Super League: Catalans Dragons 0-26 Warrington Wolves

Ben Murdoch-Masila goes forward
Warrington back-rower Ben Murdoch-Masila was a massive threat, scoring two tries
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Catalans (0) 0
Warrington (14) 26
Tries: Brown, Clark, Murdoch-Masila 2, Livett Goals: Goodwin 3

Warrington Wolves ended a two-game winless run and continued Catalans Dragons' poor start to the season with victory in rain-soaked Perpignan.

Steve Price's Wolves were 14-0 up at the break with Mitch Brown crossing out wide, Daryl Clark sneaking in and Ben Murdoch-Masila going in on the right.

Murdoch-Masila rumbled in again to add to the lead after half-time.

And Harvey Livett crossed late on for the Wolves to give the hardy travelling fans extra cheer.

Catalans failed to score a point, with Greg Bird's second-half touchdown ruled out for obstruction, and they lost back-rower Benjamin Jullien late on for a head injury assessment.

Both teams finished in Super League's bottom four last season and are yet to find their form in 2018 but victory for Warrington in appalling conditions suggested Price is making progress.

The visitors gained an unassailable foothold before the weather became farcical, shocking the Dragons in front of their home fans with a flying start, dominating the ruck and making their opportunities count.

Steve McNamara only kept Catalans in Super League with victory in the Million Pound Game last season and their misfortunes have continued this term with just one win from six so far.

Indiscipline saw Fouad Yaha and Michael McIlorum spend time in the sin-bin during the game, further hampering the Dragons' efforts to compete.

Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara:

"Hugely disappointing. I didn't think we could play much worse than we did in the first half, then we did. On a night like this, it was always going to be important to get off to a good start and we let Warrington do what they wanted in the opening 25 minutes and that proved costly. Hugely, hugely disappointing.

"The whole performance was really poor, we haven't progressed tonight, in fact we've regressed.

"We've had some performances here and got the win last week where we've done reasonably well, but tonight was extreme circumstances but you have to react and adapt and change the way of playing and the start to that game was simply not good enough."

Warrington boss Steve Price told the club website:

"There was a big improvement tonight from us and that's the type of performance I expect of the Warrington Wolves.

"We were disciplined and had a high completion rate - 91% in the first half and overall around the 83% mark. We had seven missed tackles throughout the whole 80 minutes.

"To keep them scoreless, to come over here and play in front of a hostile crowd - I thought it was a great performance from the lads."

Catalans: Mead; Yaha, Gigot, Thornley, Tierney; Bird, Albert; Casty, McIlorum, Moa, Anderson, Wiliame, Garcia.

Replacements: Aiton, Bousquet, Simon, Jullien.

Warrington: Ratchford; Lineham, Goodwin, T. King, M. Brown; K. Brown, Roberts; Hill, Clark, Cooper, Westwood, Hughes, G. King.

Replacements: Murdoch-Masila, Akauola, Philbin, Livett.

Referee: Chris Kendall (RFL)

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