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Catalan Dragons 20 Leeds 27

Catalan Dragons 20 Leeds 27: Rhinos edge towards final

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21:01 GMT, 21 September 2012

Danny McGuire kept alive Leeds's hopes of a second Grand Final appearance from fifth place and killed Catalan's Old Trafford dreams.

The Rhinos rewrote the record books last year when they became the first team to claim the Super League title from outside the top three.

And they are closing in on a seventh Grand Final in nine years after McGuire scored the vital try and kicked a late drop goal.

Star man: McGuire scored the vital try and kicked a late drop goal

Star man: McGuire scored the vital try and kicked a late drop goal

Leeds had led 12-4 just before half-time, but Damien Blanch scored a 90-metre interception to narrow the gap and then crossed again from Scott Dureau's kick early in the second half.

Blanch's heroics had the Rhinos rocking, but Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield sent Carl Ablett over from a close-range kick.

Then Ryan Bailey went through three defenders from the restart before feeding McGuire to put the visitors 10 points clear.

The home side looked to be cruising, but Thomas Bosc's reply and Leon Pryce's introduction from the bench set up a tense finish.

Clint Greenshields had given the hosts an early lead when he squeezed under Jamie Peacock's attempted tackle.

But Rhinos' substitute Stevie Ward dislodged the ball from Jamal Fakir in a tackle, then charged on to Shaun Lunt's pass to edge Leeds ahead.

When Lunt supported Jamie Jones-Buchanan's break two minutes later, the Rhinos looked comfortable before Blanch's long-range effort.

Leeds will play either Wigan or St Helens in the semi-final next week, depending on who Wigan choose.

Brent Webb signs deal with Catalan Dragons

Webb signs Dragons deal to replace departing Greenshields

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18:17 GMT, 4 September 2012

Catalans Dragons have announced the signing of Leeds full-back Brent Webb on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old former New Zealand international will be a straight replacement for Australian Clint Greenshields, who is leaving the French club after six years to return home.

Webb scored 86 tries in 156 appearances for the Rhinos, including four Grand Final victories and a World Club Challenge, since joining them from New Zealand Warriors in 2007 but he missed their recent Challenge Cup final defeat by Warrington with a knee injury which has also ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Saying goodbye: Brent Webb has signed for Catalan Dragons

Saying goodbye: Brent Webb has signed for Catalan Dragons

'I'm very happy to welcome Brent into our squad for next season,' said Dragons coach Trent Robinson.

'He is a class player with a wealth of experience which will add value on and off the field.'

Webb is the second confirmed signing by the Catalans for 2013 after the recruitment of Newcastle Knights forward Zeb Taia as a replacement for Setaimata Sa.

They are also being linked with Bradford second rower Olivier Elima, the France captain who is a former Dragons player.

Castleford 26 Catalan Dragons 46

Castleford 26 Catalan Dragons 46: Tigers suffer sixth successive defeat

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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 KR 10 Catalan Dragons 13: Dureau holds his nerve in tense finish

Hull KR 10 Catalan Dragons 13: Dureau holds his nerve in tense finish

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22:49 GMT, 22 June 2012

Catalan Dragons strengthened their grip on third place in Stobart Super League with a thrilling if not entertaining win over Hull KR at Craven Park.

It extended the French side's run over the Robins to four games and saw them return to winning ways after successive defeats to Salford and Wigan.

Trent Robinson labelled his side's performance against the Reds as disgraceful, but he would have been pleased with their overall display in east Hull.

Few sides have kept the Dragons to 20 points or less, but Rovers have done it twice this season. However, a third time was asking a little too much from the Robins.

The last time the Dragons visited Craven Park in April, they were outscored by four tries to three but escaped with a Challenge Cup victory thanks to a rare off-day by Rovers goalkicker Michael Dobson.

Tonight they had Scott Dureau on form with the boot with a superb drop goal and penalty at the death to secure the win.

Rovers were dealt an injury blow just five minutes into the game when Kris Welham was stretchered off with a serious leg injury after slipping unchallenged on the wet turf. After a cagey start by both sides, it was the Dragons that broke the deadlock. Video referee Ian Smith found no fault with Daryl Millard's high leap and knock back for Clint Greenshields, who in turn sent Setaimata Sa over for the score.

Dureau, whose kick caused the confusion in the first place, missed the conversion but Catalan led 4-0 after 17 minutes.

Rovers' response was impressive and prompt. Jake Webster had little room to ground Blake Green's kick but he did to level the scores, and Dobson's conversion gave the home side a 6-4 advantage after 20 minutes.

Chances were few and far between after that as defences came to the fore close to the respective try lines.

Ben Galea and Dobson twice squandered try-scoring opportunities before the end of the first half.

