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Sneyd drop-goal steals victory from Dragons

The Catalan Dragons were devastated after Marc Sneyd kicks Hull FC to victory in Perpignan.

The first try of the evening came through Tony Gigot.

Sam Tomkins broke to the outside of Sika Manu and released the full-back who scored. Tomkins converted to make it 6-0.

In the 13th minutes, a shoulder charge from Brayden Williame on Jake Connor led to the centre being dismissed from the field for the next ten minutes.

This didn’t deter the Dragons from trying to extend their lead.

However, Alrix Da Costa knocked the ball on when attempting to ground the ball.

The Dragons did make it 8-0 on 20 minutes through a Sam Tomkins penalty.

Debutant Jack Brown then pulled the visitors back into the game.

He ran a hard direct line, Jake Connor popped him the ball and the 18-year-old scores under the posts.

The Airlie Birds took the lead just a minute later.

Albert Kelly’s offload bounced off a Dragons defender and full-back Connor Wynne was the quickest to react and for down. Sneyd converted both for 8-12.

With minutes to go before the half, Hull FC won themselves a penalty.

With the first play of the set, Josh Griffin powered over to extend the lead further.

Sneyd made it three out of three from the boot and Hull FC led by 10.

As the full-time whistle was blown Gareth Ellis connected high on Greg Bird but the incident was left unsanctioned by Chris Kendall.

HALF-TIME: CATALANS DRAGONS 8-18 HULL FC

Catalans pulled the score back to within four points as Jason Baitieri crashed over with Tomkins converting.

Josh Griffin grabbed his second try just before the 50 minute mark as he collected Marc Sneyd’s kick and pushed Hull FC further ahead once more.

Catalans hit back once more though, this time through Benjamin Garcia who held off a trio of Hull players to slam the ball down.

The back and forth continued as Hull FC were the next to score.

Jake Connor threw a no look offload to Bureta Faraimo who dived over in the corner.

Another Dragons try followed, as they failed to give up on the game.

This time Fouad Yaha found himself in open space on the left hand edge and slid over in the corner.

Tomkins missed the conversion and the scoreline read 24-28 with just over 10 minutes remaining.

The Dragons believed they had levelled the scores through Matt Whitley but they were harshly denied by the TMO as Carlos Tuimavave was deemed to have been obstructed by Greg Bird.

They went one better in the final minutes of the game, as Sam Kasiano bulldozed his way through Gareth Ellis and Dean Hadley, stretched out his arm and dotted down under the posts.

Tomkins converted to give the Dragons a two point lead.

Hull FC won a penalty straight from kick-off and Marc Sneyd attempted to level the scores from the half-way line to take the game to golden point.

The half-back was successful and with the scores at 30-30 it would be next point wins.

FULL-TIME: CATALANS DRAGONS 30-30 HULL FC

Sneyd’s kick-off bamboozled the Dragons players and bounced into touch to regain the ball and on the third tackle of the set, the half-back won the game for the visitors with a drop-goal.

CATALANS DRAGONS:

Tony Gigot, Fouad Yaha, Samisoni Langi, Brayden Williame, Lewis Tierney, Sam Tomkins, Lucas Albert, Julian Bousquet, Alrix Da Costa, Sam Moa, Jullien Benjamin, Matt Whitley, Remi Casty.

INTERCHANGES: Benjamin Garcia, Greg Bird, Jason Baitieri, Sam Kasiano.

TRIES: Tony Gigot, Jason Baitieri, Benjamin Garcia, Fouad Yaha, Sam Kasiano.

GOALS: Sam Tomkins (5/6)

DROP-GOALS:

SIN-BINS: Brayden Williame

DISMISSALS:

HULL FC:

Connor Wynne, Jack Logan, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Bureta Faraimo, Jake Connor, Marc Snead, Jordan Thompson, Danny Houghton, Gareth Ellis, Sika Manu, Mark Minichello, Dean Hadley.

INTERCHANGES: Jack Brown, Albert Kelly, Jordan Lane, Levy Nzoungou.

TRIES: Jack Brown, Connor Wynne, Josh Griffin (2), Bureta Faraimo

GOALS: Marc Sneyd (5/6)

DROP-GOALS: Marc Sneyd

SIN-BINS:

DISMISSALS:

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