Dragons 80 minutes from Grand Final

Catalans Dragons booked a trip to St Helens in the semi-finals after seeing off Leeds Rhinos 26-14 in Warrington.

Catalans took the lead with just 90 seconds on the clock, with their first attack of the game. Sam Tomkins broke free, and got the ball to Tom Davies, who finished off in the corner. James Maloney added the conversion for a six-point lead.

The Dragons doubled their advantage before the 10-minute mark, as Tomkins’ kick towards the in-goal was grounded by Samisoni Langi. Maloney was on target with the conversion.

Leeds were getting back into it, but it was Catalans who scored next just past the half-hour. Israel Folau rose highest from Tomkins’ floating kick and held off two defenders to get over. Maloney added the conversion once again for an 18-point lead.

The Rhinos needed to strike back before the break, and they did thanks to Alex Sutcliffe, who finished off a good break down the left hand side by Luke Gale, to go over under the posts. Rhyse Martin added the conversion.

Leeds got the all-important first try of the second half, as they kept the ball alive, allowing Matt Prior to get free, and put Liam Sutcliffe over for the try. Martin was off-target with the conversion.

The Dragons then seemed to have killed the game with 15 minutes to go, as Rob Lui presented the ball to David Mead, who got over in the corner. Maloney added the conversion to make it a 14-point lead.

But Leeds hit back just three minutes later, as they found the overlap and Prior put Konrad Hurrell over for the try. Martin was again off-target with the conversion.

Catalans edged further ahead with seven minutes left, after Maloney kicked a penalty from just beyind the 40m mark.

That result means Catalans now travel to St Helens next week for a spot in the Grand Final in two weeks time.

As for Leeds, their season is now over, but one to remember after lifting their first Challenge Cup since 2015.

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