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Castleford 34-24 Catalan Dragons

Castleford (12) 34
Tries: Huby, James, Dixon, Chase, Youngquest, Arundel
Dixon 5
Catalan Dragons (18) 24
Tries: Dureau 2, Blanch
Dureau 3

Kirk Dixon
Winger Dixon landed four conversions to add to his second-half try

Kirk Dixon's 14-point haul helped Castleford maintain Super League XVI's only remaining 100 per cent record.

Catalans took a 12-0 lead with tries from Scott Dureau and Damien Blanch.

Cas responded with tries from forwards Craig Huby and Stuart Jones, only for Dureau's second try to send the visitors in 18-12 up at the interval.

But Cas ran in four second-half tries from Dixon, Rangi Chase, Nick Youngquest and Joe Arundel to return to the top of the league.

Catalans winger Cyril Stacul added a late fourth try for the Dragons, to which Dureau added his fourth conversion of the evening.

Cas have now won five of their last five Super League meetings against the men from Perpignan.

But Terry Matterson's men had to recover from a dreadful start, going 10-0 down inside eight minutes, before securing their fourth straight win,

The Dragons, strengthened by the return of full-back Clint Greenshields, enabling Ben Farrar to revert to centre, looked much the sharper side early on.

They took a fourth-minute lead when Ian Henderson's high kick to the right corner created Dureau's first try.

The Tigers were then undone again when Dureau's clever chip to the corner saw ex-Castleford winger Blanch touch down.

Castleford bounced back superbly, debutant forward Nick Fozzard making an immediate impact with a powerful run that paved the way for Chase to send in Huby.

"Catalan caught us on the hop a bit at the start. But I was really pleased with the players' reaction in the second half.

Cas coach Terry Matterson

Skipper Danny Orr then combined with Huby, who was having a storming game, to send Jones charging over, Dixon kicking his second conversion to edge Cas ahead for the first time.

Blanch fumbled the final pass when he had the chance to put the Dragons back in front, but the visitors regained the lead two minutes before half-time with Dureau's second try.

Steve Menzies' sloppy pass to Farrar struck the centre's leg but there was no knock-on and Dureau scooped up the loose ball to catch Cas's defence flat-footed by darting over from 35 yards.

Dureau added the conversion, then kicked a penalty to give the Dragons a six-point interval lead.

But Castleford's early second-half pressure was rewarded when swift crossfield passing by Orr and Richie Mathers put in Dixon at the corner to the cut the gap to two points.

Five minutes later, Cas went back in front with a clever solo effort by New Zealander Chase, who dummied his way through from 20 yards out.

And they made it three tries in nine minutes with a spectacular length-of-the-field try by winger Youngquest, who gathered Dureau's high kick on his own try-line before sprinting clear to score.

The Tigers sealed victory 10 minutes from time when a Catalan pass went to ground and Arundel picked up the loose ball to race 90 yards for another-long range try, Stacul's 75th-minute touchdown coming too late to matter.

Castleford coach Terry Matterson:

"It makes you really happy when you bring players through. We've got pressure on positions in the team. The young guys are making it difficult leave them out and the older guys are responding,

"Daryl Clark was doing everything, Joe Arundel hasn't put a foot wrong and Oliver Holmes looks like a seasoned first-grader.

"Craig Huby has been good for us for a while and is getting better and better every week. Steve McNamara cannot pick everyone for England but, if Craig keeps going the way he is, he will get there.

"Catalan caught us on the hop a bit at the start. They are a big, physical side and we were a bit soft. And I was really pleased with the players' reaction in the second half."

Catalans coach Trent Robinson:

"It felt like a game we were comfortably in control of. But full credit to Castleford who are a class team when they get going.

"I would have expected a better reaction in the second half from us. We should have had some cover on both their long-range tries."

"I've coached Scott Dureau before and he's a good player. He did everything he could to win the game for us. He's trying hard, creating plays and is really threatening."

Castleford: Mathers; Dixon, Arundel, Ferres, Youngquest; Chase, Orr; Jackson, Milner, Huby, Holmes, Emmitt, Jones.
Replacements: Fozzard, Aspinwall, Widders, Clark.

Catalan Dragons: Greenshields; Blanch, Farrar, Millard, Stacul; Sa, Dureau; Fakir, Henderson, Paea, Menzies, Raguin, Baitieri.
Replacements: Ferriol, Casty, Mounis, Gigot.

Referee: Phil Bentham (Warrington).

Attendance: 4,889.

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