Catalans 14 – 6 Leigh

Catalans Dragons led Leigh 8-0 at half-time due to a Arthur Mourgue penalty and Tom Johnstone’s strive, earlier than Mickael Goudemand helped seal the Tremendous League victory within the second half for the French facet

Final Up to date: 25/02/23 8:14pm

Leigh's Joe Wardle is tackled by Catalans Cesar Rouge and Matthieu Laguerre (Picture by Olly Hassell/

Leigh’s Joe Wardle is tackled by Catalans Cesar Rouge and Matthieu Laguerre (Image by Olly Hassell/

Leigh gave Catalans Dragons a scare earlier than falling to a battling 14-6 defeat in Perpignan.

The newly-promoted Leopards put up a courageous struggle, however a second-half strive from the Dragons’ Mickael Goudemand handed the guests their second lack of the season at a chilly and gray Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Leigh had been full worth for his or her modest 8-0 half-time deficit and got here near upsetting the percentages due to a mercurial efficiency from Lachlan Lam at scrum-half however simply didn’t have sufficient high quality to convey the factors dwelling.

Catalans misplaced second-row Matt Whitley and centre Adam Keighran earlier than kick-off and had been already with out the injured Mitchell Pearce, Mike McMeeken and Tyrone Might, however that they had sufficient in reserve to deal with Leigh’s spirited efficiency.

Sam Tomkins returned to motion at scrum-half alongside younger France worldwide Cesar Rouge, however the Leopards, who misplaced influential hooker Edwin Ipape earlier than the sport due to an ankle damage, held their very own.

The sport was scoreless till Tomkins’ understudy at full-back Arthur Mourgue landed a penalty within the thirtieth minute.

5 minutes later Tom Johnstone latched on to a sweeping transfer to the left to attain the primary strive of the sport, Mourgue kicking from the touchline to place Catalans 8-0 forward at half-time.

Leigh hit again early within the second half when Lam precipitated chaos within the Catalans’ defence with a kick to the road, which was mopped up by second-rower Joe Wardle and grounded.

Ben Reynolds added the conversion to place the guests inside two factors.

And the Leopards held the Dragons for lengthy intervals till Goudemand cut up their defence with a robust 10-metre burst to attain within the 66th minute, Mourgue’s conversion making it 14-6.

Leigh nonetheless wouldn’t fold and stood agency as Catalans peppered their line with a collection of penalties and prolonged possession late into the sport.

What they stated

Leigh coach Adrian Lam…

“I am very happy with the crew, however I am very annoyed too as a result of we acquired ourselves in positions there the place we may have received.

“We lacked a little bit of recreation administration and that harm us, however we’re shut and, whereas I assumed we deserved to win tonight, we did not however that is a part of the expansion inside our group.

“We have simply acquired to take care of ourselves and keep inside the bubble. We had eight gamers making their debut final week, so we’ll be a bit rusty for the primary a part of the season.

“It is arduous to see if there’s any success there in entrance of us once we’re emotionally caught up within the now and the second of loss, however we’re working arduous to show the nook quickly and we have simply acquired to stay collectively.”

Catalan coach Steve McNamara…

“We have had the worst week ever with illness and infections from accidents sustained in our first recreation at Wakefield.

“We have misplaced a lot of gamers, so to do this tonight in opposition to an excellent Leigh facet was unimaginable.

“I am very proud of that outcome, we have had a really tough week. We misplaced Manu Ma’u as a result of his father has sadly died and he has returned to New Zealand to be together with his household.

“Seven gamers had infections this week following accidents sustained on the pitch at Wakefield in spherical one. We had numerous illness and this morning Matt Whitley picked up a shoulder damage and Adam Keighran needed to pull out.

“So with the state of affairs in the meanwhile that may be a excellent win for us. Our defence was good at the moment, however our assault was horrible, however in our present state I can not complain.

“It has been essentially the most tough week for this membership for a very long time and I am happy with the way in which the gamers have responded.”

What’s subsequent?

Catalans return to motion at dwelling to Hull FC on Friday March 3, whereas Leigh are on the street in opposition to Hull KR.