Super League: Leeds Rhinos 6-34 Catalans Dragons – Davies hat-trick inspires Dragons win

Tom Davies has scored two Super League hat-tricks for Catalans Dragons this season
Tom Davies has scored two Super League hat-tricks for Catalans Dragons this season
Leeds Rhinos (6) 6
Tries: Evans Goals: O’Connor
Catalans Dragons (16) 34
Tries: Davies 3, Yaha 2, Mourgue Goals: Maloney 5

Tom Davies scored a first-half hat-trick of tries as Catalans Dragons easily overcame a much-changed Leeds Rhinos side at Headingley.

Davies touched down twice early on as Catalans raced into a 10-0 lead but Rhys Evans closed the gap soon after.

Just before the break, Davies crossed for his third while Fouad Yaha extended Catalans’ advantage in the second half.

Arthur Mourgue ran in for the visitors, while Yaha turned in again for Steve McNamara’s side on full-time.

Catalans’ victory helps them keep pace with the Super League top four as they remain fifth while Leeds drop a place to fourth.

Leeds head coach Richard Agar made 15 changes to his 21-man squad going into the game after last week’s win over Hull KR.

Adam Cuthbertson and Luke Briscoe were the only Rhinos players to retain their places, with Agar fielding a youthful side for the visit of Catalans.

Wales international Evans, who was forced off with a second-half head injury, got Leeds going in a first period that was dominated by the visitors and the impetus inspired by Davies.

Catalans, unchanged following their defeat by Warrington, dominated much of the match with Yaha and Mourgue’s second-half efforts capping off an inspired victory.

Leeds: Walker, Cuthbertson, Thompson, Evans, McLelland, Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Walters, O’Connor, Broadbent, Tindall, Harrison, Ferres.

Interchanges: Mustapha, Hall, Whiteley, McConnell.

Catalans: Folau, Yaha, Maloney, Drinkwater, McIlorum, Moa, Whitley, J Tomkins, Garcia, Bousquet, Davies, Romano, S Tomkins.

Interchanges: Casty, Baitieri, Mourgue, Kasiano.

Referee: R. Hicks.


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