• Leeds Rhinos
  • 6 - 34

  • Catalans Dragons
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 6 - 16
  • Catalans Dragons
30th September 2020 | KO 18:00 | Emerald Headingley Stadium | Super League

Season So Far

Metres Gained

19,485

Tackles Made
4,854
Missed Tackles
481
Penalties Conceded

89

Total Carries

2,593

Total Passes

3,132

Clean Breaks

98

Errors

207

Top Try Scorer
Ash Handley

15

Top Passer
Brad Dwyer

755

Top Metre Maker

2,327

Ash Handley
Top Tackler

460

Matt Prior

Leeds Rhinos 6 Catalans Dragons 34

A young Leeds Rhinos side put up a fight against Catalans Dragons at Emerald Headingley but it wasn’t enough to prevent the French outfit from taking away a 34-6 win.

With only four days between the Dragons clash and a Coral Challenge Cup semi final against Wigan Warriors, a number of changes were made to the Leeds lineup as Richard Agar named one of his youngest squads, who made a big statement against Catalans. Academy products Liam Tindall, Jack Broadbent, Sam Walters, Jarrod O’Connor and Loui McConnell all made their debuts, along with centre Corey Hall, while Muizz Mustapha and Harvey Whiteley made their first Super League appearances of the season. Featherstone Rovers loanee’s Brett Ferres and James Harrison also donned the Leeds shirt (Harrison for the first time), and full back Jack Walker made a welcomed return to the starting 13.

The young Rhinos stood their own brilliantly against Catalans for nearly 20 minutes of the first half, halting the Dragons over the try line three times and posing some problems for the Dragons in attack. It would take until the 19th minutes for the deadlock to be broken by the visitors; Tom Davies evading three Leeds defenders on his way on the touchline to scoring the opening try. James Maloney kicked his first conversion of the night to give the visitors a 6-0 lead.

Leeds started to work their way into the game and strong performances from the more experienced Adam Cuthbertson and Bodene Thompson pushed the Rhinos towards the Dragons line. On the last tackle, a clever grubber kick from Callum McLelland looked to have caught Sam Tomkins off guard as the full back knocked the ball on, but referee Robert Hicks overturned his decision as Mustapha was offside. Off the back of that penalty, Davies finished his second try of the evening, taking a cutout pass from Maloney to score in the corner once again.

Leeds grabbed their scoring opportunity thanks to Rhys Evans, who intercepted a pass from Josh Drinkwater to sprint the length of the field and touch down under the posts. Jarrod O’Connor stepped up to kick his first conversion in Leeds colours, bringing the score to 10-6.

Although the young Rhinos looked to finish the first half only four points adrift, Davies finished his hat trick with a matter of minutes left on the clock. A bomb from Drinkwater was caught by Sam Tomkins and the full back managed to get the offload away for Israel Folau, who in turn passed the ball for Davies to touch down. Maloney was accurate from the kicking tee, making the half time score 16-6.

 

A break by Liam Tindall at the start of the second half showed what exciting talent is coming through at Leeds. Evading a number of tackles, the 19 year old winger’s break from his own 40 metres to the Dragons try line got every person on the touchline on their feet but he couldn’t quite finish off the move by getting the ball over the line. Sam Walters tried his luck on the next play but Catalans managed to hold the second rower up. The sin binning of Sam Kasiano provided another opportunity for the young Rhinos to try and post more points but the Dragons again held out with 12 men.

Tries from Fouad Yaha and Arthur Morgue over the next 30 minutes sealed the win for the visitors, who narrowed the gap to the top four. Drinkwater was once again the creator for the Dragons as the half back provided a looping ball over the top for Yaha to steam his way into the try zone. The winger should have had a second on the hour mark after another flowing move but was stopped by the referee for a forward pass.

As the game approached it’s final moments, Arthur Mourgue took advantage of a tired Rhinos defence to add his name to the scoresheet. Leeds had defended their try line twice with enthusiasm, like in the first half, and managed to turn the ball over but the Dragons wouldn’t lie down; substitute Mourgue spotting a broken defensive line shortly after to dive over from short range.

On the hooter, Yaha grabbed his second. The Rhinos looked short on the left edge and Catalans sensed a final opportunity, moving the ball out for Arthur Romano who broke away from the tackle of Hall and Tindall. Yaha followed in support and took the outside pass to score untouched and finish the game. Maloney added his fifth goal of the night to complete a 34-6 win for the Dragons.

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Leeds Rhinos 6 Catalans Dragons 34

A young Leeds Rhinos side put up a fight against Catalans Dragons at Emerald Headingley but it wasn’t enough to prevent the French outfit from taking away a 34-6 win.

With only four days between the Dragons clash and a Coral Challenge Cup semi final against Wigan Warriors, a number of changes were made to the Leeds lineup as Richard Agar named one of his youngest squads, who made a big statement against Catalans. Academy products Liam Tindall, Jack Broadbent, Sam Walters, Jarrod O’Connor and Loui McConnell all made their debuts, along with centre Corey Hall, while Muizz Mustapha and Harvey Whiteley made their first Super League appearances of the season. Featherstone Rovers loanee’s Brett Ferres and James Harrison also donned the Leeds shirt (Harrison for the first time), and full back Jack Walker made a welcomed return to the starting 13.

The young Rhinos stood their own brilliantly against Catalans for nearly 20 minutes of the first half, halting the Dragons over the try line three times and posing some problems for the Dragons in attack. It would take until the 19th minutes for the deadlock to be broken by the visitors; Tom Davies evading three Leeds defenders on his way on the touchline to scoring the opening try. James Maloney kicked his first conversion of the night to give the visitors a 6-0 lead.

