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Byline: Gareth Walker

Catalan Dragons 40

Wakefield Trinity 6

ELLIOT WHITEHEAD'S hat-trick helped Catalans gain revenge over Wakefield and ended the Wildcats' five-match unbeaten run.

Back-rower Whitehead scored two tries in a 56-14 defeat at Wakefield back in March.

But the boot was firmly on the other foot as the Dragons completely blew away James Webster's side - inflicting his first defeat as coach and severely denting their play-off hopes.

Whitehead also had a fourth try ruled out, while prolific fullback Morgan Escare took his try tally for the season to 20.

Wakefield remain four points adrift of the top eight with seven matches to go, while the Dragons closed the gap on sixth-placed Huddersfield to one.

The game was effectively over at half-time, with two Whitehead tries helping the Dragons into a 28-0 lead.

The home side went ahead when superb offloads from Leon Pryce and Louis Anderson allowed Escare to race clear.

Whitehead scored his first when he stepped past Lee Gilmour, before Zeb Taia added another.

Whitehead crossed for his second moments before the half-time whistle.

It was same again in the second half with Escare running 70m to score.

Whitehead completed his hat-trick when he ran past Paul Sykes. The visitors finally found a response via Reece Lyne.

But this was emphatically Catalans' night, and the win proved a fitting response to their home defeat by Wigan last weekend.

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MINE'S A TREBLE: Hat-trick hero Elliot Whitehead

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