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Men's Rugby League McNamara not getting carried away after Dragons down Wakefield

CATALANS boss Steve McNamara is only focused on his team’s results after the Dragons boosted their top-eight hopes with a 35-18 win at Wakefield yesterday.

The Dragons recorded a seventh win in nine games and moved level with their sixth-placed opponents with three games left in the Super League season.

First-half tries from Greg Bird, Benjamin Jullien, David Mead and Brayden Wiliame helped the visitors into a 22-12 interval lead.

Wakefield scored through Justin Horo (two) and Tom Johnstone but Wiliame completed his brace in the final quarter and Fouad Yaha also went over in the closing stages.

McNamara said: “You win a game and you’re elated for a couple of hours but then you realise you have to go again.

“There are a few teams in and around us, so we’ve just got to keep winning.

“There are a million permutations, so you’ve just got to keep turning up and winning games.

“We’ll stay in England and prepare for the Warrington game on Thursday.

“If we keep playing well and don’t fall in love with ourselves — there is no danger of that whatsoever — we’ll be OK. We know that, regardless of what happens elsewhere.”

Catalans’ display delighted their manager.

“I thought it was one of our better recent performances because Wakefield is a really tough place to come,” McNamara said.

“They have been very good at home and this was a very hot day, but I thought we handled it really well.

“After we conceded initially, we gained complete control right up until the half-time hooter when they scored, which was a mini-disaster for us.

“We recovered from that, and the sin-binning of Lewis Tierney early in the second half, and managed to win comfortably in the end.

“We were pretty clinical in the first half and took our chances pretty well, which you have to do against good sides like Wakefield.”


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