Match Report

Saturday 2nd April 2016, 18:00
Super League - Round: 9

Catalans Dragons

(4) 21

Catalans Dragons

Widnes Vikings

8 (0)

Widnes Vikings

4 Tries

Pat Richards, Vincent Duport, Dave Taylor, Eloi Pelissier,


Tries 1

Corey Thompson,

2 Goals

Pat Richards 2,


Goals 2

Rhys Hanbury 2,

1 D Goals

Thomas Bosc,


D Goals 0


Attendance: 8,642  Official: G Hewer  Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

Full Time Report

Catalans Dragons secured a fourth consecutive First Utility Super League victory with a battling 21-8 victory over Widnes Vikings at a wet Stade Gilbert Brutus.

The Vikings had recovered superbly to level the scores at 8-8 with 22 minutes remaining but late tries from Dave Taylor and Eloi Pelissier ensured the Dragons followed up wins over Huddersfield Giants, Salford Red Devils and Castleford Tigers.

Pat Richards' unconverted third-minute try was the difference between the sides at half-time, before Vincent Duport doubled the lead two minutes after the interval from Taylor's offload.

Widnes displayed plenty of character and levelled courtesy of Corey Thompson's 11th try of the season and a conversion and penalty from Rhys Hanbury.

But Taylor pounced on a loose ball to dive over following Duport's little grubber kick in the 67th minute and, after a Thomas Bosc drop goal, Pelissier flew over from dummy half to seal the points.

Head coach Laurent Frayssinous is happy with Catalans' form, saying: "It has been a good Easter for us this year. We have managed to secure eight points which has seen us move level on points with Widnes in third and that is particularly pleasing."

On his side's improved away form this season, he added: "It is something that the media has built up, but we have never felt under pressure. We want to win games all the time - it doesn't matter if they are at home or away from home."

Despite the defeat, Widnes head coach Denis Betts was in an upbeat mood following the game.

"I think it has been the story of the Easter weekend," he said. "It has been a very, very tough period for us and we just failed to get over the line so to speak.

"I'm really proud of the team and how they've had to cope with coming here with a few injuries and for us to be still in a very tight and physical game is a real credit to the group."