James Webster admitted he was ‘deflated’ after experiencing his first defeat as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach.
The Wildcats were outclassed by Catalan Dragons in Perpignan and went down to a heavy 40-6 loss.
Former Wakefield player Daryl Millard opened the scoring for the hosts, who went on to dominate the first half and take a 28-0 advantage into the break.
Tries from Morgan Escare and Zeb Taia and a double from Elliot Whitehead put the Dragons in control at the interval.
Escare bagged another on the resumption and Whitehead completed his hat-trick before Reece Lyne crossed for a consolation, converted by Paul Sykes.
After the game, Webster said: “I’m pretty deflated obviously, the team are obviously very disappointed they are out on their feet.
“We just weren’t able to handle the physicality of the Catalan. They are a very good strong, physical team.
“We’ve been able to get ourselves up week on week for five or six weeks now and today just seemed one game too many for us.”
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