• Catalans Dragons
  • 27 - 18

  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Catalans Dragons
  • HT 02 - 18
  • Leeds Rhinos
16th July 2021 | KO 18:15 | Stade Gilbert Brutus | Betfred Super League

Catalans Dragons 27 Leeds Rhinos 18

Another second half comeback from Catalans Dragons broke Leeds Rhinos’ hearts at the Stade Gilbert Brutus as Richard Agar’s side were defeated 27-18.

Harry Newman made his long awaited return to Richard Agar’s side following a double leg break last September. He partnered Tom Briscoe on the right while Liam Sutcliffe moved into the halves with captain Luke Gale. Sam Walters came into the starting thirteen after Rhyse Martin’s suspension and Cameron Smith replaced Bodene Thompson, who is also banned, at loose forward. Youngsters Jarrod O’Connor and Callum McLelland were both included on the bench; McLelland making his first appearance of the season.

It was a very hot affair in the South of France but Leeds settled into the conditions to take a 16 point lead at the break, despite being put under immediate pressure by the home side. A head high tackle from Cameron Smith on Mickael Goudemand pushed the Dragons inside their opponents half for the first time and on the third play, Arthur Mourgue produced a short pass that put Dean Whare into the back field. A good tackle from Mellor brought down the centre but Leeds were forced to defend again as Josh Drinkwater’s kick trapped Luke Briscoe in goal. The Dragons continued to mount more pressure but a forward pass from Mike McMeeken turned the ball over for the first time.

Leeds came close to the line through Newman but Catalans made sure they were first on the board thanks to the boot of Mourgue. Gale’s fifth tackle kick had floated out to give the Dragons a seven tackle set and a dangerous tackle on Matt Whitley followed. Despite having the opportunity to go for the try line again, Mourgue called for the kicking tee and converted the penalty, just like at Emerald Headingley seven days before.

Another penalty for a head high tackle almost saw Catalans score the first try of the game through Fouad Yaha but Konrad Hurrell made a great last ditch tackle to bring the winger down before the line. The Rhinos then went the length of the field and after Tom Holroyd looked to burst through a hole in the Dragons defence, Gale and Richie Myler connected perfectly to put Tom Briscoe in at the corner. Gale added the conversion to make the score 6-2.

Catalans had more chances to extend their lead close to the Leeds try line, earning three consecutive sets off the back of errors by the Rhinos, but as Tomkins released Tom Davies down the edge, Briscoe made another try saving tackle to deny the winger. As the game approached the 30 minute mark, Drinkwater looked to have scored a certain try but when video referee Marcus Griffiths took a look, although the ball had come off Luke Briscoe into the arms of the half back, Drinkwater had knocked the ball on when grounding it in-goal.

Following Drinkwater’s no try, Briscoe added a second try for the Rhinos to give themselves breathing space on the scoreboard. Three successive sets for the Rhinos off the back of the no try allowed the visitors to pressure the Dragons once again in their own half; Gale fabricating a fantastic kick to trap Sam Tomkins and Langi in goal. From the drop out, Newman and Brad Dwyer were both held up short of the whitewash, before on the fifth tackle, Leeming tried to beat Sam Kasiano to the line but he was unable to get over. Peeling out of the tackle, the hooker managed to get the ball away for Smith, who cut back into the short side and kicked for the in-goal area. Catalans winger Davies couldn’t recover the bouncing ball and Briscoe was there to collect and ground it.

Richard Agar’s side then finished the half with a flourish as Leeming scored the try of the game. A break by Kasiano looked ominous for the home side but the substitute’s offload for Davies was poor and went over the sidelines. The Rhinos were soon down near the try line again as a Newman offload allowed Dwyer to release Hurrell on a barn storming run. The centre earned a repeat set but Leeds didn’t need it as Sutcliffe, Hurrell, Dwyer and Sam Walters all kept the ball alive before Smith produced a perfectly timed offload to put Leeming under the posts. Gale converted his third kick of the game to make the half time score 18-2.

