on 28 minutes ensuring the home-side led 18-0 at the break.
Whatever Warrington head coach Tony Smith said to his players during the interval had an effect as they came out stronger at the start of the second period.
Ryan Atkins managed to offload the ball out wide on 45 minutes to Joel Monaghan, with the Warrington captain scoring his team’s first points of the day.
Just three minutes later and the Wolves were right back in the game through Gary Wheeler. In bizarre circumstances, referee Ben Thaler allowed play to continue when Catalans knocked-on close to their own try line. The Dragons players appeared to stop but Wheeler played to the whistle to score for the Wolves.
A penalty for a high-tackle on Ian Henderson was then slotted over by Scott Dureau to extend the Dragons’ advantage to 20-12.
Two tries from Zeb Taia then secured the two points for the Dragons although Warrington did respond through a try from young forward Joe Philbin.
Oldfield’s second try on 72 minutes sealed the victory for the Dragons after the Australian leapt above Matty Russell in the corner to collect Dureau’s kick.
Remarkably, not a single conversion was missed all game from Dureau or Warrington’s Gareth O’Brien.
It’s now back to back wins for the Dragons at home whereas the Wolves suffered their first Super League defeat of the season.