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Castleford 26 Catalan Dragons 46

Castleford 26 Catalan Dragons 46: Tigers suffer sixth successive defeat

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UPDATED:

16:45 GMT, 2 September 2012

Ryan Hudson, Nick Youngquest and Stuart Jones all scored tries on their farewell home appearances for Castleford but it was not enough to prevent their team going down to a sixth successive Super League defeat.

Tigers captain Danny Orr, another man playing his last match at the Probiz Coliseum as he edges closer to retirement, also got on the scoresheet with three goals but the Catalan Dragons were in no mood for sentiment as they cruised to victory.

Full-back Clint Greenshields and winger Damien Blanch both scored hat-tricks as the French side secured their first away win for two months to reclaim fourth place in the table, while the Tigers are in serious danger of collecting the wooden spoon in coach Ian Millward's first season.

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Trailing 40-12 after an hour, Castleford rallied to score three tries in the final quarter to add respectability to the scoreline.

There was also an impressive performance from reigning Man of Steel Rangi Chase on only his second appearance in almost three months while hooker Daryl Clark showed some nice touches on his comeback after spending more than three months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

But the Catalans, who gave a debut to forward Antoni Maria, always looked a class apart, despite the absence of the injured Leon Pryce.

It looked so easy for the visitors from the moment second rower Setaimata Sa put centre Vincent Duport through a yawning gap in the Castleford defence for the opening try after seven minutes.

The Dragons then demonstrated their counter-attacking brilliance when second rower Louis Anderson picked up a loose ball 20 metres from his own line and combined with Daryl Millard, Greenshields and Scott Dureau to get Blanch over in the other corner for his first try.

Hudson kept the Tigers in touch when he won the race to Orr's grubber kick and Jones took Chase's pass to stretch out for a try but the visitors were always in control.

Castleford's cause was not helped when scrum-half Jamie Ellis went off with an arm injury midway through the first half and their suspect defence cracked three more times more before the break.

Dureau picked out Sa with a pinpoint kick, Greenshields raced over for his first and Blanch shrugged off Lee Mitchell's weak tackle to grab his second try on the stroke of half-time.

Greenshields then scored his second try, courtesy of an inside pass from Bosc, nine minutes into the second half and he completed his hat-trick six minutes later after supporting a break from Duport.

With Dureau taking his goal tally to six from seven attempts to make it 40-12, Castleford were staring at a heavy defeat but they were in no mood to roll over.

Orr and Hudson combined to get Youngquest over at the corner before a superb pass by Chase created a try for Grant Millington, who then turned provider for full-back Richard Owen to score the Tigers' fifth try four minutes from the end.

Orr failed with his last two conversion attempt and the Catalans had the final say when Blanch sprinted down the touchline to complete his hat-trick and Dureau kicked his seventh goal.

Hull FC 30 Catalan Dragons 10: Black and Whites close on top four

Hull FC 30 Catalan Dragons 10: Black and Whites home in on top four spot

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UPDATED:

17:14 GMT, 12 August 2012

Hull FC dismantled a powerful Catalan Dragons side at the KC Stadium in a convincing win that displayed their credentials of claiming a top-four spot.

The Black-and-Whites closed the gap between themselves and the French side to two points as Ben Crooks grabbed his fourth try in as many games and Jamie Foster scored 14 points.

Willie Manu grabbed the first try of the match before Vincent Duport hit back for the Dragons to level it up. Either side of the break Lineham, Briscoe and Chris Green extended the home side's lead to 24-6 and, after Duport pulled a try back, Foster sealed it with a late try in the corner.

Try time: Tom Lineham scores under pressure from Clint Greenshields

Try time: Tom Lineham scores under pressure from Clint Greenshields

The Dragons came into the game level on points with both St Helens and Leeds Rhinos in fourth spot but in the 10th minute Hull had their first good field position as Manu's tackle dislodged the ball from Damien Blanch inside the French side's 20.

The Airlie Birds were over seconds later when a short pass from Danny Houghton found Manu for the try under the posts, and Foster added the two points.

A quarter of an hour in Lineham looked to be on his way to a sensational long-range try but a penalty was called against his side for obstruction.

Wrapped up: David Ferriol is tackled by Martin Aspinwall and Andy Lynch (right)

Wrapped up: David Ferriol is tackled by Martin Aspinwall and Andy Lynch (right)

That gave the visitors good position and some nice hands from Louis Anderson allowed Duport to crash over in the corner, Scott Dureau levelling it up with the conversion from the touchline.

