Catalans Dragons 33-20 Leeds Rhinos

Saturday 26th May 2018
KO: 18:00 - Round: 16

33-20 FT

HT: 17 4

Attendance: 8,779

Official: J Child

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Benjamin Jullien, Ben Garcia, Michael McIlorum, Tony Gigot, Josh Drinkwater, Jodie Broughton,

  • Goals
    Josh Drinkwater 4,

  • Drop Goals
    Tony Gigot,

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Ash Handley, Brett Ferres, Ryan Hall, Brad Dwyer,

  • Goals
    Jordan Lilley 2,

  • Drop Goals

Line Up

Bench

Bench

Line Up

Catalans

Rhinos

Official Report / Commentary

Catalans Dragons moved to within a point of the Betfred Super League top eight after beating defending champions Leeds Rhinos 33-20 in Perpignan.

The Dragons led 17-4 at the break thanks to tries from Greg Bird, Benjamin Garcia and Mickey McIlorum with Josh Drinkwater adding two conversion and Tony Gigot landing a drop goal five minutes before the interval. Ash Handley scored an unconverted try for the visitors.

The Rhinos rallied after the break with tries from Brett Ferres, Ryan Hall and Brad Dwyer but the Dragons stayed on top of the scoreboard with tries from Gigot, Drinkwater and Jodie Broughton.

It was the third straight defeat for Brian McDermott's side who are now 13 points behind leaders St Helens. 

Catalans coach Steve McNamara was delighted with the way his side took control of the game right from the first whistle. 

"I’m really happy, we know that the two points are vital for us at this stage and I thought the start was tremendous," McNamara said. 

"We were really physical and probably as physical as we’ve been all season and that settled the game for us."

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott knew his side left themselves too much to do after falling behind 16-0 inside 20 minutes. 

"The players should be rightfully disappointed with the start," McDermott said. 

"We have more in us than that and we have more resistance than what we showed. 

"For them to get back into it and get back to within touching distance is a huge credit to them for what is a very inexperienced group."

  • 80: TRY! scored for Leeds by Brad Dwyer
  • 80: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Jordan Lilley
  • 73: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Jodie Broughton
  • 68: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 67: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 64: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Tony Gigot
  • 52: TRY! scored for Leeds by Ryan Hall
  • 44: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Jordan Lilley
  • 43: TRY! scored for Leeds by Brett Ferres
  • 34: Goal scored for Catalans Dragons by Tony Gigot
  • 31: TRY! scored for Leeds by Ash Handley
  • 18: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 17: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Michael McIlorum
  • 8: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Ben Garcia
  • 4: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 3: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Benjamin Jullien
  • Key Performers

    Stevie Ward

    Tackles: 55

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Catalans 6
    Rhinos 4

    Goals:

    Catalans 4
    Rhinos 2

    METRES:

    Catalans 1299
    Rhinos 982

    CARRIES:

    Catalans 184
    Rhinos 151

    TACKLES:

    Catalans 278
    Rhinos 356

    OFFLOADS:

    Catalans 10
    Rhinos 10

    PENALTIES:

    Catalans 8
    Rhinos 11

    BREAKS:

    Catalans 7
    Rhinos 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Lewis Tierney 0 0 5 2 3 4 0 13 132 10.15 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Benjamin Jullien 1 0 33 9 0 6 1 12 127 10.58 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Moa 0 0 13 3 1 0 0 17 121 7.12 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Mickael Simon 0 0 22 6 0 0 0 18 115 6.39 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Remi Casty 0 1 18 3 0 7 0 11 99 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Tony Gigot 1 0 2 1 3 10 0 13 91 7.00 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Bird 0 1 25 3 4 5 1 13 88 6.77 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 2
    Jodie Broughton 1 0 4 0 1 1 0 15 82 5.47 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
    David Mead 0 0 15 1 4 3 0 11 75 6.82 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Benjamin Garcia 1 0 27 7 2 2 0 15 72 4.80 0 4 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Julian Bousquet 0 0 15 3 0 1 0 7 60 8.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Brayden Wiliame 0 1 10 1 1 1 0 10 59 5.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Antoni Maria 0 0 15 2 1 0 0 8 50 6.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Louis Anderson 0 0 15 2 1 0 0 4 35 8.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mickael Goudemand 0 0 18 1 0 2 0 4 35 8.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Michael McIlorum 1 2 25 2 1 2 1 5 32 6.40 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Josh Drinkwater 1 0 16 3 1 3 7 8 26 3.25 1 0 2 0 4 2 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ash Handley 1 1 14 3 4 4 0 14 125 8.93 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Josh Walters 0 0 29 5 4 0 0 16 111 6.94 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hall 1 0 4 0 3 5 0 15 110 7.33 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 15 89 5.93 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Mikolaj Oledzki 0 0 35 10 1 0 0 11 80 7.27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Walker 0 0 9 0 1 4 0 8 75 9.38 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Adam Cuthbertson 0 0 32 4 3 2 0 12 63 5.25 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Brett Ferres 1 0 34 6 6 3 0 11 56 5.09 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Jack Ormondroyd 0 0 13 3 3 0 0 6 47 7.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Stevie Ward 0 0 55 16 4 1 0 11 44 4.00 0 1 4 0 0 0 2 2
    Cameron Smith 0 0 12 1 3 0 0 7 43 6.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jimmy Keinhorst 0 0 25 8 1 1 0 5 42 8.40 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Richard Myler 0 3 7 0 4 0 6 5 29 5.80 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Dwyer 1 0 18 4 4 0 0 5 28 5.60 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ashton Golding 0 0 30 5 1 1 0 4 18 4.50 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Lilley 0 0 18 4 3 0 0 5 16 3.20 0 0 1 0 2 2 1 1
    Brett Delaney 0 0 20 4 2 0 0 1 6 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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