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Catalan Dragons v Leeds Rhinos, Sunday 10th July, kick off 4.45pm (BST)

1st July 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos travel to France next weekend to take on Trent Robinson’s impressive Catalan Dragons outfit in Perpignan.

Leeds beat the Dragons at Headingley Carnegie earlier this season when the home side won 30-6 with a strong second half showing. Two tries from Zak Hardaker finally broke Catalan in an absorbing battle between two sides who came into the game level in the table.

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Leeds only led 6-0 at half time and just after the hour mark, it looked like a tense finish was in prospect at 12-6 however the Rhinos cut loose in the final quarter to run out comfortable winners in the end.

The Rhinos won in Perpignan last year at Easter 34-24 but suffered a dramatic last minute defeat the previous season.

Catalan will come into the game in plenty of confidence after victory at Odsal last weekend. Former Bradford favourite Steve Menzies, the oldest player in Super League, returned to Odsal to destroy his former club but it took the dismissal of his team-mate David Ferriol to spark the Catalan Dragons into life as they beat the Bulls 34-28.

The Dragons were clinging to a 12-10 lead when Ferriol was sent off on 46 minutes for a high tackle on James Donaldson and they looked certain to pay the price when Bulls prop Tom Burgess scored his first Super League try to put the home side into an 18-12 lead.

However, the Catalans played their best rugby while down to 12 men, scoring four tries in the last 25 minutes to secure a crucial win that kept alive their top-four hopes and dealt a severe blow to Bradford's play-off aspirations.

Gareth Raynor, Tom Burgess, Ben Jeffries and Olivier Elima all claimed tries for the home side, with Patrick Ah Van kicking six goals.

But it was not enough as the Dragons cross the whitewash thanks to Sebastien Raguin, Ian Henderson, Clint Greenshields (2), Damien Blanch (2) and Scott Dureau, who also landed three goals.

All unsold tickets for this game have been returned to Catalan Dragons now.

Leeds fans will only be able to book their tickets via the Catalan Dragons website or from their ticket office (subject to availability)

Tickets for this game are priced at £14 for adults, £9 for OAP's and students and £3 for juniors.

Tickets for Junior Season Ticket Holders can be exchanged for a match ticket in advance of the match by producing the voucher from their away voucher booklet at the Rhinos ticket office.

Disabled tickets will need to booked via Catalans' ticket office on the day. The Catalan Dragon's website is www.catalansdragons.com

The game is live on Sky Sports and will kick off at 1745 (CET), 1645 (BST) on Sunday 10th July. You can keep in touch with all the news from France here including match updates throughout match night on our official Twitter page at www.twitter.com/leedsrhinos

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Catalan Dragons 38 Leeds Rhinos 18.

10th July 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos lost out to the Catalan Dragons in front of a sold out crowd at Stade Gilbert Brutus, bringing their losing run in Super League to three consecutive matches.

Ryan Hall returned to the starting line up having missed the team’s last game against Wigan, but they were without Rob Burrow who was ruled out due to suspension.  Jay Pitts and Ali Lauitiiti were left out of the starting 19, whilst Weller Hauraki was named on the bench after his impressive performance in the Rugby League Nines tournament.

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The Rhinos came into the game having lost their last two fixtures, whilst in contrast the Dragons had secured wins over Bradford and Castleford in their last two outings. 

Back in May the Rhinos had been victorious against their French opponents at Headingley Carnegie but the Dragons had not lost on their homeground in their last six fixtures.

Leeds showed their intent early on but handling errors proved costly for the vistirs and their best chance of the opening ten minutes resulted in Ryan Hall being dragged into touch. 

The teams remained scoreless after 14 minutes but Catalan began to threaten the Rhinos defence, firstly Lopini Paea was just stopped short of the line but moments later they were able to take the lead when Sebastien Raguin caught a Scott Dureau crossfield kick before running over for the opening try, after referral to the video referee.  Scott Dureau added the conversion to put his side 6-0 ahead.

Leeds hit back on 21 minutes when Brent Webb earned the penalty after Daryl Millard was judged to have not allowed him to play the ball.  The full back then gave a perfectly timed pass to Ryan Hall who was dashed over for the try in the corner.  Sinfield added the conversion to level the score.

After being awarded a string of penalties Catalan opted to kick for goal when Jamie Jones-Buchanan was penalised and Dureau edged his side ahead with his effort in front of the posts.

As the half drew to a close Catalan were able to open up the Rhinos defence and some fantastic attacking play saw Ian Henderson, Scott Dureau and Steve Menzies combine to spread the ball out wide across the Rhinos tryline to Frederic Vaccari who crossed in the corner. 

Despite a Leeds rally they ended the half further behind when Damien Blanch forced his way over for a try.  Video replays however showed that Sebastien Raguin and Ian Henderson both joined the tackle to push their team mate over the tryline, but the try was allowed.

Within five minutes of the restart the Rhinos found themselves further behind when Dureau fed the ball from the scrum to Steve Menzies who held off Carl Ablett and Danny MCGuire to get another four points for the home side.  This time Dureau was unable to add the conversion, but he made amends for this minutes later when he a penalty in front of the posts to bring the score to.26-6.

There was further misery for Leeds when, after giving away a penalty for a late challenge Brett Delaney was shown the yellow card by referee James Child.  Leeds looked a frustrated side at times but did show moments of flair when in attack although the Dragons showed their physical strength and were able to deal with everything that their opponents through at them.

Leeds were able to build momentum after two repeat sets and on 61 minutes they  eventually found their way through Jamie Jones-Buchanan collected a Sinfield pass before making a powerful run to the tryline.  Leeds then were able to build on that with a try four minutes later with the Delaney returning from the sin bin to set up Danny Buderus.  Sinfield added the conversion to bring his side back in the game at 26-18 with 15 minutes to play.

The Leeds comeback was short lived however and within the final quarter Catalan ran in three tries to secure the convincing win.  Firstly Daryl Millard knocked back a high kick from Dureau to allow Clint Greenshields to extend the lead for his side before Vincent Duport and Vaccari wrapped up the win with a try apiece.

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