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Joel Monaghan was embarrassed with man of the match award for Warrington Wolves against Catalan Dragons
JOEL Monaghan was embarrassed at being named man of the match against Catalan Dragons, said his boss.
Tony Smith withdrew his star Australian winger early in the second half due to an upper leg injury, so he had received the recognition for 'half a match'.
But in the opening 40 minutes he had scored two tries, the first being his 100th on his 100th appearance, to help establish a runaway 24-0 lead.
“It’s an incredible strike rate and it’s enough to give him man of the match I reckon,” said Smith with a cheeky smile on his face.
“He’s a little embarrassed about it, but I think it was done for his 101st try.
“Joel’s been terrific for us and it’s some achievement.
“I was trying to think how many years I’d have had to have played to score 101, and I reckon it would be about 310 years.
“He’s been a great servant of our club. He’s a world-class winger and he’s doing a pretty good job at centre at the moment.”
Smith highlighted other individual performances too.
“Chris Bridge and Stefan Ratchford were really good in the halves,” he said.
“Stef did some really good things after having a few weeks off and we’ve missed some of his abilities.
“Chris is going well in the half-back position, doing a good job for us at the moment.
“I thought his kicking game was outstanding. It’s taken him a little while to get into top gear but he’s certainly around there now.
“And Chris Hill just keeps on coming up with performance after performance, whether we’re winning by a lot or losing by a few at stages. He’s doing a very good job for us.”
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