Catalans Dragons 44-16 Castleford Tigers

Saturday 30th June 2018
KO: 18:15 - Round: 19

44-16 FT

HT: 30 10

Attendance: 10,236

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Josh Drinkwater 3, Greg Bird, Louis Anderson, Julian Bousquet, Kenny Edwards, Lewis Tierney,

  • Goals
    Josh Drinkwater 6,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    James Clare, Quentin Laulu-Togagae, Paul McShane,

  • Goals
    Jamie Ellis 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

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.

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.''
 
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.''



  • 77: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Lewis Tierney
  • 70: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 68: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 60: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 60: TRY! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 50: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Kenny Edwards
  • 37: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 36: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Julian Bousquet
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 34: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Louis Anderson
  • 30: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 29: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 24: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Greg Bird
  • 21: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jamie Ellis
  • 20: TRY! scored for Castleford by Quentin Laulu-Togagae
  • 12: TRY! scored for Castleford by James Clare
  • 8: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 7: TRY! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • 5: GOAL! scored for Catalans Dragons by Josh Drinkwater
  • Key Performers

    Greg Bird

    Metres: 154

    Paul McShane

    Forty Twenty: 1

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Catalans 8
    Tigers 3

    Goals:

    Catalans 6
    Tigers 2

    METRES:

    Catalans 1299
    Tigers 846

    CARRIES:

    Catalans 169
    Tigers 157

    TACKLES:

    Catalans 255
    Tigers 315

    OFFLOADS:

    Catalans 14
    Tigers 6

    PENALTIES:

    Catalans 8
    Tigers 9

    BREAKS:

    Catalans 8
    Tigers 1

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Greg Bird 1 1 15 1 2 4 0 16 154 9.63 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Josh Drinkwater 3 1 8 1 0 2 6 9 123 13.67 2 0 0 0 6 3 0 1
    Julian Bousquet 1 0 16 1 1 3 0 14 117 8.36 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Lewis Tierney 1 0 16 3 3 2 0 11 111 10.09 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Fouad Yaha 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 10 91 9.10 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Brayden Wiliame 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 10 89 8.90 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Benjamin Garcia 0 1 26 2 0 2 0 11 81 7.36 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Remi Casty 0 0 19 5 0 0 0 13 78 6.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Mickael Simon 0 0 17 3 0 3 0 14 69 4.93 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Samisoni Langi 0 1 22 1 1 1 2 10 61 6.10 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Kenny Edwards 1 0 9 3 0 1 0 7 60 8.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Gigot 0 0 3 0 1 4 3 9 59 6.56 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Louis Anderson 1 1 13 3 1 2 0 7 54 7.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 19 3 1 2 0 7 47 6.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Benjamin Jullien 0 0 23 1 2 1 0 9 44 4.89 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    David Mead 0 0 17 4 3 2 0 7 35 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael McIlorum 0 1 23 3 1 1 0 5 26 5.20 0 4 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Michael Shenton 0 1 6 0 2 0 0 14 96 6.86 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1
    James Clare 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 13 87 6.69 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Watts 0 0 28 5 0 2 0 15 83 5.53 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Junior Moors 0 1 18 1 1 3 0 15 76 5.07 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 19 3 0 1 0 13 68 5.23 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Mitch Clark 0 0 17 4 0 1 0 8 67 8.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Grant Millington 0 0 38 11 6 1 0 9 56 6.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e 1 0 8 0 1 4 0 17 53 3.12 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 20 5 2 0 0 6 50 8.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tuoyo Egodo 0 0 9 3 0 0 0 10 47 4.70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Trueman 0 0 10 3 0 4 3 11 40 3.64 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Gadwin Springer 0 0 14 4 1 0 0 4 32 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Webster 0 0 19 4 0 0 0 8 31 3.88 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 26 2 1 0 0 4 29 7.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Paul McShane 1 0 32 4 7 0 3 4 19 4.75 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 2
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 38 6 5 0 0 2 7 3.50 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Jamie Ellis 0 0 12 0 4 0 3 4 5 1.25 0 0 0 0 2 1 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