Super League: Catalans Dragons 12-30 London Broncos
|Betfred Super League|
|Catalans Dragons (8) 12|
|Tries: Yaha 3|
|London Broncos (12) 30|
|Tries: Abdull, Williams 2, Kear, Dixon Goals: Dixon 5|
Bottom side London Broncos made it back-to-back Super League victories with a superb win over Catalans Dragons in Perpignan.
Fouad Yaha scored a hat-trick for the French hosts but they were unable to convert early second-half pressure.
Broncos led 12-8 at the break, Jordan Abdull and Rhys Williams going over.
Elliot Kear scored against the run of play to extend their lead, with tries from Kieran Dixon and Williams giving the visitors breathing space.
It was only the London side's second away win of the season - having lost their past 14 meetings with Catalans - to follow up their shock golden-point win over leaders St Helens last weekend.
Injury-hit Catalans - who were missing Greg Bird, Brayden Wiliame, Lewis Tierney, Matt Whitley, Sam Moa, Micky McIlorum, Lucas Albert and Lambert Belmas - missed the chance to move back up to third.
Broncos are now level on points with 10th-placed Leeds and Hull KR, who shocked Warrington earlier on Saturday, and go head to head with Broncos in Ealing on Thursday.
Kear's try, from Abdull's cute low kick, came on his 250th career appearance and seemed to knock the stuffing out of the home side, whose tails had been up.
Impressive half-back Abdull also teed up Williams for his first score as Broncos showed great resolve at times to keep their noses in front.
Yaha's 75th-minute hat-trick try provided Catalans' only points of a frustrating half, which saw them collapse in the last quarter.
Catalans head coach Steve McNamara:
"We looked like a team that had never trained or played with each other before. It wasn't just one area of the game. It was all areas of the game.
"London took full advantage of that and did a good job on us. It was unexplainable really as to how we could put that performance in. It is unacceptable, there's no question about that.
"The first couple of sets were OK but, once we made our first error with the ball, we just disintegrated.
"Three weeks ago in Barcelona, we looked like a team that was going to be really difficult to beat, looked extremely connected and in sync with each other and three weeks later we look the opposite of that.
London Broncos coach Danny Ward:
"We had to deal with a bit of adversity when Matty Gee pulled out. Literally, he came in following the warm-up and was no good.
"Matt Fleming got thrown in at the last minute and we had to play Ryan Morgan in the back row. And we've got a couple of lads out there suffering from sunburn after being in the pool. They were proper Brits abroad.
"We're not the flashest team on paper and we might not be spending as much as other teams but we've got a good attitude and they're working hard.
"We're not getting carried away. It's just another win. We're still bottom of the table, but it keeps the pressure on the teams above us."
Catalans Dragons: Gigot, Romano, Mead, Langi, Yaha, Tomkins, Smith, Bousquet, Da Costa, Simon, Jullien, Garcia, Casty.
Interchanges: Goudemand, Maria, Baitieri, Kasiano.
London Broncos: Walker, Dixon, Morgan, Kear, Williams, Abdull, Smith, Battye, Cunningham, Krasniqi, Pitts, Fleming, Yates.
Interchanges: Butler, Richards, Ioane, Fozard.