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Catalan Dragons 15 St Helens 20: Saints hang on despite Puletua dismissal

Catalan Dragons 15 St Helens 20: Saints hang on despite Puletua dismissal

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UPDATED:

21:53 GMT, 20 July 2012

St Helens climbed above Catalan Dragons in the Stobart Super League table with a hard fought victory in the South of France.

The Merseyside club twice came from
behind and survived the sending off of Tony Puletua six minutes from
time to grab a 20-15 win.

The home side hit the front on six minutes through Vincent Duport, charging over from a set scrum play. Scott Dureau added the goal and then a further penalty goal three minutes later to put his side eight points up.

Saints hit back through a superb solo try from Lance Hohaia under the posts that saw the former Kiwi step, dance and flummox the Catalan would be defenders. Makinson added the simple conversion to narrow the lead.

The visitors then took the lead as Duport had a nightmare five minutes. First he presented a forward pass to Damien Blanch before the winger touched down. He then knocked on to give St Helens great field position and missed the all important tackle on Hohaia before the half-back sent out a long pass to send Francis Meli in at the corner. Makinson missed the tough conversion.

In a see-saw game, the home-side hit the front again with Sebastien Raguin first involved in the build up before backing up a scoop from Leon Pryce to receive the ball and dive over the line to score. Dureau added the conversion to see the Catalans head towards half time with a four point lead. As the hooter sounded, Dureau then added a drop goal to extend the Catalan lead to 15-10.

St Helens attacked from the off and were rewarded when Jonny Lomax came up with a superb short ball to the charging Chris Flannnery who touched-down behind the posts. Makinson added the conversion to see the Saints re-take the lead at 16-15.

Saints continued to attack and went over again six minutes later, a high kick Hohaia was allowed to bounce by the Catalan stand in full-back, Cryil Stacul, and Tommy Makinson managed to juggle the ball before putting it down over the line with one hand.

There was still time for controversy as Catalans got over the line three times only to see efforts for Damien Cardace, Raguin and Cardace again ruled out by the officials.

The two Cardace efforts sandwiched Puletua's sending off for St Helens as the officials ruled he had attacked Gregory Mounis' head in the tackle.

Catalan Dragons 34 Wakefield 10: Hosts within point of Warrington

Catalan Dragons 34 Wakefield 10: Hosts move to within point of Warrington

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UPDATED:

16:37 GMT, 30 June 2012

Double trouble: Steve Menzies scored a brave of tries

Double trouble: Steve Menzies scored a brave of tries

The Catalan Dragons closed within a point of Warrington with a battling Stobart Super League win over the Wildcats.

Damien Blanch (3), Steve Menzies (2) and Clint Greenshields scored the tries for the home side in the energy-sapping heat of Perpignan on Saturday afternoon.

It enabled the Dragons to reclaim third place from St Helens and made sure they took full advantage of last night's defeats for leaders Wigan and the second-placed Wolves.

An early mistake from Richard Mathers was punished by Vincent Duport, who drew in the defence and sent Blanch racing down the line to touch down in the fourth minute.

Menzies' first try was a superb intercept on his own 10-metre line, the 38-year-old racing the remaining 90 metres to touch down unopposed.

A superb individual effort from Ali Lauitiiti followed at the other end – the New Zealander used his superb handling skills to dummy, then his strength to power over the line despite Scott Dureau's best efforts to halt him.

Paul Sykes converted to narrow the gap to six points. Dureau who laid Menzies' second try on a plate, his short ball to the former Australian second row allowing Menzies to go through a gap in the Wakefield defence to score.

Dureau added his third conversion from as many attempts to give the hosts an 18-6 half-time lead.

From the restart, a high Dureau kick again caused havoc in the Wakefield defence and Peter Fox fumbled the ball twice under pressure before Greenshields put boot to ball for the Catalans and managed to win the race to touch the ball down under the posts to score and allow Dureau an easy conversion.

Wakefield responded with a try from second rower Kyle Trout, who managed to squeeze his way over.

Sykes hit the post with a challenging attempt at a conversion. With 15 minutes remaining, the hosts killed off Wakefield as Duport once again provided a superb offload to send in Blanch in the right corner.

