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Catalan Dragons 28-30 Hull KR

Catalan Dragons (10) 28
Tries: Millard 2, Sa, Baile, Raguin
Goals:
Dureau 4
Hull KR (24) 30
Tries: Welham 2, Latus, Dobson, Hall Goals: Dobson 5

Kris Welham
Welham is now on 24 tries - two behind Super League top scorer Sam Tomkins

Prolific centre Kris Welham ran in two of Hull KR's five tries in Perpignan as they beat Catalan Dragons 30-28 to home in on a Super League play-off place.

Sam Latus, Craig Hall and Michael Dobson, who kicked five goals, scored Rovers' other three tries.

Daryl Millard (2), Setaimata Sa, Jean Philippe Baile and Sebastien Raguin scored Catalans' tries as they bounced back from 24-10 down at half-time.

But, despite Millard's late second try, Rovers held on for victory.

Justin Morgan's men climb into the top eight ahead of Castleford, who they now meet in next Sunday's game at Craven Park, where the final play-off place will be decided.

The Dragons, who had already sealed a play-off berth, have now missed out on fourth spot which will go to Huddersfield if they beat Harlequins on Sunday.

With Catalans strangely wilting late in the season - this was a third straight defeat - Rovers proved too hot to handle in the sweltering South of France.

And outgoing coach Morgan knows that his final season will end in a third-straight play-off appearance if his side can avoid defeat to Cas next Sunday.

A Tigers win would see them and not Rovers complete the top eight but, on this form, and on home soil, the rampant Robins will be difficult to stop.

Former Catalans man Dobson was their star, opening the scoring with a solo effort that saw him sneak between two would-be defenders.

He then produced an outstanding pass to Craig Hall, who went inside to the supporting Welham.

Dobson converted both tries to give the visitors a 12-point lead, further extending that on 15 minutes when he kicked a penalty.

Catalans responded when Sa leapt above the Rovers defence to claim Scott Dureau's kick and touch down for his fifth try of the season before Baile went over in the corner, Dureau missing the conversion as the Dragons narrowed the gap to four points.

But Rovers struck twice more before the break through winger Latus and Welham, who raced away to score.

Dobson added his fourth goal of the night to send the Rovers into the break with a 14-point lead.

But, with coach Trent Robinson's words ringing in their ears, the Dragons started the second half on fire.

Millard waltzed though a gap to score before sending Raguin crashing over to make it 24-22.

Hall then won a race with Damien Blanch to reach a kick by Dobson, who converted to restore Rovers' eight-point lead.

But, with nine minutes left, Millard set up a tense finish as he climbed above Latus to touch down, Dureau again narrowing the gap to two points.

The Dragons threw everything at the Rovers defence but, with that play-off spot on the line, the visitors repelled them.

POST-MATCH VERDICTS

Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson:

"It was tough out there tonight, but Hull KR were great. They came out with a lot of intensity and that semi-final attitude and they showed us how to play the game.

"We needed to get into the game early tonight and we did at around 20 minutes but, by that stage, we were 14 points down and, from then on, it was tit for tat. For 60 minutes we chased the game."

Hull KR coach Justin Morgan:

"Michael Dobson is a top-class player. He has really matured over the last three or four seasons and led us around the park really well.

"And some individuals came up with some big plays at big times, Kris Welham with a couple of try savers, Sam Latus came up with some big plays as did Craig Hall.

"In terms of execution it wasn't great. In terms of guts and determination and spirit, as it was humid and muggy and conditions were tough out there, it was fantastic.

"To come down here and win given their impressive home record is a special effort."

TEAMS

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

Replacements: Fakir, Paea, Baitieri, Pelissier.

Hull KR: Briscoe; Latus, Webster, Welham, Hall; Galea, Dobson; Vella, Hodgson, Watts, Newton, Lovegrove, Taylor.

Replacements: Fisher, Murrell, Wheeldon, Cox.

Attendance: 8,252.

Referee: James Child (Dewsbury).



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