Catalan 37 Hull KR 24: Rovers unable to back up thrilling derby victory in France

Catalan Dragons' Elliott Whitehead.
Catalan Dragons' Elliott Whitehead.
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Leon Pryce was instrumental as Catalan Dragons maintained their recent fine form with victory over Hull Kingston Rovers.

Catalan won their fourth consecutive game in league and cup as they continued to rebuild their season after a shocking start.

Hull KR failed to back up their derby victory against Hull FC and it turned into a nightmare trip to the south of France for Rovers as prop Justin Poore was taken from the field with a serious-looking knee injury.

Catalan opened the scoring after four minutes when Morgan Escare raced 50 metres to score underneath the posts, Thomas Bosc adding the conversion.

The lead doubled nine minutes later when Elliot Whitehead’s effort was converted by Bosc, who created the third Catalan try when kicking to the right corner where the ball bobbled up into Michael Oldfield’s hands for him to touch down. Hull KR hit back when Travis Burns converted Greg Eden’s try and reduced the lead further through Jordan Fox, with Burns again converting.

Rovers then took an 18-16 lead two minutes before the break when a free-flowing move saw the ball go through five sets of hands before winger Omari Caro touched down in the left corner, Burns adding a wide conversion.

After the break, Daryl Millard went over for Catalans, before Caro grabbed his second of the night. Pryce then created havoc in the Hull KR defence before Bosc and Ben Pomeroy sent in Oldfield for a 26-24 lead.

On the hour mark, Bosc converted Whitehead’s second to give Catalan an eight-point cushion, before adding two penalties and a drop goal.

Catalan Dragons: Escare, Oldfield, Pomeroy, Duport, Millard, Pryce, Bosc, Elima, Pelissier, Lima, Taia, Whitehead, Baitieri. Substitutes: Mounis, Maria, Paea, Garcia.

Hull K R: Eden, Gardner, Welham, Salter, Caro, Burns, Hall, Poore, J. Hodgson, Weyman, Larroyer, Horne, Costigan. Substitutes: Netherton, Cox, Carlile, Lovegrove.

Referee: Phil Bentham (RFL).