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Apr 24, 2018 - Josh Drinkwater joins from Leigh

According to his own social media accounts, Josh Drinkwater is joining Catalans on loan from Leigh for the remainder of the season.

Drinkwater has a German passport so wont count as an Australian on our quota.

He replaces Luke Walsh whose retirement has been confirmed by the club (a month after we broke the story ;) )

Apr 24, 2018 - Dragons through as nation watches

York City Knights (10)  22

T : Joe Porter 2, Kieran Moss, Joe Batchelor
G : Connor Robinson 3

Catalans Dragons (16) 34

T : Fouad Yaha, Jason Baitieri, Mika Simon, Lucas Albert, Jodie Broughton, Greg Bird
G : Lucas Albert 5

 

Credit it where it's due, the Dragons worked their socks off and did enough to see off the part timers of York. It was a match that if they win heavily the media will say they were only playing York anyway, and if they lost McNamara was going to get it.

As it happens they won and with no news coming out of the club to say otherwise, the coach appears to have survived another week now.

How you feel about that of course is individual preference.

The match started pretty well and despite some decent sets from York, the Dragons were managing the game adequately.

They lost their way in the run up to half time and Mikael Simon's score at the end of the half was absolutely critical.

In the second half Dragons got away from York without ever getting far enough in front to start showboating, and they duly let their hosts get back in it towards the end.

The draw will be key to our progress this season and I fear we will need a home tie to have any chance of progression.

We tweeted #McNamaraout during the match and I think our minds are made up about his tenure. But Bernard does what Bernard wants and we have to support the club until anything changes.

Apr 17, 2018 - You're a shambles...

Castleford Tigers (19) 41

T : Paul McShane 2, Michael Shenton, Oliver Holmes 2, James Clare, Joe Wardle
G : Luke Gale 6
DG : Luke Gale

Catalans Dragons (0) 0

T :
G :
DG :

 

I was saving that headline for when York beat us next weekend.

What can we say about this one? 

 

We don't learn 

We don't improve

We don't change the record in post match press conferences

We don't seem to care

 

Its a shambles. 

Apr 10, 2018 - Scott Dureau joins the Hall of Fame

Season

Appearance

Tries

Goals

F/G

Points

2011 Catalan Dragons

27

12

97

5

247

2012 Catalan Dragons

32

12

131

3

313

2013 Catalan Dragons

10

3

13

1

39

2014 Catalan Dragons

1

0

1

0

2

2015 Catalan Dragons

27

3

98

2

210

Total

97

30

340

11

811

 

What a player and legend Scott Dureau has been for the Catalans Dragons club.

He was that rarest of overseas signings in so far as being a player who slotted in straight away taking on the creative role in the halves along with goal kicking… but more of that anon.

“Biscuit” was backed up by a wonderful and supportive family unit and bought into the Dragons ethos. I absolutely loved the guy and aside from that moment I have another that I want to share.

After his terrible eye tumour he battled back to be in the Dragons line up before a comeback try against London at Magic Weekend. It was from close range and a dab down so not one that took much scoring, however it was a key moment in his rehabilitation and one that brought a massive smile to this correspondents face.

His presence behind such legendary Dragons forwards as Ferriol and Elima saw him gain time and space to make a pass or a kick usually with Damian Blanch on the end getting four points.

There is one moment which of course will remain top of mind for any Dragons fan. That moment at Langtree Park when Daryl Millard finished off that ad hoc play on the 5th tackle and beyond the full time hooter.

The try was quite something, the kick even more so as plenty of time elapsed between the pandemonium of the touch down and Dureau lining up the kick.

His deep breaths and rolling of the shoulders as he lined it up had me quaking in my seat.

But he nailed it, of course he nailed it.

Despite not being the same player after his eye surgery, and who would be?, his final stats saw him score north of 800 points for the club and score tries at a rate of almost one in every three matches.

Adding this guy to the hall of fame is a total no brainer. A legend and someone who was part of the most flamboyant and exciting Dragons sides in their history.

 

Apr 9, 2018 - What the hell just happened

Catalans Dragons (15) 23

T : Benjamin Jullien, David Mead, Ben Garcia
G : Tony Gigot 5
DG : Tony Gigot

Wigan Warriors (0) 32

T : Dan Sarginson, Liam Farrell 2, Joe Burgess, Sam Tomkins, Tony Clubb
G : Sam Tomkins 4
DG :

 

After a consumate first half display the Dragons disintegtrated in the second half against Wigan.

You can point to the departure of Greg Bird through injury and a number of big refereeing calls going against them as factors, but the truth remains that they were rabbits in headlights as soon as the first Warriors try went over. 

Again, we can talk about players taking responsibility for their actions and standing up to be counted. But the coach is ultimately responsible for the management of his players and he should have prepared them for what was to come in the second half. 

There is such a lack of leadership on the park at the moment and more than once you felt the players looked to the sidelines for guidance that wasn't forthcoming. 

McNamara out? I think its inevitable now as I don't see enough wins coming to keep us out of the middle 8s now and with some of the Championship clubs flying, I wouldn't back us to get to another million pound game at the moment. 

Apr 9, 2018 - Dracs beat poor Giants

Catalans Dragons (4) 27

T : Jodie Broughton 2, Benjamin Jullien, David Mead 2
G : Tony Gigot 3
DG : Tony Gigot

Huddersfield Giants (6) 6

T : Aaron Murphy
G : Darnell McIntosh
DG :

 

Considering I run this website, its a pretty lame admission to make that this was my first trip to Stade GB.

Holidaying over the border near Girona saw a pleasant family drive through wine country into Argeles before some beach time and delicious seafood, yes even the kids!

We made our way up to the stadium before emptying the club shop of pretty much anything we could lay our hands on. 

The game was pretty much an afterthough with me briefing my daughters that they could be in for 80 minutes of misery. 

They seemed happy enough that a photo of them and Dracy was beamed across the big screen before kick off, although the game started with Giants on the front foot and taking the lead. 

It wasn't rugby league at its best I think its safe to say. Jodie Broughton got us back in site before the hooter. 

The second half however was all Dragons with Mead and Broughton running riot. It was almost vintage Dragons and the celebrations at the final whistle were tinged with relief. 

As I drove back to the border with sleeping kids on the back seat wearing ISC kits and clutching Dragon toys I felt the season might be turning... 

 

Apr 9, 2018 - No good Friday

Salford Red Devils (12) 32

T : Jake Bibby, Niall Evalds, Greg Johnson, Josh Jones, Kris Welham
G : Robert Lui 6

Catalans Dragons (4) 16

T : Fouad Yaha 2, Greg Bird
G : Tony Gigot 2

 

Yet more honking defending by Dragons saw Easter start with a humbling defeat to Salford. 

Rumour has it McNamara is on thin ice. 

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