Hunslet Hawks 12-50 Catalan Dragons
Dragons crush Hawks
Sharp-witted stand-off Thomas Bosc showed his French international pedigree as Catalan's 12 men coasted into the fifth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup with a 50-12 win at Hunslet.
Bosc scored a try, had an important hand in four others and kicked seven goals while his half-back partner William Barthau scored a hat-trick of tries.
Ian Henderson, a late replacement for Julian Bousquet, was sent off by referee George Stokes for a high and late challenge on Hunslet scrum-half Luke Helliwell in the 27th minute but the Dragons were already 20-0 up at that stage.
The gulf in class between the Super League Frenchmen and Hunslet's Kingstone Press Championship part-timers was ruthlessly exposed despite Catalan's numerical disadvantage.
Leeds Rhinos allowed dual registration men Jimmy Watson and Liam Hood to turn out for the Hawks and although the Dragons were well below full strength their power and pace were massively superior.
Hunslet could hardly have made a worse start, allowing Barthau to dummy his way over near the posts in the second minute, Bosc adding the goal.
Hunslet struggled to gain enough possession and a wayward pass from captain David March was intercepted by winger Damien Blanch who raced to the line from deep inside his own half.
The lively Bosc converted his own try and the points continued to flow, with centre Jean-Philippe Baile gathering Bosc's high kick to grab the fourth try.
Hunslet did manage to cross their opponents' line on the half hour but James Houston's pass to prop Andy Yates was ruled forward and normal service was resumed when Bosc kicked through on the last tackle and Mathias Pala palmed the ball back for Zeb Taia to score, Bosc improving the try.
The Dragons were well organised in defence and forced Barry Eaton's men into mistakes. Hunslet had an opportunity soon after the interval but Jimmy Watson dropped the ball over the line and two minutes later that man Bosc showed his try-making calibre again with a shrewd kick for Baile to snatch his second try, Bosc adding his fourth successful kick.
The Hawks missed the attacking instincts of Helliwell, who only returned late in the game after the heavy challenge which had seen Henderson's dismissal, but they kept plugging away and the luckless Liam Welham was held on his back over the line.
James Houston eventually sent Yates over for the Hawks in the 57th minute, March adding the goal, but Eloi Pelissier crossed for the French on the hour and after Bosc and skipper Gregory Mounis helped to send Barthau over again, the scrum-half completed his hat-trick.
Danny Grimshaw sliced through for Hunslet's second try just before the end, with Helliwell landing the goal.