Salford Red Devils 18-14 Catalans Dragons

Sunday 5th July 2015
KO: 15:00 - Round: 20

18-14 FT

HT: 12 14

Attendance: 5,078

Official: B Thaler

Venue: A J Bell Stadium, Salford

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Niall Evalds, Michael Dobson 2,

  • Goals
    Josh Griffin 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Remi Casty, Louis Anderson,

  • Goals
    Scott Dureau 3,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Stand-in coach Ian Watson saw Salford Red Devils keep alive their slim First Utility Super League top-eight hopes with a thrilling 18-14 victory against Catalans Dragons.

The Red Devils trailed 14-12 at the break and went ahead for the first time six minutes from the end of a closely-fought contest through Michael Dobson's second try after a sizzling break by Mason Caton-Brown.

Assistant boss Watson took charge with Iestyn Harris on sick leave. His charges fell behind 12-0 to tries by Remi Casty and Louis Anderson before they were cancelled out by man-of-the-match Niall Evalds and Dobson.

Salford offered free admission to fans and a crowd of 5,078 turned up to watch the Red Devils snatch a dramatic victory.

Zeb Taia was the latest Catalans casualty joining Vincent Duport, Todd Carney, Thomas Bosc, Willie Tonga and Michael Oldfield on the sidelines but Jeff Lima returned.

Olsi Krasniqi, the former London Broncos prop, made his debut for Salford with Adrian Morley, Lama Tasi, Tommy Lee and Cory Paterson injured and Greg Johnson and Rangi Chase also missing.

The Red Devils made a nightmare start, conceding a penalty for holding down with Casty plunging over from short range and Scott Dureau booting the conversion.

Catalans made the more confident start with Caton-Brown's quick thinking saving a try from a Dureau kick.

But then Anderson ploughed through Theo Fages to charge over after 16 minutes to open up a 12-0 lead.

When Salford did threaten the Dragons line, Elliott Whitehead came up with a thundering tackle.

It needed a touch of magic from Evalds to break the Catalans cover with a blistering run past two defenders for his 11th try of the season. Josh Griffin added the conversion.

The touchdown sparked new life into Salford with Logan Tomkins forcing Anderson to lose possession with a big hit.

The Red Devils bagged their second try when Krisnan Inu spilled Dobson's high kick and the scrum-half followed up to touch down in the corner with Griffin landing the difficult conversion to level the scores 12-12.

Catalans went in front 14-12 at half-time thanks to a Dureau penalty.

The persistent rain eased early in the second half before Salford lost Weller Hauraki with concussion.

A high tackle by Antoni Maria on George Griffin gave brother Josh the chance to level the scores but he missed the penalty.

There were few chances for either side to score in an evenly-matched second-half until Salford went ahead for the first time.

Evalds fed Caton-Brown inside his own half and the winger streaked clear to draw Tony Gigot perfectly and send the supporting Dobson over for his second try with Griffin converting.

  • 75: TRY! scored for Salford by Michael Dobson
  • 75: GOAL! scored for Salford by Josh Griffin
  • 46: Interchange On for Catalans Dragons, Antoni Maria On
  • 46: Interchange Off for Catalans Dragons, Julian Bousquet Off
  • 37: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Scott Dureau
  • 33: GOAL! scored for Salford by Josh Griffin
  • 33: TRY! scored for Salford by Michael Dobson
  • 32: Interchange Off for Salford, Olsi Krasniqi Off
  • 32: Interchange On for Salford, Adam Walne On
  • 29: Interchange On for Salford, Liam Hood On
  • 29: Interchange Off for Salford, George Griffin Off
  • 29: Interchange On for Salford, Darrell Griffin On
  • 29: Interchange Off for Salford, Logan Tomkins Off
  • 23: Interchange Off for Catalans Dragons, Remi Casty Off
  • 23: Interchange On for Catalans Dragons, Olivier Elima On
  • 22: GOAL! scored for Salford by Josh Griffin
  • 22: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 21: Interchange On for Catalans Dragons, Julian Bousquet On
  • 21: Interchange Off for Catalans Dragons, Jason Baitieri Off
  • 20: Interchange On for Catalans Dragons, Gregory Mounis On
  • 20: Interchange Off for Catalans Dragons, Jeff Lima Off
  • 17: Interchange On for Salford, Olsi Krasniqi On
  • 17: Interchange Off for Salford, Adam Walne Off
  • 16: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Scott Dureau
  • 16: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Louis Anderson
  • 2: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Remi Casty
  • 2: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Scott Dureau
  • Key Performers

