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Super League: Escare hat-trick helps Catalan Dragons beat London Broncos
Morgan Escare helped himself to a first-half hat-trick as Catalan Dragons returned to winning ways with a 46-4 success over relegated London Broncos.
Laurent Frayssinous’ men were in red-hot form in the opening 40 minutes in Perpignan, Escare running in three of the home side’s six first-half scores.
Fit-again winger Kieran Dixon got the Broncos on the scoreboard in the second half, although it was Catalan who had the final say with Zeb Taia and Daryl Millard wrapping up the scoring.
Catalan hit the front after only five minutes, Vincent Duport powering his way over the try-line despite Nesi Mataitonga's best efforts to halt the French centre. Thomas Bosc added the touchline conversion.
The Dragons added to their lead in the 13th minute, Ben Pomeroy laying on a try for the prolific Escare to score his 22nd Super League try of the season. Bosc missed out on the extras.
Escare registered his second after 21 minutes, Duport breaking clear from the halfway line, drawing the full-back and passing inside to his supporting team-mate who raced over to touch down under the posts, with Bosc hardly able to miss.
Catalans were running red hot, Pomeroy registering their fourth try after a smart inside ball by Elliott Whitehead set the former Cronulla centre free to touch down under the posts, with Bosc making it worth an extra two points.
Catalans scored again six minutes before the break, this time when Bosc's kick to the corner was taken by Daryl Millard who was unmarked as he collected and touched down to score in the left corner. Bosc booted the touchline conversion to stretch the lead to 28-0.
There was still time for Catalans to bring up the 30-point mark before half-time. In a repeat of the third try, Duport raced clear down the left, drew the full-back and passed inside to Escare, who raced over to touch down under the posts for his hat-trick try. Bosc added the simple conversion.
With Broncos coach Joe Grima marshalling his side from the touchline in the second half, the visitors started the second half much more purposefully and looked the more likely to score in a spell that saw them dominate field position.
The Broncos duly did score their first try of the match after 55 minutes, a pass from Josh Drinkwater over the head of two would-be Catalan defenders sending in Dixon in the right corner. Drinkwater failed to add the conversion to see the scores remain 34-4.
Catalans responded 11 minutes from time, Bosc's high kick knocked back by Duport and collected by Taia who strolled over the line and around towards the posts to score. The try was awarded by the video referee before Bosc added a simple conversion.
Millard registered his second try of the night, Bosc and Escare combining to send the winger in at the corner after a run of three straight penalties for the home side. Bosc added the conversion to complete the heavy scoring.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalan Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalan 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|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Catalan Dragons 28 - 6 Castleford|
|London Broncos 36 - 46 Bradford|
|Friday 12th September|
|Salford 36 - 6 Widnes|
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