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Four Pointers: Catalan 21-8 Widnes

The Importance of KJB

There’s no doubt about it – Kevin Brown is the anchor of the current Widnes side. He’s been the architect for a huge amount of Widnes’ brilliant tries this season. Without him, they lack the creative spark that has given them a special attacking edge this season – an edge epitomised by winger Corey Thompson scoring ten tries in his first seven Super League games.

The Vikings lacked creative spark over the Easter period against both Warrington and St Helens, and it was shown once more against Catalan. While Joe Mellor’s looping pass brilliantly set up Corey Thompson for his eleventh try of the season, that was the best attacking play we saw all game from Denis Betts’ men.

The sooner Widnes have Kevin Brown back fit, the better.

The absence of Corey Thompson

Although Widnes winger Corey Thompson did score yesterday, it’s clear that he needs the support of someone like Kevin Brown to assist him. In his side’s 56-12 demolition of treble winners Leeds in round two, where the Australian bagged a hat-trick, Kevin Brown was on hand to control the play and allow Thompson to cross three times.

Furthermore, in the 46-6 win over Hull FC, Brown was there again to help his right-hand-man tally a brace of tries. But take a look at the last three games, compared with the start of the season. Corey Thompson has just one try in the last three games, compared with ten in the first seven.

If Corey Thompson is to find his brilliant try-scoring form once more, he’s going to need more support.

Dave Taylor the Coal Train

Catalan prop Dave Taylor is one of the most menacing in the Super League. His power and strength in both attack and defence makes him a revered prospect for any side. He showed all of his qualities in yesterday’s victory over Widnes.

He has the ability to set up a try – shown expertly through his assist against Widnes. His size and power drew Widnes half-back Joe Mellor into a tackle, before a delayed pass inside to centre Vincent Duport saw the latter stroll through a gap to cross.

Taylor then showed his brilliance once more, this time sending his side in front for the second time in the game. It was a fortunate bounce for the Australian off Vincent Duport’s deflected kick, but Taylor was in the right place at the right time to pounce on the loose ball and cross.

Catalan’s unbeaten run goes on

The victory over Widnes was Catalan’s fourth straight win in the Super League. Consolidating a good vein of form with a 100% record over the Easter period, Catalan have improved their form further here with victory over Widnes.

Laurent Frayssinous’ side face the prospect of a tough away trip to Hull KR next Thursday. The Robins are in good form with both Terry Campese and Shaun Lunt back, the latter inspiring his side’s victory over struggling Leeds.

 

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