Match Report

Saturday 12th May 2018, 15:30
Challenge Cup - Round: 6

Catalans Dragons

(24) 56

Catalans Dragons

Whitehaven RLFC

10 (10)

Whitehaven RLFC

11 Tries

Jodie Broughton 3, Michael McIlorum, Josh Drinkwater, Mickael Goudemand 2, Antoni Maria, Julian Bousquet, Vincent Duport, Tony Gigot,


Tries 2

Jessie Joe Parker, Dave Thompson,

6 Goals

Josh Drinkwater 6,


Goals 1

Dan Abram,

0 D Goals



D Goals 0


Attendance:   Official:   Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

Full Time Report

Jodie Broughton scored a hat-trick of tries as Catalans Dragons overcame a spirited and stubborn Whitehaven 56-10 to progress to the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

Mickael Goudemand had a debut to remember as he registered a brace of tries against the League 1 outfit.

Broughton opened the scoring with a brace within four minutes before Michael McIlorum claimed his first try of the season to extend the hosts' lead - but Josh Drinkwater failed with his three attempts on goal.

In reply Jesse-Joe Parker charged over the top to score down the left edge and Dan Abram added the conversion.

The visitors reduced the deficit even more as David Thompson dived over in the corner and Abram converted.

Drinkwater and Goudemand both touched down from short range before the break with Drinkwater adding two goals.

Antoni Maria extended the Catalans' lead eight minute into the second half and - on the hour - Tony Gigot sent Julian Bousquet over from short range before Mickael Goudemand scored his second of the day as Drinkwater added the extras.

Broughton seal his hat-trick with 13 minutes remaining before Vincent Duport and Tony Gigot added a try apiece.

Catalans head coach Steve McNamara said: "Whitehaven were very spirited, they scored those tries back to back and that rattled us for a few minutes. But, once we realised that we could go through a team rather than try and
pass around them, we managed to punch a few holes into them.

"The start of the game was perhaps a little bit too easy for us where we scored three tries straight away, the second half we played pretty strong."
Whitehaven player-coach Carl Forster said: "It's the intensity and speed of the game (that is the difference). We showed for 40 minutes that we were capable.
"It's the fitness, the full-time environment that Catalans are in. Fair play to Catalans, they put their foot down and they really made us pay for it and scored some nice tries."