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Catalan Dragons 48-22 Harlequins

Catalan Dragons (24) 48
Tries: Greenshields 2, Baile, Mounis 2, Baitieri, Blanch, Simon
Goals:
Marginet 8
Harlequins (10) 22
Tries: Wilkes, Pryce, Randall, Clubb
Goals: Purdham 2, Melling

Clint Greenshields
Greenshields scored a spectacular second try at the Stade Gibert Brutus

Catalan Dragons maintained their Super League play-off push with a convincing win over Harlequins.

Clint Greenshields and Gregory Mounis each scored two tries for Catalans, who went up to fourth in the table before Huddersfield's game with Hull KR.

Oliver Wilkes, Chad Randall, Karl Pryce and Tony Clubb scored Quins' tries.

Jason Baitieri, Jean-Philippe Baile, Michael Simon and Damien Blanch also crossed for the Dragons, with Remi Marginet kicking eight from eight.

The home side led 24-0 within 23 minutes and never looked back.

Greenshields started and finished off a move for the opening try before three minutes were gone, catching a kick in his own goal area and then receiving the ball at the other end of the pitch after Setaimata Sa ran 80 metres.

Sa assisted their second try, with Baile crossing and Mounis barged over for their third. Baitieri narrowly avoided colliding with the posts for their fourth try and Marginet made it four conversions from four.

Wilkes got Quins on the board when the Dragons were caught cold from the scrum and Pryce got another in the corner.

But a comeback never materialised and Blanch, Mounis and Greenshields crossed, with Marginet added the extras for every one of them.

Greenshields' second was one of the best tries of the Super League season, the ball was sent from left to right and back to the left before Eloi Pelissier straightened up the play and created space for Greenshields to go over under the posts.

Harlequins responded through Randall and Clubb, but Simon sealed the win with an easy try after the impressive Sa, ran a superb line to cut through the tiring Quins defence and Marginet brought his personal tally up to 16 for the game.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson:
"I thought we played well enough to win the game, especially building a 24-0 lead, but then I thought Dorn played exceptionally well to bring them back into the game.

"He produced some great last plays and I think it deserved to be 24-10 at half-time.

"We came out and played some more good footy, but we didn't control the game like we should have."

Harlequins coach Rob Powell:
"We talked about playing quick and getting out of the blocks this week and did a lot of things in training about playing quick and coming at teams, but we didn't do that tonight and left too much juice in the Catalan tank offensively at the end.

"They're a good team and we need to be better than that. It was very hot out there tonight, and some of the lads in there have lost three or four kilos. We're not used to playing in that heat.

"It's not an excuse because it was the same for both sides but it is the reality of the situation. It was very, very hot conditions to play rugby league in tonight."

TEAMS

Catalan Dragons: Greenshields, Blanch, Baile, Millard, Dupport, Sa, Marginet, Casty, Henderson, Baitieri, Paea, Raguin, Mounis.
Replacements: Simon for Casty (20), Pelissier for Henderson (58), Gossard for Baitieri (27), Ancely for Mounis (58).

Harlequins RL: O'Callaghan, Melling, Clubb, Howell, Pryce, Dorn, Sarginson, Ward, Randall, Temata, Mitchell, Purdham, Golden.
Replacements: Wilkes for Ward (18), Ellis for Randall (27), Krasniqi for Temata (18), Ambler for Golden (27).

Att: 8,471

Ref: James Child (Dewsbury).



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Harlequins 24-54 Warrington
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