After seeing off some concerted pressure from the Dragons, FC forced a drop-out on the half-hour from a well executed Brett Seymour grubber kick. Jordan Turner sent Lineham on his way to score in the corner – showing great finishing skills in the process – before Foster converted for a six-point lead.

Hull started the second half the stronger with a nice chip from Ryan McGoldrick forcing a drop-out after five minutes. Manu broke two tackles whilst stepping inside and supplied the on-rushing Chris Green for the try under the posts, Foster converting again to extend the lead to 12.

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The visitors found themselves close to the FC line on 50 minutes, but a kick from Dureau was blocked and picked up by Briscoe, and the Featherstone-born player then ran 90 metres untouched for a great try.

FC extended their lead further nine minutes later to 18 with a penalty by Foster.

The Dragons regained the ball from the restart and reduced the gap to 14 when Duport grabbed his second try by bulldozing his way over in the corner.

With just over 10 minutes to go they forced a drop-out, but subsequent pressure was not utilised as Remi Casty knocked on in a good position.
Foster then sealed the win for FC as he went over the in the corner to push his side back up to sixth in the table.

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.

Widnes 34 Catalan 42

Widnes 34 Catalan 42: Dragons continue fine league form after edging out Vikings

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UPDATED:

16:49 GMT, 20 May 2012

Catalan Dragons bounced back from their Challenge Cup defeat by Warrington to notch their fifth win in their last six Super League matches.

But the Dragons were given a fright by bottom club Widnes in a 14-try extravaganza.

Widnes had conceded at least 30 points in every match back in Super League and were determined to make amends for their 76-6 hammering at the hands of the Dragons in March.

Widnes 34 Catalan Dragons 42

The Vikings, who had lost their only two previous meetings against Catalan, welcomed back goal-kicking winger Patrick Ah Van, although Simon Finnigan was out with a broken leg sustained in the Vikings' sixth defeat in a row at Castleford.

Widnes coach Denis Betts recalled Anthony Mullally, who was dropped after rejecting a new contract offer.

Mathias Pala was on the Dragons' bench for his first appearance of the season in place of Daryl Millard.

And the Dragons took less than two minutes to sweep ahead after Scott Dureau's 40-20 kick put the Vikings immediately on the defensive.

Dureau fed Leon Pryce straight from the scrum and Clint Greenshields slid over in the corner.

Catalan looked set to go further ahead but Stefan Marsh intercepted Vincent Duport's pass.

The Vikings relief was short-lived with Steve Menzies taking Dureau's inside pass after 10 minutes to send Pryce over and make it 10-0.

Duport shrugged off Paddy Flynn for the Dragons third try three minutes later and it was all too easy for the Frenchmen.

Menzies let Widnes off the hook by losing the ball over the line before the Vikings were finally stung into action.

Widnes got on the scoresheet midway through the first half with Stefan Marsh taking Rhys Hanbury's pass to cut inside Dureau and Hanbury booted the conversion to cut the gap to 14-6.

A rare Catalan mistake then allowed Joe Mellor to wriggle over and cut the gap to 14-12.

But Pryce put Louis Anderson through a yawning gap to extend the Dragons' lead after 32 minutes with Dureau tagging on the goal.

Then Anderson inexplicably dropped the ball over the line from Pryce to squander another chance.

Widnes had an Ah Van try disallowed for a forward pass from Hanbury, who then ran 80 metres after the half-time hooter to score a spectacular solo breakaway try.

Hanbury booted the conversion and, after being outplayed for most of the first half, Widnes trailed only 20-18 at the break.

The Vikings went ahead early in the second half with a fine Chris Dean try after he slipped a Thomas Bosc tackle following a storming Marsh burst.

But Widnes skipper Jon Clarke was sin-binned after 52 minutes for a late tackle on Dureau.

Vikings sub Lloyd White was taken off with a leg injury but, after Ah Van had a try disallowed, Anderson forced his way over on the hour to restore the Dragons' advantage at 26-22.

Mellor was down injured when Lopini Paea barged his way over with Dureau making it 32-22.

Mellor became the second Widnes player carried off on a stretcher with both tries coming with Clarke in the bin.

But Dave Allen's converted try after Clarke's return closed the gap to 32-28 and then Clarke and Dean put Ah Van over in the corner to level 32-32.

Man of the match Hanbury's conversion edged the Vikings back in front but the lead was short-lived with Bosc scoring too far out for Dureau to convert.

Dureau's late converted try sealed the win.