Super League: Catalans Dragons 21-8 Widnes Vikings

Pat Richards
Former Man of Steel Pat Richards returned from Australia's NRL to join Catalans Dragons in 2016
First Utility Super League
Catalans (4) 21
Tries: Richards, Duport, Taylor, Pelissier Goals: Richards 2 Drop-goal: Bosc
Widnes (0) 8
Try: Thompson Goals: Hanbury 2

Catalans recorded their third win in nine days as early pacesetters Widnes fell to a third successive defeat.

Pat Richards scored the only points of the first half, crossing after two minutes but missing the conversion.

Rhys Hanbury missed a penalty to leave Catalans 4-0 ahead at the break, before Vincent Duport widened the gap.

Corey Thompson and Hanbury drew Widnes level, but tries from Dave Taylor and Eloi Pelissier and a Thomas Bosc drop-goal sank Widnes late on.

Super League's surprise package Widnes suffered a disastrous Easter weekend, losing 28-10 to league leaders Warrington on Easter Friday before going down 20-12 to St Helens on Monday.

And they travelled to France to take on a Catalans side who had secured convincing wins over Salford Red Devils and Castleford Tigers during the same period.

Having trailed by four points at half-time, the Vikings produced a spirited display and battled back to 8-8 courtesy of a lovely floated pass from Joe Mellor out to Thompson and Hanbury's penalty following a Catalans' high tackle.

But Taylor pounced on a loose ball as Catalans scored a fortuitous try before Bosc slotted a drop-goal and Eloi Pelissier stretched for the line to leave the French outfit level on points with third-placed Widnes in the table.

Catalans: Escare, Broughton, Gigot, Duport, Richards, Bosc, Myler, Bousquet, Pelissier, Mason, Stewart, Taylor, Baitieri.

Replacements: Aiton, Mounis, Elima, Maria.

Widnes: Hanbury, Thompson, Dean, Runciman, Ah Van, Mellor, Gilmore, O'Carroll, Heremaia, Dudson, Whitley, Houston, Leuluai.

Replacements: Manuokafoa, Chamberlain, Brooks, Johnstone.

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