Super League  Saturday 21st June 2014  Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan  Att: 9,275

Squad

Escare, Pryce, Pomeroy, Oldfield, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Lima, Taia, Anderson, Mounis, Whitehead, Millard, Paea, Baitieri, Duport, Cardace, Garcia, Williams.

Squad

Bowden, Crooks, Ellis, Heremaia, Hadley, Horne, Houghton, Lineham, Paea, Paleaaesina, Rankin, Sa, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Tuson, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Daryl Millard

Benjamin Garcia

Michael Oldfield

Morgan Escare

GOAL SCORERS:

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jamie Shaul

Kirk Yeaman

Gareth Ellis

GOAL SCORERS:

Jordan Rankin

Jordan Rankin

Full Report

Match Official: P Bentham

Catalan Dragons overcame a late Hull FC comeback to seal a 20-16 victory to continue their recent impressive run of results.

Leon Pryce had a hand in three of four Catalan tries to seal a decisive performance for the Dragons’ half-back.

Catalan had to contend with the late withdrawal of Louis Anderson from the side, as well as Setaimata Sa playing for Hull against his former side for the first time since departing to rugby union 18 months ago.

The hosts started brightly, with Ben Pomeroy seizing on a kick from Richard Horne in the 11th minute to release Morgan Escare for a 95-metre dash to score. Thomas Bosc added the conversion to give the hosts an early six-point lead.

This was extended six minutes later, with Pryce putting in a high, cross-field kick to the right corner that was taken by Michael Oldfield, who touched down. Bosc missed the conversion.

Hull got back into the game just after the half-hour mark as Gareth Ellis capitalised on weak defence from Bosc to charge over and register Hull’s first points of the game. Jordan Rankin was unable to add the extras.

Pryce was tackled just short of the line before the interval, but Benjamin Garcia picked up to race over from short range to score under the posts. Bosc added the simple conversion to take the half time score to 16-4.

The Dragons must have thought they had the result wrapped up when Daryl Millard raced down the left touchline to score after a superb pass from Pryce, although Bosc missed the conversion.

Catalan then had a try ruled out on the hour after Vincent Duport was found to have taken a Hull player out off the ball earlier in the play and the visitors responded by crossing the whitewash twice.

They broke up field from the penalty and superb footwork from Fetuli Telanoa created space down the Hull left, with his neat offload to Kirk Yeaman sending the centre in at the left corner. Rankin added the touchline conversion to take the scores to 20-10.

Three minutes later, Hull were in again, Jamie Shaul taking Joe Westerman’s pass and rounding Millard on the right-hand side in one motion before racing in at the right corner.

Rankin showed his kicking prowess by adding a second touchline conversion, from the opposite side, to narrow the score to 20-16 with 15 minutes still to play.

Nerves were clearly on show as both sides battled to try and win the game, with Bosc missing a penalty from 30 metres and both teams guilty of dropping the ball in threatening situations.

As time was running down, Hull were awarded a scrum, but Josh Bowden knocked on with seconds remaining as Catalan held on for the win.

Match Action

  • 64m
    goal

    Jordan Rankin

    Hull

  • 64m
    try

    Jamie Shaul

    Hull

  • 61m
    goal

    Jordan Rankin

    Hull

  • 61m
    try

    Kirk Yeaman

    Hull

  • 54m
    interchange_off

    Ian Henderson

    Catalan Dragons

  • 54m
    interchange_on

    Sam Williams

    Catalan Dragons

  • 47m
    try

    Daryl Millard

    Catalan Dragons

  • 41m
    interchange_off

    Zeb Taia

    Catalan Dragons

  • 41m
    interchange_on

    Julian Bousquet

    Catalan Dragons

  • 41m
    interchange_on

    Dean Hadley

    Hull

  • 41m
    interchange_off

    Jordan Thompson

    Hull

  • 38m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 38m
    try

    Benjamin Garcia

    Catalan Dragons

  • 34m
    try

    Gareth Ellis

    Hull

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Chris Tuson

    Hull

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Setaimata Sa

    Hull

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Gregory Mounis

    Catalan Dragons

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Jason Baitieri

    Catalan Dragons

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Iafeta Paleaaesina

    Hull

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Josh Bowden

    Hull

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Benjamin Garcia

    Catalan Dragons

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Mickael Simon

    Catalan Dragons

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Jordan Thompson

    Hull

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Mickey Paea

    Hull

  • 17m
    try

    Michael Oldfield

    Catalan Dragons

  • 12m
    try

    Morgan Escare

    Catalan Dragons

  • 12m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons