It was a dreary night at Belle Vue with the Catalan side, boasting an in form Scott Dureau, proving too strong for the Wakefield side.
James Webster welcomed back Captain Danny Kirmond, Tim Smith and Jacob Miller after they had missed out last weekend through injury.
The opening ten minutes, the Wildcats looked the stronger side; they took more advantage of the opportunities thrown at them. However, sloppy mistakes denied them from getting any points on the board.
James Webster believed that his squad showed some positives, “I thought we started the game well, quite promising to tell you the truth, especially on limited preparation.”
Both teams looked dangerous when they had the ball in their hands and pressing forward, however once Catalans found themselves in the lead, they grew with confidence and Wakefield began to chase the game.
“Yet again errors hurt us, 50% in the first half. As soon as we gave them the ball and good field position they hurt us.” Webster continued.
“That has been a common trend to us and we need to work harder on that, we have identified it and we have just got to get over that hurdle.
“These players are learning and will get plenty of experience, all we can do is keep looking forward to next week and keep trying to work hard and realise over the next couple of weeks it is going to be tough for us.” He said.
Catalans had the first break of the game when Pala found space down the left side of the field, it looked almost certain that the winger would score the first try of the game. An excellent cover tackle from Paul McShane managed to save the home side. However, on the next play Bosc pierced the Wakefield defence on the 10metre line to find Garcia who then went on to score the first try, Dureau converted to put the visitors into the lead by 6-0.
The French found their feet and soon took control of the game, causing a lot of issues all around the field for the home side. On 22 minutes the Dragons had numbers down on Wakefield’s right hand side which saw Dureau sending the ball wide to Tonga who finished it extremely well; Dureau converted to double their lead.
Immediately after the restart there was more bad luck for the home side when they were penalised for holding down, giving away the possession in their own half. Catalans made the most of this opportunity to score their third try in quick concession putting them 18-0 up.
A penalty was awarded to the visitors just on the 30 minute mark, 20 metres to the left of the sticks, Dureau opted to go for the two points to extend their lead, he did not fail and put the visitors 20-0 into the lead.
The Wildcats finally gained some possession on 35 minutes when Olivier Elima knocked on from the kick off; this was the perfect opportunity for the home side to make the most of it to get points on the board just before half time. This was not the case as Arundel failed to pick up a pass from Craig Hall.
The best opportunity for Wakefield to score came seconds before half time, Tim Smith performed a reverse kick which was inches away from landing into Jacob Miller’s arms.
In the final action of the half, Whitehead proved he was just too big and strong for Wakefield and barged his way over at the corner to score. Dureau converted to make it 0-26 on half time.
HALF TIME: WAKEFIELD WILDCATS 0-26 CATALANS DRAGONS
The second half was similar to the first with the Catalan side proving too strong.
A fantastic chase from Chris Riley saw him prevent Stan Robin from going over giving Wakefield a small life line, it did not last long as a few minutes later Dureau put a kick in behind the Wakefield defence and Cardace was the first to react for the visitors, Dureau converted to extend the lead 0-32.
Catalans then scored two tries in quick concession giving Cardace his hat trick. The first try came when Dureau fired a miss-out pass out wide to Cardice; Dureau missed the conversion and went into the lead by 36-0. The second came with Bosc provided the ball to Cardace, Dureau who had been the visitor’s strongest player missed the conversion, 40-0.
In the dying seconds of the game, Lauitiiti charged down the left side of the field with Riley in support to the left of him. As the hooter sounded Ali passed to Riley who scored a consolation for Wakefield. The conversion was missed.
FULL TIME: WAKEFIELD WILDCATS 4-40 CATALANS DRAGONS