    Scott Taylor

    Metres 152
    4 4

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Salford Red Devils 6
    Catalans Dragons 4

    Goals:

    Salford Red Devils 6
    Catalans Dragons 6

    METRES:

    Salford Red Devils 1223
    Catalans Dragons 1109

    CARRIES:

    Salford Red Devils 182
    Catalans Dragons 168

    TACKLES:

    Salford Red Devils 342
    Catalans Dragons 353

    OFFLOADS:

    Salford Red Devils 9
    Catalans Dragons 9

    PENALTIES:

    Salford Red Devils 4
    Catalans Dragons 8

    BREAKS:

    Salford Red Devils 2
    Catalans Dragons 2

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Michael Dobson 2 0 18 2 7 1 9 8 33 4.13 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Niall Evalds 1 0 3 0 2 3 0 13 115 8.85 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Jones-Bishop 0 0 5 1 1 3 0 15 104 6.93 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Junior Sau 0 0 19 2 2 4 0 15 100 6.67 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Josh Griffin 0 0 15 2 2 1 0 12 89 7.42 0 1 2 0 3 2 0 0
    Mason Caton-Brown 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 14 125 8.93 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Theo Fages 0 0 18 3 5 0 4 8 24 3.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Scott Taylor 0 0 31 5 4 3 0 18 152 8.44 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Logan Tomkins 0 0 31 4 5 1 1 8 31 3.88 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Walne 0 0 23 3 1 0 0 12 92 7.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Harrison Hansen 0 1 24 1 2 2 0 11 70 6.36 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 29 6 0 0 1 13 82 6.31 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
    George Griffin 0 0 38 10 0 2 0 11 66 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Darrell Griffin 0 0 14 3 0 0 0 6 30 5.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Jordan Walne 0 0 25 9 0 1 0 6 39 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Hood 0 0 27 3 1 1 0 4 24 6.00 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Olsi Krasniqi 0 0 19 7 1 0 0 8 47 5.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Remi Casty 1 0 25 6 1 3 0 9 77 8.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Louis Anderson 1 0 36 8 1 6 0 13 95 7.31 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Tony Gigot 0 0 2 0 1 2 1 21 128 6.10 0 8 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Krisnan Inu 0 0 9 2 0 2 1 9 73 8.11 0 2 3 0 0 0 2 0
    Benjamin Garcia 0 0 22 5 1 0 0 11 85 7.73 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Pomeroy 0 0 16 2 3 5 0 16 74 4.63 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Fouad Yaha 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 11 69 6.27 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Stanislas Robin 0 1 15 0 3 3 2 4 14 3.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Scott Dureau 0 0 10 1 1 1 7 6 41 6.83 1 1 1 0 3 0 0 0
    Jeff Lima 0 0 29 8 1 1 0 9 53 5.89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ian Henderson 0 0 46 6 4 3 0 7 58 8.29 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Elliott Whitehead 0 0 33 7 2 2 3 14 111 7.93 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 33 6 0 1 0 11 69 6.27 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Olivier Elima 0 0 22 9 3 0 0 10 65 6.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Gregory Mounis 0 0 27 6 0 3 1 9 43 4.78 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Julian Bousquet 0 0 15 1 1 1 1 4 24 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Antoni Maria 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 4 30 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties