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Catalans Dragons v Leeds Rhinos, Saturday 27th February, kick off 6pm (local time)

24th February 2016

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos make the trip to Perpignan this Saturday in round three of the First Utility Super League as both teams go in search of their first wins in the new campaign.

Whilst the Rhinos were taking on North Queensland Cowboys last Sunday at Headingley Carnegie, the Dragons had a week off as they recovered from a heavy defeat at the hands of Hull FC in their last home game. 

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Laurent Frayssinous' side inflicted a massive 46-16 defeat on the Rhinos in their last meeting when Leeds travelled to Stade Gilbert Brutus in the Super 8s. That victory for the home side ended a run of four successive wins for Brian McDermott's side in Perpignan. 

The game will be televised live on Sky Sports 2 on Saturday evening but you can also follow all the action on our official twitter page at www.twitter.com/leedsrhinos throughout the game. We will be with the team throughout their trip to the South of France so stay in touch with the squad via our usual social media channels in the build up to the game as well. 

We have tickets for the reserved seated area behind and to one side of the goals in the Tribune Puig-Aubert stand. Tickets are priced at £15.40 (20€;) for adults, £7.70 (10€;) students and juniors aged 12 to 16, and £3.10 (4€;) for juniors under 12. Please note this price in pounds is based on the exchange rate at the time of tickets going on sale. Tickets for Junior Season Members can be exchanged for a match ticket in advance of the match by producing the voucher from their away voucher booklet at the Leeds Rugby Retail Store or Ticket Office (match day only). Disabled tickets with helper are available from the Catalan’s ticket office. Please contact them via the following email address infos@catalansdragons.com.   
 
Match tickets will be available until 3pm on Thursday 25th February, subject to availability, from the Leeds Rugby Retail Store. To book tickets, please call the Ticket Office Hotline on 0371 423 13 15, come down to the Leeds Rugby Retail Store at Headingley Carnegie Stadium or book online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets
 
Catalans Dragons details are:
Ground Address – Stade Gilbert Brutus, 10 Avenue du Languedoc, 66000 Perpignan, France
Website – www.catalansdragons.com   
Ticket Office email – infos@catalansdragons.com   
Car Parking – Car Parking is on street parking

Last ten results between the sides
Catalans Dragons 46, Leeds 16 (SLS8R5, 12/9/15)
Leeds 36, Catalans Dragons 22 (SLR23, 26/7/15)
Catalans Dragons 22, Leeds 38 (SLR7, 28/3/15)
Leeds 20, Catalans Dragons 24 (SLEPO, 20/9/14)
Leeds 32, Catalans Dragons 31 (SLR18, 29/6/14)
Catalans Dragons 12, Leeds 40 (SLR3, 28/2/14)
Leeds 20, Catalans Dragons 12 (SLR26, 30/8/13)
Catalans Dragons 12, Leeds 27 (SLR10, 1/4/13)
Catalans Dragons 20, Leeds 27 (SLPSF, 21/9/12)
Catalans Dragons 38, Leeds 34 (SLR25, 18/8/12)

Super League summary
Catalans Dragons won 6 (includes win in 2014 play-offs)
Leeds won 19 (includes wins in 2009 and 2012 play-offs)
Catalans Dragons highest score: 46-16 (H, 2015) (also widest margin)
Leeds highest score: 60-12 (H, 2006) (Widest margin: 58-10, A, 2006; 60-12, H, 2006)

CAREER MILESTONES
BRAD SINGLETON needs one appearance to reach 100 for his career.Singleton has played 78 games for Leeds since 2011, to go with loan/dual-registration appearances for Dewsbury (12, 2012), Wakefield (1, 2013) and Hunslet (8, 2013).

ZAK HARDAKER needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. Hardaker has scored 66 tries for Leeds since 2011, to go with representative scores for England (3, 2012-2013) and England Knights (2, 2012).
He also scored 28 tries for previous club Featherstone (2010-2011).

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Check out our YouTube playlist from our previous visits to Perpignan to face the Dragons. 
 

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Catalans Dragons 32 Leeds Rhinos 28

27th February 2016

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos narrowly lost out in the rain in Perpignan as the young Rhinos outfit left themselves too much to do in the end of snatch victory late on.

Leeds Rhinos travelled to France looking for their first win of the season and to avenge their big Super 8s defeat in Perpignan less than six months ago.
 
Brian McDermott brought in Mitch Achurch to replace the suspended Mitch Garbutt whilst Brad Singleton started in the front row to allow Adam Cuthbertson to come into the game off the bench.
 
Catalans included new signing Willie Mason as a replacement and were searching for their opening win of the season too.
 
The home side took the lead early on when Australian prop Dave Taylor powered his way over from close range. The decision went to the video referee who checked a play the ball two prior to the try whilst the suspicious ruck was the next one, when there was a suggestion of a knock on. The try was awarded and Pat Richards added the conversion.
 
Leeds had plenty of possession after that and made Catalans drop out three times with some clever last play options. However, the home side gifted them their first try when the ball was spilled in the Dragons own in goal and Kallum Watkins was fastest to react to get his hand down on the ball. Jordan Lilley added a fine conversion to level the score.
 
Catalans retook the lead after 33 minutes. Once again there was an element of controversy in the build up as Catalans appeared to knock on a dangerous kick near their own line on the last tackle. Referee Ben Thaler was happy with the contact and played on and the Dragons were ruthless as they broke up field. Having broke down the left, the ball was kicked back into centre field for Richie Myler to collect in his stride and go over and score. Richards was on target again to make it 12-6.
 
Leeds cut the gap with a penalty from Lilley with the last play of the game but the Dragons took control of the game after the break with two quick fire tries. The first came from Inu as he put in a burst of pace to take him clear of Lilley before cutting back inside to score.  The Dragons then scored again within two minutes after Tony Gigot cut back inside to support Stewart’s line break and score. Richards converted both tackles and the Dragons led 24-8.
 
The Rhinos finally hit back after 51 minutes when Liam Sutcliffe supported a break by Mitch Achurch to go over. Lilley converted before the Rhinos then crossed again. A loose high kick near the Rhinos line was latched onto by Kallum Watkins and the centre raced clear. With Catalans back peddling, the Rhinos moved the ball wide and Moon timed his pass to Ryan Hall to perfection to put the England man in for his second try of the season. Lilley was on target again and the lead had been cut to 24-20.
 
The conditions took a critical turn after that score as the rain that had been forecast all day for Perpignan finally arrived and then some. Torrential rain poured onto the pitch and the next score looked as though it would be crucial. It was the Dragons who struck when Taylor used his giant frame to stretch out and score near the line. Richards added the conversion to give his side a 30-24 lead. The former Wigan man then edged his side further in front with a penalty with ten minutes to go.
 
The Rhinos rallied late on with Ash Handley bravely racing through to touch down Sutcliffe’s perfectly weighted kick before Kallum Watkins produced a wonderful try, breaking from deep and handing off two would be tacklers before touching down. Lilley was unfortunate to see both conversion attempts drift wide from far out in the heavy rain and Leeds ran out of time to grab an equalising score.

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