posted on 19 July 2014

The Wildcats were put to the sword by a powerful Catalans Dragons in Perpignan.

Reece Lyne scored a consolation for the Wildcats.

Only Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos had won in France in 2014 and it was easy to see why as the Dragons dominated from start to finish with Elliot Whitehead leading the way with a hat-trick.

Former Wildcat Daryl Millard opened the scoring and there was a brace for Morgan Escare as Catalans went a step closer to securing a play-off spot and in doing so probably put any realistic possibility of the Wildcats joining them in the end of season showpiece games to bed.

Reece Lyne scored a consolation try in the final ten minutes to mark the week in which he agreed a three-year deal but it was the only thing to cheer on a tough evening for the Wildcats.

James Webster was able to call upon skipped Danny Kirmond after he missed the last two wins through injury.  He started in the pack alongside Andy Raleigh and Richard Moore with Nick Scruton coming on from the bench.

Trinity had arguably the better of the first ten minutes but even at that stage you could sense that the Dragons had a point to prove and were carrying the ball with real intensity.  They got their rewards on 14 minutes just moments after Whitehead had been denied by the video referee.  Williams lofted a kick to the left corner and Millard leapt highest to claim the kick and score.

The Dragons added to the lead in the very next set, Mickael Simon starting the ball rolling with a bulldozing carry and as the hosts got into the Wildcats half, Pryce popped up an offload to Anderson who repeated the feat to send Escare racing around Richard Mathers.

A sorry half continued on 23 minutes when Reece Lyne was harshly penalised for an apparent early tackle and having been denied earlier, Whitehead made certain by powering through the Wildcats defensive line en route to the line.

Attacking forays were few and far between and the Dragons line speed was impressive throughout to make metres hard to come by for Webster’s men.  Catalans continued their dominance before the half-hour when the combination of William and Millard struck again, the winger this time gathering and putting his own grubber in for Taia to hunt down.

Catalans put the game well and truly to bed just before half-time as Whitehead went through some flimsy Wildcats defence to run in under the sticks, Williams converting for the fourth time to give the French side a 28-0 half-time lead.

It took just five minutes of the second half for the Dragons to extend their lead with Escare scurrying 60 metres after Sykes had been unable to take a Lauitiiti offload under pressure.

Whitehead completed his hat-trick on the hour mark, fending off the attempted tackle of Sykes to stroll over.

Lyne went over on 72 minutes after McShane had swooped on an Escare offload to send the centre 50 metres to score.


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