Catalans Dragons 13 Castleford Tigers 12: Dureau puts boot into Tigers

Castleford's Olliver Holmes is well wrapped up by the Catalans defence.
Castleford's Olliver Holmes is well wrapped up by the Catalans defence.
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Castleford Tigers suffered an agonising second defeat on the spin as Scott Dureau marked his return to Catalans Dragons’ line-up with a last-minute winning drop goal.

Castleford Tigers suffered an agonising second defeat on the spin as Scott Dureau marked his return to Catalans Dragons’ line-up with a last-minute winning drop goal.

The 28-year-old half-back was making his first appearance in the Super League in nearly 12 months, following a succession of injuries, and he inspired the Dragons to a 13-12 victory in Perpignan.

It was the Dragons’ first win of the season after defeat last weekend against St Helens, while the battling Tigers, who squandered a 22-6 lead in a 24-22 opening-round defeat to rivals Wakefield, remain pointless.

Both sides looked up for a challenge but suffered with poor handling in the early wet conditions in southern France.

It was Castleford who opened the scoring in the 12th minute, Ben Roberts chipping to the corner for Justin Carney to race onto and score. Luke Gale added the touchline conversion.

Both teams then had tries disallowed by the video referee, Castleford’s Denny Solomona in the 25th minute and Catalans’ Zeb Taia soon after.

The game erupted as the home side received a run of penalties. Both teams grew frustrated and a punch-up resulted in Catalans duo Olivier Elima and Eloi Pelissier and Castleford centre Jake Webster being sent to the sin-bin.

After the interval the Dragons levelled the scores, with Morgan Escare pouncing on Dureau’s superb reverse kick to score under the posts and Dureau adding the conversion.

The latter also slotted a penalty two minutes later – after Carney’s high tackle on Escare –to give the hosts the lead for the first time in the game.

Elliott Whitehead then put the hosts further ahead as he scored in the right corner after Michael Oldfield knocked back Ian Henderson’s high kick to Ben Pomeroy.

Oldfield should have scored minutes later as Pomeroy intercepted Ben Roberts’ pass, but his pass to the supporting Oldfield was knocked on by the winger. Castleford then set up a grandstand finish with a 73rd-minute try, Carney charging clear before passing inside to the supporting Jordan Tansey, who scored to the left of the posts. Gale added his second goal to level the scores before Dureau’s dramatic intervention.

Catalans Dragons: Escare; Oldfield, Pomeroy, Tonga, Duport; Bosc, Dureau; Lima, Henderson, Anderson, Taia, Whitehead, Mounis. Subs (all used): Elima, Pelissier, Garcia, Baitieri.

Castleford: Tansey; Solomona, Channing, Shenton, Carney; Roberts, Gale; Lynch, S. Moore, Millington, O Holmes, Moors, Massey. Subs (all used): Webster, Wheeldon, Finn, Crossley.

Referee: James Child.

Attendance: 6,584.

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