Catalans Dragons 21-8 Widnes Vikings

Saturday 2nd April 2016
KO: 18:00 - Round: 9

21-8 FT

HT: 4 0

Attendance: 8,642

Official: G Hewer

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Pat Richards, Vincent Duport, Dave Taylor, Eloi Pelissier,

  • Goals
    Pat Richards 2,

  • Drop GoalsThomas Bosc,

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Corey Thompson,

  • Goals
    Rhys Hanbury 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Catalans Dragons secured a fourth consecutive First Utility Super League victory with a battling 21-8 victory over Widnes Vikings at a wet Stade Gilbert Brutus.

The Vikings had recovered superbly to level the scores at 8-8 with 22 minutes remaining but late tries from Dave Taylor and Eloi Pelissier ensured the Dragons followed up wins over Huddersfield Giants, Salford Red Devils and Castleford Tigers.

Pat Richards' unconverted third-minute try was the difference between the sides at half-time, before Vincent Duport doubled the lead two minutes after the interval from Taylor's offload.

Widnes displayed plenty of character and levelled courtesy of Corey Thompson's 11th try of the season and a conversion and penalty from Rhys Hanbury.

But Taylor pounced on a loose ball to dive over following Duport's little grubber kick in the 67th minute and, after a Thomas Bosc drop goal, Pelissier flew over from dummy half to seal the points.

Head coach Laurent Frayssinous is happy with Catalans' form, saying: "It has been a good Easter for us this year. We have managed to secure eight points which has seen us move level on points with Widnes in third and that is particularly pleasing."

On his side's improved away form this season, he added: "It is something that the media has built up, but we have never felt under pressure. We want to win games all the time - it doesn't matter if they are at home or away from home."

Despite the defeat, Widnes head coach Denis Betts was in an upbeat mood following the game.

"I think it has been the story of the Easter weekend," he said. "It has been a very, very tough period for us and we just failed to get over the line so to speak.

"I'm really proud of the team and how they've had to cope with coming here with a few injuries and for us to be still in a very tight and physical game is a real credit to the group."

  • 78: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Pat Richards
  • 78: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Eloi Pelissier
  • 73: Goal scored for Catalans Dragons by Thomas Bosc
  • 68: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Dave Taylor
  • 68: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Pat Richards
  • 58: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 53: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 53: TRY! scored for Widnes by Corey Thompson
  • 42: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Vincent Duport
  • 3: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Pat Richards
  • Key Performers

    Matt Whitley

    Tackles 54
    6 6

    David Taylor

    Metres 151
    8 8

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Catalans Dragons 8
    Widnes Vikings 2

    Goals:

    Catalans Dragons 4
    Widnes Vikings 4

    METRES:

    Catalans Dragons 1336
    Widnes Vikings 1010

    CARRIES:

    Catalans Dragons 172
    Widnes Vikings 172

    TACKLES:

    Catalans Dragons 351
    Widnes Vikings 356

    OFFLOADS:

    Catalans Dragons 10
    Widnes Vikings 6

    PENALTIES:

    Catalans Dragons 10
    Widnes Vikings 7

    BREAKS:

    Catalans Dragons 5
    Widnes Vikings 1

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Vincent Duport 1 0 12 1 0 3 1 11 110 10.00 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Pat Richards 1 0 4 0 1 3 0 16 124 7.75 1 0 1 0 2 2 1 0
    Eloi Pelissier 1 0 41 8 1 1 0 7 30 4.29 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 0
    David Taylor 1 2 24 0 2 3 1 19 151 7.95 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 0
    Morgan Escare 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 13 130 10.00 1 5 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Jodie Broughton 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 13 100 7.69 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Gigot 0 0 10 1 2 3 0 15 145 9.67 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Thomas Bosc 0 0 27 3 2 0 3 2 12 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Richard Myler 0 0 11 0 0 2 5 12 96 8.00 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Willie Mason 0 0 19 1 1 1 0 5 36 7.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Julian Bousquet 0 0 32 3 0 1 0 12 83 6.92 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Glenn Stewart 0 0 44 9 1 1 0 13 68 5.23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 37 4 1 0 0 14 103 7.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Paul Aiton 0 0 28 4 0 0 0 3 34 11.33 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Gregory Mounis 0 0 29 4 1 2 0 7 44 6.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
    Olivier Elima 0 0 11 1 0 0 0 6 44 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Antoni Maria 0 0 18 2 0 0 0 4 26 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Corey Thompson 1 0 6 0 6 2 1 8 82 10.25 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Rhys Hanbury 0 0 5 0 2 1 1 17 91 5.35 0 3 1 0 2 1 0 0
    Chris Dean 0 0 37 7 0 0 0 9 39 4.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Charly Runciman 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 2 15 7.50 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Patrick Ah Van 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 13 99 7.62 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Mellor 0 1 20 1 3 2 8 12 56 4.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Gilmore 0 0 12 1 0 0 4 5 11 2.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Eamon O'Carroll 0 0 31 2 1 0 0 11 85 7.73 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
    Aaron Heremaia 0 0 27 4 1 0 1 4 35 8.75 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gil Dudson 0 0 29 2 2 0 0 7 45 6.43 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Matt Whitley 0 0 54 10 5 0 0 13 69 5.31 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Houston 0 0 25 3 0 0 0 16 93 5.81 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Macgraff Leuluai 0 0 27 2 1 0 0 11 39 3.55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 19 2 0 1 0 19 117 6.16 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Edward Chamberlain 0 0 12 1 1 3 0 9 50 5.56 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Brooks 0 0 21 1 2 0 0 8 29 3.63 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Johnstone 0 0 25 3 2 0 0 8 55 6.88 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0

    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