Catalonia Dragons 26-12 Hull KR: Tom Johnstone scores hat-trick as Dragons continue unbeaten start
Tom Johnstone scored a try hat-trick for Catalan Dragons in a 26-12 win over Hull KR in Perpignan.Captain Tom Davies and Julien Busquet crossed over to score an extra try for the hosts
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Last updated: 18/03/23 8:11pm
The Catalan Dragons got off to a winning start with a 26-12 win over Hull KR in Perpignan.
The Dragons remain just behind leaders Warrington on points after five to five wins, with Tom Davis and Julian Bousquet also crossing for tries.
Rowan Milnes and Ryan Hall scored late tries, both converted by Mikey Lewis, but in the end the Catalans ran out of what they deserved to be the winner.
Johnstone got the Dragons flying start with a three-minute try after breaking 60 meters over the Rovers line by Adam Kieran, whose former Wakefield winger finished behind the posts.
Rovers full-back Lachlan Couto then fumbled the kick into in-goal before Davis popped out to put Catalonia ahead 10–0 in the 18th minute.
Robbins held the ball for a long time in the first half and came close to scoring twice, but failed to score a point before the interval, losing standoff Lewis to a head injury assessment and coming back from there. .
Rovers tried to take advantage of the cold and wet conditions at Stade Gilbert Brutus, but Johnstone picked up the ball and sprinted 70 meters to punish Lewis for a loose carry, this time for the second time between the posts. scored a try and Arthur Murg added the conversion.
The return of prop Mike McMeeken from the bench gave the Dragons offense more momentum, and a powerful burst sent fellow front-row Busquet across the line.
However, when substitute Milnes backed up Jez Litten’s break and scored a try from 20 meters out, Robbins struck straight back and was converted by Lewis.
Rovers comeback hopes were dashed when Johnstone claimed a hat-trick and caught a series of sweeping passes to finish in the left corner in the 64th minute, putting Catalonia ahead 26–6.
But no one told the veteran winger Hall that it was over.
The next live Super League action on Sky Sports is huddersfield giants host st helens thursday night. Coverage begins at 7:30pm at Sky Sports Arena and kicks off at 8:00pm.
Hull KR In the meantime, expect to return to your winning ways with a trip to Wakefield Trinity on Friday night at 8pm. Catalan Dragons Next up is Saturday at 1pm at Leeds Rhinos.