Dragons lose in tough fight against St. Helens
In a cold & windy Perpignan (4°c) Catalan Dragons showed a spirited 80 minutes, but could not overcome the speed & defence of Saint Helens.
The Catalans worked hard to get back into the game after an early score by the Saints whose outstanding defence was partially helped by former Dragon Zeb Taia.
Pressure from the Dragons finally paid off in the second half as David Mead picked up and darted from short range to touch down. The try was converted by Lucas Albert Mead, from Papua New Guinea, a new recruit who had never seen snow apparently until the first game last week in Hull.
St Helens were reduced to 12 men after a dangerous tackle on Thibaud Margalet. The numbers were evened up after 2 further minutes play as Catalan Benjamin Jullien was sent off to the sin-bin for 10 minutes for a questionable dangerous tackle.
There was a 12-point advantage to the Saints by the 62nd minute which was reduced by Da Costa for the Dragons who “sold a dummy” to score a great try converted, again, by Albert to give a score of 12-18.
A penalty & a drop goal by the Saints made the final score to them of 21-12.
Last week St. Helens dismantled last season’s outstanding performers Castleford Tigers. The Catalan Dragons showed character in defence and defeat, and kept pace with the opposition for much of the match.
Next match Thursday 15th February against Hull K.R.
By Jake Hazell
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