 

Coming out for the second half, the league leaders showed the same grit and determination that had seen them fight back to win at Emerald Headingley a week earlier and scored 25 unanswered points. Following a Leeds knock on from the restart, Kasiano was denied by Dwyer in a great effort by the Leeds hooker but on their next attacking set, the big prop wouldn’t be stopped by Sutcliffe or Dwyer on his way to the try line. Minutes later, as the Rhinos looked to have kept the home side out, a high kick from Sam Tomkins was lost in the air by Myler into the Catalans full back, who got the ball away for Mourgue to score. The half back converted both tries to close the score to 18-14.

Although Leeds looked to have stemmed the bleeding, a penalty for offside proved fatal against the visitors as Catalans continued to press. Moving across the line, Drinkwater eluded the challenge of Donaldson and passed short for Whitley to level the score. Mourgue added the conversion to put the Dragons back ahead.

Although Drinkwater was refused a try for the second time by referee Ben Thaler, who judged that Goudemand had knocked Mourgue’s offload on in the build up despite replay suggesting otherwise, Catalans continued to add to their scoreline. A break by Yaha caught Leeds off guard and although the winger was dragged down by Luke Briscoe, Drinkwater, Mourgue and Tomkins spun the ball wide for McMeeken, who produced an offload out of one hand to put Davies over in the corner.

Great defensive work from Luke Briscoe denied Yaha a try of his own; the French international looked to have used his strength to get out of Briscoe’s tackle and ground the ball but the video referee denied the attempt. A drop goal from Tomkins and a second penalty goal from Mourgue inside the last ten minutes secured the result for Steve McNamara’s side as they completed a second comeback win inside of seven days.

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Another second half comeback from Catalans Dragons broke Leeds Rhinos’ hearts at the Stade Gilbert Brutus as Richard Agar’s side were defeated 27-18.

Harry Newman made his long awaited return to Richard Agar’s side following a double leg break last September. He partnered Tom Briscoe on the right while Liam Sutcliffe moved into the halves with captain Luke Gale. Sam Walters came into the starting thirteen after Rhyse Martin’s suspension and Cameron Smith replaced Bodene Thompson, who is also banned, at loose forward. Youngsters Jarrod O’Connor and Callum McLelland were both included on the bench; McLelland making his first appearance of the season.

It was a very hot affair in the South of France but Leeds settled into the conditions to take a 16 point lead at the break, despite being put under immediate pressure by the home side. A head high tackle from Cameron Smith on Mickael Goudemand pushed the Dragons inside their opponents half for the first time and on the third play, Arthur Mourgue produced a short pass that put Dean Whare into the back field. A good tackle from Mellor brought down the centre but Leeds were forced to defend again as Josh Drinkwater’s kick trapped Luke Briscoe in goal. The Dragons continued to mount more pressure but a forward pass from Mike McMeeken turned the ball over for the first time.

Leeds came close to the line through Newman but Catalans made sure they were first on the board thanks to the boot of Mourgue. Gale’s fifth tackle kick had floated out to give the Dragons a seven tackle set and a dangerous tackle on Matt Whitley followed. Despite having the opportunity to go for the try line again, Mourgue called for the kicking tee and converted the penalty, just like at Emerald Headingley seven days before.

Another penalty for a head high tackle almost saw Catalans score the first try of the game through Fouad Yaha but Konrad Hurrell made a great last ditch tackle to bring the winger down before the line. The Rhinos then went the length of the field and after Tom Holroyd looked to burst through a hole in the Dragons defence, Gale and Richie Myler connected perfectly to put Tom Briscoe in at the corner. Gale added the conversion to make the score 6-2.

Catalans had more chances to extend their lead close to the Leeds try line, earning three consecutive sets off the back of errors by the Rhinos, but as Tomkins released Tom Davies down the edge, Briscoe made another try saving tackle to deny the winger. As the game approached the 30 minute mark, Drinkwater looked to have scored a certain try but when video referee Marcus Griffiths took a look, although the ball had come off Luke Briscoe into the arms of the half back, Drinkwater had knocked the ball on when grounding it in-goal.

