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Oct 16, 2017 - Thomas Bosc enters Sang et or hall of fame
Thomas Bosc is possibly the best French player in Catalans Dragons short history.
A hometown lad from that stretch of coast, he is the 20th player to have pulled on the Sang-et-or maillot and with amazing distinction. He was a squad member for the first season of Super League in Perpignan having come through at UTC.
His debut came against Castleford Tigers in the Dragons third ever match.
Bosc has played in a number of positions for the club despite starting out as a full back fighting for the jersey with Clint Greenshields. As a youngster he migrated out to wings before coming into a half back position where he really excelled.
I was new to the game around this period and the passing ability, creativity of Bosc made him my go to player and even now, if I find myself receiving the first pass from a play the ball, one I try to emulate.
I have a loft full of Dragons merchandise but along with my Blanch jersey sits my Bosc one, in classic blood and gold with the number 6 on the back. I think that combination of number and name sums up the man and his position of most effectiveness on the park.
No piece about Bosc would be complete without mention of “that” try against London. I was watching at my in laws house and even my Father and Brother in Law, die hard soccer fans both, were moved to join me in leaping around the room when the legend picked up that ball centre field.
The first little chip over a defender was audacious, the second outrageous and the fact the move ended with him picking up the bounce of the ball and going over to score a try made it one of the best pieces of rugby league I have seen.
Apart from the artist and the off the cuff play, Thomas’ statistical record is almost without comparison. He has been the first Dragon to get to 1000 points for the club, which when you take into account his latter career injuries is an amazing achievement.
I don’t think you would be able to find a Dragons fan who doesn’t have massive love and affection for the great man, and as an entry to our hall of fame it’s completely unanimous.
Thanks for the memories Bosco. You will be impossible to replace.
As of 29 September 2017
Oct 13, 2017 - Dragons world cup contribution
Catalans Dragons world cup contingent has been completed in recent days.
We have 13 players travelling down under to compete. Now we can worry about how burnt out they will be ahead of next season after the tournament. For now let's get into the World Cup and enjoy some stress free rugby league... we've had enough stress recently.
Thanks to the official Catalans Dragons website for the list reproduced above.
Our forum stats man John Dobson tells us that only Melbourne Storm have supplied more players to the competition. We should be proud.
Oct 2, 2017 - Million Pound Game win ensures Dragons survival
It’s very easy to talk about sport being just sport and how in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter. This is especially true of the Catalan region at this current time.
On a purely personal level though, the Million Pound Game did place a strain on that theory.
I care greatly about the results and performances of Catalans Dragons Rugby League Football Club. There I said it, and I mean it. You don’t have close to a decade of association with a sports club and not put down some roots and invest some emotion.
Those of you who know me know the family back story and how the club and the people around it have become engrained in our way of life.
We have a match jersey and signed Olivier Elima picture above our stairs which sees me off to work every morning. One of my first holidays with the wife was to her Fathers apartment near Girona. We partied with Huddersfield fans in Perpignan before a Valentines match at Gilbert Brutus.
We just enjoyed the company of people in and around the game and that hasn’t changed over all the intervening years.
We took in games away from home as part of the devotion and even when travelling to Perpignan out of season spent all of our holiday money in the club shop before being given the keys to the stadium to have a look around.
We have bought into the Magic Weekend concept combining the trip as a night off parenting with our wedding anniversary and both the wife’s and my birthdays.
All of these brilliant memories, emotions and feelings were on the line Saturday afternoon. It felt that important.
I trained in one of my wardrobe full of Catalans shirts for my Yaxley Yaks team in the morning, thinking I might be too ashamed to pull the kit on in coming weeks should the worst happen.
I will be honest, I didn’t want to watch it. There is plenty of joy and pleasure to come from watching sporting events. This, however, was a circus freak show to play on the nerves and uncertainty of the coaches and players.
It felt like SKY were ready to point their cameras at whichever set of fans were crying and weeping on the final hooter. I wanted no part of that.
But the instructions from the wife were that we would be watching it. Despite reading my dreary prognosis on the forum, she still believed. Although not enough to take some of the generous odds the bookmakers were offering…
The game itself passed in a blur of cans of Tangle Foot and lots of standing up and shouting.
I have to admit that their try just after half time left me slumped and believing the chance had gone.
But to their infinite credit, Steve McNamara and the players dug themselves out of a hole and went on to win convincingly although it did take the late try from Fouad Yaha for me to admit the game was up for Leigh and that we were safe.
The children seemed to wonder what was going on and what all the noise was about. The relief though was immense. It was at the end of the game I realised just how much I wanted us to stay up and just how much the game had meant to me.
It felt like I had played the 80 mins on top of the mornings training I was that fatigued. I barely made the first contestant of ‘Strictly’ before I was asleep in the arm chair.
Friends of mine who also love league were texting and tweeting their joy at our escape. I just wish it could have been part of a better weekend for the Catalan region.
Oct 2, 2017 - Horo and Walsh leave the club
Justin Horo and Luke Walsh are both reported to be leaving the club at the seasons end.
Horo has been revealed as a Wakefield player for next year with Walsh looking to link up with Salford.
A couple of penalty opportunities were left untaken by Catalans as they found themselves defeated and in the Million Pound Game.
This could have been avoided but it was another nervy and disjointed performance despite the home side being backed by a sizeable crowd.
Was it an error of mathmatics not to take the draw at the end of the match and get home advantage in the MPG? or did the coaching team back a team bereft of attacking flair to score a try and keep themselves in the league?
In the end it came to nothing at the despair was palpable around Gilbert Brutus.
Sep 18, 2017 - Fans unhappy despite narrow win.
Hull KR (0) 19
T : Will Oakes , Ben Cockayne, George Lawler
Catalans Dragons (8) 20
T : Richie Myler, Iain Thornley, Brayden Wiliame
The Dragons kept their hopes of avoiding the Million Pound Game alive with a squeaky single point win over Hull KR.
Two late tries put the Dragons ahead but KR still had kicks to win it.
Forum regular Catalanglais reported back to us...
JonB95 added to the angst by saying that...
Sep 12, 2017 - Dragons still in with a squeak despite average showing
Catalans Dragons (18) 26
T : Krisnan Inu, Brayden Wiliame, Ben Garcia, Sam Moa
Featherstone Rovers (12) 12
T : Sam Brooks, Anthony Thackeray
It was a case of never mind the performance, read the result as this was a hard watch for spectators of both teams.
As the season has drawn on I feat the Sky commentators are almost wishing disaster upon us. They were biased in seasons past, but in recent home games have broken into full on hostility towards us.
However, their apparent wishes of an away win didn't come to fruition and we move on to Hull KR needing something most unlikely to avoid an appearance in the million pound match.
Dragons : Tierney, Duport, Inu, Wiliame, Yaha, Walsh, Myler, Moa, Da Costa, Casty, Anderson, Horo, Garcia
Featherstone : Johnson, Briscoe, Hardcastle, Taulapapa, Turner, Thackeray, Wildie, Brooks, Carlile, Mariano, Farrell, Davies, Lockwood
Stadium : Gilbert Brutus
Referee: Liam Moore
Man of the match : Sam Moa
Dragons : Ben Garcia, Louis Anderson
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