Super League  Friday 21st September 2012  Stade Gilbert Brutus  Att: 11,523

Squad

Greenshields, Blanch, Pryce, Sa, Bosc, Dureau, Ferriol, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Mounis, Raguin, Pelissier, Millard, Fakir, Paea, Baitieri, Duport.

Squad

Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hardaker, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Hauraki, Griffin, Moore, Ward, Lunt.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Thomas Bosc

Damien Blanch

Damien Blanch

Clint Greenshields

GOAL SCORERS:

Scott Dureau

Scott Dureau

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Danny McGuire

Carl Ablett

Shaun Lunt

Stevie Ward

GOAL SCORERS:

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Danny McGuire

Full Report

Match Official: B Thaler

Reigning Stobart Super League champions Leeds Rhinos are 80 minutes away from the Grand Final after winning a thrilling sudden-death play-off tie in Perpignan.

The Rhinos twice came from behind to take the lead, but could only breathe easy when a Danny McGuire drop goal three minutes from the end of a pulsating encounter put them two scores in front.

Stung by their humiliating defeat at Wigan Warriors seven days ago, Catalan Dragons made the liveliest start through their rampaging forwards but only had an eighth-minute try from departing full-back Clint Greenshields to show for all their early efforts.

Leeds gradually clawed their way into the game and were denied a score on 16 minutes when winger Ben Jones-Bishop had a try disallowed by video referee Phil Bentham for obstruction.

Back-to-back penalties then gave the champions a perfect attacking position and replacement hooker Shaun Lunt took full advantage.

His delayed pass close to the line sent fellow substitute Stevie Ward over for a try on 34 minutes and, two minutes later, he supported a break by second rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan to cross for one himself.

Sinfield added both conversions to put his side into a 12-4 lead, but the Dragons cut the deficit to just two in the last minute of the first half when right winger Damien Blanch picked off a pass by McGuire and sprinted 90 metres for an opportunist try, goaled by Scott Dureau.

Blanch then put Catalan back in front eight minutes into the second half after collecting Dureau's pinpoint kick to the corner, but they suffered a blow when loose forward Gregory Mounis, whose offload had set up the tryscoring position, went off with an arm injury.

Trailing 14-12, Leeds looked to be heading for the exit but struck back with two converted tries in another three-minute spell to seize control.

Centre Carl Ablett touched down Sinfield's grubber kick and McGuire scored his 201st Super League try after supporting a remarkable 50-metre break from forward Ryan Bailey.

Sinfield's fourth goal made it 24-14 but they paid the price for a series of defensive lapses as stand-off Thomas Bosc took Greenshield's pass to score the Dragons' fourth try, with Dureau kicking a second conversion.

Sinfield gave Leeds additional breathing space with a penalty eight minutes from the end, but the Dragons, who put a limping Leon Pryce on for the last seven minutes, remained a threat until McGuire settled it with his one-pointer.

Match Action

  • 78m
    dropgoal

    Danny McGuire

    Leeds

  • 73m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 73m
    interchange_on

    Leon Pryce

    Catalan Dragons

  • 73m
    interchange_off

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 68m
    try

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 68m
    goal

    Scott Dureau

    Catalan Dragons

  • 64m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 64m
    try

    Danny McGuire

    Leeds

  • 63m
    try

    Carl Ablett

    Leeds

  • 63m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 48m
    try

    Damien Blanch

    Catalan Dragons

  • 40m
    goal

    Scott Dureau

    Catalan Dragons

  • 40m
    try

    Damien Blanch

    Catalan Dragons

  • 36m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 36m
    try

    Shaun Lunt

    Leeds

  • 34m
    goal

    Kevin Sinfield

    Leeds

  • 34m
    try

    Stevie Ward

    Leeds

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Brett Delaney

    Leeds

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Shaun Lunt

    Leeds

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Jamal Fakir

    Catalan Dragons

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Jason Baitieri

    Catalan Dragons

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Remi Casty

    Catalan Dragons

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Lopini Paea

    Catalan Dragons

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Stevie Ward

    Leeds

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Peacock

    Leeds

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Darrell Griffin

    Leeds

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Ian Kirke

    Leeds

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Gregory Mounis

    Catalan Dragons

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    David Ferriol

    Catalan Dragons

  • 8m
    try

    Clint Greenshields

    Catalan Dragons