First Utility Super League: Catalan Dragons crush St Helens with late flourish
Last Updated: 14/06/14 11:36pm
Michael Oldfield scored a hat-trick of tries as Catalan Dragons hammered St Helens 42-0 at Stade Gilbert Brutus.
It was not quite as one-sided as the scoreline suggest, with the Dragons running in 34 points in the final 26 minutes as Saints capitulated in the closing stages in Perpignan.
Thomas Bosc added five conversions to his try, while Vincent Duport crossed twice and Ian Henderson and Daryl Millard each touched down once.
It was the hosts that opened the scoring in the eighth minute, Bosc's high kick was knocked on by St Helens' Tommy Makinson and Duport collected the ball and touched down in the corner.
Just two minutes later, Makinson had a try claim himself controversially ruled out as Paul Wellens' pass to the St Helens winger was ruled to have travelled forward.
The score remained 4-0 right up to the 38th minute despite the video referee being called up on a further four occasions, then on a last tackle play, Leon Pryce launched a bomb to the right corner and Oldfield outjumped Matt Dawson to
After the break St Helens looked the more dangerous and only last gasp tackles from Pryce and Louis Anderson prevented the visitors from scoring their first points of the night.
However, it was Catalans who extended their lead, as Duport shrugged off one defender to race over to score under the posts, with Bosc adding his first conversion to take the score to 14-0.
Just after the hour mark, the Dragons sealed the win, Henderson powering over from close range after good work by Jeff Lima.
With 12 minutes remaining, Catalans put on the try of the night, Eloi Pelissier scooting away down the short side, flicking the ball inside to Ben Pomeroy who raced clear, drew the cover and passed inside to the supporting Bosc who crossed for his 1,000th point for the Dragons in Super League.
Two minutes later, Catalans were adding the gloss to their win, Anderson breaking clear before passing inside to Morgan Escare who offloaded to the supporting Bosc.
This time Bosc chose to throw a long pass out to the right and Oldfield stepped inside to score in the corner.
With four minutes remaining, Daryl Millard broke away from the St Helens defence and raced clear to score under the posts before St Helens' misery was compounded with 20 seconds remaining as Oldfield completed his hat-trick.
First Utility Super League
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Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull 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
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