Following Drinkwater’s no try, Briscoe added a second try for the Rhinos to give themselves breathing space on the scoreboard. Three successive sets for the Rhinos off the back of the no try allowed the visitors to pressure the Dragons once again in their own half; Gale fabricating a fantastic kick to trap Sam Tomkins and Langi in goal. From the drop out, Newman and Brad Dwyer were both held up short of the whitewash, before on the fifth tackle, Leeming tried to beat Sam Kasiano to the line but he was unable to get over. Peeling out of the tackle, the hooker managed to get the ball away for Smith, who cut back into the short side and kicked for the in-goal area. Catalans winger Davies couldn’t recover the bouncing ball and Briscoe was there to collect and ground it.

Richard Agar’s side then finished the half with a flourish as Leeming scored the try of the game. A break by Kasiano looked ominous for the home side but the substitute’s offload for Davies was poor and went over the sidelines. The Rhinos were soon down near the try line again as a Newman offload allowed Dwyer to release Hurrell on a barn storming run. The centre earned a repeat set but Leeds didn’t need it as Sutcliffe, Hurrell, Dwyer and Sam Walters all kept the ball alive before Smith produced a perfectly timed offload to put Leeming under the posts. Gale converted his third kick of the game to make the half time score 18-2.

 

Coming out for the second half, the league leaders showed the same grit and determination that had seen them fight back to win at Emerald Headingley a week earlier and scored 25 unanswered points. Following a Leeds knock on from the restart, Kasiano was denied by Dwyer in a great effort by the Leeds hooker but on their next attacking set, the big prop wouldn’t be stopped by Sutcliffe or Dwyer on his way to the try line. Minutes later, as the Rhinos looked to have kept the home side out, a high kick from Sam Tomkins was lost in the air by Myler into the Catalans full back, who got the ball away for Mourgue to score. The half back converted both tries to close the score to 18-14.

Although Leeds looked to have stemmed the bleeding, a penalty for offside proved fatal against the visitors as Catalans continued to press. Moving across the line, Drinkwater eluded the challenge of Donaldson and passed short for Whitley to level the score. Mourgue added the conversion to put the Dragons back ahead.

Although Drinkwater was refused a try for the second time by referee Ben Thaler, who judged that Goudemand had knocked Mourgue’s offload on in the build up despite replay suggesting otherwise, Catalans continued to add to their scoreline. A break by Yaha caught Leeds off guard and although the winger was dragged down by Luke Briscoe, Drinkwater, Mourgue and Tomkins spun the ball wide for McMeeken, who produced an offload out of one hand to put Davies over in the corner.

Great defensive work from Luke Briscoe denied Yaha a try of his own; the French international looked to have used his strength to get out of Briscoe’s tackle and ground the ball but the video referee denied the attempt. A drop goal from Tomkins and a second penalty goal from Mourgue inside the last ten minutes secured the result for Steve McNamara’s side as they completed a second comeback win inside of seven days.

Team Performance

Goals

3

3

Tries

4

3

Player Performance

PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Richie Myler0000000
Tom Briscoe2000000
Harry Newman0000000
Konrad Hurrell0000000
Luke Briscoe0000000
Liam Sutcliffe0000000
Luke Gale0300000
Tom Holroyd0000000
Kruise Leeming1000000
Matt Prior0000000
Alex Mellor0000000
Sam Walters0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Interchanges
Brad Dwyer0000000
Callum McLelland0000000
James Donaldson0000000
Jarrod O'Connor0000000
PlayerTRGLDGYCRCI+I-
Sam Tomkins0010000
Tom Davies1000000
Dean Whare0000000
Samisoni Langi0000000
Fouad Yaha0000000
Arthur Mourgue1300000
Josh Drinkwater0000000
Mickael Goudemand0000000
Alrix Da Costa0000000
Gil Dudson0000000
Matt Whitley1000000
Mike McMeeken0000000
Benjamin Garcia0000000
Interchanges
Benjamin Jullien0000000
Paul Seguier0000000
Sam Kasiano1000000
Jordan Dezaria0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards