Catalans Dragons 24-28 St Helens

Catalans Dragons 24-28 St Helens

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St Helens got a much-needed win as Jack Owens scored the crucial try in a gutsy defeat of Catalans in Perpignan.

French international Theo Fages was at the heart of everything against his countrymen, producing a wonderful offload for Owens to go in for the match-winner.

Jon Wilkin, who has come in for criticism this week, combined with Fages and Mark Percival to put winger Adam Swift in for the first try after just three minutes.

The Dragons response was almost instant as Thomas Bosc, playing at full-back, found a gap in the defence less than a minute later.

Fages again was the creator of the visitors second try as he linked up with Tommy Makinson to allow Percival to cross and restore the lead.

Again, the French outfit hit straight back as former Saints half-back Luke Walsh found prop Julien Bousquet, he powered in to give Catalans the lead for the first time.

In an incredible tit-for-tat opening quarter, the Red V responded as centre Ryan Morgan finished off a flowing move for the Saints third try of the game.

Both teams then had tries denied by the video referee before Percival broke through to find Roby, the hooker then passed to Adam Walker who got the ball down under pressure.

Breathing space for the Saints didn’t last long as Iain Thornley scored to make it a four-point game at the break with St Helens ahead 22-18.

The second period was a much tighter affair with points harder to come by, although Paul Aiton’s early score suggested otherwise as the Dragons went 24-22 ahead.

With defences now on top, it would take something special to break through and it came with less than 10 minutes left as star man Fages made the break for Jack Owens to score.

Catalans threw the kitchen sink at Saints in the final stages, but this was Keiron Cunningham’s day as his side got a much-needed 28-24 victory in the South of France.

Written by Ben Carney.

Catalans Dragons

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
3Krisnan InuCentre000000
4Brayden WiliameCentre000000
5Fouad YahaWing000000
6Luke WalshStand Off040000
7Richie MylerScrum Half000000
8Sam Moa 19Prop000000
9Paul Aiton 23Hooker100000
10Remi Casty 20Prop000000
12Justin HoroSecond Row000000
15Benjamin Garcia 14Second Row000000
16Thomas BoscFull Back100000
17Jason BaitieriLoose Forward000000
21Iain ThornleyWing100000
14Julian Bousquet 15Interchange100000
19Mickael Simon 8Interchange000000
20Luke Burgess 10Interchange000000
23Alrix Da Costa 9Interchange000000
 Total 440000

St Helens

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Tommy MakinsonFull Back000000
3Ryan MorganCentre100000
4Mark PercivalCentre130000
5Adam SwiftWing110000
6Theo FagesStand Off000001
8Alex Walmsley 15Prop000000
9James Roby 17Hooker000000
12Jon WilkinScrum Half000000
14Luke DouglasProp000000
18Dominique Peyroux 10Second Row000000
20Morgan Knowles 13Loose Forward000000
21Jack OwensWing100000
36Zeb TaiaSecond Row000000
10Kyle Amor 18Interchange000000
13Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 20Interchange000000
15Adam Walker 8Interchange100000
17Tommy Lee 9Interchange000000
 Total 540001

Match Details

Date Time Competition Season Match Day
March 18, 2017 6:00 pm Super League 2017 Saturday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Catalans Dragons18624
St Helens22628