FULL TIME: Catalan Dragons 12 Warrington Wolves 14 - all the action as it happened (From Warrington Guardian)
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FULL TIME: Catalan Dragons 12 Warrington Wolves 14 - all the action as it happened
This live event has finished
- Wolves go into the play-offs on the back of a bruising success at the Stade Gilbert Brutus
That was tough.
A wet night, a physical Catalan side, a partizan home crowd, a referee awarding a penalty count 12-3 against Wolves but yet Tony Smith's side come out on top.
It is just the performance Tony Smith needed from his men going into the play-offs.
No surprise that the players are receiving standing ovation from the Wolves fans packed into the North Stand.
"We shall not be moved" they are chanting out.
It's going to be a good night in Perpignan for the primrose and blue army.
FULL TIME: Catalan Dragons 12 Warrington Wolves 14
Dureau kick ends up in Michael Monaghan hands
Last throw of the dice for the French
Penalty to Catalan
Micky Higham has knocked on going over the line from dummy half, 58 seconds remaining
One minute to go, Wolves are attacking the line
Smart play as Wolves force six more from a Michael Monaghan grubber but Catalan have won possession from a short kick
Stand up if you love Wires is the chant from the North Stand
Penalty to Wolves - hooray!
Four minutes to go and Catalan have kicked the ball straight into touch without bouncing
Scott Dureau misses a 19m penalty goal that could have levelled the scores
Another two Catalan penalties on the run, conceded by Micky Higham and Bennie Westwood
TRY: Wolves have struck back, catching out Catalan on their right flank. Again Brett Hodgson was involved, chiming into nthe line to accept a pass from Stefan Ratchford and slinging a wide ball for Chris Riley to hare over with a dive into the surface water. The missed conversion leaves Wolves 14-12 in front with 72 minutes played.
Lee Briers has been substituted, Micky Higham is back on and Michel Monaghan has gone to scrum half
Nothing to show for Wolves' set with a Lee Briers kick being a little too long for Chris Riley to do much with and now Catalan have been awarded a penalty again to relieve the pressure. I currently make it 9-2 in the penalty count in favour of the home team. It just goes to show what a difference a huge din can make from the home crowd
Leon Pryce has fumbled on his own 30m line. Wolves need to show compsure and hit back
TRY: It had to be that man Steve Menzies. He's got the touch to Scott Dureau's grubber kick and 'Menzies, Menzies, Menzies' is being bellowed out all around the ground. Dureau's conversion puts Catalan ahead for the first time, 12-10 after 63 minutes.
A Paul Wood high tackle on Remi Casty has piggy-backed Catalan down to Wolves' try line
No, no, no, Wolves fans - not the national anthem again. Last time they sang that Scott Dureau intercepted and scored
Scott Dureau has responded in kind from the scrum, the dropped ball giving Wolves a sigh of relief and the wrestle continues
Wolves are under the cosh and the noise level has erupted following a Rhys Evans knock on deep inside his own half
Another left-wing Catalan break has fallen down with a poor inside pass
Keep at it boys #wire— @MitchLears 07 September 2013
A Lee Briers grubber earned Wolves six more tackles from a deflection but Paul Wood was penalised for using Garreth Carvell as a foil when a try looked on the cards.
This is a key arm wrestle at the moment. First team to break could end up losers.
Catalan have just made a right mess of a scoring opportunity after getting round the outside of Rhys Evans from an overlap. If Brent Webb had gone alone he may well have scored but waited for support, the ball went to ground and Bennie Westwood was there to tidy up
The chance to score has gone with a Bennie Westwood spillage
A Lee Briers kick to the corner flag has just a few too many legs on it for Rhys Evans, but a good effort and Wolves are on the attack again
Penalty count is mounting up in favour of Catalan but a well-aimed tackle by Adrian Morley has forced a knock on and could well have saved his side time spent defending their own line
Teams are back out on the pitch for the second half. Come on Wolves! More jeers for Bentham
good first half considering weather conditions,10-6🏈 #wire— @kate_07X 07 September 2013
Might not get out of here alive! Cheers Bentham!! #wire— @kopitedave 07 September 2013
Bentham’s not making any friends over in France. Couple of calls could have easily gone the other way& looked like Hodgson missed that #Wire— @Cterristaylor 07 September 2013
The Catalan team mascot has just took his head off and got down on one knee on the pitch - and she said yes. Cue the 'orrrhhhhhh' response from all around the ground
Not a bad half considering the conditions of non-stop rain and splash spots all over the pitch.
Both sides have had a try ruled out that looked good and each team has enjoyed spells of pressure deep inside their opponents' territory.
Wolves have looked the most dangerous closer to the try line and their defence has been strong to contain a big and physical French team.
