Catalans Dragons vs Widnes Vikings
Catalan winger Fouhad Yaha was definitely the standout performer, scoring a hat-trick of fantastic tries to seal the win for his side. His latest performance means he has scored in six of his last seven performances, and at just 19 years of age, the future is certainly bright for the Frenchman.
Yaha’s acrobatic style in two of his three tries exhibited the personal flair he can bring to games – but it’s the composure he shows alongside that sets him apart. He can finish in style, but his discipline, and knowing when and when not to take a risk, all assisted him in scoring a brilliant hat-trick.
A Vital Win for the Dragons
Before Saturday’s result, Catalan had lost five league games in a row, and had dropped out of the top four. And while they may not have regained their previous status with the win over Widnes, it could certainly aid them in gaining momentum for the Super Eights.
The round one win was all the more important after St Helens won against Warrington, but if the Dragons can continue in the same way, they should have no problem keeping up the pace with the Saints.
Widnes Stay in Seventh
Widnes are unmoved after the loss to Catalan, as Wakefield also suffered, perhaps more heavily, at the hands of Wigan. The Vikings are eight points behind the Dragons now, and a colossal 14 off leaders Hull.
It could be said that Widnes’ season is over; they are in the Super League for 2017, and they aren’t at risk of relegation. But Denis Betts’ men might think about using the remaining six games to experiment with their play. After all, they’ve got nothing to lose in the long-term.
Applause for Ah Van
Widnes winger Patrick Ah Van put in a solid performance, despite his side coming up on the wrong end of the scoreline. The 28-year-old showed determination to shrug off attempted Dragons tackles, before producing a pacey run and a nice step in the break that set up Matt Whitley’s try.
Towards the end of the game, Ah Van got himself on the scoresheet, taking a long, looping pass from Kevin Brown out wide and sneaking in at the corner. Many times before we have seen Ah Van mistime his run or lose control, the ball in touch touch almost always the end result. But on Saturday, the winger kept his balance to provide his side’s second try.
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