Super League: Catalans Dragons edge out Wakefield Trinity at Magic Weekend

Ben Garcia.
Ben Garcia's two tries proved vital as Catalans ultimately saw off a second-half Wakefield fightback
Betfred Super League
Wakefield Trinity (0) 18
Tries: Wood, Kirmond, Jones-Bishop Goals: Hampshire 3
Catalans Dragons (12) 25
Tries: Yaha, Gigot, Garcia 2 Goals: Gigot 4 Drop goal: Gigot

Catalans Dragons got the 2019 Magic Weekend under way with an entertaining victory against Wakefield at Anfield.

Fouad Yaha put Catalans ahead and they extended their lead before the break through Tony Gigot's try and goal.

Wakefield broke back moments after the restart through Kyle Wood and Danny Kirmond before Ben Garcia tipped the game in Catalans' favour once more.

Trinity levelled at 18-18 thanks to Ben Jones-Bishop but Gigot's drop goal and Garcia's second try won it for Dragons.

A week after a Super League record crowd of 31,555 watched Catalans' win against Wigan at Barcelona FC's Nou Camp, Steve McNamara's side made it two consecutive wins on the road.

Prior to his 15th-minute try, Yaha had crossed over for the Dragons in the early stages but video referee Robert Hicks judged he had been held up in the process of running to the corner.

There was controversy following Gigot's try when television replays appeared to show a forward pass prior to the Dragons full-back crossing over.

Wakefield made amends for a poor first half when they got on the board moments into the second period as good work down the wing from Mason Caton-Brown led to Wood touching down before Kirmond crossed moments later and a Ryan Hampshire penalty put Trinity ahead for the first time at 14-12.

Jones-Bishop's try then cancelled out Garcia's first score to set up a tense finale but Hampshire missed the conversion that would have put Wakefield back ahead.

Gigot then scored his second drop goal in as many Super League games to wrap up victory for Catalans prior to Garcia's late touchdown.

Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester:

"I'm disappointed not to get anything out of the game but I'm really pleased with the effort.

"I thought we were unlucky to be 12-0 down at half-time. We get pinged for a forward pass and then Kenny Edwards throws a pass that Tom Brady would have been proud of.

"I thought we were good in lots of areas, although we lacked a bit of smarts in the last 10 minutes."

Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara:

"We've been guilty this season of playing well in a couple of big games and really under-performing in the weeks after.

"Anyone who was in Barcelona last week could see how big that game was for our club. I knew we wouldn't be perfect today but we were good enough to win the game eventually.

"I knew we would be down on energy from last week but the players found a way to win at the end."

Wakefield Trinity: Jowitt; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Sa'u, Caton-Brown; Miller, Hampshire; Fifita, Wood, Kopczak, Ashurst, Kirmond, King.

Interchanges: Batchelor, England, Randell, Tanginoa.

Catalans Dragons: Gigot; Yaha, Mead, Wiliame, Tierney; Langi, Smith; Bousquet, Da Costa, Moa, Whitley, Garcia, Casty.

Interchanges: Edwards, Simon, Baitieri, Kasiano.

Referee: S. Mikalauskas