Catalans ease to victory at Halifax
|Halifax (0) 0|
|Catalans Dragons (12) 24|
|Tries: Walsh, Myler, Wiliame, Yaha Goals: Walsh 4|
Halifax’s hopes of a place in the Super League are all but over as they lose to Catalans, who kept alive their hopes of a top-three finish in the Qualifiers.
Tries from Luke Walsh and Richie Myler within six minutes of each other saw the visitors lead 12-0 at half-time.
Brayden Wiliame went over to increase Catalans’ lead early in the second half, added to by Fouad Yaha’s try.
Halifax are now four points adrift of fifth-placed Catalans who, at worse, look set for the Million Pound Game.
Halifax boss Richard Marshall:
“They scrambled pretty well and played with a lot of desperation. I think the break helped them more than us.
“They looked like quite a nervous team – they made a lot of errors and we shut them down well but couldn’t convert that into points at the other end.”
“We were looking to score and win the game and not just consolidate and kick a few penalties over – I thought we were outstanding.”
Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara:
“It certainly wasn’t pretty, particularly early on as we were very anxious.
“To come away from home and against opposition that threw a lot at us and has thrown a lot at other opposition that they have played, and win 24-0 was a very good result for us.
“We were ready to play but there is a lot of things when you are in this situation that can dictate how you play and, with the anxiety and the pressure at the start, I felt we handled the situation well.”
Halifax: Sharp, Heaton, Barber, Butler, Saltonstall, Murrell, Johnston, Morris, Kaye, Cahalane, Grady, Tangata, Grix.
Replacements: Fairbank, Boyle, Moore, Sio.
Catalans Dragons: Tierney, Duport, Inu, Wiliame, Yaha, Walsh, Myler, Moa, Da Costa, Casty, Anderson, Horo, Garcia.
Replacements: Bird, Bousquet, Baitieri, Albert.
Referee: Chris Kendall (RFL).