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Match Report – Huddersfield 28 – 32 Catalans

Match Report - Huddersfield 28 - 32 Catalans 1

Sam Tomkins scored a first-half hat-trick as Catalans boosted their Tremendous League play-off prospects with a hard-fought 32-28 victory which reawakened Huddersfield’s relegation fears.

The England full-back’s scientific ending laid the platform for a formidable opening 40 minutes from Steve McNamara’s males, who led 22-12 on the break.

Centre Brayden Wiliame additionally touched down for the Dragons throughout whereas Innes Senior and Jake Wardle had been Huddersfield’s first-half scorers.

Catalans underlined their superiority with a second-half double from winger Jodie Broughton however additional residence tries by Darnell McIntosh, Lee Gaskell, and Senior within the last quarter ensured a tense finale.

The French guests ended a five-match dropping streak when beating Wakefield at residence final weekend and this was one other step in the correct path for McNamara’s males.

For Huddersfield, regardless of their spirited late rally, this was a serious setback after they’d gained at Salford final week to halt a run of 4 successive defeats.

The end result leaves the Giants simply two factors above bottom-placed London and within the thick of the scrap to keep away from the drop.

Tomkins, a close-season signing from Wigan, opened the scoring within the eighth minute when he collected Samisoni Langi’s cross and confirmed pleasant footwork to dummy his approach via a statuesque Huddersfield defence.

Tomkins added the straightforward conversion and claimed his second strive seven minutes later.

Langi discovered Tony Gigot and the stand-off’s teasing grubber kick bounced invitingly for Tomkins to floor the ball for a strive he transformed to make it 12-0.

Huddersfield had some respite within the 22nd minute when the ball was labored out to homegrown winger Senior, who touched down within the left nook.

However 5 minutes later the Dragons scored their third strive when centre Wiliame completed off a slick dealing with sequence contained in the left channel.

Catalans at all times appeared they might transfer via the gears when the alternatives arose and so it proved within the 34th minute as Tomkins accomplished his treble.

Gaskell made a significant problem to disclaim Antoni Mari however Tomkins collected possession on the subsequent deal with and dived over the road for a strive he once more improved.

Two minutes earlier than the interval, a teasing kick from scrum-half Tom Holmes was seized upon by Wardle, who added his second conversion from as many makes an attempt to make it 22-12 on the break.

Twelve minutes into the second half, Broughton completed clinically within the left nook after which did likewise from an identical place shortly earlier than the hour mark.

McIntosh went over from shut vary within the 63rd minute for a strive which Wardle transformed earlier than Gaskell scythed via the visiting defence for a high quality particular person rating whereas Catalans misplaced Kenny Edwards to the sin-bin late on.

Huddersfield made their numerical benefit pay with two minutes remaining when Senior crossed within the left nook for his second try to Wardle’s fourth objective lower the hole to 4 factors – however Catalans held on.


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