Super League  Saturday 18th May 2013  Stade Gilbert Brutus  Att: 7,083

Squad

Blanch, Pryce, Taia, Bosc, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Mounis, Maria, Pelissier, Larroyer, Millard, Pala, Simon, Fakir, Duport, Baile, Escare.

Squad

Owen, Carney, Shenton, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Millington, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Martin, Mason, Boyle.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Eloi Pelissier

Morgan Escare

Steve Menzies

Louis Anderson

Vincent Duport

Daryl Millard

GOAL SCORERS:

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Thomas Bosc

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Justin Carney

Daryl Clark

Justin Carney

Jordan Thompson

Jordan Thompson

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis

Full Report

Match Official: P Bentham

Daryl Powell's first match in charge of Castleford Tigers ended in a hard-fought defeat as Catalan Dragons held off a second-half fightback.

The hosts led 30-6 at half-time thanks to tries from Daryl Millard, Vincent Duport, Louis Anderson, Steven Menzies and Morgan Escare, all converted by Thomas Bosc, with Jordan Thompson crossing for the visitors' sole score.

The Tigers came roaring back after the break, Thompson getting his second, Justin Carney scoring twice and Daryl Clark also going over.

But Eloi Pelissier's sixth try for Catalan and a late drop goal and penalty from Bosc made sure the hosts held off the fightback.

Powell had had nearly two weeks to work with his new side, but it started badly for them as Catalan scored in their first passage of possession.

Menzies broke downfield and handed on to Zeb Taia who was brought to ground. On the next play the ball was sent to the left and Duport sent Millard in to score.

Castleford were level five minutes later after two back-to-back penalties gave the Tigers field position, and Thompson went over to score after being given on the video referee's approval. Jamie Ellis converted to level the scores.

Catalan continued to press and were rewarded after Bosc's 40-20. From the scrum, Bosc fed Duport for the French centre to go over to the left of the posts.

From the restart, the Dragons attacked from deep and Anderson went over after more good work by Taia and Menzies.

The Dragons were flying and in the four minutes before half-time registered two more tries.

The first saw Leon Pryce and Escare combine to send Menzies over, while for the second, Escare raced 90 metres to outpace the Castleford defence to score.

Bosc converted both to maintain his 100% record with the boot

With Powell's words ringing in their ears, the Tigers shocked the crowd with two quick-fire tries after the break.

Rangi Chase's kick into the in-goal area was allowed to bounce by Bosc and Taia. Milner never gave up hope of catching the ball and knocked it into the field of play for Thompson to pick up and score. Ellis converted.

From the restart, Castleford shifted the ball to the left-hand side and sent Carney clear down the left wing and he raced in from 80 metres out, with Ellis again adding the extras.

Jordan Tansey's error then allowed Catalan to press from deep in Castleford territory.

Anderson took the Dragons to within one metre of the Castleford line and Pelissier picked up the ball, dummied and dived over to score. Bosc converted to take the score to 36-18.

Castleford refused to give up and with 15 minutes to go the Tigers again went over twice.

Tansey and Grant Millington broke clear to send in Clark and from the restart the ball was shifted to the left by Chase to send Carney in for his second try of the night.

Ellis converted both to take the scores to 36-30.

Castleford broke clear again from the restart and it was only the video referee that prevented them levelling the game, ruling Clark was offside from Kirk Dixon's kick through.

From the resulting penalty, the Dragons raced downfield and Bosc settled home nerves with a drop goal which put them seven points clear.

And with time running out, a high tackle by Thompson on Remi Casty gave Bosc the opportunity to further extend the lead with a penalty in front of the posts and he duly made it seven from seven attempts with the boot to seal victory.

Match Action

  • 77m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 73m
    dropgoal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 71m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 69m
    try

    Justin Carney

    Castleford

  • 68m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 66m
    try

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 55m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 53m
    try

    Eloi Pelissier

    Catalan Dragons

  • 49m
    interchange_on

    Eloi Pelissier

    Catalan Dragons

  • 49m
    interchange_on

    Eloi Pelissier

    Catalan Dragons

  • 49m
    interchange_off

    Morgan Escare

    Catalan Dragons

  • 49m
    interchange_off

    Morgan Escare

    Catalan Dragons

  • 48m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 47m
    try

    Justin Carney

    Castleford

  • 46m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 45m
    try

    Jordan Thompson

    Castleford

  • 41m
    interchange_off

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 41m
    interchange_on

    Adam Milner

    Castleford

  • 40m
    try

    Morgan Escare

    Catalan Dragons

  • 40m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 38m
    try

    Steve Menzies

    Catalan Dragons

  • 37m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Kevin Larroyer

    Catalan Dragons

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Gregory Mounis

    Catalan Dragons

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Remi Casty

    Catalan Dragons

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Antoni Maria

    Catalan Dragons

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Nathan Massey

    Castleford

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Grant Millington

    Castleford

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Jamal Fakir

    Catalan Dragons

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Mickael Simon

    Catalan Dragons

  • 19m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 17m
    try

    Louis Anderson

    Catalan Dragons

  • 16m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 14m
    try

    Vincent Duport

    Catalan Dragons

  • 8m
    try

    Jordan Thompson

    Castleford

  • 8m
    goal

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 4m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 3m
    try

    Daryl Millard

    Catalan Dragons