The kicking game will continue to be crucial in the second half and that Scott Dureau score minutes before the interval may help the Dragons to grow a leg.
Wolves could do with scoring first in the second period because otherwise the home side could get on a roll. And they will certainly lifted by their highly partizan supporters who don't half make a roar of noise when anything goes against or for their team.
Simon Grix has been a stand-out performer in the first 40 minutes. Worked his socks off and his defensive work has had an impact in forcing lost possession or drop outs on several occasions.
HALF-TIME: Catalan Dragons 6 Warrington Wolves 10
Wolves have been penalised for a ball steal. Just over two minutes until the half time hooter
Michael Monaghan's first touch - a trademark charge down to a Leon Pryce kick. Wolves could respond here.
TRY: Scott Dureau has just lit up the stadium and raised hopes for Catalan with an 80-metre interception try from Wolves' left flank. The home fans erupted and roared him home as Rhys Evans attempted to cut across the field and reach him. Dureau got his breath back to add the conversion and make it 10-6 to Wolves after 38 minutes
Wolves fans just signalled the final few moments of the half with a hearty rendition of God Save The Queen
Brett Hodgson has just had a lucky escape after he appeared to miss touching down Scott Dureau's grubber ahead of Steve Menzies racing in to score. Referee Phil Bentham said the Warrington full back had got the touch first, but TV replays in the stadium beg to differ.
Adrian Morley's first hit - a high tackle on Remi Casty and the incident has been placed on report
Scott Dureau may have just turned the tide with a 40/20 kick
For anyone who is wondering - it is still raining
TRY: Wolves are over again, although controversailly according to the booing French fans. Lee Briers stabbed a kick through, it rebounded off a player, Bennie Westwood spilled the ball backwards as he tried to retrieve it but Micky Higham regathered and fed the ball to Stefan Ratchford who fired over between two defenders from close range. Brett Hodgson converted, 10-0 after 27 minutes.
Another big hit by Simon Grix forces a Catalan spillage on their own 30m
The physio has given a thumbs-up - Briers is carrying on. Wolves need him but Brett Hodgson has just taken over the tactical kicking and his punt to the corner flag and the wonderful chase from Simon Grix and Stefan Ratchford has left Brent Webb pummelled over his own line
Oh no, this doesn't look good. Lee Briers is holding is right arm - he's in trouble and receiving treatment on the pitch
Wolves were building for another attack but a Paul Wood knock on around the home 30m line has broken the set down
Bennie Westwood has a try ruled out by the video referee Ian Smith. Looked like he got downward pressure on Lee Briers' kick to me.
The way the game as started - it will be the team making the least mistakes in the conditions that will go on to win
Brett Hodgson is unable to convert so it's 4-0 after 14 minutes.
TRY: From the penalty Wolves ship the ball right and Brett Hodgson's involvement creates the extra man for Chris Bridge to hand over to Rhys Evans in space and he slides over in the corner. Video referee confirms 'essai' which is 'try' in French.
Lee Briers has set another belting kick over the Catalan line and from a home knock on Stef Ratchford kicked ahead but the ball spun away from him. A penalty has been awarded to Wolves anyway.
Ian Henderson spills at the play-the-ball, so another let off for Wolves 20 metres from their own line
Remi Casty knock on relieved the pressure but now Wolves have done the same
Wolves are under the cosh - second penalty to Dragons
Ian Henderson seemed to have a problem at dummy half and stopped running, but it didn't stop Bennie Westwood racing in to finish him off
First penalty goes to Catalan
Crunch! Chris Bridge has just been decked by a beefy challenge from Greg Mounis that has left the Wolves centre a little dazed
Lee Briers' kick to end Wolves' first set is immaculate and a drop out is forced but Paul Wood knocks on from the first tackle and Catalan turn the tide on the visitors, forcing a drop out at the other end. There are splash areas all over the pitch
Wolves fans have filled one half of the North Stand - great turnout and making themselves heard. Lee Briers is about to kick off
Wolves fans have filled one half of the North Stand - great turnout and making themselves heard. Lee Briers is about to kick off
Menzies and Casty arrive on the pitch on their own to rapturous applause from all around the ground. The atmosphere is electric. Wolves will do well to silence this crowd tonight
A big banner - Dragons de Legende - featuring pictures of Steve Menzies and Remi Casty (Catalan skipper who is joining Sydney Roosters next season) sits in front of the tunnel for the players to smash their way through as they enter the playing arena. But it's all about the Joel Monaghan song for the primrose and blue army - do they realise he's not playing, or just love the song anyway
The Catalonian anthem is now playing, blood orange and daffodil yellow coloured cardsare being held high by all the Dragons fans - it looks quite a sight. This is definitely rugby league with a different flavour
Wolves fans are on their feet and singing the Joel Monaghan song. #singingintherain
We're just 15 minutes away from kick off and the atmosphere is building up nicely.
