London Broncos 22-24 Catalans Dragons

Saturday 17th May 2014
KO: 12:30 - Round: 13

22-24 FT

HT: 6 12

Attendance: 36,339

Official: M Thomason

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

  • London Broncos

  • Tries
    Mason Caton-Brown 2, James Greenwood, Josh Drinkwater,

  • Goals
    Josh Drinkwater 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Vincent Duport, Elliott Whitehead 2, Jeff Lima,

  • Goals
    Thomas Bosc 4,

  • Drop Goals

Match Highlights

Line Up

Bench

Ben
Farrar
Jordan
Atkins
Thomas
Minns
Denny
Solomona
Nick
Slyney
Scott
Moore
Atelea
Vea
Mike
Bishay
Jon
Wallace
Maxime
Herold

Bench

Daryl
Millard
Vincent
Duport
Ben
Pomeroy
Michael
Oldfield
Thomas
Bosc
Leon
Pryce
Olivier
Elima
Jeff
Lima
Elliott
Whitehead
Louis
Anderson
Lopini
Paea
Joan
Guasch

Official Report / Commentary

Josh Drinkwater's failed conversion of his own try denied London Broncos what would have been a first point of the 2014 season as they lost the Magic Weekend opener 24-22 to Catalan Dragons.

The scrum-half's show-and-go score with seven minutes left had looked set to bring his side level for a second time but he was unable to nail the conversion from just to the right of the posts.

It was rough justice on Drinkwater and London, who had looked set to finally break their duck for the season at the 13th time of asking.

They trailed 18-6 and 24-18 during the afternoon and new coach Joe Grima will surely feel - like many of the neutrals inside the Etihad Stadium did - that they deserved more.

Nothing was what they got, though, which belied their performance.

Despite their own wretched form and a 10-game losing run against the Catalans going against them, London battled manfully early on and managed to more than hold their own before scoring the first try.

After a series of close calls, near-misses and handling errors, full-back Ben Farrar arrived into the attacking line at the perfect moment before standing a ball up for the onrushing Mason Caton-Brown who did the rest. Drinkwater converted from wide out.

Catalan tried to respond but Leon Pryce saw his pass after a break tapped down - typical of his side's opening to the game - but they found the right combination to get on the board eight minutes before the break.

A Thomas Bosc kick was gathered by Vincent Duport who clung on to mark his 100th First Utility Super League appearance with a try. Bosc's conversion levelled the scores.

Catalan did not necessarily deserve to be level and were even more fortunate to find themselves ahead at the break. Normally Elliott Whitehead's attempted offload would have gone to ground but, with two minutes of the half left, it hit a defender's body and rebounded back to him with the line open.

London should have hit back eight minutes after the break but poor play from centre Thomas Minns robbed them of the chance. He broke through and had a simple overlap pass to Denny Solomona. He chose instead to go himself and was shut down.

Zeb Taia then did the same thing at the other end as the quality continued to remain well below average, before Catalan got a third with Jeff Lima's first try for the club, the former Wigan Warriors man going over the top of Farrar from close range.

It appeared as though London were done for at that stage, but Caton-Brown gave them a puncher's chance of a comeback with a strong run with 16 minutes left and just after that James Greenwood showed great courage to drag himself over. Drinkwater converted both to bring the scores together at 18-all.

London had the majority of the neutrals on their side at this point but that could not help them as Catalan decided to turn it up a notch again, with Michael Oldfield going clear down the right and passing inside to the supporting Whitehead.

It then appeared as though momentum was back with London as Drinkwater threw a dummy and then slipped through the gap it created, only for his poor conversion attempt to undo his good work.

  • 75: TRY! scored for London Broncos by Josh Drinkwater
  • 71: TRY! scored for Catalan Dragons by Elliott Whitehead
  • 71: GOAL! scored for Catalan Dragons by Thomas Bosc
  • 67: GOAL! scored for London Broncos by Josh Drinkwater
  • 67: TRY! scored for London Broncos by James Greenwood
  • 64: GOAL! scored for London Broncos by Josh Drinkwater
  • 64: TRY! scored for London Broncos by Mason Caton-Brown
  • 57: TRY! scored for Catalan Dragons by Jeff Lima
  • 57: GOAL! scored for Catalan Dragons by Thomas Bosc
  • 38: TRY! scored for Catalan Dragons by Elliott Whitehead
  • 38: GOAL! scored for Catalan Dragons by Thomas Bosc
  • 32: TRY! scored for Catalan Dragons by Vincent Duport
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Catalan Dragons by Thomas Bosc
  • 26: Interchange On for Catalan Dragons, Louis Anderson On
  • 26: Interchange Off for Catalan Dragons, Jeff Lima Off
  • 25: Interchange On for Catalan Dragons, Lopini Paea On
  • 25: Interchange Off for Catalan Dragons, Olivier Elima Off
  • 23: GOAL! scored for London Broncos by Josh Drinkwater
  • 23: TRY! scored for London Broncos by Mason Caton-Brown
  • 22: Interchange On for London Broncos, Jon Wallace On
  • 22: Interchange Off for London Broncos, Nick Slyney Off
  • 21: Interchange On for London Broncos, James Greenwood On
  • 21: Interchange Off for London Broncos, Olsi Krasniqi Off
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Broncos 4
    Catalans 4

    Goals:

    Broncos 3
    Catalans 4

    METRES:

    Broncos 1233
    Catalans 1264

    CARRIES:

    Broncos 187
    Catalans 177

    TACKLES:

    Broncos 358
    Catalans 343

    OFFLOADS:

    Broncos 11
    Catalans 9

    PENALTIES:

    Broncos 3
    Catalans 7

    BREAKS:

    Broncos 5
    Catalans 3