Just before the hooter sounded Dureau attempted a 40-metres drop goal, but the connection was not as good as he would have liked and it had neither the height nor direction to trouble the scorers.

Catalan would have been the happier of the two sides with the score 6-4 at the break. The Dragons should have been behind at the start of the second half when Graeme Horne went very close.

However, video referee Smith ruled out his try for a knock on over the line. Craig Hall could also has scored but an unfortunate knock on when the ball bounced up and hit his hand ruled the play dead.

Dureau equalised for the Dragons with a 55th-minute penalty, but the sides did not stay on level terms for long.

Five minutes later, Scott Murrell found himself on the left wing to ground Lincoln Withers' inch perfect kick through.

Dobson was off target with the conversion, but Rovers held a 10-6 lead which, in the wet conditions, was a good one until Greenshields scored an unconverted try to level matters with five minutes to go before Dureau dropped a goal three minutes later to break the 10-10 deadlock.

A Dureau penalty after the hooter added gloss to the score for the French side.

Catalan Dragons 14 Wigan 36: Warriors maintain top spot courtesy of curious refereeing

Catalan Dragons 14 Wigan 36: Warriors maintain top spot courtesy of curious refereeing

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16:10 GMT, 9 June 2012

Wigan maintained their lead at the top of the Stobart Super League with a 36-14 win against a rugged Catalan side.

However, the result was much closer than the scoreline suggests as time and time again the home side were on the wrong end of some baffling refereeing decisions.

The main contentious decision came just before half-time when Josh Charnley appeared to score a try despite his elbow being in touch. Despite a video referee being available to James Child, the referee opted to give the try without the assistance.

After last weekend's defeat at Salford, this was a much better Catalan performance and they took the lead early through a Scott Dureau penalty.

There are still signs that the home side are not at their best however, when – with Gil Dudson in the sin-bin for a late challenge on Dureau – Wigan managed to score two tries. Charnley converted one of them to give the Warriors a 10-2 lead.

The video referee was needed in the 18th minute when he awarded a penalty try to the Catalans after Michael McIlorum tackled Clint Greenshields just before the tryline without the ball as the full-back chased Setaimata Sa's kick through. Dureau added the conversion to reduce the arrears to 10-8

Just before the break Louis Anderson left the field with a shoulder injury, and down the right hand edge that he had been defending in Sam Tomkins set Charnley free to dive over for his controversial effort. Charnley failed to convert his effort as the half time hooter went.

Six minutes after the turnaround, Charnley did extend the Warriors lead with a penalty from in front of the posts, given for the markers not being square at the play the ball.

Wigan extended their lead further four minutes later with a superb try that involved Sean O'Loughlin, Jeff Lima, McIlorum and Brett Finch before the ball found its way to George Carmont to score his first of the afternoon. Again Charnley failed with the conversion.

On the hour the ball was sent to the Wigan left and Jack Hughes managed to offload to the supporting Carmont to score to the left of the posts. Charnley again missed the conversion attempt.

Dureau narrowed the deficit with a quick tap penalty that caught the Wigan defence napping as he raced in from 60 metres out to score under the posts. He quickly converted his own try to narrow the gap further to 10 points with 10 minutes remaining.

However, Wigan finished the stronger and late tries from Tomkins and Hughes extended their advantage. Tomkins took over the kicking duties from Charnley and converted both efforts.

Salford 34 Catalan Dragons 30: Reds launch stunning fightback

Salford 34 Catalan Dragons 30: Reds launch stunning fightback

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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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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.

RFL investigate Clint Greenshields

Catalan Dragons star Greenshields investigated over 'retard' jibe at ref

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12:01 GMT, 21 April 2012

The Rugby Football League are to investigate comments made by Catalan Dragons full-back Clint Greenshields on his Twitter account about the display of referee Ben Thaler in his side's 34-18 defeat at Leeds.

Thaler's performance drew some stinging criticism from Catalan players, with the injured Greenshields, watching the match on television from France, posting: 'Holy s*** thaler is retarded. F*** me!'

In trouble: Clint Greenshields hit out at the referee after Leeds defeat

In trouble: Clint Greenshields hit out at the referee after Leeds defeat

Dragons coach Trent Robinson was caught unaware by the comments during the post-match press conference.

He said: 'I haven't seen any of that stuff. There's always a danger with those sort of comments. It's tough watching – you get emotional. I don't think Ben is retarded.'

A RFL spokesman confirmed this morning that the matter has been referred to the League's compliance department for investigation.

Greenshields could face a fine or suspension if he is found to have breached the RFL's Respect policy.

