Saturday 6th July 2013, 18:00 - Round:21

Catalans Dragons

Catalans Dragons

34 (28)

VS.

London Broncos

(4) 28

London Broncos
Zeb Taia, Kevin Larroyer, Morgan Escare 2, Thomas Bosc, Scott Dureau,

T Jamie O'Callaghan, Mark Bryant, Luke Dorn, Daniel Sarginson 2,

Thomas Bosc 5,

G

Jamie Soward 4,

  DG  

Attendance: 6,286  Official: R Hicks  Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

TRIES:
6
5
TRIES:
GOALS:
5
4
GOALS:
METRES:
1219
1081
METRES:
CARRIES:
165
191
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
260
273
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
9
9
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
10
11
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
6
6
BREAKS:

London Broncos showed signs of promise as they fell just short of completing a thrilling comeback against Catalan Dragons.

Tony Rea’s men face a Challenge Cup quarter-final against Sheffield Eagles next weekend - a banana skin tie if ever there was one - and a seventh successive game without a win will have done little for confidence, although they should take heart from a second-half surge which saw them close to within one score having been 30 points behind.

Not even a first start for State of Origin star Jamie Soward could drag the Broncos out of their results slump as Catalan, with a last-eight tie of their own against Hull FC coming, held on to take the points.

It was a night of high emotion for the Dragons, who this week learnt that 39-year-old Steve Menzies - an icon of the game in both hemispheres - would be retiring at the end of the season, but they channelled it well early on.

Menzies himself did not play, with his advancing years considered ahead of next week, but those on the field had enough to see off an inexperienced Broncos side.

The chimes of Big Ben rang out as London entered the field with Rhodri Lloyd amongst them on his debut, but there was nothing timely about their start to the game as Zeb Taia opened the scoring.

Back-to-back penalties then gave the home side more field position and the destructive Kevin Larroyer made good use of it, with Thomas Bosc tagging his first goal of the night to move the score out to 10-0.

Despite Soward's best intentions, there was little happening in the London attack and they were turned around again as Morgan Escare finished off a length-of-the-field move started by Taia's offload, with Bosc again converting.

Luke Dorn was then denied a London score when the video referee penalised a shoulder charge, but the full-back dusted himself down to send Jamie O'Callaghan in at the corner.

The normal order was quickly restored as a London mistake was seized on by Escare who did the rest.

Bosc added the two before touching down himself with seconds of the opening half left.

Another Bosc goal edged the interval score to 28-4 and it did not take long for points to arrive in the second half either.

After Taia was denied by the video referee Scott Dureau nipped in to dot down, with France international Bosc again on the money with the conversion.

In stifling conditions the quality was always going to drop and so it proved during a dip around the hour-mark, but that played into London's hands and Mark Bryant flew into a gap off a Ben Fisher pass to score.

Dorn then got in on the act as he snapped up a Soward chip to ground and when Dan Sarginson stormed his way over with 12 minutes left, a comeback was well under way.

The wind was taken out of London’s sails somewhat when Soward was left in a heap with the incident put on report, but when Sarginson found a way through for his second, that was forgotten.

The hooter ultimately beat the visitors, who won the second half 24-6.

Morgan Escare 2 0 1 0 0 6 1 9 182 20.22 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
Thomas Bosc 1 0 16 4 1 0 1 7 31 4.43 0 0 1 0 5 1 0 0
Scott Dureau 1 1 13 1 3 2 4 11 32 2.91 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Zeb Taia 1 1 16 2 1 2 0 13 89 6.85 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1
Kevin Larroyer 1 1 23 5 1 4 0 15 83 5.53 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
Damien Blanch 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 7 42 6.00 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1
Vincent Duport 0 0 14 0 3 0 0 8 42 5.25 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
Mathias Pala 0 0 12 3 1 1 1 9 68 7.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Frederic Vaccari 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 12 153 12.75 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Julian Bousquet 0 0 19 4 0 1 0 13 78 6.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Eloi Pelissier 0 0 21 1 1 1 0 8 38 4.75 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Remi Casty 0 0 26 4 1 3 0 13 81 6.23 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Gregory Mounis 0 0 18 1 0 0 0 6 27 4.50 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
Ian Henderson 0 0 23 6 4 0 0 10 76 7.60 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Antoni Maria 0 0 17 3 1 0 1 11 73 6.64 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Lopini Paea 0 0 11 2 1 4 0 7 81 11.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Elliot Whitehead 0 0 23 4 1 1 0 6 43 7.17 0 0 1 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

  • (U) M. Escarex2
  • (W) D. Blanch
  • (U) V. Duport
  • (W) M. Pala
  • (W) F. Vaccari
  • (SO) T. Boscx5
  • (SH) S. Dureau
  • (P) J. Bousquet
  • (H) E. Pelissier
  • (P) R. Casty
  • (SR) K. Larroyer
  • (U) Z. Taia
  • (U) G. Mounis
  • (H) I. Henderson
  • (SR) A. Maria
  • (SR) L. Paea
  • (SR) E. Whitehead

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Scott Wheeldon

Metres: 144

Player

Morgan Escare

Metres: 182

Clean Breaks: 3

Player

Frederic Vaccari

Metres: 153

Catalans Dragons 34-28 London Broncos 2013.superleague.co.uk