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Catalans Dragons 32 Leeds Rhinos 28

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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Catalans Dragons 32 Leeds Rhinos 28

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.