Match Report – Catalans 14 – 22 Huddersfield

Two tries from second-row Australian veteran Chris McQueen proved the difference between the Huddersfield Giants and the Catalan Dragons; The win has given coach Ian Watson a timely boost ahead of this week’s crucial bottom-of-the-table clash with Wakefield Trinity.

Last Updated: 08/07/23 9:24 PM


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Highlights of the Super League match between Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants.

Highlights of the Super League match between Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants.

Super League leaders Catalans Dragons suffered an unexpected 22-14 defeat at Huddersfield Giants in scorching summer conditions in the south of France.

Two tries from Australian veteran second-row Chris McQueen were the difference between the teams.

Huddersfield were fully valuable for their 14-12 half-time lead and their defense held strong after the break, giving coach Ian Watson some respite ahead of this week’s crucial bottom-of-the-table clash with Wakefield Trinity.

Les Dreux were pushed back early on when scrum-half Tui Lolohia picked up a loose pass and dropped Kevin Naikmaa to complete a 50-metre run between the posts, Ollie Russell adding the conversion to put the visitors eight behind Made it 6-0. .minutes.

But the Catalans hit a straight counterattack when stand-off Tyrone May split the line and found winger Tom Davies, who finished with a 30-metre sprint to touch down in the right corner.

Full-back Arthur Morgue was on target with a conversion from the touchline to equalise.

Russell put the Giants ahead again with a penalty in the 25th minute, then Lolohia broke through the Dragons’ defense for a second time and backed up from halfway through the second row with McQueen at the end, Russell adding the conversion to make it 14–6. done. ,

Once again the Dragons struck straight back when center Matt Ikuvalu passed from tackle to Davies for his second try in the right corner, with the conversion from wide Morgue again on target.

Leading 14–12 at the interval, Huddersfield came out struggling in the second half and a powerful 60-metre burst by winger Jermaine McGilvray almost brought them the opening effort, but he was fouled when he tried to ground the ball. Penalized for double-movement. ,

Then full-back Jake Connor thought he had released winger Sam Halsall for an effort into the left corner, but referee Chris Kendall ruled that there had been obstruction in the build-up.

The game was stopped while Giants second linebacker Harvey Livett was treated for a serious shoulder injury, then tied the score with a penalty kick by Morgue, who was later helped off the pitch with an ankle injury. Had to do

Huddersfield took advantage of disorganization in the home defense and McQueen scored from 10 meters with a trademark sharp-angled slice through the line for a vital second try in the 61st minute.

Chris McQueen scored twice in Huddersfield Giants' win over Catalans in Saturday's Super League

Chris McQueen scored twice in Huddersfield Giants’ win over Catalans in Saturday’s Super League

Russell added the conversion from in front of the post and the Giants’ 300-strong band of supporters were singing in the sun ahead 20–14.

The Catalans’ patience broke down due to a series of tackling errors that gifted possession and field position to the visitors and when referee Kendall penalized the Dragons for offside in front of their own posts, Russell scored for the Giants with the conversion. made further.

The Dragons came hard in the closing stages but Huddersfield persevered to a famous victory at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

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