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Super League: Leon Pryce stars as Catalans beat basement club Widnes
Catalan Dragons sealed a convincing 46-14 win over the Widnes Vikings in an 11-try Super League thriller.
Widnes played their part - but they failed to score a point in the second half as Leon Pryce dominated the match for the home side.
The visitors raced into an early 10-point lead as they scored through Patrick Ah Van and Dave Allen. Ah Van duly converted Allen's try as the Vikings looked great value for their early lead.
The Catalans hit back though and within five minutes of Widnes scoring their second try, the home side had taken the lead.
Pryce took centre stage to create two breakthroughs in as many minutes through Thomas Bosc, pouncing on Rhys Hanbury's mistake, and Steve Menzies, after superb work by Daryl Millard, Bosc, Pryce and Louis Anderson.
Bosc converted both tries to take the score to 12-10.
Widnes hit back with Hanbury and Willie Isa combining to send in Ah Van for his second of the night in the right corner. Ah Van missed the conversion from his own score to make the half time score 14-12 to the visitors.
The whole shape of the game altered after the interval, though, Catalans coming out in inspired form.
Pouring forward with intensity and precision, they scored three tries in the opening nine minutes of the second period to seal the success with an unexpected flourish.
All three were created by Pryce and Bosc, the French international revelling in his new position at full-back.
The tries came in three-minute intervals from Louis Anderson (43), substitute Olivier Elima (46) and Damien Blanch (49) as Widnes were carved open.
Bosc extended the pain by converting all three to leave the score at 30-14 and well out of Widnes' reach.
William Barthau further extended the home side's lead with a magnificent solo effort in the 58th minute, beating four hapless Widnes defenders to score on the left flank.
A seventh touchdown arrived when Mathias Pala got in on the act, crossing with 11 minutes to go, but there was still time for a final score - Zeb Taia completing the away side's misery to round off the scoring.x
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First Utility Super League Table
|4||Salford Red Devils||7||7|
|11||Hull K R||6||4|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 26th March|
|20:00||Salford Red Devils vs Widnes Vikings|
|Friday 27th March|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC|
|20:00||Wigan Warriors vs Wakefield Wildcats|
|20:00||Hull K R vs St Helens|
|20:00||Warrington Wolves vs Huddersfield Giants|
|Saturday 28th March|
|17:00||Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Thursday 2nd April|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Wakefield vs Catalans Dragons|
|20:00||Widnes vs Warrington|
|Friday 3rd April|
|12:45||Castleford vs Leeds|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 22nd March|
|Widnes Vikings 20 - 16 Hull K R|
|Wakefield Wildcats 14 - 44 Huddersfield Giants|
|Friday 20th March|
|Leeds Rhinos 26 - 14 Wigan Warriors|
|Castleford Tigers 30 - 16 Salford Red Devils|
|Hull FC 33 - 22 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 19th March|
|St Helens 32 - 24 Warrington Wolves|
|Sunday 15th March|
|Hull K R 50 - 20 Catalans Dragons|
|Salford Red Devils 24 - 18 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Friday 13th March|
|Widnes Vikings 20 - 30 St Helens|
|Wigan Warriors 13 - 12 Hull FC|
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