Josh Drinkwater scored a hat-trick of tries and kicked six goals in a man-of-the-match performance as Catalans Dragons won 44-16 against Castleford Tigers to climb into the Betfred Super League top eight. His 24-point game boosted the Dragons' prospects of avoiding the turmoil of the Million Pound Game they encountered last year. Greg Bird, Louis Anderson, Julian Bousquet, Kenny Edwards and Lewis Tierney also scored in the rout of the visitors.
FT: Catalans Dragons 44-16 Castleford Tigers— Castleford Tigers (@CTRLFC) June 30, 2018
A tough afternoon for the Tigers in the South of France as they are soundly beaten by the Dragons pic.twitter.com/2Zb4kzoBVe
James Clare, Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Paul McShane crossed the whitewash for Castleford, with Jamie Ellis kicking two goals.
The Tigers were second best in every department despite landing in Perpignan earlier in the week.
The win for Catalans means they are in the top eight for the first time in 2018.
Castleford Tigers assistant Danny Orr said: "I think there are a number of reasons, all credit to Catalans, I thought they were
very good, but I didn't think we turned up with a good attitude.
"I thought defensively we had a soft attitude and they out-muscled us in a lot of departments. With the ball, we just made
too many errors. "We knew it would be a tough and physical game, they are a physical side, they're playing well and they've got a bit of
momentum behind them at the moment. "We came here expecting a very, very tough game, we just didn't turn up today really. We definitely weren't the Cas side
that we know we can be.''
🙌🙌🙌 Victoire pic.twitter.com/ooVuRrEMSB— Dragons Catalans (@DragonsOfficiel) June 30, 2018
Coach Steve McNamara has experienced pressure at times this season, but could not hide his delight. "I thought we played really well for a large part of that game,'' he said. "There was a little spell in the first half where we conceded those two soft tries but given the conditions and given the
opposition and the way that the opposition had been playing in recent weeks, to do that against them, we're really, really pleased.
It's up there with our best of the year. "We're pleased to score eight tries today. We scored four away at Huddersfield, six away at Leeds and then eight tonight at home.
That's really good and it's really pleasing. "The team has got some confidence and we're finding ways to score tries that suit our style. We've just got to keep working hard
and we can't take our eye of it one little bit because of the closeness of the competition.''
Huge thanks to all our amazing fans who made the journey to France for today’s match 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻— Castleford Tigers (@CTRLFC) June 30, 2018
We’ll see you all back at the Jungle next Sunday for our clash with Leeds Rhinos #COYF pic.twitter.com/1uYoY62pTc