Massive chears for Steve Menzies as the announcer reads out his name - even from the Wolves fans, which is a nice touch for a guy who is such a legend of the game from his days in the NRL with Manly, at international level with Australia and in Super League with Bradford and Catalan.
Of course, tonight it is Menzies final league game before he retires - a stunning career that goes back to 1993 for his NRL debut
The teams are now warming up and the rain is still teaming down - I'm starting to sound like the weather man but the conditions are going to play such a big part in tonight's round 27 of Super League
Even the rain isn't killing the atmosphere #wire #perpignon http://t.co/ELZOgmJVL4— @JayneSpruce 07 September 2013
I didn't sign up for this weather!! Like Warrington only warmer! #wire— @kopitedave 07 September 2013
Just seen Jesus in a Catalans shirt! #wire #warringtonwolves— @Pauljenkins1967 07 September 2013
Good start to the weekend earlier today, with the under 19s winning their play-offs opener against Huddersfield Giants 34-10. They face St Helens next weekend, on a date yet to be confirmed. A club double with a win in France tonight would be a great reward for the 1,000 or so Wolves fans who have made the journey and are starting to makethemselves heard in the North Stand.
So, Wolves are looking strong with the side Tony Smith has selected.
No Joel Monaghan tonight. I'm led to believe there's no major issue, but will have to confirm with Tony after the final hooter.
But the long awaited return of Ryan Atkins will be a welcome sight to Wolves fans, and Smith obviously had to leave someone out to find him a spot that he needs to gain match fitness in preparation for the play-offs.
And no doubt Smith would have wanted to give Rhys Evans another run and his return from injury last week, so he takes over from Joel on the right wing after having shone at left centre against St Helens last week.
Dragons team: Brent Webb; Frederic Vaccari, Steve Menzies, Vincent Duport, Morgan Escare; Leon Pryce, Scott Dureau, Julian Bousquet, Ian Henderson, Remi Casty, Zeb Taia, Elliott Whitehead, Greg Mounis. Subs: Eloi Pelissier, Jamal Fakir, Lopini Paea, Benjamin Garcia
Wolves team: Brett Hodgson; Rhys Evans, Chris Bridge, Ryan Atkins, Chris Riley; Lee Briers, Stefan Ratchford, Paul Wood, Micky Higham, Chris Hill, Ben Westwood, Trent Waterhouse, Simon Grix. Subs: Adrian Morley, Michael Monaghan, Garreth Carvell, Mike Cooper.
I do apologise about the lack of pictures on tonight's live blog. It's going to be words only. Pictures of the fans will be published in separate articles on this same Wolves section of warringtonguardian.co.uk
Yes, I've just doub le checked, we've now got pools of water at the side of the pitch. We're going to have some slipping and sliding tonight. Hope Tony's backroom staff have brought some long studs with them for the players.
We're waiting for the confirmed teamsheets. Should have the Wolves and Catalan line-ups very shortly. It will be interesting to see the sheets. Past visits have resulted in teamsheets showing Adrian Morley at centre, Chris Riley at prop forward etc
When a job’s got to be done, you’ve just got to get on with doing it. Wolves boss Tony Smith has just walked from one end of the pitch to the other in the driving rain. He looked to be checking out the sponginess of the pitch after the lashing it has had and he’s looking rather wet.
IF Warrington Wolves wanted an almighty test before heading into the play-offs – then they’ve got it in the south of France tonight.
The Stade Gilbert Brutus is a tough place to come to and get a win at any time.
But I think the conditions tonight are going to add to the size of Wolves’ task.
We’ve had a mighty thunder storm dipping in and out of the area all afternoon – so much so that we almost lost daylight around 3pm UK time (4pm locally) such was the hangover of black clouds.
So tonight we’re going to find out if Wolves have learnt any lessons from some poor performances in wet weather recently, especially that disaster at home to Widnes Vikings last month.
Another issue is referee Phil Bentham.
We learnt an equation when Bentham officiated Wolves v Widnes in the wet followed a week later by his handling of the Challenge Cup Final between Wigan and Hull at Wembley – also in the wet.
Bentham + wet = slow play-the-balls + knock-on-athon = dour match.
Wolves’ kick-and-chase game will be crucial tonight, as it will be throughout the play-offs series.
Kevin Sinfield kept Wolves to death in the Grand Final last year, Daniel Holdsworth did the same for Hull against Tony Smith’s men in this season’s Challenge Cup semi final.
If Wolves can get that part of their game right tonight and over the next month, I’ve got no doubts we can see Adrian Morley finish his Wolves career by lifting the Super League silverware at Old Trafford in October. What a way to go that would be!
Come on you Wolves!
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