Catalans Dragons stun Warrington Wolves in Challenge Cup final

Stefan Ratchford will be a major threat for Warrington at Wembley

Stefan Ratchford will be a major threat for Warrington at Wembley

Warrington stand in the way of the history-chasing Dragons, who are looking to go one better than their runners-up spot on their only previous trip to Wembley in 2007.

The former England worldwide had suffered defeat with both Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants and was on the beaten side once again as Catalans Dragons became the first non-British winners in the competition's 121-year history on Saturday.

Former Kiwi Sam Moa makes a surge for the Catalan Dragons.

Former England worldwide Kevin Brown says losing a Challenge Cup final for the third time was the worst feeling in his life.

Captain Remi Casty, the sole surviving player from the defeat by St Helens 11 years ago, is from from Narbonne, a 50-minute drive from Perpignan, but knows what impact a Cup triumph could have in the rugby-mad city.

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"It would be great for the area". We have been underdogs all year and we have been through so much and we have now won a Challenge Cup.

"They are all behind us, they want us to come back with the trophy".

Warrington responded with tries from Ben Murdoch-Masila and George King but Steve McNamara's side defended their six-point advantage heroically in the closing stages to become the first non-English side to lift the trophy.

"And from an worldwide perspective, the standard of the French players in our group has rapidly improved and it's great for their game as well".

Steve McNamara's men were good value for a 14-6 interval lead and they stretched that to 20-6 early in the second half before tiring alarmingly and in the end were grateful for the final whistle. "When you play in big games like this, you have to take your chances". McNamara, the ex-England and Bradford Bulls boss who was in charge when Catalans beat Leigh Centurions to avoid relegation in last year's Million Pound Match, paid tribute to Goudemand afterwards. It was very suffocating to be part of that game.

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