Super League: Catalans Dragons survive Catleford Tigers comeback
Last Updated: 20/05/13 11:50am
Steve Menzies for the Catalan Dragons
Catalans Dragons survived a strong Castleford comeback to see-off the Tigers 39-30 at the Stade Gilbert Brutus down in Perpignan.
The home side bounced out of the traps and dominated the first 40 minutes to build up what looked like an unassailable 30-6 lead by half time, but the Tigers came bouncing back.
The visitors had pulled two tries back within seven minutes of the re-start, and with two more later on they had reduced the gap down to just a converted try at 36-30 with just nine minutes left.
Thomas Bosc popped up with a timely drop-goal seven minutes from the end to ease some of the French nerves, and his penalty three minutes from time killed off the Castleford comeback.
Bosc kicked seven goals and one drop-goal in all to go along with the six tries the Dragons scored through six different scorers.
Daryl Millard crossed the whitewash after just three minutes, and he was followed by Vincent Duport, Louis Anderson, Steve Menzies and Morgan Escare in their rampant first half display.
Jordan Thompson got the Tigers on the board after just eight minutes to level early on, but they were left shell-shocked by the Catalans onslaught as they failed to score again in the first half.
After re-grouping during the interval, Thompson crossed again on 45 minutes and Justin Carney followed him over just two minutes later.
Eloi Pelissier then responded for Catalans but Castleford were on a roll and Daryl Clarke got another try back before Carney's second, converted by Jamie Ellis, made it a six-point game.
Bosc had the final say though as Castleford pushed for a dramatic finish, and his two kicks secured the win for the hosts.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013 Round 15
St Helens coach Nathan Brown has urged his side to build on their 30-22 comeback win over Leeds.
St Helens staged a remarkable fightback to secure an unlikely 30-22 victory over Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.
Hull KR produced a dominant second-half display to beat Wakefield 44-18 and end a three-match losing run in style.
- McDermott backs youngsters
- Rhinos v Saints: Teams
- Warriors blow away Broncos
- Purtill - Job done by Giants
- Gentle - We've been building
- Bradford race to Salford win
- Giants tower over Vikings
- Hull rally to silence Wolves
- Hull KR v Wakefield: Teams
- Smith relishing Hull FC test
- Dragons v Tigers: Teams
- Broncos v Warriors: Teams