Super League  Saturday 2nd March 2013  Stade Gilbert Brutus  Att: 7,191

Squad

Webb, Blanch, Pryce, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Mounis, Maria, Pelissier, Larroyer, Millard, Pala, Simon, Fakir, Baitieri, Duport.

Squad

Mathers, Fox, Collis, L. Smith, Cockayne, Sykes, T. Smith, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Washbrook, Wood, Amor, Wilkes, Mariano, Trout, Wildie, Annakin.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jason Baitieri

Damien Blanch

Damien Blanch

Gregory Mounis

Mathias Pala

GOAL SCORERS:

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Thomas Bosc

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Lee Smith

Dean Collis

Peter Fox

Richard Mathers

GOAL SCORERS:

Paul Sykes

Paul Sykes

Paul Sykes

Full Report

Match Official: S Ganson

The boot of Thomas Bosc got Catalan Dragons out of trouble in Perpignan tonight to deny Wakefield Trinity Wildcats what would have been an impressive victory.

The France international notched a 75th-minute match-winning drop-goal to break the Wildcats’ resistance, just seconds after converting Damien Blanch’s try from the touchline to level the scores.

Defeat was tough on Wakefield, who excelled at one of the hardest places to go in Super League, but their failure to protect the 16-0 lead they opened early on cost them dear, with Jason Batieri’s last-minute try slightly flattering the hosts.

Even after Catalan levelled at 16-16, Wakefield still went back ahead through Lee Smith, but the precision of Bosc was ultimately the difference, leaving Wakefield to suck up a second tough defeat in a row having lost 18-16 to 100 per cent Huddersfield Giants last Sunday.

They had looked to be on course for two points tonight, though, and were three tries ahead with 20 minutes on the clock.

Frankie Mariano, in the side in the absence of injured captain Danny Kirmond, broke through and laid on a score for Richard Mathers and, when Blanch knocked on, Paul Sykes picked the ball up and fed Dean Collis, who duly put in Peter Fox for a quick second.

Coach Richard Agar, who took the France job on a part-time basis a fortnight ago, must not have believed what he was seeing, and his side added to their lead on the 20-minute mark, with Collis going in after an Ali Lauitiiti break.

That signalled the start of a Catalan fightback, though, and Mathias Pala was first over, with Gregory Mounis then doing the same after Kyle Amor gave away a cheap penalty.

Two Bosc goals left it 12-16 at the break and both sides had near misses after the restart, with Blanch pushed in touch by Fox and Mathers deemed offside when grounding what would have been his second try.

Blanch found the room to squeeze in for a legitimate score, though, and - with Bosc’s failure to convert leaving the scores level - Vincent Duport then had one ruled out for a knock-on.

Wakefield’s response was a clinical one, with Danny Washbrook breaking, Smith scoring and Sykes converting.

But Catalan sensed another comeback and Blanch snuck in at the flag despite the attentions of Ben Cockayne, Bosc then levelling with the most brilliant conversion from out wide.

He then split the posts from 30 metres and missed a simple penalty, but it mattered little as Batieri rambled over in the dying seconds.

Match Action

  • 80m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 80m
    try

    Jason Baitieri

    Catalan Dragons

  • 76m
    dropgoal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 74m
    try

    Damien Blanch

    Catalan Dragons

  • 74m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 54m
    interchange_on

    Kyle Wood

    Wakefield

  • 54m
    interchange_off

    Paul Aiton

    Wakefield

  • 54m
    goal

    Paul Sykes

    Wakefield

  • 54m
    try

    Lee Smith

    Wakefield

  • 50m
    try

    Damien Blanch

    Catalan Dragons

  • 36m
    try

    Gregory Mounis

    Catalan Dragons

  • 36m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Antoni Maria

    Catalan Dragons

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    Jason Baitieri

    Catalan Dragons

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Kyle Trout

    Wakefield

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Andy Raleigh

    Wakefield

  • 32m
    try

    Mathias Pala

    Catalan Dragons

  • 32m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Ian Henderson

    Catalan Dragons

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Eloi Pelissier

    Catalan Dragons

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Justin Poore

    Wakefield

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Chris Annakin

    Wakefield

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Remi Casty

    Catalan Dragons

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Mickael Simon

    Catalan Dragons

  • 26m
    try

    Dean Collis

    Wakefield

  • 26m
    goal

    Paul Sykes

    Wakefield

  • 20m
    try

    Peter Fox

    Wakefield

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Jamal Fakir

    Catalan Dragons

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Gregory Mounis

    Catalan Dragons

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Andy Raleigh

    Wakefield

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Kyle Amor

    Wakefield

  • 14m
    goal

    Paul Sykes

    Wakefield

  • 14m
    try

    Richard Mathers

    Wakefield