London Broncos 22-28 Catalans Dragons

Thursday 17th April 2014
KO: 20:00 - Round: 9

22-28 FT

HT: 4 18

Attendance: 1,002

Official: C Leatherbarrow

Venue: The Hive

  • London Broncos

  • Tries
    Mason Caton-Brown 2, Nesiasi Mataitonga, Denny Solomona,

  • Goals
    Josh Drinkwater 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Catalans Dragons

  • Tries
    Michael Oldfield, Zeb Taia, William Barthau, Eloi Pelissier, Vincent Duport,

  • Goals
    Thomas Bosc 4,

  • Drop Goals

Match Highlights

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Official Report / Commentary

William Barthau inspired Catalan Dragons to a thrilling 28-22 win against First Utility Super League rivals London Broncos as they sentenced the hosts to a ninth successive defeat.

Barthau scored one try, created another and provided guile throughout as the French side held off a late rally, having been 28-4 ahead with just 12 minutes to play.

The hosts made two changes for the clash, winger James Duckworth returning after six weeks out with a hamstring injury, along with Nick Slyney, with Jon Wallace and Jamie O'Callaghan stepping aside.

The Dragons also made a brace of switches, Mathias Pala and Barthau replacing Daryl Millard and Leon Pryce.

London entered the contest still searching for their first win of the season, and were on the receiving end of a 40-24 defeat to the French side in a Tetley's Challenge Cup clash two weeks ago.

The visitors were soon in their stride tonight, winger Michael Oldfield darting in at the corner after Morgan Escare twisted the Broncos defence inside and out on eight minutes.

The Londoners showed plenty of grit, but a combination of handling errors and solid Catalan defence were keeping them at bay, Mason Caton-Brown being bundled into touch inches from the Dragons' line by a posse of French players four minutes later.

The Broncos proved pretty solid in defence themselves but were being pinned back by waves of Catalan pressure, conceding a series of goal-line drop-outs in the process.

That pressure finally counted though in the 27th minute, Zeb Taia muscling his way over from close range after Escare wriggled free, Thomas Bosc again converting for a 12-0 advantage.

Minutes later the visitors added their third score, Barthau romping through a huge gap in the London defence to touch down at the posts.

The men from the capital finally got on the board as the opening half came to a close, Caton-Brown surging over after good work from James Cunningham.

London came out brighter after the break but, despite spending the first five minutes camped in the Dragons half, they were unable to add a second score.

Having weathered that storm, the Catalans showed how it should be done after 48 minutes, seemingly sealing the points when Eloi Pelissier stormed over from dummy-half.

To their credit the Broncos did keep on pushing, but their attacking efforts showed precious little in the way of creativity or guile, Atelea Vea spilling the ball close to the line on one foray forward.

In truth though the Dragons were still bossing the contest, Jeff Lima having a try chalked off for a forward pass when he cantered over on the hour-mark.

But a fifth try did come in the 65th minute, Vincent Duport brushing off a host of would-be tacklers to squeeze in at the corner.

London flickered into life once more after that, Caton-Brown showing great pace to sear home from half way after 68 minutes, with Nesiasi Mataitonga adding a further Broncos try four minutes later after the Dragons fumbled a Ben Farrar grubber.

In a frantic finale there was still time for a fourth London score as Denny Solomona crossed in the corner - but it proved mere consolation.

