Match Report

Saturday 11th May 2019, 15:00
Challenge Cup - Round:

Catalans Dragons

(18) 62

Catalans Dragons

Doncaster RLFC

6 (6)

Doncaster RLFC

12 Tries

Matt Whitley (2), David Mead (2), Brayden Wiliame (4), Jason Baitieri, Fouad Yaha (2), Tony Gigot,


Tries 1

Connor Bower,

7 Goals

Tony Gigot (6), Sam Tomkins,


Goals 1

Matty Beharrell,

0 D Goals



D Goals 0


Attendance:   Official: L Moore  Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

Full Time Report

Defending champions Catalans Dragons eased to the last eight of the Coral Challenge Cup with a 62-6 rout of Betfred League 1 Doncaster, but the victory came at the cost.

A potential serious injury to Sam Tomkins in the first half overshadowed the victory as head coach Steve McNamara opted against resting some of his star players.

Doncaster - who were the last remaining third tier side in the last 16 - battled bravely and held the Dragons to 6-6 until the 29th minute, but when Matt Whitley raced onto Lucas Albert's kick to put Catalans back in front, the floodgates opened.

Brayden Wiliame opened scoring for the hosts before Connor Bower levelled for Doncaster in the 14th minute. Whitley put Catalans back in front before Jason Baitieri put them 18-6 ahead at half-time.

However, part-time Doncaster ran out of steam as the Dragons ran in nine second-half tries with Whitley adding his second and a brace from David Mead.

Wiliame grabbed his second try of the afternoon before Fouad Yaha and Tony Gigot, who also kicked 12 points after replacing the injured Tomkins with the tee, crossed the whitewash.

Wiliame completed his hat-trick to take Catalans past the 50-point mark, with the centre crossing for the fourth time minutes later and Yaha rounding the scoring. 

McNamara played down fears over Tomkins' condition after the match.

"He (Sam) got a tight back," explained McNamara. "He didn't feel anything, he just stood up and his back tightened up.

"He was struggling for a period but he's moving a lot easier now, so hopefully it's just a bit of a spasm. We'll see how he is during the week."