Super League: Catalan Dragons too hot for Huddersfield Giants
Last Updated: 22/03/14 9:44pm
Thomas Bosc: kicked five out of six goals for the Dragons
Catalan Dragons ended a run of five straight defeats with a 30-14 victory over Huddersfield in the South of France.
Catalan had not won since August 17 last year and had lost all five games in their worst start to a Super League season.
But they were well worth their win as they ran in five tries against last season's table-toppers.
Louis Anderson played a starring role for Catalan with two tries and committed defence, but this was a team effort from the first minute to the last.
From the off, the Catalan forwards dominated their opponents - and they kept that up throughout the game.
Catalan opened the scoring on the quarter hour with Eloi Pelissier and Morgan Escare creating a gap for Zeb Taia to charge through to score down the left hand side, with Thomas Bosc adding the conversion.
The Dragons scored again four minutes later, Bosc's short ball to Louis Anderson saw the former Kiwi international charge over the Huddersfield try-line. Bosc's conversion doubled the lead.
Just after the half hour mark, a Bosc penalty increased the Catalan lead after Huddersfield infringed at the play the ball, leaving the half-time score at 14-0.
Five minutes after the break, Anderson scored the try of the game, Elliott Whitehead, Pelissier, Lopini Paea, Taia and Mathias Pala all involved as the ball was sent one way then the other before Anderson got his hands on the ball and dived over to score. Bosc converted.
The game was sealed on the hour, Pala breaking away down the left before passing inside to Escare - who dived over.
Huddersfield did come back into the game, Scott Grix scoring with 15 minutes remaining and Danny Brough converting to register the Giants' first points of the game and reduce the deficit to 24-6.
The Giants scored again without the Dragons touching the ball, Brough's long pass finding Brett Ferres, who powered his way over to score and narrow the hosts' lead further.
However, the nerves of the home supporters were eased with five minutes remaining when Whitehead pounced on Pelissier's kick through.
The Giants did have the last say, Jodie Broughton scoring in the left corner in the final moments of the game to take the final score to 30-14.
First Utility Super League
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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