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Last Updated: Sunday, 21 May 2006, 14:50 GMT 15:50 UK
Widnes 16-34 Catalans
Les Catalans' Michael Dobson was man of the match
Widnes: (10) 16
Tries: Nanyn 2, Smith
Goals: Nanyn 2
Catalans: (24) 34
Tries: Verges 2, Dobson, Frayssinous, Hughes, Murphy
Goals: Dobson 5
Widnes were dumped out of the Challenge Cup in the fifth round by French raiders Catalans Dragons.

Two tries from Bruno Verges - the first after 39 seconds - and one each from Michael Dobson and Laurent Frayssinous saw Catalans lead 24-10 at half-time.

Mick Nanyn and Mark Smith went over for Widnes and Nanyn grabbed a second try after the break.

But Les Catalans had already extended their lead through Mark Hughes and Justin Murphy's try wrapped things up.

The French side wasted little time in grabbing their first score after Widnes coughed up possession from the kick-off.

The hosts defended far too tight and a precise kick out wide enabled Verges to score a simple try, with Dobson, who landed five kicks out of six, adding the difficult conversion.

The hosts hit back after 14 minutes when Nanyn crossed in the corner but he could not add the conversion, although one flag did go up.

Verges was then given space out wide once again to restore the Catalans lead and they scored their third try when Dobson crossed after half an hour, with Dobson converting both to make it 18-4.

Mark Smith added a second try, with Nanyn converting, to lift the hosts but the final word of the half went to the visitors as Dobson added the extras to Frayssinous' try.

The second half was a low-scoring affair, although Widnes did manage to up their game and take it to the French side.

It was nearly 20 minutes into the second half before Hughes scored the Catlalans' fifth try, which Dobson again converted, before they lost Renaud Guigue to the sin-bin after a flare-up.

While he was off the pitch Nanyn grabbed his second try and landed the conversion but the final word went to Murphy as Les Catalans ran out easy winners.


  • Catalans coach Mick Potter on Michael Dobson, who is heading back to Australia.
    "He could have played in a dinner jacket.

    "It was a really good performance and I'm sure the Catalans will remember his effort today and his efforts for the last 12 weeks. His contribution has been great.

    "He's not 20 yet. I'm sure he will be pressing for first grade as soon as he gets back."

  • Widnes boss Steve McCormack:
    "We had 10 players who are eligible to play for our Under-21s. Instead of tip sheets, I gave them a bag of sweets.

    "When you look at the team I was forced to field, I'm really proud of them. We had a very young team against a very experienced side and they could have crumbled.

    "But they dug in and there were a lot of positives to take out of it."


    Widnes: Cardiss, Woods, Bowman, Nanyn, P O'Connor, Crook, Coyle, Summers, Smith, McDermott, Cassidy, Draper, Beswick.
    Replacements: Wood, Heaton, Strong, Nash.

    Catalans Dragons: Guigue, Murphy, Wilson, Hughes, Verges, Frayssinous, Dobson, Fellous, Rinaldi, Guisset, Hindmarsh, Fakir, Jampy.
    Replacements: Chan, Berthezene, Casty, Rudder.

    Referee: A Klein (London).

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