Wakefield 32 Catalan Dragons 22: Wildcats end winless run despite late rally

Wakefield 32 Catalan Dragons 22: Wildcats end winless run despite late rally

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18:53 GMT, 25 March 2012

Wakefield ended a five-match losing run with their first home win of the Stobart Super League season against an out-of-sorts Catalan Dragons side at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Winger Peter Fox scored his first tries since the Wildcats' opening-day win at Widnes and the home side led 30-6 after 51 minutes before withstanding a late rally from their French visitors.

Scott Dureau, Vincent Duport and Clint Greenshields all scored late tries as the Dragons cut the gap to just eight points, but Wakefield stand-off Isaac John closed out the game with a penalty on the final hooter.

Foxy: Wakefield Wildcats had Peter Fox to thank for victory over Catalan Dragons

Foxy: Wakefield Wildcats had Peter Fox to thank for victory over Catalan Dragons

One lapse in defence by Richard Agar's men let the Catalans in for a try on 34 minutes, scored by Gregory Mounis and converted by Dureau, but the Wildcats had the better of the first half and were good value for their 24-6 lead.

Winger Ben Cockayne opened the scoring after 12 minutes with his seventh try of the season and two in five minutes from Fox and Andy Raleigh midway through the first half put the home team in control.

Fox closed the half with an 80-metre breakaway try, converted by John, who was on target with all four first-half conversions.

John added to Wakefield's healthy lead with penalty and a try from Danny Kirmond on 52 minutes looked to have secured the points.

But the Perpignan team struck back through Dureau and Duport and Wakefield survived a late scare when a four-man move over 70 metres put Greenshields in for the final try, converted by Dureau.

Catalan Dragons 28 Castleford 20

Catalan Dragons 28 Castleford 20: French side come from behind to grab win

Catalan Dragons finished strongly to record a Stobart Super League victory at the expense of Castleford.

The French side ran in five tries to take the sparkle off an impressive individual contribution from the visitors’ Josh Griffin.

Griffin crossed the whitewash three times and Joe Arundel also scored a try – but Thomas Bosc, Vincent Dupport, Daryl Millard (2) and Jason Baitieri did likewise to make sure the points stayed at home.

Catalan came from behind to beat Castleford

Dragons were behind for much of the game before they eventually rallied to take the win.

Castleford made a dream start to the game as they retained the ball from a short kick-off, and a long cut-out pass by Rangi Chase found Griffin in plenty of space, with the winger diving in to score in the corner.

Kirk Dixon missed the conversion from close to the touchline, and that looked costly as Catalan put on a set move from a scrum 10 metres from the Castleford try-line.

With Greenshields linking into the line to create an overlap, the full-back sent in winger Bosc for the try. Scott Dureau added the conversion from out on the left to give the Catalans a scarcely-deserved lead after 13 minutes.

Steve Nash and Baitieri were both sent to the sin bin for their involvement in a brawl sparked by a Castleford high tackle.

The visitors were soon in again and it was Griffin again who pounced on a mix-up between Leon Pryce and Sebastien Raguin to race in from 40 metres out and touch down under the posts.

Dixon this time made no mistake with the conversion as he extended the Castleford lead to 10-6.

After 24 minutes Chase took centre stage as he bumped off an attempted tackle from Dureau and sent Arundel clear.

Arundel just managed to crash over the line despite Greenshields’ best efforts to pull him down. Dixon again added the extra two points to give the Tigers a 10-point lead.

The score remained the same until half-time, but the first half gave little indication of what was to follow the interval.

After four minutes of the second half, and with coach Trent Robinson’s words ringing in their ears, a short side play by Ian Henderson found Dupport and the France international managed to put the ball down in the corner one-handed despite the attentions of three Castleford players.
Dureau missed the conversion.

Griffin dived in to complete his hat-trick on the 50-minute mark after good passing along the line created space for an overlap. Dixon again failed with the touchline conversion effort but the Tigers led 20-10.

Ian Henderson was at the heart of the Dragons fightback and had a key role in the 55th-minute try which set the comeback in motion.

His kick to the right corner was knocked back by Damien Blanch and eventually found its way back to Henderson who kicked to the left and found Millard who dived over to score.

Dureau added the conversion to narrow the gap to four points.
The Dragons broke Castleford hearts in the last 10 minutes as first Pryce made one of the few line breaks in the game to find Greenshields and the full-back in turn found the supporting Millard who touched down to level the scores.

Dureau again added the conversion to give the Dragons the lead.
With seven minutes to go, Dureau’s dummy and run created space for Steve Menzies to run into and his dummy out wide fooled the Castleford defence.

After Menzies drew the full-back he fed a simple pass inside to Baitieri to score and seal victory for the Dragons. Dureau added the conversion from in front of the posts to give the Dragons their eight-point victory margin.