Wire thump Catalans to strengthen grip on second

Daryl Clark scored a superb solo try as Warrington Wolves thumped Catalans Dragons 34-4 on Saturday to strengthen their hold on second place in the Super League table.

The Wolves fell behind to a Fouad Yaha try at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, but that was to be as good as things got for Catalans, who failed to score thereafter.

In-form hooker Clark provided the highlight of the game when he scooted past several defenders for a fine four-pointer that cancelled out Yaha's opener.

Declan Patton added the extras to nudge the hosts ahead and kicked a second conversion after half-back partner Blake Austin had surged through the line and fended off Tony Gigot to go over.

The second half was then dominated by Warrington, who handed a debut to 17-year-old full-back Josh Thewlis with Stefan Ratchford injured, Jake Mamo suspended and Jack Johnson on the wing in place of the banned Tom Lineham.

Bryson Goodwin, Sitaleki Akauola and Josh Charnley all crossed for tries converted by Patton, who also landed two penalties to finish with 14 points.

Steve Price's side now sit six points clear of third-place Catalans and four behind leaders St Helens, who face Super League's bottom club, London Broncos, on Sunday.

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