Catalans Dragons 14-14 Widnes Vikings

Huddersfield Giants 22-29 Catalans Dragons

Report

This weekend’s Super League has been plagued with grim conditions, and it was no different in the South of France as Catalans took on Widnes at a boggy Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Widnes came into the game still without a win this season while the Dragons sat in fourth place with two wins from two.

It came as no surprise, therefore, when the home side opened the scoring on seven minutes. A beautifully cushioned short pass from Ben Garcia to Brayden Williame put the centre away, before he was able to beat Hanbury at fullback to score. Luke Walsh added the extras to give the Dragons an early 6-0 lead, which they then extended just six minutes later.

Richie Myler made the most of a Widnes mistake, toeing the ball ahead from 60m out before using the conditions to his advantage and sliding over the line. Walsh was successful with the boot again.

The visitors’ frustrations were starting to show, causing them to make silly mistakes. Jack Buchanan’s clumsy high tackle gifting Catalans a penalty before Danny Craven’s kick went out on the full. And they almost paid for their errors, when Krisnan Inu pouched Myler’s last tackle cross-field kick, only to knock-on over the line.

The Vikings tried to create a chance against the run of play with just over 10 to go in the first half, when Charly Runciman’s opportunistic break put them deep into Catalan territory. However, the home side were able to deal with the danger and soon found themselves back down the other end of the field, courtesy of Myler’s 40/20. Widnes gave away a penalty on the following play and Walsh made the decision to go for the two points, which he calmly slotted over.

The Dragons were no doubt in the ascendency, but Widnes were able to cut the deficit to eight points with a converted try just before the break. Patrick Ah Van barging over on the back of some good pressure from Denis Betts’ side, making it 14-6 at halftime.

The Vikings started where they left off in the second half, building much pressure on the Catalans line and forcing a goal-line drop out in the process. And it wasn’t long until their hard work paid off, as full-back Thomas Bosc coughed up Chris Bridge’s grubber straight into the arms of Tom Olbison to score. Hanbury’s conversion attempt was pulled just to the left of the posts, making the score 14-10 after 50 minutes.

Moments later, the Dragons were able to get some good ball in the Widnes half, gaining a repeat set after Tom Armstrong gave away a penalty. Benjamin Garcia tried to muscle his way over from the tap but was deemed to be held up by referee Chris Kendall, before the Myler-Inu cross-field kick combination came close for a second time, the former New Zealand international again unable to keep hold of the ball, however.

The key for both teams seemed to be field position for the next 20 minutes, with no one willing to chance their arm in the wet and slippery conditions.

But with just six minutes to go, Widnes levelled the scores as Hanbury was able to dive on Aaron Heremaia’s cheeky grubber from dummy half. The fullback was unable to convert his own try, however, setting up for a tense last few minutes.

With both teams throwing everything at each other, Catalans found themselves in prime position with a minute to go, after Hanbury spilled Walsh’s bomb to gift his opponents a scrum. The Dragons drove the ball forward, looking to set up a drop-goal opportunity, however, Walsh was barely able to get his attempt off of the ground in the quagmire underfoot. This brought the game to an end, a draw a fair result after two mammoth efforts from both sides.

Referee: Chris Kendall

Scoring Sequence: 6-0, 12-0, 14-0, 14-6, 14-10, 14-14

Written by Jack Conlon.

Catalans Dragons

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Jodie BroughtonWing000000
3Krisnan InuCentre000000
4Brayden WiliameCentre100000
6Luke WalshScrum Half030000
7Richie MylerScrum Half100001
9Paul AitonHooker000000
10Remi Casty 19Prop000000
12Justin Horo 11Second Row000000
13Greg BirdLoose Forward000000
15Benjamin Garcia 23Second Row000000
16Thomas BoscStand Off000000
20Luke Burgess Prop000000
21Iain ThornleyCentre000000
11Louis Anderson 12Interchange000000
19Mickael Simon 10Interchange000000
23Alrix Da Costa 15Interchange000000
Thibaut Margalet 20Interchange000000
 Total 230001

Widnes Vikings

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Rhys HanburyFull Back010000
2Corey ThompsonWing000000
3Chris BridgeCentre000000
4Charly RuncimanCentre000000
5Patrick Ah VanWing100000
9Lloyd White 33Hooker000000
10Jack Buchanan 23Prop000000
11Chris HoustonSecond Row000000
12Matt WhitleySecond Row000000
13Hep Cahill 19Loose Forward000000
15Gil Dudson 25Prop000000
26Tom ArmstrongCentre000000
32Danny CravenFull Back000000
19Macgraff Leuluai 13Interchange000000
23James Chapelhow 10Interchange000000
25Tom Olbison 15Interchange100000
33Aaron Heremaia 9Interchange100000
 Total 310000

Match Details

Date Time Competition Season Match Day
March 4, 2017 6:00 pm Super League 2017 Saturday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Catalans Dragons14014
Widnes Vikings6814