Super League  Saturday 23rd March 2013  Stade Gilbert Brutus  Att: 6,813

Squad

Blanch, Pryce, Taia, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Barthau, Pelissier, Larroyer, Millard, Pala, Simon, Bousquet, Fakir, Baitieri, Escare.

Squad

Donaldson, Sidlow, O'Brien, Manuokafoa, Bateman, Diskin, Kearney, Scruton, L'Estrange, Purtell, Lulia, Whitehead, Kear, Sammut, Addy, Olbison, C. Walker, Murphy, Foster.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Leon Pryce

Zeb Taia

Morgan Escare

Morgan Escare

Louis Anderson

Julian Bousquet

GOAL SCORERS:

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

John Bateman

Elliot Kear

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Foster

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Catalan Dragons came from behind at home for the third time this season to clinch an impressive Super League win over Bradford Bulls in Perpignan.

The home side trailed 10-0 early on but managed to get themselves back into the game just before the break and run out convincing winners.

Bradford sent the ball wide and offloaded at every opportunity and were rewarded by opening the scoring with a well-worked move that saw the ball sent to the right-hand side after Catalan had coughed up possession 30 metres from their own line.

John Bateman drew in the defence to create an overlap. His offload was impressive, but Elliott Whitehead’s to Elliot Kear was outstanding and the Wales international went over in the corner.

Jamie Foster added the touchline conversion to give the visitors an early six-point-lead, which they extended to 10 on the half-hour.

A high Thomas Bosc kick was taken cleanly by Brett Kearney and the full-back raced clear, brought to ground by a last-gasp tackle from Jason Baitieri.

The ball was sent wide to Bateman, who set Whitehead free down the right edge before he was tackled metres from the line by Morgan Escaré. Whitehead's ball-carrying elbow did not hit the ground and he managed to get the offload back to Bateman, who scored in the corner despite the best efforts of Olivier Elima.

The home side got themselves back into the game with a try six minutes before the break from Julian Bousquet, the big prop powering his way over from Bosc's pass. Bosc adding the conversion saw his team trailing by four points at half-time.

The second half was a one-sided affair, with Catalan having all the ball and running in five unanswered tries.

Ten minutes after the restart, a Bosc kick through on the last tackle forced a goalline drop out for Bradford. From it, two drives from Elima and one from Michael Simon gave Leon Pryce the platform to send Louis Anderson through the smallest of gaps in the Bradford defence to level the scores.

Bosc missed the goal attempt but, from the restart, the hosts got on a roll. Remi Casty and Pryce set up field position to set Escaré away and the full-back sprinted away for a debut try which gave Catalan the lead.

Bosc added the extras and, on the hour, a Foster pass inside only found Damien Blanch, who set up a move which ended with Escaré scampering away to score - despite Whitehead's best efforts and a delay from the video referee - and stretch the lead to 20-10.

It was 24-10 when Ian Henderson drew the cover defence and offloaded to the supporting Zeb Taia to go over under the posts - and Bosc stretched that to 26-10 with his boot.

The scoring was completed with eight minutes remaining when Pryce squeezed his way over, rounding off a satisfying comeback from the Dragons.

Match Action

  • 72m
    try

    Leon Pryce

    Catalan Dragons

  • 69m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 67m
    try

    Zeb Taia

    Catalan Dragons

  • 64m
    try

    Morgan Escare

    Catalan Dragons

  • 56m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 56m
    try

    Morgan Escare

    Catalan Dragons

  • 52m
    try

    Louis Anderson

    Catalan Dragons

  • 36m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 35m
    try

    Julian Bousquet

    Catalan Dragons

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Eloi Pelissier

    Catalan Dragons

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Jason Baitieri

    Catalan Dragons

  • 31m
    try

    John Bateman

    Bradford

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Remi Casty

    Catalan Dragons

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Jamal Fakir

    Catalan Dragons

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    James Donaldson

    Bradford

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Nick Scruton

    Bradford

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Matt Diskin

    Bradford

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Mickael Simon

    Catalan Dragons

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Oliver Elima

    Catalan Dragons

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 13m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 13m
    try

    Elliot Kear

    Bradford