Catalans Dragons 10-12 Widnes Vikings

Saturday 23rd September 2017
KO: 18:15 - Round: 7

10-12 FT

HT: 4 4

Official: P Bentham

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Julian Bousquet,

  • Goals
    Luke Walsh 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Corey Thompson, Stefan Marsh,

  • Goals
    Tom Gilmore 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Widnes Vikings secured their Betfred Super League status for next year and condemned Catalans Dragons to the Million Pound Game after prevailing 12-10 in a nailbiting encounter at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Top-flight safety was guaranteed for the winners and it was Widnes who grabbed the opportunity with both hands thanks to second-half tries from Corey Thompson and Stefan Marsh although the Dragons will have another opportunity to retain their Super League place when they face Leigh Centurions next weekend.

The Vikings had never before beaten Catalans in Perpignan but they were still very much in the tie at half-time as two goals from Tom Gilmore sandwiched penalties from Luke Walsh, with neither side's defensive line breached in the opening 40 minutes.

It was Widnes who were able to touch down first, with Charly Runciman fortuitously collecting the ball after it had bounced off the knee of Danny Craven and drawing in the cover defence before handing off to Thompson to go over for a try in the 54th minute.

Marsh then collected a pass from Craven, on his knees, to dot down seven minutes later but Gilmore was unable to convert either attempt to leave Widnes with an eight-point lead heading into the last quarter of the match.

Catalans set up a nervy finale when Julian Bousquet's try was converted by Walsh with 10 minutes to go and although the Dragons threw everything into attack, Widnes kept their line in tact to clinch an important win.

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "I'm relieved. We made it hard work for ourselves, I thought we were the better team, we scored a couple of decent tries. It was edgy. it was a great day, the pitch was great, the sun was out, there was no wind, it was dry - and the rugby was rubbish."

Catalans coach Steve McNamara said: "I'm really disappointed, we didn't play well enough to win the game even though we could have snatched it right at the end. It is a tough situation, we didn't want to play safe and try and get a home game next week, we had to try and win the game. Unfortunately we couldn't do that."

  • 70: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Luke Walsh
  • 70: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Julian Bousquet
  • 61: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 54: TRY! scored for Widnes by Corey Thompson
  • 33: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Luke Walsh
  • 28: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 23: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 7: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Luke Walsh
  • Key Performers

    Jack Buchanan

    Metres 161
    6 6

    Hep Cahill

    Metres 175
    6 6

    Paul Aiton

    Tackles 59
    8 8

    Lewis Tierney

    Metres 171
    8 8

    Benjamin Garcia

    Tackles 53
    8 8

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Catalans Dragons 2
    Widnes Vikings 4

    Goals:

    Catalans Dragons 6
    Widnes Vikings 4

    METRES:

    Catalans Dragons 1234
    Widnes Vikings 1312

    CARRIES:

    Catalans Dragons 153
    Widnes Vikings 185

    TACKLES:

    Catalans Dragons 382
    Widnes Vikings 328

    OFFLOADS:

    Catalans Dragons 9
    Widnes Vikings 5

    PENALTIES:

    Catalans Dragons 3
    Widnes Vikings 6

    BREAKS:

    Catalans Dragons 2
    Widnes Vikings 4

    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 32 8 1 2 0 13 126 9.69 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Fouad Yaha 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Romain Navarrete 0 0 10 1 1 0 0 2 14 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Thibault Margalet 0 0 17 5 0 1 0 6 55 9.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lucas Albert 0 1 9 1 0 0 0 1 5 5.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 36 10 1 1 0 12 86 7.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Benjamin Garcia 0 0 53 11 2 0 0 10 83 8.30 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Justin Horo 0 0 40 6 4 0 0 8 56 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Louis Anderson 0 0 32 4 0 0 0 12 105 8.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Paul Aiton 0 0 59 12 0 0 0 3 30 10.00 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Moa 0 0 30 6 1 1 0 14 83 5.93 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Richard Myler 0 0 17 2 2 1 2 8 56 7.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Walsh 0 0 23 5 0 1 5 4 21 5.25 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
    Brayden Wiliame 0 0 6 0 0 2 0 13 118 9.08 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Krisnan Inu 0 0 12 1 3 0 1 15 110 7.33 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Iain Thornley 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 14 115 8.21 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Lewis Tierney 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 18 171 9.50 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Stefan Marsh 1 0 6 0 1 0 0 10 41 4.10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Corey Thompson 1 0 2 0 0 4 1 17 138 8.12 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Gil Dudson 0 0 19 3 0 1 0 15 97 6.47 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Tom Gilmore 0 0 15 2 0 0 4 2 18 9.00 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0
    Ryan Ince 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 15 121 8.07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Mellor 0 0 26 4 1 0 1 4 19 4.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Charly Runciman 0 1 11 3 0 3 0 10 95 9.50 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Craven 0 1 3 0 0 4 4 12 109 9.08 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Aaron Heremaia 0 0 32 3 2 0 0 3 30 10.00 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Buchanan 0 0 40 3 0 0 0 23 161 7.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Chris Houston 0 0 28 3 2 0 0 14 89 6.36 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Matt Whitley 0 0 43 8 5 0 0 14 67 4.79 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Burke 0 0 17 2 0 0 0 3 19 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Hep Cahill 0 0 37 10 1 3 0 24 175 7.29 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Alex Gerrard 0 0 16 5 0 0 0 8 57 7.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Olbison 0 0 20 8 0 1 0 4 26 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Walker 0 0 12 1 0 1 0 7 50 7.14 0 4 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