Catalans Dragons 12-21 St Helens

Saturday 10th February 2018
KO: 17:05 - Round: 2

12-21 FT

HT: 0 12

Official: P Bentham

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    David Mead, Alrix Da Costa,

  • Goals
    Lucas Albert 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Jonny Lomax, Regan Grace, Adam Swift,

  • Goals
    Danny Richardson 4,

  • Drop Goals
    Danny Richardson,

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens maintained their winning start to the Betfred Super League season with a 21-12 away victory despite being reduced to 12 men against Catalans Dragons.

The visitors started the campaign with a resounding 46-6 win against Castleford Tigers in the opening round and they continued where they left off with Jonny Lomax crashing over to put Justin Holbrook's side 6-0 up in the second minute following good work from Ben Barba.

Winger Regan Grace extended their lead to 12-0 with a fine finish in the corner after another brilliant pass from full-back Barba to keep the hosts scoreless at the break.

However, it took Catalans just seven minutes to get on the scoreboard after the restart when Papua New Guinea captain David Mead crossed, with Lucas Albert adding the extras, before Morgan Knowles saw red for a dangerous tackle on Thibaut Margalet to reduce the away side to 12 men with 29 minutes remaining.

Dragons forward Benjamin Jullien was sent to the sin-bin for a 'crusher' tackle on Lomax after 54 minutes to level the playing field to 12 players apiece and Saints took full advantage with a great finish by Adam Swift, with Danny Richardson adding his third goal.

Alrix Da Costa crossed from dummy half to reduce the gap to 18-12 before Richardson added a drop goal to ensure the hosts needed two scores to get back into the match, but a penalty in the final minute from the young half-back secured back-to-back victories for Saints.

St Helens boss Justin Holbrook was delighted to watch his side emerge victorious in Perpignan, he said: “I thought it was a really tough game and a really tough 80 minutes. I thought Catalans really came at us hard and fought all the way and it took a special effort – defensively in particular – for us to get the win.”

“I’m really pleased to get a win here. It’s great that we can look to our players like Richardson, Theo Fages, James Roby, Ben Barba and Jonny Lomax that when times get tough we can go to those players.”

Catalans head coach Steve McNamara was positive despite watching his side suffer their second successive defeat this season, he said: “There was a lot of progression out there for us.

“We were all disappointed last week so we knew we had to be a whole lot better this week and we were.

“We got caught early on and that could have demoralised us but I thought we were very, very good. Saints are a top team but I thought we were very good against such a champion side.

  • 80: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 73: Goal scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 64: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Lucas Albert
  • 62: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Alrix Da Costa
  • 59: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 58: TRY! scored for St Helens by Adam Swift
  • 51: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Lucas Albert
  • 50: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by David Mead
  • 24: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 23: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 3: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 1: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Catalans 2
    Saints 3

    Goals:

    Catalans 2
    Saints 4

    METRES:

    Catalans 1378
    Saints 1298

    CARRIES:

    Catalans 195
    Saints 186

    TACKLES:

    Catalans 336
    Saints 399

    OFFLOADS:

    Catalans 16
    Saints 11

    PENALTIES:

    Catalans 8
    Saints 8

    BREAKS:

    Catalans 5
    Saints 7

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    David Mead 1 0 10 1 1 1 0 16 158 9.88 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Lewis Tierney 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 15 132 8.80 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jodie Broughton 0 0 8 0 4 1 0 15 112 7.47 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Benjamin Garcia 0 0 28 5 2 6 0 15 104 6.93 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
    Brayden Wiliame 0 0 3 1 1 3 0 13 97 7.46 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Julian Bousquet 0 0 25 3 3 1 1 16 96 6.00 0 1 3 0 0 0 3 1
    Greg Bird 0 0 13 1 1 2 2 12 90 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Remi Casty 0 0 31 10 2 4 0 10 81 8.10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Benjamin Jullien 0 0 39 11 6 3 0 13 78 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Iain Thornley 0 0 20 6 2 1 0 10 76 7.60 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Mickael Simon 0 0 25 4 2 0 0 14 76 5.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Thibault Margalet 0 0 20 3 2 1 0 13 64 4.92 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 39 9 0 0 0 8 58 7.25 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Alrix Da Costa 1 0 40 12 4 2 0 6 55 9.17 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael McIlorum 0 0 10 0 0 0 1 5 37 7.40 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Antoni Maria 0 0 8 1 1 1 0 7 33 4.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Lucas Albert 0 0 15 1 8 4 14 7 31 4.43 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Luke Thompson 0 0 30 5 3 3 0 21 170 8.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 26 3 1 3 0 15 128 8.53 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Mark Percival 0 0 13 3 0 4 0 14 123 8.79 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam Swift 1 0 6 0 1 2 0 18 114 6.33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 40 9 1 2 0 16 106 6.63 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Regan Grace 1 0 2 0 2 5 0 15 105 7.00 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Barba 0 2 6 0 2 11 1 14 100 7.14 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Zeb Taia 0 0 42 7 4 0 0 14 99 7.07 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Jonathan Lomax 1 0 20 3 2 3 3 11 84 7.64 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    James Roby 0 0 61 10 2 0 0 11 72 6.55 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Thomas Makinson 0 1 16 3 0 5 0 12 54 4.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Douglas 0 0 26 3 2 0 0 6 50 8.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 0 0 44 12 2 0 0 8 38 4.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 28 3 2 0 0 4 22 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 14 1 2 0 0 3 18 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Theo Fages 0 0 13 1 0 1 0 3 15 5.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Richardson 0 0 12 1 4 1 0 1 0 0.00 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 2

    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