Dureau nailed a touchline conversion to stretch the advantage to 30-10 and take the Dragons to the brink of victory.

With just six minutes left, a short goal-line drop out gifted the hosts field position and they made Wakefield pay as Ian Henderson and Greenshields combined to send Blanch in for his hat-trick try.

Dureau missed with the touchline effort but the win was secure at 34-10.

Salford 34 Catalan Dragons 30: Reds launch stunning fightback

Salford 34 Catalan Dragons 30: Reds launch stunning fightback

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UPDATED:

21:39 GMT, 1 June 2012

Two tries: Salford's Jodie Broughton

Two tries: Salford's Jodie Broughton

Salford claimed their second big-name scalp within a week with a sensational comeback victory over the Catalan Dragons.

Salford followed up their Magic
Weekend win over Huddersfield by denying Catalan the chance to move into
second spot in the Stobart Super League table and continue their own
push for a play-off place.

The Reds looked down and out as they
were blitzed in the opening exchanges and conceded four tries to trail
20-0 after just 24 minutes.

But the hosts then scored 28 points
without reply, despite being down to 11 men at one stage, as Daniel
Holdsworth and Vinnie Anderson were both sin-binned for dissent by
referee Steve Ganson.

Then in a frantic finale Catalan looked like getting the upper hand when Remi Casty touched down.

But back came the Reds and Jodie
Broughton's second try of the game on 70 minutes, converted by
Holdsworth gave the Reds an eight-point cushion which meant Vincent
Duport's late try was not enough for the Dragons.

Salford kept with the same 17 that
defeated Huddersfield 38-34 at the Magic Weekend with just one
positional change as Anderson started in the second row and Chris Nero
dropped to the bench.

Catalan picked up a number of
injuries during their win over London at the Etihad Stadium with Clint
Greenshields, Jamal Fakir and Mathias Pala all ruled out to add to
long-term absentees Damien Blanch, Setaimata Sa and Frederic Vaccari.

But the French side were given a triple boost by the return of Daryl Millard, Gregory Mounis and David Ferriol after their injury problems.

And it was Catalan who exploded out of the blocks with some excellent attacking play that saw them cross for two tries in the opening seven minutes.

Dureau instigated a crisp passing move along the line that ended with winger Millard crossing for the opening try of the night.

And it got even better for the Dragons two minutes later when a rampaging 40 metre midfield break by loose forward Jason Baitieri set up Scott Dureau to touch down, to which the scrum-half added the conversion to make it 10-0.

The Dragons continued to boss the opening exchanges and claimed their third try of the half on 16 minutes when more excellent passing between Sureau and Thomas Bosc created the space for winger Cyril Stacul to squeeze over in the corner to further increase their lead.

The one-sided feel to the game continued as the Dragons claimed a further try on 24 minutes when despite having three Salford players on his back prop forward Lopini Paea managed to crash over under the posts.

Bosc added the conversion to give his side a commanding 20-0 advantage. The home side finally came to life late in the half with two tries in two minutes to haul themselves back into the game.

Firstly centre Joel Moon claimed the home side's first try of the game on 28 minutes and then two minutes later a superb break by Luke Patten saw stand off Holdsworth collect his inside pass to score.

Holdsworth was on target with both conversions to cut the deficit to eight points at 20-12.

But having grabbed a foothold in the game Salford appeared to press the self destruct button as firstly Holdsworth was sent to the sin bin by referee Ganson in the 37th minute for dissent.

And two minutes later he was followed by team-mate Anderson for the same offence to leave the Reds with 11 men as the half-time hooter sounded.

Despite being two men short the Reds started the second half in explosive fashion when winger Jodie Broughton broke from deep inside his own half and Sean Gleeson was on hand to finish the move off and Matty Smith's conversion cut the deficit to just two points at 20-18.

And the amazing turnaround was complete four minutes later when still down to 11 men Leon Pryce fumbled possession and Broughton reacted quickest to scoop up the loose ball and race 40 metres to score to which Smith again goaled to make it 24 unanswered points for the home side.

And Salford made it 28 points without reply with a superb effort from Patten.

A try from Casty for the visitors gave some more anxious moments for the home side before a second from Broughton sealed an amazing win although the visitors had the final word with a late Duport try.