Super League: Warrington Wolves beat Catalans Dragons 56-6 in cup final 'dress rehearsal'
|Betfred Super League|
|Warrington Wolves (22) 56|
|Tries: Charnley, Lineham 3, M Brown, K Brown, Roberts, King, Patton, Philbin Goals: Patton 8|
|Catalans Dragons (0) 6|
|Tries: Mead Goals: Albert|
Warrington hammered a weakened Catalans Dragons outfit in a one-sided dress rehearsal for their Challenge Cup final later this month.
Tries from Josh Charnley, Mitch Brown and two from Tommy Lineham put Wolves 22-0 up at half-time.
Kevin Brown, Tyrone Roberts, Toby King, Declan Patton and Joe Philbin then ran in tries before David Mead responded.
Lineham, however, completed victory with his third against a side that included three Super League debutants.
Catalans coach and former England boss Steve McNamara chose to rest a number of key figures, with Dragons' top metre-maker Julian Bousquet, the prolific Fouad Yaha and the instrumental Josh Drinkwater missing out after helping secure a Challenge Cup final spot with a stunning win over St Helens five days earlier.
Instead, Robin Brochon, Arthur Mourgue and Ugo Martin were brought in for what proved a chastening top-flight bow.
Despite Steve Price also making changes to the side that beat Leeds in the last four of the cup earlier in the week, the halves combination of Kevin Brown and Tyrone Roberts ensured the hosts maintained their impressive form.
Charnley's opening effort saw him move up to equal 10th on list of Super League's all-time top try scorers.
Dragons held firm until the 28th minute, but Lineham fine diving finish triggered the scoring spree which finished with him completing his hat-trick in the final minute.
Warrington head coach Steve Price:
"I fully understand that Catalans had to rest some players, as we did. But I was very pleased with the attitude of the players who took the opportunity to get a lot of game time. There were some really positive signs.
"It will be a totally different story when we meet again in the Challenge Cup.
"We are still playing for two trophies and we have to manage our way through the next two weeks until Wembley and I fully understand what Steve (McNamara) had to do tonight (regarding team selection)."
Catalans head coach Steve McNamara:
"It was an extreme circumstances for us. The players were given an impossible task and there was a big gulf in class between the two teams.
"But it was a great night for some of the players and the experience they have gained. We had two players out there who played for France Under-19s in Serbia earlier this week.
"We were struggling with injuries in what was our third consecutive game in England. Teams complain about travelling to France but it has been hard for us too. We had to make significant changes but without doubt we will be a stronger team for the game against Wigan.
"Given the intensity of the semi-final last week it was the right thing for us to do."
Warrington Wolves: M Brown; Lineham, T King, Goodwin, Charnley; K Brown, Roberts; Hill, Patton, Westwood, Livett, Hughes, Thompson.
Replacements: Clark, Philbin, Akauola, G. King.
Catalans Dragons: Brochon; Thornley, Mead, Duport, Martin; Mourgue, Albert; Simon, Da Costa, Maria, Perez, Goudemand, Baitieri.
Replacements: Casty, Garcia, Margalet, Belmas.
Referee: Ben Thaler.