Match Report

Saturday 9th June 2018, 18:00
Super League - Round: 17

Catalans Dragons

(12) 32

Catalans Dragons
VS.

Widnes Vikings

12 (10)

Widnes Vikings

6 Tries

Tony Gigot, Brayden Wiliame, Remi Casty, Kenny Edwards, Fouad Yaha,

TRIES

Tries 2

Jay Chapelhow, Rhys Hanbury,

6 Goals

Josh Drinkwater 6,

GOALS

Goals 2

Danny Craven, Patrick Ah Van,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance:   Official: C Kendall  Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

Full Time Report

A superb performance from Josh Drinkwater ensured Catalans Dragons continued their revival as they claimed a 32-12 Betfred Super League win over Widnes Vikings.

The former Leigh half-back kicked six goals and had a hand in three tries as the Dragons came from behind to secure a fifth win in a row.

In Francis Cummins’ first game in interim charge following Denis Betts’ sacking last week, Widnes were looking to halt a losing streak that ran back to March but they failed to cross over after the break following first-half tries from Jay Chapelhow and Rhys Hanbury.

Danny Craven added a conversion to the opening score as the visitors took an early six-point lead before Hanbury's effort made it 10-0 but Catalans hit back through Tony Gigot, and Brayden Wiliame levelled the scores following a Louis Anderson break as Drinkwater kicked them ahead.

Six minutes after half-time Patrick Ah Van added a penalty as Widnes levelled the scores at 12-12 but further tries from Remi Casty, Kenny Edwards and Fouad Yaha put the Dragons out of reach.

Widnes interim coach Francis Cummins said: “It was a tough day at the office, obviously I’m disappointed at the moment.

"We started the game well and put ourselves in a real good position and we had a couple of opportunities for another few tries and we could have been up by 20 points but it wasn’t to be.

“I’ve got some young men in there who are learning their trade and I’m really proud of them, but you can’t keep giving Catalans the ball and letting them roll back that quick.”

Catalans head coach, Steve McNamara said: “I’m really pleased with the two points, I think the last few weeks, there have been some huge games for us in the overall context of our season and to go 10-nil down early and look a little bit lethargic, I thought our response from that was tremendous.

"I thought the real change for us today was our bench. (Julian) Bousquet, (Antoni) Maria, (Louis) Anderson and (Kenny) Edwards really changed the dynamics of the game for us.”