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England  36-6  PNG  FT

Saturday 18th March 2017
KO: 18:00 - Round: 5

24-28 FT

( 18-22 HT )

Attendance: 8,158

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Thomas Bosc, Julian Bousquet, Iain Thornley, Paul Aiton,

  • Goals
    Luke Walsh 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Adam Swift, Mark Percival, Ryan Morgan, Adam Walker, Jack Owens,

  • Goals
    Mark Percival 4,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens eased the pressure on coach Keiron Cunningham by digging deep to beat Catalans Dragons 28-24 in Perpignan.

After opening their 2017 Betfred Super League campaign with a narrow win over Leeds Rhinos, three straight defeats had left Saints at the wrong end of the table.

But Cunningham's men displayed their character as they edged past the Dragons to make it three matches without a victory for the French side.

Adam Swift's try inside two minutes set the tone for an entertaining first half that finished with St Helens leading 22-18.

Thomas Bosc and Julian Bousquet scored either side of Mark Percival's effort before Adam Walker and Iain Thornley traded tries in the final 10 minutes of the half.

A converted Paul Aiton try in the early stages of the second period edged the Dragons ahead but Jack Owens' late finish from Theo Fages' classy offload gave Saints a much-needed win.

Cunningham said: "The effort was outstanding. I thought we were the better team tonight and if we had not won the game, I think that would have been undeserved.

"We had plenty of opportunities, we took some and wasted a few and I'm glad we saw the game through in the end. It was a true gritty performance from us.

"We knew it was going to be tough. It has not been a happy hunting ground for us over here in France over the past few years. We had a lot stacked up against us with a couple of losses in recent weeks and I'm proud of what the players did and I really think they deserved the win.”

Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous said: "It's disappointing to see us lose a game like we did today.

"We wanted to fix our defence in the second half and we managed to fix it. But we need to be better in the first half - we allowed them too many opportunities in the first half and that's not good enough. We need to be better defensively for 80 minutes.

"I thought our combinations were pretty good in attack. We scored some tries on the back of their (Luke Walsh and Richie Myler) combos in the middle and we created more opportunities to score tries and that is pleasing for us."

  • 75: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 74: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jack Owens
  • 47: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Luke Walsh
  • 47: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Paul Aiton
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Luke Walsh
  • 35: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Iain Thornley
  • 31: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 30: TRY! scored for St Helens by Adam Walker
  • 19: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 18: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ryan Morgan
  • 15: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Luke Walsh
  • 14: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Julian Bousquet
  • 10: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 5: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Luke Walsh
  • 4: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Thomas Bosc
  • 2: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 1: TRY! scored for St Helens by Adam Swift
  • Key Performers

    Mark Percival

    Clean Breaks 3
    3 3

    Alex Walmsley

    Metres 165
    3 3

    Iain Thornley

    Metres 167
    8 8

    Brayden Wiliame

    Metres 172
    8 8

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Catalans Dragons 4
    St Helens 5

    Goals:

    Catalans Dragons 4
    St Helens 4

    METRES:

    Catalans Dragons 1236
    St Helens 1261

    CARRIES:

    Catalans Dragons 174
    St Helens 188

    TACKLES:

    Catalans Dragons 338
    St Helens 351

    OFFLOADS:

    Catalans Dragons 8
    St Helens 17

    PENALTIES:

    Catalans Dragons 5
    St Helens 7

    BREAKS:

    Catalans Dragons 9
    St Helens 8

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Julian Bousquet 1 0 35 5 2 2 0 9 55 6.11 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Paul Aiton 1 0 44 6 0 2 0 12 94 7.83 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Iain Thornley 1 0 7 0 0 3 1 17 167 9.82 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Bosc 1 0 7 0 0 1 0 7 57 8.14 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Alrix Da Costa 0 0 24 8 0 0 0 3 29 9.67 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Burgess 0 0 10 0 2 0 0 5 33 6.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mickael Simon 0 0 19 1 2 1 0 12 73 6.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 43 9 0 1 0 17 80 4.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Justin Horo 0 0 10 1 1 1 0 5 44 8.80 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Benjamin Garcia 0 0 29 4 1 1 0 12 63 5.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Remi Casty 0 0 37 9 0 2 0 11 85 7.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Sam Moa 0 0 25 5 2 2 0 12 82 6.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Richard Myler 0 0 11 0 1 4 3 8 49 6.13 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Luke Walsh 0 3 14 1 1 1 1 5 33 6.60 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 1
    Fouad Yaha 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 8 48 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Brayden Wiliame 0 0 8 0 1 3 0 18 172 9.56 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Krisnan Inu 0 0 12 0 2 3 0 13 72 5.54 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mark Percival 1 1 19 2 2 5 0 9 69 7.67 3 0 2 0 4 1 2 0
    Ryan Morgan 1 0 14 1 3 0 0 10 113 11.30 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Jack Owens 1 0 12 3 0 0 0 9 59 6.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Swift 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 12 100 8.33 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Walker 1 0 13 1 0 2 0 9 46 5.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Thomas Makinson 0 1 5 0 1 0 0 13 115 8.85 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Theo Fages 0 2 23 3 1 3 2 9 67 7.44 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 1
    Jon Wilkin 0 0 26 6 1 0 5 5 23 4.60 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 22 3 2 2 0 26 165 6.35 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    James Roby 0 2 45 9 2 0 0 10 77 7.70 0 7 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Douglas 0 0 27 5 2 0 0 13 56 4.31 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 11 2 2 0 0 8 44 5.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Zeb Taia 0 0 29 3 1 3 0 18 106 5.89 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 26 4 2 0 0 6 41 6.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Kyle Amor 0 0 17 1 5 0 0 15 113 7.53 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 36 4 0 1 0 9 38 4.22 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Tommy Lee 0 0 22 4 3 1 0 7 29 4.14 0 0 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