17 Mar 2019

Catalans defeat Hull KR

Sam Tomkins kicked the winning conversion as the Catalans Dragons earned their first away win of the Betfred Super League campaign with an 18-16 success against Hull Kingston Rovers.

Lewis Tierney's 74th-minute try pulled the visitors level and Tomkins - playing against his brother Joel Tomkins - slotted over his third kick of the game as the Dragons fought back from 12-6 down.

The only scoring in the first period came from the boots of Craig Hall and Sam Tomkins as the sides went in at the break level at 2-2.

The hosts appeared to take charge as Weller Hauraki and Joel Tomkins both touched down early in the second half, but tries from Brayden Williame and Lucas Albert got Catalans back on level terms.

Hall went over to edge Rovers four points clear with 15 minutes left but Tierney and then Sam Tomkins had the final say.

Catalans boss Steve McNamara said: "They were extremely tough conditions for us as well as going 12-2 down but we managed to fight our way back.

"The spirit is there which we have shown it in glimpses this season. To throw it away with an intercept and then find another way to win it shows what it meant to the group."

Hull KR head coach Tim Sheens said: "We really struggled for numbers. We didn't have enough big men and then we lost Mose (Masoe) and (Mitch) Garbutt in the last 10 minutes which hurt us.

"We lost the ruck partly because of that, we were carrying a couple of busted guys, we ran out of numbers and ran out of steam. We were just hanging on."


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