Castleford 14-40 Catalans: Israel Folau stars in Dragons win

Last Updated: 08/08/20 6:13pm

Israel Folau scored the third of Catalans’ seven tries

Israel Folau scored one try and created three more as Catalans came from behind to beat Castleford 40-14 at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

The controversial cross-code star kickstarted the Dragons’ fightback after they found themselves 14-0 after 15 minutes.

Folau (second left) and Benjamin Jullien (third left) stand up as their team-mates take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement

Folau (second left) and Benjamin Jullien (third left) stand up as their team-mates take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement

Two tries from Castleford captain Michael Shenton got the Tigers off to a flier, with Danny Richardson kicking both conversions and a penalty.

But Folau got Catalans up and running on 22 minutes when his break created Tom Davies’ first try, the winger powering over in the corner.

Alrix Da Costa dummied over from close range after Castleford centre Peter Mata’utia was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle.

Castleford captain Michael Shenton crossed for two early tries

Castleford captain Michael Shenton crossed for two early tries

Catalans then scored a brilliant try from the kick-off, Folau skipping past Shenton and bumping off Greg Eden’s tackle for a fantastic score.

Leading 16-14 at the interval, Catalans were gifted a try by Derrel Olpherts after the restart, Benjamin Garcia the grateful recipient after an errant offload from the Tigers winger inside his own in-goal area.

Folau then produced a brilliant high catch and offload to tee up Joel Tomkins, and he was again the creator for Davies’ second try as Catalans cantered towards their fourth win of the season.

Jason Baitieri capped off a brilliant comeback with his side’s seventh try three minutes from time.

More to follow…



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