Catalans Dragons were dubbed the French Kangaroos after running in eight tries in a 42-28 win over Wakefield at Belle Vue.
The return of captain Remi Casty from an eight-month injury lay-off meant Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous was able to field 15 internationals in his 17-man squad, including former Kangaroos Todd Carney, Dave Taylor, Willie Mason and Glenn Stewart.
With Carney and Taylor leading the way, the star-studded Dragons coasted to a 26-0 lead after 25 minutes and, after withstanding a Wildcats fightback, they cut loose to run in three more tries, including two from full-back Tony Gigot, to wrap up a first away win of the season.
“I heard someone jokingly call the opposition the Catalans Kangaroos and they looked like Kangaroos on occasions,” Wakefield’s Australian coach Brian Smith said. “Their attacking performance was way too good for us.
“I was very disappointed with our defensive performance in the first half and, when we got ourselves back in the game, we let ourselves down with defensive problems.
“If you concede 42 points you are not going to win. That part was very disappointing, generally we’re better than that.
“The boys were still putting in at the end but you get no medals for trying. In professional sport you’ve got to be better than that.
“We’ve got to learn how to go with the opposition early doors in games. The opening part of the game is vital so it’s back to the drawing board for us.”
Despite conceding five tries, Frayssinous was happy with a rare away win for his side, who were victorious only twice on the road in 2015.
“I think we were very good for the first 20 minutes and, although we let in some soft tries, we leave with two points,” he said.
Frayssinous was delighted with the way Taylor is fitting into the Catalans team and is expecting further improvement from the bulky former Gold Coast Titans forward, who lived up to his nickname of the Coal Train with some devastating charges.
“He is very good with the ball and defensively he’s improving,” Frayssinous said. “He’s getting better and better each game. It’s up to us to make sure he fits in with our structure but he’s good for us.”