Catalans Dragons 22-26 St Helens

Saturday 8th September 2018
KO: 18:30 - Round: 4

22-26 FT

HT: 12 14

Official: L Moore

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    David Mead, Remi Casty, Iain Thornley, Kenny Edwards,

  • Goals
    Josh Drinkwater 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Mark Percival, Theo Fages, Jonny Lomax, Morgan Knowles,

  • Goals
    Danny Richardson 5,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

 

St Helens went some way to avenging their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to Catalans Dragons with a last gasp 26-22 comeback win in Perpignan.

Saints came back from a 10-point deficit in the first half and an eight-point deficit in the second to seal a vital two points in the race to win the League Leaders' Shield.

The win gives St Helens a six-point advantage at the top of the table with three games to go and with vastly superior points difference over their rivals, effectively hands the Saints the title.

David Mead and captain Remi Casty put the Dragons into a 10-0 lead before Mark Percival got the visitors on the scoreboard. Josh Drinkwater extended Catalans' advantage but Theo Fages levelled up and the Saints led for the first time through Danny Richardson's penalty after Sam Moa was sin-binned to go 14-12 up at the break.

Iain Thornley and Kenny Edwards put Catalans 22-14 ahead, but Jonny Lomax touched down under the posts with nine minutes remaining to set up a grandstand finish before Morgan Knowles produced a superb try to seal the win for the visitors.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said: "We knew it was going to be tough tonight and it was, we're happy to get the win.

"We had a couple of players not play so we needed a couple of guys Jonny (Lomax), Tommy (Makinson) and Wilko (Jon Wilkin) to stand up as experienced players and I thought they did a good job."

Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara said: "I feel as sick as a dog. I just can't believe the effort they players have put in and the energy that they've put in and to not win that game at the end, it's just not right, it's not correct."

  • 79: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 78: TRY! scored for St Helens by Morgan Knowles
  • 72: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 71: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax
  • 52: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Kenny Edwards
  • 47: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 45: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Iain Thornley
  • 33: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 32: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 31: TRY! scored for St Helens by Theo Fages
  • 25: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 18: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 17: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 13: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 12: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Remi Casty
  • 8: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by David Mead
  • Key Performers

    Mark Percival

    Clean Breaks 3
    3 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Catalans Dragons 4
    St Helens 4

    Goals:

    Catalans Dragons 3
    St Helens 5

    METRES:

    Catalans Dragons 995
    St Helens 1229

    CARRIES:

    Catalans Dragons 152
    St Helens 171

    TACKLES:

    Catalans Dragons 287
    St Helens 281

    OFFLOADS:

    Catalans Dragons 10
    St Helens 9

    PENALTIES:

    Catalans Dragons 7
    St Helens 8

    BREAKS:

    Catalans Dragons 8
    St Helens 9

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Remi Casty 1 0 31 6 4 4 0 9 29 3.22 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3
    Kenny Edwards 1 0 23 2 5 3 0 10 73 7.30 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Iain Thornley 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 10 83 8.30 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    David Mead 1 0 14 1 8 1 0 11 86 7.82 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Mickael Goudemand 0 0 33 7 2 0 0 8 30 3.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Alrix Da Costa 0 0 12 2 3 0 0 3 9 3.00 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 30 8 7 1 0 9 65 7.22 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Julian Bousquet 0 0 16 3 3 0 0 10 78 7.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Bird 0 0 18 4 6 4 0 9 70 7.78 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Moa 0 0 25 3 1 2 0 17 119 7.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Michael McIlorum 0 0 28 1 8 0 0 3 15 5.00 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mickael Simon 0 0 23 4 3 3 0 14 76 5.43 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
    Josh Drinkwater 0 2 9 1 3 0 5 3 15 5.00 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0
    Samisoni Langi 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 2 9 4.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brayden Wiliame 0 0 11 2 1 1 1 8 83 10.38 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Lewis Tierney 0 0 5 0 2 2 0 12 86 7.17 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Gigot 0 1 5 0 4 7 4 14 69 4.93 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mark Percival 1 1 11 1 1 10 0 15 125 8.33 3 1 3 0 0 0 2 1
    Jonathan Lomax 1 0 4 0 0 10 0 14 84 6.00 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Theo Fages 1 1 15 3 2 8 1 11 60 5.45 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Morgan Knowles 1 0 26 6 1 3 0 7 43 6.14 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Costello 0 0 18 2 4 0 0 8 66 8.25 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 4 1 0 9 0 15 116 7.73 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Regan Grace 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 8 62 7.75 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Richardson 0 0 11 3 6 4 0 7 12 1.71 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 0
    Luke Thompson 0 0 29 4 1 1 0 15 137 9.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 20 5 1 3 0 9 57 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Zeb Taia 0 0 23 0 2 3 0 17 108 6.35 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 26 5 3 5 0 12 75 6.25 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 0 0 32 9 1 0 0 6 29 4.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Douglas 0 0 20 3 0 0 0 8 59 7.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Lees 0 0 16 4 2 3 0 6 55 9.17 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Jack Ashworth 0 0 11 2 2 2 0 8 54 6.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Aaron Smith 0 0 15 4 2 0 0 5 87 17.40 0 4 2 0 0 0 1 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