Hull KR were left ruing costly errors and poor discipline as they slipped to their second consecutive defeat in Super League and slipped out of the top 8 as a result.
With a game in hand on most of the teams above them after their involvement in the Challenge Cup last weekend there is no need for the robins to panic yet, what will cause concern is that they conceded 30 points for the second game in a row.
Jason Baitieri started the scoring for the home side after 7 minutes as the video referee deemed he had got the ball on the line without a double movement, the goal by Thomas Bosc gave the home side a 6-0 lead.
The lead for Catalans lasted just six minutes as Maurice Blair shrugged off three would-be tacklers and crashed in wide on the left, Josh Mantellato added the conversion from wide out to level the scores.
The game was fast becoming aggressive as both sides wrestled to take control, on the 19th minute Mantellato added a penalty to give the visitors a deserved 6-8 lead.
Albert Kelly pounced on a wayward pass and raced away from inside his own half but he was brilliantly chased down and tackled by Dragons full-back Morgan Escare which caused Kelly to lose the ball agonisingly short of the Catalans line.
Ben Cockayne got on the end of some fast cross field passing to stretch Rovers lead after 25 minutes, Mantellato hit the post with the touchline conversion attempt to leave the robins 6-12 ahead.
Just five minutes later Catalans marched down to the other end with the help of another penalty and Gadwin Springer crossed next to the posts to score in his second game for the Dragons, the conversion from Bosc brought the score level at 12-12.
Just 4 minutes before half time Catalans took the lead again as Todd Carney moved sideways across the Rovers defence and produced a pass to Michael Oldfield who touched down in the corner, Bosc hit the post with the resultant touchline conversion which left the Dragons with a four point lead at half time.
Half Time: Catalans Dragons 16 Hull KR 12
Rovers started the second half in profligate mood inviting pressure on their own line and, after just three minutes of the half, Eloi Pelissier pounced to score under the posts, the goal from Bosc gave the Dragons a 10 point lead.
Both sides kept trading possession as several dropped passes resulting in play see-sawing from one end to the other.
Kieran Dixon was lucky not to get 10 minutes in the sin bin after a blatant foul on Bosc as the French international knocked on.
Eventually Rovers took control of the possession they got and Kevin Larroyer, playing against what is technically his parent club, made a break down the left before handing on to the supporting Dixon who raced in under the posts to put the visitors back within striking distance, the conversion from Mantellato made it 22-18.
On 54 minutes Todd Carney created another try as he was allowed to offload in the tackle and Benjamin Garcia skipped his way over, the video referee overturned referee Richard Silverwood’s onfield decision to award the try, Bosc added the extras to stretch the home sides advantage to 10 points again.
More indiscipline followed as both sides seemed intent on winding each other up rather than trying to score points.
Elliott Whitehead finally took hold of the game by the scruff of the neck on 69 minutes and scored the home sides final try, Bosc missed the conversion to leave the Dragons leading 32-18.
With two minutes left Mantellato was awarded a try in the corner by the video ref and then kicked a majestic conversion from the touchline but it was too little too late.
In the final analysis this is a game the robins could, maybe should, have won and indeed they probably would have if it wasn’t for such poor discipline. The biggest concern though for coach Chris Chester may be that old defensive frailties seem to rearing their head again just ahead of trips to play Wigan Warriors in league and cup and a visit to table-topping Leeds Rhinos.
Final Score Catalans Dragons 32 Hull KR 24
Man of the Match: Kieran Dixon
- Albert Kelly
- Ben Cockayne
- Benjamin Garcia
- Catalans Dragons
- Challenge Cup
- Chris Chester
- Elliott Whitehead
- Eloi Pelissier
- Gadwin Springer
- Hull KR
- Jason Baitieri
- Josh Mantellato
- Kevin Larroyer
- Kieran Dixon
- Leeds Rhinos
- Maurice Blair
- Michael Oldfield
- Morgan Escare
- Richard Silverwood
- Super League
- Thomas Bosc
- Todd Carney
- Wigan Warriors