Warrington spoil McNamara's Super League homecoming
Warrington Wolves kept their Super 8s hopes alive with a 24-16 victory over Catalans Dragons - denying Steve McNamara a win on his Super League return.
Former England coach McNamara was taking charge of the Dragons for the first time since being appointed as their new boss, but the Wolves pulled away in the second half at the Halliwell Jones Stadium after a tight opening 40 minutes that ended with just two points separating the two sides.
Benjamin Jullien and Ryan Atkins touched down in the first half for Warrington as they slightly edged proceedings, but Richie Myler and Ian Thornley ensured there was little in it.
Atkins' second of the match extended the hosts' lead on the hour, Kurt Gidley kicking the extras to move Wire eight points clear.
Myler offered Catalans hope with his second try with 10 minutes remaining but Andre Savelio touched down to ensure a hard-fought win for Warrington.
Victory moves the Wolves onto 14 points after 19 games, just three adrift of Huddersfield Giants and Wigan Warriors in seventh and eighth respectively.
"The effort was enormous," said Warrington coach Tony Smith. "A few less errors today.
"There are a lot of twists and turns still to come. All we can do is concentrate on who we have to play that week."