• Leeds Rhinos
  • 06 - 34

  • Catalans Dragons
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • HT 06 - 16
  • Catalans Dragons
30th September 2020 | KO 18:00 | Emerald Headingley Stadium | Betfred Super League

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







Player Performance

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Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards