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Catalans Dragons

  • Pryce, Millard, Taia, Whitehead, Simon, Oldfield, Escare (2),
    Goals: Bosc (7),
46 - 4

Bradford

  • Foster,
  • First Utility Super League
  • 24th May 2014
  • KO 14:00
  • Att: 6,890

Super League: Catalan Dragons thrash Bradford Bulls in France

By Rob Lancaster   Last updated: 24th May 2014  

Jamie Foster Bradford Bulls Super League

Jamie Foster: Scored Bradford's only points, crossing in the second half

RUGBY RUGBY LEAGUE LEON PRYCE CATALAN DRAGONS

Leon Pryce: Scored one of Catalan Dragons' eight tries in Perpignan

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Catalan Dragons pushed themselves into Super League's top eight - for 24 hours at least - with a 46-4 thrashing of Bradford at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

The French side gained a modicum of revenge for their Tetley's Challenge Cup exit at the hands of the same opponents, running in eight tries with Thomas Bosc converting all-but one of them.

The impressive Morgan Escare began the scoring inside 40 seconds and added another at the start of the second half to take his tally for the season to 13.

Former Bull Elliott Whitehead also touched down during an opening quarter that the saw the Dragons run hot against a sieve-like Bradford defence that came mightily close to shipping a half-century of points for a third successive outing.

Zeb Taia's offload back inside set up the early try for Escare as the full-back easily went around opposite number Lee Gaskell, who was then involved in a mix-up with Jamie Foster for the second Dragons try soon after.

Confusion

The pair became confused over who exactly was going to deal with Leon Pryce's bomb, with neither taking control. Their dallying allowed the ball to bounce, with second rower Whitehead rushing in to gratefully accept the opportunity.

As if that wasn't bad enough for Bradford, the re-start saw them allow Michael Oldfield to break free and ghost past a horribly exposed Gaskell, who must have felt like King Canute trying in vain to turn back the tide. Not even the presence of a dog on the field before Bosc could take his conversion attempt could raise a smile amongst the visiting players behind the uprights.

They did at least pose a threat as the first half wore on, Jordan Baldwinson twice going close on debut while a succession of drop-outs put some pressure on.

Yet for all their huffing and puffing the Bulls were unable to find a way through, and the second half started in similar fashion to the first when Escare, who had earlier taken a hit from Manase Manuokafoa that resulted in the prop being placed on report, glided over to complete his brace.

Pryce set up Mickael Simon to cross underneath the uprights before Bradford managed to finally get off the mark in the 52nd minute, Foster diving over in the left corner for a try he failed to convert.

Still, the Dragons continued to be ruthless through to the final hooter, crossing three more times to do further damage to their rivals' points difference.

Daryl Millard showed superb footwork to collect Jean-Phillippe Baile's kick to the left, the centre tip-toeing next to the whitewash to stay in play before planting the ball down with his left hand.

Pryce breached a tired Bradford line to get a score his personal performance deserved, as too did Taia when he was allowed to pluck Bosc's kick out of the air under no pressure whatsoever.

Les Catalans - who could slip back out of the play-off places if Hull KR defeat London Broncos on Sunday - would have hit the 50-point mark had Jeff Lima not bounced the ball in his attempts to ground next to the posts. It was a small crumb of comfort on another difficult day in another tough year for Bradford.

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Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Thursday 5th February
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
Friday 6th February
20:00St Helens vs Catalans Dragons
Sunday 8th February
15:00Huddersfield vs Hull
15:00Warrington vs Salford
15:00Hull K R vs Leeds
15:30Castleford vs Wakefield
Thursday 12th February
20:00Salford vs St Helens
Friday 13th February
20:00Hull vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Widnes
20:00Wigan vs Huddersfield
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes
Friday 19th September
St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford
Thursday 18th September
Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield
Sunday 14th September
Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R

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