  • 79: GOAL! scored for London Broncos by Josh Drinkwater
  • 79: TRY! scored for London Broncos by Denny Solomona
  • 73: GOAL! scored for London Broncos by Josh Drinkwater
  • 73: TRY! scored for London Broncos by Nesiasi Mataitonga
  • 70: TRY! scored for London Broncos by Mason Caton-Brown
  • 70: GOAL! scored for London Broncos by Josh Drinkwater
  • 67: Interchange On for London Broncos, Iliess Macani On
  • 67: Interchange Off for London Broncos, Scott Moore Off
  • 65: TRY! scored for Catalan Dragons by Vincent Duport
  • 64: Interchange On for Catalan Dragons, Joan Guasch On
  • 64: Interchange Off for Catalan Dragons, Eloi Pelissier Off
  • 49: GOAL! scored for Catalan Dragons by Thomas Bosc
  • 49: TRY! scored for Catalan Dragons by Eloi Pelissier
  • 38: TRY! scored for London Broncos by Mason Caton-Brown
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Catalan Dragons by Thomas Bosc
  • 32: TRY! scored for Catalan Dragons by William Barthau
  • 29: Interchange On for Catalan Dragons, Julian Bousquet On
  • 29: Interchange Off for Catalan Dragons, Jason Baitieri Off
  • 27: GOAL! scored for Catalan Dragons by Thomas Bosc
  • 27: TRY! scored for Catalan Dragons by Zeb Taia
  • 22: Interchange Off for Catalan Dragons, Olivier Elima Off
  • 22: Interchange Off for Catalan Dragons, Jeff Lima Off
  • 22: Interchange On for London Broncos, James Cunningham On
  • 22: Interchange On for Catalan Dragons, Lopini Paea On
  • 22: Interchange Off for London Broncos, James Greenwood Off
  • 22: Interchange On for Catalan Dragons, Benjamin Garcia On
  • 18: Interchange On for London Broncos, Matt Cook On
  • 18: Interchange Off for London Broncos, Olsi Krasniqi Off
  • 16: Interchange On for London Broncos, Nick Slyney On
  • 16: Interchange Off for London Broncos, Atelea Vea Off
  • 9: GOAL! scored for Catalan Dragons by Thomas Bosc
  • 9: TRY! scored for Catalan Dragons by Michael Oldfield
  • Key Performers

    Jeff Lima

    Metres: 157

    Elliott Whitehead

    Offloads: 4

    Nesiasi Mataitonga

    Metres: 154

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Broncos 4
    Catalans 5

    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

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Nesiasi Mataitonga 1 0 10 0 0 3 0 16 154 9.63 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Mason Caton-Brown 2 0 8 0 1 7 0 20 151 7.55 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    James Greenwood 0 0 34 7 1 1 0 14 111 7.93 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Atelea Vea 0 0 28 5 0 1 1 16 104 6.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 38 11 1 0 0 10 97 9.70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 2 23 2 2 1 0 14 86 6.14 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
    James Cunningham 0 0 30 4 2 0 0 12 81 6.75 0 10 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Scott Moore 0 0 41 8 4 2 1 12 79 6.58 0 6 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Olsi Krasniqi 0 0 31 7 2 0 0 10 66 6.60 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Nick Slyney 0 0 28 7 1 0 0 9 65 7.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Farrar 0 1 10 1 5 0 1 15 59 3.93 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    James Duckworth 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 11 56 5.09 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Thomas Minns 0 0 6 0 0 0 1 6 39 6.50 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Foster 0 0 37 7 0 1 0 7 27 3.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Denny Solomona 1 0 15 0 6 0 0 7 26 3.71 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Iliess Macani 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 19 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Josh Drinkwater 0 0 14 1 2 0 7 5 13 2.60 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jeff Lima 0 0 23 2 0 0 0 19 157 8.26 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Zeb Taia 1 0 32 4 1 4 0 17 129 7.59 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Jason Baitieri 0 0 26 4 0 0 0 18 126 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Lopini Paea 0 0 19 3 0 2 0 13 118 9.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Vincent Duport 1 0 18 2 0 6 0 9 101 11.22 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Olivier Elima 0 0 32 5 0 0 0 10 93 9.30 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Michael Oldfield 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 10 88 8.80 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Elliot Whitehead 0 0 33 6 4 4 0 13 79 6.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
    Julian Bousquet 0 0 20 2 3 1 0 10 79 7.90 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Mathias Pala 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 12 76 6.33 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Pomeroy 0 0 15 3 1 1 0 6 62 10.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Eloi Pelissier 1 1 42 12 3 0 0 9 56 6.22 0 7 3 0 0 0 1 1
    Benjamin Garcia 0 0 20 4 1 1 0 8 49 6.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Morgan Escare 0 2 8 0 2 4 1 12 31 2.58 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Thomas Bosc 0 0 23 1 1 0 6 5 12 2.40 0 0 1 0 4 1 0 0
    William Barthau 1 0 19 0 0 1 7 5 5 1.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joan Guasch 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 1 3 3.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

    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