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.
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Castleford Tigers16 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
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Leeds Rhinos36 - 16Hull K R
Salford Red Devils18 - 34Warrington Wolves
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Catalans Dragons58 - 16Wigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
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St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
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Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
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Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
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Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
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Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
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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 R0 - 0Hull 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
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