Wakefield Wildcats storm to victory at Catalans Dragons

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CHRIS Dean and Frankie Mariano ran in a brace of tries apiece to steer Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to a fine 38-14 Super League XVI win at Catalans Dragons.

The Wildcats went into the game having been docked four points on Friday as a result of going into administration but head coach John Kear was delighted with his team’s “intensity and focus” as they produced an impressive display in Perpignan.

The visitors got off to a blistering start thanks to tries from Mariano and Kevin Penny, both improved by Josh Veivers who added a penalty to put Wakefield 14-0 up.

Sebastien Raguin opened Dragons’ account with a try and Scott Dureau bagged the conversion and a penalty to cut the deficit to six points at the break.

Dean went over in the corner to extend Wakefield’s lead again in the second half and Mariano latched onto a loose ball to race over, Veivers again converting.

Dean bagged his second try of the game seven minutes later and despite a brief rally from Catalans in which Cyril Stacul crossed and Dureau converted, Wakefield ended the game in style with late tries from Kieran Hyde and Luke George.

Read Friday’s Wakefield Express for more news from the Wakefield Wildcats.