Super League: Catalan Dragons hammer London Broncos in Manchester
Last Updated: 25/05/13 5:15pm
Scott Dureau made a winning return to action as he inspired the Catalan Dragons to a comfortable 46-18 win against London Broncos at the start of the Magic Weekend.
The Australian half-back, who returned for Dragons for the first time after having a tumour removed from behind his eye last September, scored an impressive 18 points to add to their seven tries.
The Dragons' size and power proved too much for the Londoners with exciting duo Morgan Escare and Frederic Vaccari scoring a brace apiece in the rout as the weekend jamboree at the Etihad Stadium got underway.
The rugby league fest, which is being staged for the second consecutive spring in Manchester, got off to the perfect start for Dureau, who was voted as the Super League's best scrum-half last season.
He intercepted Shane Rodney's pass from the scrum for the opening try of the match, before adding the extra points in bright sunshine.
Soon after, young French full-back Escare used his explosive pace to run clear of the Londoners' backline to add a second and his ninth of the year.
However, the Broncos, who had dominated possession from the start, responded almost immediately with a try from Chris Bailey and Michael Witt drilled the extra points.
And they squared things up when a high kick was collected by Witt who then cleverly broke a few tackles before going under the post.
Just before half-time, Scott Jerome's kick bounced horribly for Liam O'Callaghan and that allowed Daryl Millard to sneak over.
Catalans made a perfect start to the second period thanks to neat handling by Vaccari before diving over the whitewash to push them ten points clear.
And they soon took the game away from the Broncos as Steve Menzies not only won his side possession, but his offload sent Vaccari away for his second of the afternoon.
A lovely one-handed offload from Zeb Taia then sent Escare away for yet another score for the Dragons.
Kieran Dixon then showed tremendous pace to break a tackle before gathering his own kick and diving over for arguably the try of the game.
But Taia and Leon Pryce completed an emphatic victory for the Dragons' who recorded just their third Magic win in seven attempts.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St 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 HelensvsHuddersfield 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
Magic Weekend 2013
The best of Sunday's action from Super League's Magic Weekend at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott felt his side had a late try harshly ruled out in their 20-16 defeat to Wigan.
Wigan put an end to Leeds' perfect record at Magic Weekend with a hard-fought 20-16 triumph at the Etihad Stadium.
- Anderson: We owed them one
- Seven-try Giants tame Bulls
- Noble: Let's build on victory
- James double sinks Vikings
- Magic musings
- Smith thrilled for Morley
- Wolves rip Saints to shreds
- Hull hit back to stun Rovers
- Powell hopeful following win
- Tigers annihilate Wildcats
- Dureau thrilled with comeback
- Wane wants revenge on Leeds
- McDermott: No Leeds crisis
- Every angle covered
- City Reds v Vikings: Teams
- Rhinos v Warriors: Teams
- Bulls v Giants: Teams
- Powell ready for crucial test
- Wellens: Saints need to build
- Gentle aiming to end hoodoo
- Dragons v Broncos: Teams
- Hull FC v Hull KR: Teams
- Saints v Wolves: Teams
- Tigers v Wildcats: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent