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Friday 19th July 2013, 20:00 - Round:22
Salford Red Devils
|Andrew Dixon, Danny Williams, Stephen Wild,||T||Elliott Whitehead, Remi Casty,|
Marc Sneyd 2,
Thomas Bosc 2,
Attendance: 2,200 Official: T Alibert Venue: Salford City Stadium
Catalan Dragons were unable to bounce back from their Tetley's Challenge Cup quarter-final home defeat by Hull FC as they crashed to a fourth loss in five matches against Salford City Reds.
Salford turned in a battling defensive show to seal a hard-fought victory by three tries to two.
Andrew Dixon, Danny Williams and Stephen Wild crossed for the hosts, with Elliott Whitehead and Remi Casty getting the Dragons' scores.
The Dragons rang the changes after their cup defeat, with Leon Pryce, Damien Blanch, Mickael Simon and Jamal Fakir missing and Julian Bousquet suspended.
But ex-Bradford forward Whitehead, recently linked with a move to Salford, was back after being cup-tied against Hull, with call-ups too for William Barthau and Thibaut Margalet.
Salford, who were hammered 40-6 at Catalan in February, were aiming to end a run of four defeats in their last five matches and led 6-0 at the break thanks to Dixon's try, converted by Marc Sneyd.
A Williams surge allowed skipper Martin Gleeson to link up smartly to send Dixon over in the corner. Sneyd booted the touchline conversion.
But Gleeson suffered a knee injury after creating the try and was forced to hobble off, to be replaced by Ashley Gibson.
Catalan struggled to break down a resolute defence and Lee Gaskell almost put Salford further ahead, but was held close to the line.
The Reds, who had lost their last three home matches against Bradford Bulls, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and St Helens, opted to run two kickable penalties as they stepped up the tempo. Zeb Taia was held up near the Reds line as Catalan hit back before the break.
But the Reds increased their advantage early in the second half after Daryl Millard fumbled Sneyd's kick and Gibson put Williams over in the corner to make it 10-0.
Whitehead then raced on to Scott Dureau's pass after 54 minutes to score near the posts, with Thomas Bosc landing the conversion.
Salford replied with Wild latching onto Sneyd's kick to extend the lead to 16-6 with a converted try before Casty crashed over to cut the gap to four points.
Vincent Duport had a Dragons try disallowed for a forward pass in a nerve-jangling finale, with French referee Thierry Alibert placing several players on report following a mass brawl two minutes from time.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals