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Hull Kingston Rovers 18-31 Catalan Dragons

Hull KR (12) 18
Tries: Green, Briscoe Goals: Hall 3

Catalan Dragons (12) 31
Tries: Mounis, Sa, Blanch 2, Raguin, Menzies Goals: Dureau 3 Drop Goals: Dureau

Damien Blanch
Damian Blanch's two tries helped Catalans to their first win of the season

Catalan Dragons recorded their first win of the season as they beat Hull KR thanks to a second-half fightback.

Two Blake Green tries put Rovers ahead but Gregory Mounis and Setaimata Sa scores made it 12-12 at the break.

The visitors then took the lead through Damien Blanch's unconverted try before Shaun Briscoe went over to give the Robins an 18-16 advantage.

But tries from Blanch, Sebastien Raguin and Steve Menzies and a drop goal from Scott Dureau gave Dragons the win.

Although the French side started on the back foot a stunning second-half performance saw them run in four tries and sent Rovers, who were without key man Michael Dobson because of injury, to their second successive Super League defeat.

Green, who has scored a try in every game so far this season, caused the Dragons problems early on and opened Rovers' account, with Craig Hall converting, for a 6-0 lead.

The visitors responded by marching to within 10 metres of Rovers' line, but an error by Daryl Millard led to Green galloping 90 metres to extend his side's lead, with Hall once again successful with the boot.

Catalan forced back-to-back goal-line drop-outs and from the second, Mounis broke free and strolled through the home defence to score and Dureau made it 12-6 with his conversion.

Despite frequent mistakes from Dragons coach Trent Robinson's side, Rovers were unable to capitalise and went in at half-time all square thanks to Sa's try.

The visitors took a lead for the first time this season shortly after the restart when Blanch launched himself down the right wing to score in the corner, although Dureau missed the goal.

Rovers responded immediately with Green sending Briscoe over and Hall converting.

But it was the last time Rovers would have the lead as the Dragons kicked into action.

Raguin put them 20-18 in front, though Dureau missed his second kick of the game, and Menzies extended their lead by grounding Dureau's kick just as it hit the ground.

Dureau's third missed goal meant Rovers only needed a converted try to draw level - but they could not make the breakthrough.

Blanch's second try of the game and Dureau's conversion followed by a last-gasp drop goal sealed Catalan's first win of the season.

Hull KR coach Justin Morgan on Michael Dobson's injury:
"Michael hurt his ankle a little while back and it has been aggravated the last few weeks. We decided to send him for an operation at the back end of the week and he'll be missing for about 10 weeks.

"It was something that needed to be done at some point, but we were hopeful we could nurse him through a number of weeks. But I made the decision, there was no point in sending him out to play on one leg.

"We had to bite the bullet and get it sorted out and he has had the operation.

"That didn't have a bearing on the game, though. We gifted them too much ball and we gave them the chance to play into some form and they took advantage of that."

Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson said:
"It's nice to get that first win. It's obviously been a difficult start and we started off the way we have been playing the first couple of weeks.

"We were trying to look for the easy answers before doing the tough stuff.

"Something clicked and we started getting into the grind of the game and we started asking questions of the opposition for the first time."

Hull KR: Briscoe, Fox, Welham, Hall, Colbon, Green, Murrell, Vella, Hodgson, Clinton, Newton, Galea, Netherton.

Replacements: Wheeldon, Taylor, Cockayne, Watts.

Catalan Dragons: Farrar, Blanch, Sa, Millard, Stacul, Gigot, Dureau, Ferriol, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Raguin, Mounis.

Replacements: Fakir, Paea, Baitieri, Pelissier.

Referee: James Child (England)

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