Challenge Cup: Catalans Dragons 37-34 Featherstone
|Ladbrokes Challenge Cup|
|Catalans (18) 37|
|Tries: Robin, Bousquet, Whitehead, Oldfield, Escare, Bosc Goals: Bosc 6 Drop goal : Robin|
|Featherstone (12) 34|
|Tries: Foster, Teasdale 2, Ormondroyd, Day, Verlinden. Goals: Marginet 4, Teasdale.|
Catalan Dragons overcame Championship side Featherstone with 12 men in Perpignan to set-up a Challenge Cup quarter-final trip to Hull KR.
Jeff Lima's second-half red came after Stan Robin, Julian Bousquet and Elliott Whitehead tries put Catalans 18-12 up.
Jack Ormondroyd, Luke Teasdale, Sam Day and Ryan Verlinden tries added to Alex Foster and Teasdale's first-half scores for Rovers.
Michael Oldfield, Morgan Escare and Thomas Bosc tries put Catalans through.
Still, three-time winners Featherstone, who rested several players ahead of their league meeting with Championship leaders Leigh next week, kept the pressure on and prompted Robin to go for a 79th minute drop-goal to put the result beyond doubt.
A much-changed Catalans side - without Todd Carney, Scott Dureau, Zeb Taia, Ben Garcia, Ian Henderson and Jason Baitieri - showed their resilience to fight back three time to overcome the second-tier visitors.
|Le Dracs' fortress in the south of France|
|From eight games in all competitions at Stade Gilbert Brutus in 2015, Catalans Dragons have won six, drawn one and lost one|
|Their only defeat to date came against Super League leaders and Challenge Cup holder Leeds Rhinos.|
Catalans Dragons: Escare; Oldfield, Gigot, Tonga, Yaha; Bosc, Robin; Lima, Pelissier, Casty, Whitehead, Anderson, Mounis.
Replacements: Cardace, Bousquet, Springer, Maria.
Featherstone Rovers: Johnson; Blackmore, Minns, Chappell, Sharp; Milner, Marginet; Verlinden, Teasdale, James, Foster, Tonks, Mussey.
Replacements: Baldwinson, Ormondroyd, Day, Cooper.
Referee: Robert Hicks (RFL)