20th June 2018, 22:30 | super_league

Dragons edge Rhinos

Dragons edge Rhinos

Catalans Dragons staged a superb second-half fightback to inflict a sixth straight defeat on Leeds Rhinos.

The hosts have slipped out of top-four contention and are now in danger of finishing in the Qualifiers after losing the rearranged fixture at Headingley 28-25.

Samisoni Langi gave Catalans the perfect start but the Rhinos hit back in emphatic fashion through tries from Jack Walker, Liam Sutcliffe and Cameron Smith.

Luke Briscoe marked his return to Leeds as a temporary replacement for England winger Ryan Hall with a well-taken try, only for Fouad Yaha, Lewis Tierney and Kenny Edwards to add to Josh Drinkwater's effort to level the scores.

Sutcliffe's drop goal appeared to have won it for the Rhinos but Adam Cuthbertson dropped the restart and Edwards made him pay to move the Dragons to within a point of their opponents in the Betfred Super League table.

Leeds coach Brian McDermott said: "As I've been saying most weeks, I think we're in good shape. When bodies come back and we have more of a regular team, we'll be good. The anxiety that we had a couple of years ago because of the fear of being in the bottom four is not there for us at the moment. But everybody is concerned. The crowd were brilliant tonight and are giving the players a huge amount of backing which is appreciated by the players, but I understand they're concerned."

Dragons coach Steve McNamara said: "It would have made it very difficult if we'd lost tonight, It was a huge game for us and we knew the task in hand. Headingley is a tough place to come and Leeds had a good performance against St Helens, played extremely fast. They did that in spells today, but we just knew we had to find a way to win the game and at half-time we still had the belief we could do that.We were pretty dominant throughout the game and were the better team."