• Catalans Dragons
  • 24 - 30

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Catalans Dragons
  • HT 12 - 16
  • Leeds Rhinos
6th May 2017 | KO 17:00 | Stade Gilbert Brutus | Betfred Super League

Catalans Dragons 24 Leeds Rhinos 30

A late try from Danny McGuire and a top class performance from Liam Sutcliffe on his 100th appearance for the Rhinos helped secure a memorable win for Leeds in Perpignan.

The Rhinos made an excellent start down in the south of France with a try inside the opening five minutes. Having withstood an early onslaught by the Dragons, they promptly went down field and a deftly weighted kick by Danny McGuire was plucked out of the air by Liam Sutcliffe, who marked his 100th appearance for the Rhinos with a try. He converted his own try to give his side a 6-0 lead.

Catalans hit back three minutes when video referee Robert Hicks awarded a try to Louis Anderson. The replays showed a potential obstruction on Matt Parcell in the build up however it was not enough to deny the score and Tony Gigot’s conversion levelled the score.

The Dragons were then denied a try by the video official when Gigot went through a hole in the Rhinos defence created when Jamie Jones-Buchanan was flattened by a dummy runner.

Catalans had a great chance to score soon after when Richie Myler broke through only for his pass wide to Yaha to go down. The touch judge ruled that Tom Briscoe had got a touch on the ball first. The Dragons had a great chance to attack the Leeds line only for Gigot to lose the ball again. This time McGuire picked up and raced 70 metres up field before he was hauled down by Yaha and the chance had gone.

The Dragons did take the lead when Julian Bousquet went over from close range, this time it was a potential obstruction on Stevie Ward that was waved away. Gigot added the conversion to give his side a 12-6 lead after 26 minutes.

The sides were producing a tough encounter with the big packs of forwards going head to head but it was the Dragons who struck the next blow. Leeds were penalised near halfway and they made the most of their territory. Quick hands created a gap for centre Brayden Wiliame to go over. Gigot missed the conversion attempt but the home side were ten points in front now.

The Rhinos went in search of a reply before half time and they got it on the hooter. Having been awarded a penalty, Stevie Ward took the tap himself and forced his way over the line to get the ball down despite the close attention of two defenders. Sutcliffe added the conversion from the touchline to make it 16-12 at the interval.

The second half was a frustrating affair for the Rhinos as they found themselves on the wrong side of official Jack Smith and were gifting the Dragons metres up field with every offence. Catalans thought they had scored through Gigot only for the video replay to show an incredible last ditch tackle by Golding and Ward to deny the Dragons number one.

However, the home side did score when Myler broke free from an attempted tackle by Mullally and then offloaded to Remi Casty to score between the posts. Gigot had the simple conversion to give his a ten point lead again.

The Rhinos were denied a try by the video referee when Moon rolled back the ball on the last tackle for Jones-Buchanan to hack ahead and Handley to touch down but the replays showed the winger was offside when the ball was kicked.

However, the visitors have already shown this season their steel and they found a way back into the game when Sutcliffe and McGuire combined to put Cuthbertson away and the prop raced in from 20 metres out. Sutcliffe adding the conversion.

The Rhinos then levelled the game with 12 minutes to go when Moon and Handley broke down the touchline and Rob Burrow was on hand to collect the final pass and won the race to the corner with Gigot to score. That left Sutcliffe with a touchline conversion to edge his side in front and the young man coolly slotted it over.

Catalans threw everything at the Rhinos to get back in front and it took desperate defence from Leeds kept them out. However, they did concede a penalty and Gigot levelled the score at 24-24 to set up a grandstand finish.

The Rhinos made the most of an error by Bousquet as he was caught in possession on the last tackle and then Gigot knocked the ball out of Golding’s hands to give Leeds another set on the Dragons line when the Leeds man regathered first.

Leeds moved the ball in field and skipper McGuire dummied to Cuthbertson, who had set up the position for the try with a brilliant break, before darting through the gap to score. Sutcliffe continued a faultless night to give his side a 30-24 win.

Team Performance

Goals

0

5

Tries

0

5

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Ashton Golding0000000
Tom Briscoe0000000
Liam Sutcliffe1500000
Joel Moon0000000
Ash Handley0000000
Danny McGuire1000000
Rob Burrow MBE1000000
Keith Galloway0000000
Matt Parcell0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Stevie Ward1000000
Adam Cuthbertson1000000
Interchanges
Brett Delaney0000000
Anthony Mullally0000000
Jordan Lilley0000000
Mikolaj Oledzki0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Interchanges
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards