|Catalans Dragons (20) 36|
|Tries: Mead 3, Yaha, Garcia, Whitley Goals: Maloney 6|
|Wakefield Trinity (6) 24|
|Tries: Pitts, Jowitt, Arona, Miller Goals: Hampshire 4|
David Mead scored a hat-trick of tries as Catalans Dragons beat Wakefield Trinity to set up a Challenge Cup quarter-final against Salford.
Josh Drinkwater created Catalans’ three first-half touchdowns, two of them for Mead and the other for Fouad Yaha, while Jay Pitts replied for Wakefield.
Max Jowitt’s score took Trinity back within eight points, only for the French club to pull clear once more.
Ben Garcia, Mead and Matt Whitley all crossed in the last 25 minutes.
Tinirau Arona and Jacob Miller grabbed late consolations for Trinity, but the game was already long gone.
Catalans thrashed Wakefield 58-0 in Super League seven days prior to their Challenge Cup meeting but this, despite another wide gap in the scoreline, was a much more competitive and feisty affair played in wet conditions in Huddersfield.
Drinkwater’s kicking was on point throughout, leading to four of Catalans’ six tries.
Wakefield briefly threatened a second-half comeback but a quick trio of scores from Catalans, coming immediately after both teams had a player sin-binned for 10 minutes following a melee, sent the tie firmly in the Dragons’ favour.
Three of the quarter-finals have now been confirmed, with Wigan awaiting the winners of the one outstanding sixth-round tie between Hull FC and Castleford.
That game was also scheduled to take place on Saturday, but was postponed and will now be played on Sunday, 13 September after several Hull players tested positive for Covid-19 last week.
Catalans: Mourgue; Davies, Mead, Folau, Yaha; Maloney, Drinkwater; Maria, McIlorum, Casty, Whitley, J Tomkins, Garcia.
Interchanges: Jullien, Goudemand, Baitieri, Kasiano.
Wakefield: A Walker; Jowitt, Croft, Tupou, Senior; Hampshire, Miller; Fifita, K Wood, Arona, Pitts, Ashurst, Westerman.
Interchanges: Crowther, Navarrete, Tangata, Kopczak.
Referee: Chris Kendall