Bosc inspires Catalans win


Published: Sunday 14th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Thomas Bosc made a winning return for Catalans Dragons as they maintained their charge for the Super League top four with a 20-14 comeback victory over in-form Hull in Perpignan.

Hull had ran up eight wins out of 10 prior to this but it was the home side who prevailed in the searing heat, taking a share of fifth place in the process.

Bosc was key for the hosts as the France half-back, who has played only once in the past five weeks, returned on Saturday to level the game for Catalans – with further tries from Tony Gigot and Greg Mounis, while Scott Dureau added the extras – as they came from behind twice to win.

The visitors went ahead through Jordan Rankin before Mark Minichiello crossed over 13 minutes after the break and Marc Sneyd on target with three goals.

The return of Bosc gave the Dragons some real organisation and they dominated the early stages, nullifying former players Leon Pryce and Setaimata Sa who were back in Perpignan with the Black and Whites.

Despite the home side starting well it was Hull who scored first as Rankin scored under the posts after supporting a half-break from Joe Westerman. Sneyd added an easy conversion.

But Bosc then leveled the game as he followed up a Remi Casty break to go in under the posts himself, with Dureau firing over the conversion.

Sneyd added a penalty on the half-hour to give Lee Radford’s side the lead once again before Catalans finished in impressive fashion, scoring two tries in the closing four minutes of the first half.

Gigot raced 40 metres after intercepting Sneyd’s pass before Mounis powered his way over on the half-time hooter to give the hosts an 18-8 lead at the break, with Dureau having converted both.

But the highly-impressive Minichiello scored a superb individual effort to get Hull back in with a shout after the restart, scoring after pushing away five Catalans defenders. Sneyd’s conversion narrowed the Catalans lead to four points.

Both sides threatened to score further points throughout the second half and the closest anyone came was when Fetuli Talanoa had a try wiped off by the video officials for an earlier obstruction.

And then Dureau managed to hold his nerve to add a penalty six minutes from time to extend Catalans’ lead to a full score and the home side hung on for a vital win.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Sunday 14th June 2015 by The News Editor

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