Super League: Leeds Rhinos win at Catalan Dragons despite Ryan Bailey dismissal
Last Updated: 01/04/13 7:43pm
Leeds Rhinos overcame Ryan Bailey's second-half dismissal to secure an improbable 27-12 victory at the Catalan Dragons.
A professional display saw the visitors from West Yorkshire lead 10-0 at half-time with Joel Moon touching down, but Bailey departed in the 48th minute for a shoulder charge on Thomas Bosc.
Catalan took charge courtesy of scores from Leon Pryce and Bosc, however, the champions managed to settle things down and regain their composure.
Scores from Paul McShane and Jamie Jones-Buchanan, which sandwiched a Kevin Sinfield drop-goal, wrapped up the victory before Sinfield kicked his seventh two-pointer.
Leeds took the lead in the eighth minute when they sent the ball wide to Stevie Ward, who found Moon and the Australian managed to slide over the line before his legs hit the touchline despite the best efforts of Damien Blanch.
Sinfield extended the Rhinos' lead further in the 22nd minute with a penalty for an alleged Remi Casty infringement, although replays suggested that it was a loose carry by Jamie Peacock instead.
Catalans continued to press but failed to break the Leeds defensive line. Frustration told four minutes before the break when Eloi Pelissier shoulder charged Rob Burrow off the ball and Sinfield booted Leeds into a 10-0 lead.
As has been the pattern in recent weeks, Catalans came out firing after the break and were helped after Bailey was sent off for his unnecessary take down on Bosc.
From the resulting penalty Pelissier fed Leon Pryce and the former St Helens man stepped his way to the Leeds line to score Catalans' first points of the night. Bosc added the conversion to narrow the Leeds lead.
It was Bosc five minutes later who saw the Catalans take the lead as he sold Burrow an outrageous dummy to score underneath the posts and make his conversion attempt a formality to give the Catalans a 12-10 lead.
Sinfield levelled the scores on the hour mark as he added his fourth goal of the evening after Carl Ablett was taken out off the ball.
The result could have gone either way at that stage but in the last 12 minutes, Leeds ran riot. Paul McShane dummied his way to the line from two metres out and Jamie Jones-Buchanan went over under the posts through the weak tackles of Casty and Escare. Sinfield again added the conversion to give the Rhinos an unassailable 13-point lead.
Sinfield added a further penalty and his seventh goal of the night with five minutes remaining to seal the 27-12 win.
First Utility Super League
Thu 3rd Sep - Super 8s
Huddersfield GiantsvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 4th Sep - Super 8s
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sat 5th Sep - Super 8s
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Sun 6th Sep - Super 8s
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 10th Sep - Super 8s
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 11th Sep - Super 8s
Wigan WarriorsvsHull FC
Sat 12th Sep - Super 8s
Catalans DragonsvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 13th Sep - Super 8s
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Thu 17th Sep - Super 8s
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 18th Sep - Super 8s
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 19th Sep - Super 8s
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Fri 25th Sep - Super 8s
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Hull FC0 - 0Catalans Dragons
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Super League 2013, round ten
Michael Lawrence has expressed his delight at making a try-scoring return against Widnes after recovering from injury.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott hit out at the high penalty count against his side in their 27-12 win at Catalans Dragons.
London Broncos coach Tony Rea felt his side's lack of experience was exposed as they were beaten 54-20 by Warrington.
- Gentle delighted with triumph
- Wigan boss wanted shut-out
- Cummins: We'll learn from win
- Millward wants consistency
- Betts: Scrap double header
- Bulls not threatened by Reds
- Hull bounce back at Wakefield
- Saints see off tame Tigers
- Brough leads Giants in rout
- Warriors run riot over Robins
- Wolves too good for Broncos
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- Giants v Vikings: Teams
- Rovers v Warriors: Teams
- Wildcats v Hull FC: Teams
- Wolves v Broncos: Teams
- Saints v Tigers: Teams
- Bulls v City Reds: Teams