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Catalan Dragons 54-20 Castleford

Catalan Dragons (26) 54
Tries: Vaccari 2, Paea 2, Menzies, Blanch, Dureau, Greenshields, Baitieri, Baile
Goals: Dureau 7
Crusaders (10) 20

Tries: Owen 2, Widders, Mathers
Goals: Dixon 2

Catalan Dragons v Castleford

Catalan Dragons crushed Castleford in Perpignan as they stretched their unbeaten home run to six games with their best win in four seasons.

Winger Frederic Vaccari and second row Lopini Paea both ran in two tries.

Steve Menzies, Damien Blanch, Clint Greenshields, Jason Baitieri and Jean Philippe Baile all crossed too.

Scott Dureau was the Dragons' other try scorer, also kicking seven out of his 10 conversion attempts as poor Cas were made to suffer.

Winger Richard Owen ran in two tries for Cas, who also crossed though Dean Widders and Richie Mathers, Kirk Dixon landing two of the four conversion attempts.

Dixon's 14-point haul in a 34-24 victory helped maintain early league leaders Castleford's 100% record when the two sides last met in March. But the two sides have enjoyed largely contrasting fortunes since.

Cas have slumped to seventh in Super League, while the Catalans have lost just twice now in 12 league games to climb to fifth - three points better off.

The Dragons' 54-20 victory was their best Super League performance since beating Salford 66-6 in May 2007.


Catalan coach Trent Robinson:

"It's nice to do that to a team. We haven't done that to a team so far this year, except for maybe Wigan, but there is a satisfaction there that we did that at home too.

"Daryl Millard is a classy player. He has an amazing sense of timing and space and knowing how to bring his winger onto the ball and at what time to pass the ball. It was a great night for him.

"Lopini Paea put in a big effort. He got a lot of game-time tonight but he also played on the left edge, which was new for him. It was really nice to see him put in some quality plays and get a couple of tries too.

"Scott Dureau was outstanding out there again for us - not just with his try-scoring ability but his all-round play was up there with the best."

Castleford coach Terry Matterson:

"We've had a pretty good record down here in the past, but we've come up against a very strong Catalan side and we weren't good enough in every area. The result is what it is, but I'm more disappointed in the way we performed.

"They had a big bench tonight and I thought if we held the ball better than we did then we could have used that to our advantage but we've struggled in the heat more than them tonight.

"But let's not blame the heat. The bottom line is we were soft and that is disappointing after the last two weeks."


Catalan Dragons: Greenshields; Blanch, Baile, Millard, Vaccari; Sa, Dureau; Ferriol, Henderson, Fakir, Menzies, Paea, Mounis.

Replacements: Casty, Simon, Baitieri, Pelissier.

Castleford: Mathers; Dixon, Arundel, Thompson, Owen; Chase, Orr; Jackson, Hudson, Emmitt, Ferres, Snitch, McGoldrick.

Replacements: Fozzard, Massey, Widders, Clark.

Attendance: 8,695.

Referee: Thierry Alibert (Toulouse).

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Salford 8-15 Castleford
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Castleford 34-24 Catalan Dragons
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