Nine-try Warrington beat Catalans in Qualifiers

From BBC - August 12, 2017

Warrington made it two wins from two in The Super 8s Qualifiers as they comfortably saw off Catalans Dragons at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Five first-half tries, including two for full-back Stefan Ratchford, put Wire 30-6 ahead at half-time.

The visitors almost matched them after the break, but ended up well beaten.

Ratchford, Ryan Atkins and Tom Lineham all crossed twice, with Wire's other tries from Matty Russell, Peta Hiku and Declan Patton, who kicked eight goals.

Krisnan Inu scored twice for Catalans, who also crossed through Remy Casty and Lewis Tierney, while Luke Walsh added four goals.

Veteran England forward Benny Westwood returned from a three-game suspension to make his 400th appearance for Warrington since moving from Wakefield in 2002.

Warrington began the qualifiers last weekend with victory at Widnes, while the Dragons edged home against London Broncos.

Warrington coach Tony Smith:

"Benny has not played for a month and I am not just mentioning him because it's his 400th game, which is a massive achievement in this day and age in a sport like ours - the way he performed was instrumental in our good start to the game.

"He put his hand up and showed his class. He's tough and uncompromising and I like coaching him and like having him in the team.

"I thought our attack in the first half was as good as we have shown this year but the second half was scrappy and disjointed and it was difficult to get into the flow of the game and I am not blaming my players for that.


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