Dragons Stun Castleford


What an impressive display by the Catalan dragons in front of over 10,000 supporters in Perpignan this evening . Star of the show was half back Josh Drinkwater with three tries and six goals in a display of charisma and no shortage of skill .

A cautious start by the dragons saw them go 2-0 up after a Drinkwater penalty but a few minutes later in typical half back style Drinkwater was on hand after a Greg bird break to take the four points. He converted his own try to take the dragons to an 8-0 early lead.

But perhaps to script the tigers hit back when the classy Michael Shenton got the ball wide to his wingman James Clare who dove in at the corner .
With perhaps a hint of things to come the elusive PNG international David mead made a spectacular length of the field run to score a potentially glorious try, only to be called back for a knock on.
Luck seemed to be turning to points for the tigers when the veteran rookie of the year Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e took a pass from junior moors to dance over the line for a score. Jamie Ellis converted to take the tigers into a 10-8 lead.

But any dreams of a romantic ending for the tigers in the south of France ground to a dismal halt at that point and the dragons seized the moment .

A James Clare knock on from the restart resulted in a period of sustained pressure from Catalan with another veteran Greg bird eventually out thinking the tigers defence for a fine solo effort. This was followed by further scores from Drinkwater and Louis Anderson and a close range effort from Frenchman Julian Bousquet to give Catalan a commanding 30-10 half time lead .

Coach Darryl Powell would have been an unhappy man at half time but the second half performance was not much better .
Kenny Edwards added to his recent try tally in the second half and he is proving to be an outstanding signing for the dragons . Although the industrious McShane replied with a score it was Drinkwater who stole the show with a spectacular interception from 75 yards out with tierney finishing the scoring to the delight of a packed home crowd .

A final score of 44-16 and Catalan dragons the form team in super league at the present moment and coach Steve McNamara finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel

Dragons: 31 Lewis Tierney, 20 Tony Gigot, 1 David Mead, 4 Brayden Wiliame, 5 Fouad Yaha, 6 Samisoni Langi, 33 Josh Drinkwater, 8 Rémi Casty, 19 Michael McIlorum, 15 Mickael Simon, 21 Benjamin Jullien, 12 Benjamin Garcia, 13 Greg Bird; Subs: 11 Louis Anderson, 14 Julian Bousquet, 17 Jason Baitieri, 34 Kenny Edwards

Tries: Drinkwater 3, Bird, Anderson, Bousquet, Edwards, Tierney Goals: Drinkwater 6

Tigers: 34 Quentin Laulu-Togagae, 29 Tuoyo Egodo, 3 Jake Webster, 4 Michael Shenton, 26 James Clare, 6 Jamie Ellis, 21 Jake Trueman, 32 Liam Watts, 9 Paul McShane, 15 Jesse Sene-Lefao, 8 Junior Moors, 11 Oliver Holmes, 14 Nathan Massey; Subs: 10 Grant Millington, 18 Matt Cook, 19 Gadwin Springer, 23 Mitch Clark


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