12th August 2017, 17:54 | super_league

The Wire down Dragons

The Wire down Dragons

Warrington Wolves 52-24 Catalans Dragons

Declan Patton claimed a personal haul of 20 points as he inspired Warrington Wolves to a thumping 52-24 victory over Catalans Dragons in the Qualifiers Super 8s at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Patton claimed a try and landed eight goals from nine attempts as well as creating tries for Ryan Atkins and Stefan Ratchford with some pinpoint kicking.

Ratchford, Atkins and Tom Lineham all claimed two tries for the Wolves with others coming from Matty Russell and Peta Hiku in a convincing performance.

Warrington followed up their win over local rivals Widnes Vikings to make it two victories from two against Betfred Super League opposition in the Qualifiers.

It was a disappointing afternoon for the Dragons whose efforts were rewarded with two tries from Krisnan Inu with Remi Casty and Lewis Tierney also touching down and four goals from Luke Walsh.

Wolves head coach Tony Smith said: "Declan had his best game by a long shot this year. He did really well and was class, particularly in the first half.

"He executed really well and is still a young developing player and still has plenty to learn that's for sure. But that was by far his best performance and he can build on that."

Smith also reserved special praise for veteran forward Ben Westwood, saying: "Benny hasn't played for a month and I'm 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."

Catalans head coach Steve McNamara said: "They blew us away physically at the start of the game and the scoreboard went way too far against us.

"I thought there was a response from us in the second half and we showed some resolve but ultimately we were clearly second best.

"We played a good team today who played very well and we were flat at the start and paid the price.

"Going into the middle eights we had played very well against Wigan, Castleford and St Helens without getting the results so we felt we were close, but today it felt like we were a million miles off."