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Catalan Dragons v Leeds Rhinos, Friday 21st September, kick off 7.45pm

15th September 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos will travel to Perpignan next in the play offs after their 42-20 win over Wakefield and now face Catalan Dragons next Friday kick off 7.45pm (8.45pm local time).

Catalan's loss to Wigan on Friday night means they have to use their second chance for finishing in the top four and they face a Rhinos side who had to battle hard to get passed the in form Wildcats.

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For those travelling to France, the Dragons have told us that fans will be able to buy tickets on our online ticket office from Wednesday at www.catalansdragons.com. Tickets will also be available on game day at the stadium.

However, for supporters who can not make it to France, we will be showing the game live on the big screen here at Headingley Carnegie. The bars will be open from 7pm with admission free of charge, why not come down and watch the game with fellow Rhinos and hopefully cheer the boys on to a famous victory.

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Catalan Dragons 20 Leeds Rhinos 27

21st September 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos produced a heroic display to defeat Catalan Dragons in Perpignan to progress in the Stobart Super League Play offs.

The Rhinos were without prop Kylie Leuluai through suspension however Ian Kirke returned to the squad after missing the previous week with a head injury suffered at Huddersfield.

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The home side were expected to welcome back Leon Pryce after he had been out injured since the Dragons 38-34 win in Perpignan back in August.

The Rhinos knew they were in for a tough challenge against a fired up Dragons side who were looking to bounce back from a humiliating defeat to Wigan a week earlier.

In front of their partisan home fans, the Dragons made a strong start and put the Rhinos under pressure from the off. The opening exchanges were cagey, as was to be expected in an elimination play off, but it was Catalan who took the lead when video referee Phil Bentham awarded a try to Clint Greenshields when he ducked under a tackle to touch down. Scott Dureau missed the conversion but the home side led 4-0.

The Dragons dominated possession and territory on the back of a number of penalties against the visitors. However, the Leeds defence held firm and they forced Catalan into errors. Leeds had a try disallowed by the video referee for Ben Jones-Bishop out wide after Bentham judged that a dummy runner in midfield caused obstruction in the build up to the try.

It seemed inevitable that Catalan would get a second score but as time went by and their dominance did not bring a score, the sense of desperation came into their play. That was magnified with six minutes to go in the half when a rampaging run by Darrell Griffin set up a position that eventually led to Zak Hardaker putting Stevie Ward through a gap to score. Kevin Sinfield added the conversion to give his side an unlikely lead.

That lead was increased two minutes later when Jamie Jones-Buchanan broke through the line and fed Shaun Lunt who raced in from 30 metres out to score. Sinfield converted and his side now led 12-4.

The Champions had the scent of another score in their nostrils with half time approaching and when the Dragons knocked on in their own half, Leeds rushed to set the scrum and stop the clock with 56 seconds remaining. However, as they pushed for a third try, Damian Blanch latched onto a loose pass and sprinted 90 metres to score an interception try, chased all the way by Hardaker and Sinfield. Dureau was on target this time to make it 12-10 at the break and leave the game in the balance.

The second half was just as intense as both teams knew their season was on the line. Leeds had early chances, most notably when Chris Clarkson burst through the cover but was forced wide by the defence and the chance went begging.
The home side hit the front eight minutes into the second half when Blanch took a crossfield kick to touch down in the corner. Dureau’s conversion attempt drifted short and the lead remained at four points.

Leeds responded with two quick just after the hour mark. The first came from a clever grubber by Sinfield that Ablett dived on. Then from the restart Ryan Bailey made an incredible 70 metre break to put McGuire in for a try. Sinfield converted both to make it 24-14 with 15 minutes to go.

Thomas Bosc got a try back for the home side but Sinfield settled the nerves with a penalty with seven minutes remaining and put his side six points in front.

Catalan fired back and looked to get an equalising score however the Rhinos held firm and a late drop goal from Danny McGuire sealed the win.

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