Super League  Sunday 11th August 2013  Provident Stadium, Odsal  Att: 7,850

Squad

Donaldson, Langley, Walker, Kearney, Gale, Kear, Scruton, Wood, L'Estrange, Platt, Lulia, Purtell, Olbison, Manuokafoa, Addy, Foster, Diskin, Sammut, Evans.

Squad

Webb, Blanch, Pryce, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Mounis, Barthau, Maria, Pelissier, Larroyer, Pala, Bousquet, Fakir, Paea, Duport, Whitehead.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Adrian Purtell

Keith Lulia

Brett Kearney

Keith Lulia

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ian Henderson

Brent Webb

Jamal Fakir

Mathias Pala

GOAL SCORERS:

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

Thomas Bosc

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Thomas Bosc

Full Report

Match Official: P Bentham

Thomas Bosc's last-gasp drop-goal sealed a vital win for Catalan Dragons over Bradford Bulls in the race for the play-offs.

On a day when all the pre-match headlines centred around Elliott Whitehead's return to Odsal after his acrimonious departure earlier this year, it was the boot of Bosc that snatched the victory for the Dragons in a game they looked well out of at half-time, trailing 18-4.

Keith Lulia went over twice for the Bulls but it was not enough as tries from Mathias Pala, Jamal Fakir, Brent Webb and Ian Henderson handed the French visitors the win.

The Bulls were unchanged from last weekend's victory over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats but the Dragons - without influential duo Morgan Escare and Scott Dureau - showed five changes to their line-up as they sought their second win in six games.

In contrast, the home side have been in good form of late, and they took the lead in the fifth minute when Lulia - who is set to return to the NRL with Wests Tigers at the end of this year - took a superb ball from Danny Addy to crash over.

The Dragons hit back as a neat kick from the returning Webb saw Pala ground the ball in the corner, but Bosc missed the conversion.

The Bulls struck again after 15 minutes, full-back Brett Kearney starting and finishing a fine sweeping move to go in under the posts.

The hosts extended their lead to 14 points seven minutes later. After Pala had knocked on from a routine scrum, Lulia went in for his second as he shrugged off the attentions of three Dragons defenders in the corner.

The Dragons grabbed the first score of the second period to bring the game alive once more.

A magnificent break from Lopini Paea laid the platform before Fakir did the rest to make it 18-10.

The Dragons had all the momentum as the second half wore on, and Whitehead came desperately close to scoring against his former club before the visitors finally made their pressure tell in the 61st minute when Leon Pryce's superb inside ball to Webb brought the Bulls' lead down to just two.

The see-saw nature of the game continued as Pala spilled Luke Gale's chip and, after a couple of near misses, Kearney sent Adrian Purtell through a gap and over the try-line.

The big moment arrived in the 73rd minute though, when Kearney was sin-binned for holding down Whitehead in the tackle.

Henderson, another former Bradford man, took full advantage by scooting over from dummy-half to level it up.

And Bosc stole it with just three minutes left on the clock to put a serious dent in the Bulls' play-off ambitions.

Match Action

  • 77m
    dropgoal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 74m
    try

    Ian Henderson

    Catalan Dragons

  • 74m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 68m
    try

    Adrian Purtell

    Bradford

  • 61m
    try

    Brent Webb

    Catalan Dragons

  • 61m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 50m
    interchange_off

    Jamal Fakir

    Catalan Dragons

  • 50m
    interchange_on

    Eloi Pelissier

    Catalan Dragons

  • 42m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 42m
    try

    Jamal Fakir

    Catalan Dragons

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Chev Walker

    Bradford

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Gregory Mounis

    Catalan Dragons

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Oliver Elima

    Catalan Dragons

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    James Donaldson

    Bradford

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Nick Scruton

    Bradford

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Remi Casty

    Catalan Dragons

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Jamal Fakir

    Catalan Dragons

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Matt Diskin

    Bradford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Heath L'Estrange

    Bradford

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Ben Evans

    Bradford

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 22m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 22m
    try

    Keith Lulia

    Bradford

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Lopini Paea

    Catalan Dragons

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Julian Bousquet

    Catalan Dragons

  • 14m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 14m
    try

    Brett Kearney

    Bradford

  • 7m
    try

    Mathias Pala

    Catalan Dragons

  • 4m
    try

    Keith Lulia

    Bradford

  • 4m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford