Super League: Catalan Dragons hold on for win at London Broncos
Last Updated: 17/04/14 10:41pm
William Barthau: scored one try and created another for Catalan Dragons
William Barthau inspired Catalan Dragons to a 28-22 win against London Broncos, who have now lost all nine of their Super League games this season.
Barthau scored one try, created another and provided guile throughout as the French side held off a late rally, having been 28-4 ahead with just 12 minutes to play.
The Dragons were soon in their stride, winger Michael Oldfield darting in at the corner after Morgan Escare had twisted the Broncos defence inside and out on eight minutes.
The Londoners were showing plenty of grit, but a combination of handling errors and solid Catalan defence were keeping them at bay, Mason Caton-Brown being bundled into touch inches from the Dragons' line by a posse of French players four minutes later.
The Broncos were proving pretty solid in defence themselves, but were being pinned back by waves of Catalan pressure, conceding a series of goal-line drop-outs in the process.
That pressure finally counted though on 27 minutes, Zeb Taia muscling his way over from close range after Escare had wriggled free, Thomas Bosc again converting for a 12-0 advantage.
Minutes later the visitors added their third score, Barthau romping through a huge gap in the London defence to touch down at the posts.
The men from the capital finally got on the board as the opening half came to a close, Caton-Brown surging over after good work from James Cunningham.
London who came out brighter after the break, but despite spending the first five minutes camped in the Dragons half, they were unable to add a second score.
Having weathered that storm, the Catalans showed how it should be done on 48 minutes, seemingly sealing the points when Eloi Pelissier stormed over from dummy-half.
To their credit the Broncos did keep on pushing, but their attacking efforts were showing precious little in the way of creativity or guile, Atelea Vea spilling the ball close to the line on one foray forward.
In truth though the Dragons were still bossing the contest, Jeff Lima having a try chalked off for a forward pass when he cantered over on the hour mark.
But a fifth try did come on 65 minutes, Vincent Duport brushing off a host of would-be tacklers to squeeze in at the corner.
London did flicker into life once more after that, Caton-Brown showing great pace to sear home from half way on 68 minutes, with Nesi Mataitonga adding a further Broncos try four minutes later after the Dragons fumbled a Ben Farrar grubber.
In a frantic finale there was still time for a fourth London score as Denny Solomona crossed in the corner - but it proved mere consolation.
First Utility Super League
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants38 - 14Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings46 - 16Castleford Tigers
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 Devils0 - 0Castleford 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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