Catalans hold on to beat resurgent Huddersfield

With just under two minutes on the clock, Catalans carved open the Huddersfield defence via a Fages kick to the corner which was eventually worked to Davies who weaved his way into touching down.

Fages then piled more early misery on his former club as he collected Jordan Abdull’s kick, which rebounded off the post, before grounding with relative ease.

Catalans’ third made for grim viewing for Huddersfield as Romano was given the time and space to drop down and score, with Kevin Naiqama and Tui Lolohea missing the chance to tackle him before he crossed the line.

Johnstone’s score came via a high kick, which he duly collected under pressure and did well to ground cleanly, but half-time seemed to transform Huddersfield, who looked a different side after the break.

Rushton did well to stay standing and beat three defenders for Huddersfield’s first score of the evening, while Golding raced Arthur Mourgue to ground a tricky kick to goal for their second try soon after.

Huddersfield’s third score came after a tremendous spot from referee Liam Moore to award the try after Adam Milner’s offload to Yates rebounded off his face, leading him to run in.

Video referee Aaron Moore correctly judged that Yates had not knocked on, with replays showing the ball actually cannoned off his nose and into his path, leading an emboldened Huddersfield to enter the final 12 minutes just four points behind their suddenly off-the-pace opponents.

Although their efforts came too late, it was a performance to be proud of for the visitors, who came remarkably close to avoiding a ninth league defeat of the campaign when at half-time it looked to be a certainty.


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