Catalans Dragons 24-32 Castleford Tigers

Saturday 22nd July 2017
KO: 18:00 - Round: 23

24-32 FT

HT: 18 16

Official: P Bentham

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Lucas Albert, Tony Gigot, Fouad Yaha, Vincent Duport,

  • Goals
    Tony Gigot 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Jy Hitchcox 2, Zak Hardaker, Greg Minikin, Paul McShane,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 5, Zak Hardaker,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

A Jy Hitchcox double secured a 20th regular season win for the Castleford Tigers as they defeated Catalans Dragons 32-24 in Perpignan.

Castleford took the lead in the ninth minute when Michael Shenton sent Hitchcox away down the wing to score, and just three minutes after converting the try, Luke Gale added a penalty.

Zak Hardaker then scored a superb 90 metre solo effort to extend Castleford's lead.

Catalans soon hit back, with Lucas Albert scoring under the posts and Tony Gigot adding the conversion. They were back in the game in the 27th minute when Gigot went over before converting his own try.

The home side took the lead in the 35th minute when Fouad Yaha scored in the corner, with Gigot added the touchline conversion.

Hardaker then kicked a penalty on the brink of half-time to narrow the lead to two points.

The Tigers retook the lead 13 minutes into the second half as Greg Minikin touched down.

But Castleford had Kevin Larroyer sin-binned for unsportsmanlike behaviour before three penalties in quick succession saw Castleford placed on a team warning. Mike McMeeken was also sent to the sin bin in the 67th minute as Castleford were reduced to 11 men.

Catalans took advantage, Richie Myler kicking to the corner for Duport . He dived for the ball and was in the process of touching the ball down when Hardaker kicked it out of his grasp. A penalty try was awarded by the video referee and Gigot added the conversion to give Catalans a 24-22 lead.

Late Hitchcox and Paul McShane tries won it for Castleford.

Castleford head coach Daryl Powell said: "I think it is a big win for us obviously. The circumstances of it with us going down to 11 men and still defending like we did.

"I just thought the character and effort from us was outstanding."

Catalans head coach Steve McNamara said: "I'm disappointed we never closed the game off. I thought we were in a position to win the game after a dreadful start, we dominated large parts of that game.

"Our lack of ability to control the ball and control the period of time that Castleford were down to 12 men and 11 men for a short period of time probably cost us."

  • 77: TRY! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 74: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 74: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jy Hitchcox
  • 68: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Tony Gigot
  • 68: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Vincent Duport
  • 53: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 53: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Minikin
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Zak Hardaker
  • 35: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Fouad Yaha
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Tony Gigot
  • 27: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Tony Gigot
  • 27: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Tony Gigot
  • 21: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Tony Gigot
  • 21: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Lucas Albert
  • 19: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 19: TRY! scored for Castleford by Zak Hardaker
  • 13: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 8: TRY! scored for Castleford by Jy Hitchcox
  • 8: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • Key Performers

    Luke Gale

    Forty Twenty 1
    5 5

    Zak Hardaker

    Metres 152
    5 5

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Catalans Dragons 8
    Castleford Tigers 10

    Goals:

    Catalans Dragons 8
    Castleford Tigers 12

    METRES:

    Catalans Dragons 1061
    Castleford Tigers 1156

    CARRIES:

    Catalans Dragons 139
    Castleford Tigers 148

    TACKLES:

    Catalans Dragons 297
    Castleford Tigers 277

    OFFLOADS:

    Catalans Dragons 10
    Castleford Tigers 9

    PENALTIES:

    Catalans Dragons 9
    Castleford Tigers 14

    BREAKS:

    Catalans Dragons 5
    Castleford Tigers 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Lucas Albert 1 0 11 1 1 2 0 7 41 5.86 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Fouad Yaha 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 4 33 8.25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Vincent Duport 1 1 9 0 0 1 1 15 95 6.33 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Tony Gigot 1 0 5 0 0 1 0 13 86 6.62 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0
    Thibault Margalet 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 3 25 8.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 22 4 0 0 0 9 83 9.22 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Benjamin Garcia 0 0 13 1 0 0 0 9 77 8.56 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Julian Bousquet 0 1 23 2 2 0 0 8 68 8.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Greg Bird 0 0 32 4 0 0 0 11 93 8.45 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Justin Horo 0 0 25 4 4 0 0 6 43 7.17 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Romain Navarrete 0 0 14 3 0 0 0 4 30 7.50 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Louis Anderson 0 0 25 0 1 5 0 8 94 11.75 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Paul Aiton 0 0 50 14 3 1 0 5 32 6.40 0 3 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Sam Moa 0 0 34 12 0 0 0 12 88 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Richard Myler 0 1 14 1 4 4 3 6 13 2.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Krisnan Inu 0 1 7 0 3 1 0 11 90 8.18 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Lewis Tierney 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 8 70 8.75 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
    Jy Hitchcox 2 0 4 0 0 4 0 12 113 9.42 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Minikin 1 0 11 1 5 1 1 14 81 5.79 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Zak Hardaker 1 0 7 0 2 4 0 11 152 13.82 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 1
    Paul McShane 1 1 34 9 1 2 0 4 25 6.25 1 3 2 0 0 0 1 3
    Grant Millington 0 0 29 2 2 1 0 14 116 8.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
    Luke Gale 0 0 6 1 0 0 8 1 6 6.00 0 0 1 1 5 0 0 1
    Ben Roberts 0 0 12 1 2 3 0 7 67 9.57 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joel Monaghan 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 8 46 5.75 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael Shenton 0 2 14 1 1 0 0 7 34 4.86 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 22 2 1 0 0 16 118 7.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Alex Foster 0 0 27 3 1 1 0 6 46 7.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 27 4 0 2 0 12 119 9.92 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Nathan Massey 0 0 29 4 0 0 0 11 70 6.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Andy Lynch 0 0 15 3 1 1 0 8 57 7.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Matthew Cook 0 0 17 4 2 0 0 6 44 7.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Holmes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Larroyer 0 0 19 5 0 1 0 11 62 5.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 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