Saturday 22nd March 2014, 18:30 - Round:6

Catalans Dragons

Catalans Dragons

30 (14)

VS.

Huddersfield Giants

(0) 14

Huddersfield Giants
Zeb Taia, Louis Anderson 2, Morgan Escare, Elliott Whitehead,

T Scott Grix, Brett Ferres, Jodie Broughton,

Thomas Bosc 5,

G

Danny Brough,

  DG  

Attendance: 6,600  Official: R Silverwood  Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan

TRIES:
5
3
TRIES:
GOALS:
5
1
GOALS:
METRES:
1399
1081
METRES:
CARRIES:
196
180
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
295
346
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
14
7
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
7
8
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
12
2
BREAKS:

Louis Anderson inspired the Catalan Dragons to their first win in six First Utility Super League games in 2014 with two tries in a 30-14 victory over Huddersfield Giants.

The hosts’ poor form during the early part of the season had raised doubts over the future of coach Laurent Frayssinous.

However, such a convincing victory over last season’s league leaders eased the unrest in the south of France.

Anderson stole the show with his tries and committed defence but this was a team effort.

From the off, the Catalans forwards dominated their opponents and they kept that up throughout the game.

Catalans opened the scoring after 15 minutes with Eloi Pelissier and Morgan Escare creating a gap for Zeb Taia to charge through and score on the left-hand side, with Thomas Bosc adding the conversion.

The Dragons scored again four minutes later as Bosc’s short ball to Anderson saw the former Kiwi international charge over the Huddersfield try-line. Bosc’s conversion doubled the lead and the same player also made the most of a penalty just after the half-hour.

Five minutes after the break, Anderson scored the try of the game - Elliott Whitehead, Pelissier, Lopini Paea, Taia and Mathias Pala all involved as the ball was sent one way then the other before Anderson got his hands on it and dived over to score.

The win was all-but sealed with an hour played, Pala breaking away down the left before passing inside to Escare – who dived over.

Huddersfield did come back into the game, Scott Grix scoring with 15 minutes remaining and Danny Brough converting to register the Giants' first points of the game and reduce the deficit to 24-6.

The Giants scored again without the Dragons touching the ball, Brough's long pass finding Brett Ferres – who powered his way over to score and narrow the hosts' lead further.

However, the nerves of the home supporters were eased with five minutes remaining when Whitehead pounced on Pelissier's kick through.

The Giants did have the last say, Jodie Broughton scoring in the left corner in the final moments.

Louis Anderson 2 0 22 2 1 3 1 12 80 6.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Morgan Escare 1 1 3 0 0 3 0 12 142 11.83 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zeb Taia 1 0 14 2 1 4 0 15 126 8.40 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
Elliot Whitehead 1 0 31 7 0 7 1 13 101 7.77 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
Mathias Pala 0 2 5 0 0 3 0 18 124 6.89 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Ben Pomeroy 0 0 20 4 3 0 0 11 60 5.45 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
Michael Oldfield 0 0 10 2 2 2 0 10 90 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Leon Pryce 0 1 12 0 2 1 1 9 49 5.44 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
Thomas Bosc 0 0 23 1 4 0 2 6 10 1.67 0 0 1 0 5 2 0 1
Olivier Elima 0 0 18 1 3 0 0 10 56 5.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Eloi Pelissier 0 1 52 4 0 8 1 14 148 10.57 4 6 2 0 0 0 1 1
Mickael Simon 0 0 18 1 1 2 0 13 86 6.62 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
Jason Baitieri 0 0 20 3 0 1 0 13 82 6.31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Gregory Mounis 0 0 20 3 3 2 1 15 89 5.93 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 1
Lopini Paea 0 0 8 1 0 0 0 8 67 8.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jean Philippe Baile 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Benjamin Garcia 0 0 19 1 1 2 0 17 89 5.24 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 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

  • (FB) M. Escare
  • (W) M. Oldfield
  • (U) B. Pomeroy
  • (U) Z. Taia
  • (W) M. Pala
  • (U) L. Pryce
  • (SO) T. Boscx5
  • (P) O. Elima
  • (H) E. Pelissier
  • (P) M. Simon
  • (SR) E. Whitehead
  • (SR) L. Andersonx2
  • (U) J. Baitieri
  • (U) G. Mounis
  • (SR) L. Paea
  • (U) J. Baile
  • (U) B. Garcia

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Jodie Broughton

Metres: 154

Player

Kyle Wood

Tackles: 34

Player

Chris Bailey

Tackles: 38

Player

Eorl Crabtree

Tackles: 32

Player

Morgan Escare

Metres: 142

Player

Eloi Pelissier

Metres: 148

Tackles: 52

Clean Breaks: 4

Player

Elliot Whitehead

Tackles: 31