Leeds started to work their way into the game and strong performances from the more experienced Adam Cuthbertson and Bodene Thompson pushed the Rhinos towards the Dragons line. On the last tackle, a clever grubber kick from Callum McLelland looked to have caught Sam Tomkins off guard as the full back knocked the ball on, but referee Robert Hicks overturned his decision as Mustapha was offside. Off the back of that penalty, Davies finished his second try of the evening, taking a cutout pass from Maloney to score in the corner once again.

Leeds grabbed their scoring opportunity thanks to Rhys Evans, who intercepted a pass from Josh Drinkwater to sprint the length of the field and touch down under the posts. Jarrod O’Connor stepped up to kick his first conversion in Leeds colours, bringing the score to 10-6.

Although the young Rhinos looked to finish the first half only four points adrift, Davies finished his hat trick with a matter of minutes left on the clock. A bomb from Drinkwater was caught by Sam Tomkins and the full back managed to get the offload away for Israel Folau, who in turn passed the ball for Davies to touch down. Maloney was accurate from the kicking tee, making the half time score 16-6.

 

A break by Liam Tindall at the start of the second half showed what exciting talent is coming through at Leeds. Evading a number of tackles, the 19 year old winger’s break from his own 40 metres to the Dragons try line got every person on the touchline on their feet but he couldn’t quite finish off the move by getting the ball over the line. Sam Walters tried his luck on the next play but Catalans managed to hold the second rower up. The sin binning of Sam Kasiano provided another opportunity for the young Rhinos to try and post more points but the Dragons again held out with 12 men.

Tries from Fouad Yaha and Arthur Morgue over the next 30 minutes sealed the win for the visitors, who narrowed the gap to the top four. Drinkwater was once again the creator for the Dragons as the half back provided a looping ball over the top for Yaha to steam his way into the try zone. The winger should have had a second on the hour mark after another flowing move but was stopped by the referee for a forward pass.

As the game approached it’s final moments, Arthur Mourgue took advantage of a tired Rhinos defence to add his name to the scoresheet. Leeds had defended their try line twice with enthusiasm, like in the first half, and managed to turn the ball over but the Dragons wouldn’t lie down; substitute Mourgue spotting a broken defensive line shortly after to dive over from short range.

On the hooter, Yaha grabbed his second. The Rhinos looked short on the left edge and Catalans sensed a final opportunity, moving the ball out for Arthur Romano who broke away from the tackle of Hall and Tindall. Yaha followed in support and took the outside pass to score untouched and finish the game. Maloney added his fifth goal of the night to complete a 34-6 win for the Dragons.

Team Performance

Metres Gained
Leeds Rhinos

1034

Catalans Dragons

1635

Carries
Leeds Rhinos

153

Catalans Dragons

213

Passes
Leeds Rhinos Catalans Dragons

193

270

Tackles
Leeds Rhinos Catalans Dragons

417

352

Missed Tackles

Leeds Rhinos

31

Catalans Dragons

23

Clean Breaks

Leeds Rhinos

7

Catalans Dragons

8

Attacking Kicks

7

11

Dummy Half Metres

97

58

Forty Twenty

0

0

Goals

1

5

Penalties Conceded

5

10

Tries

1

6

Player Performance

PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Jack Walker00501209798.810100001
Liam Tindall0070390161257.824000000
Rhys Evans10110000612220.310100000
Alex Sutcliffe0015222011746.712200000
Luke Briscoe0010220161338.301100010
Jack Broadbent002903238405.012100001
Callum McLelland0018031316352.200100000
Adam Cuthbertson0041610012655.400200010
Jarrod O'Connor005492104307.503301000
Brett Ferres0046720011514.600100001
Bodene Thompson002623017497.000400000
Sam Walters004432207507.110100000
James Harrison0047850011787.100200000
Interchanges
Muizz Mustapha003470007426.000100002
Corey Hall005202010494.901000010
Harvey Whiteley00164100000.000000000
Louis McConnell001821002126.000000000
PlayerTTATCMTMITBATCMAGCBDREFTGMGOFP
Sam Tomkins0110013012524.302000000
Tom Davies3140290211858.820200000
Arthur Romano00110300161066.600300011
Israel Folau01152120171277.502100001
Fouad Yaha20201401717110.130100000
James Maloney01235406181236.800205101
Josh Drinkwater0118210510323.200300002
Julian Bousquet003212020131138.700000020
Michael McIlorum00431021057915.813100001
Sam Moa00195130161499.310000001
Matt Whitley003043009465.100200000
Joel Tomkins0035711013977.500200011
Benjamin Garcia00325230151268.400000000
Interchanges
Remi Casty001520107679.600000000
Jason Baitieri0024600012695.801000000
Arthur Mourgue101240203144.712100000
Sam Kasiano002761009798.800100002
Stats Key
  • T: Tries
  • TA: Try Assists
  • TC: Tackles
  • MT: Marker Tackles
  • MIT: Missed Tackles
  • TB: Tackle Busts
  • AT: Attacking Kicks
  • C: Carries
  • M: Metres
  • AG: Average Gain
  • CB: Clean Break
  • DR: Run From Dummy Half
  • E: Errors
  • FT: Forty Twenty
  • G: Goals
  • MG: Missed Goals
  • OF: Offload
  • P: Penalties
  • YC: Yellow Card
  • RC: Red Card