Catalans and St Helens enjoy strong wins

Elliott Whitehead scored a hat-trick of tries as the Catalan Dragons rebounded from their horror show a week earlier against Wigan to romp home with a 40-6 victory against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

The star of the show for the Dragons was former Bradford Bulls star Elliott Whitehead, who scored a hat-trick of tries as the Dragons had several stars missing through suspension or having been dropped.

Morgan Escaré scored two tries, while other tries were scored by Daryl Millard and Zeb Taia, with Sam Williams adding six goals.

The Wildcats, whose hopes for a top-eight finish were given a significant dent, scored a late try from Reece Lyne, with Paul Sykes adding a goal.

As expected in the capital St Helens were far too strong for London Broncos, easing to a 16-58 victory at The Hive.

St Helens scored eleven tries, although five of them came in the final 15 minutes when the Broncos visibly tired.

Percival got two, as did Turner and Dawson, while Amor, Wellens, Thompson, Soliola and Laffranchi scored one each, with Percival adding seven goals.

London’t tryscorers were Woodburn-Hall, Lovell and Solomona, with Drinkwater adding two goals.

Meanwhile Wigan had effectively ended Hull FC’s play-off hopes on Friday night with a convincing 56-10 victory at the DW Stadium.

The star of the show was George Williams, who scored three tries, while Manfredi touched down twice, and other tries were scored by Tierney, Charnley, Smith, Powell and Taylor, with Smith adding eight goals.

Talanoa and Watts scored tries for Hull, with Rankin adding one goal.

Full reports and photographs from all these matches will feature in Monday’s edition of Rugby League Express.