Super League: Catalans Dragons beat Huddersfield Giants 27-10 with Sam Tomkins scoring
|Betfred Super League|
|Catalans (18) 27|
|Tries: Wiliame 2, Tierney, Tomkins Goals: Tomkins 5 Drop-goal: Smith|
|Huddersfield (6) 10|
|Tries: Frawley, Roberts Goals: Farrell|
Sam Tomkins scored his first try as Catalans Dragons came from behind to pick up their first Super League points of the season against Huddersfield.
Matt Frawley's dummy saw him coast through to score for Giants, but Brayden Wiliame crossed twice in quick succession to overhaul the deficit.
Lewis Tierney made it 18-6 at half-time, and Tomkins extended the lead with his score and two goals.
Ollie Roberts crossed for Giants before Matty Smith nailed a late drop-goal.
There was a touching banner tribute from Dragons supporters to former Catalans half-back Scott Dureau, who it was revealed this week is undergoing chemotherapy in Australia.
In an at times bruising game, the after effects of collisions were felt keenly by both sides, but in particular the Giants who saw Izaac Farrell limping and Matty English sent for a head injury assessment.
Their opening score put them in a strong position amid a bright start, with Farrell brave in slipping out a smart pass when under pressure for Frawley's try.
However, the Dragons showed their own qualities, first when a delicate Micky McIlorum kick was tracked by Wiliame, and second when the quick-thinking Matt Whitley snapped the ball one-on-one from Joe Wardle and slick hands created the score.
Tierney finished another quick sliding move to the right as Giants were cut open, while Tomkins pounced on a kick which was allowed to bounce for his try. In addition the England full-back made a fine try-saving tackle on McIntosh as he looked to burn off the Catalans cover.
Roberts' score, also from a kick, came too late as the visitors slipped to back-to-back defeats.
Catalans: Tomkins; Wiliame, Langi, Whitley, Tierney; Gigot, Smith; Simon, McIlorum, Moa, Edwards, Jullien, Casty.
Interchanges: Bousquet, Goudemand, Da Costa, Baitieri.
Huddersfield: Grix; McIntosh, Joe Wardle, Turner, Uate; Farrell, Frawley; English, O'Brien, Matagi, Murphy, Mellor, Lawrence.
Interchanges: Leeming, Roberts, Ikahihifo, Walne.