Dragons crush sorry Bradford 46-4

Congleton Guardian: Zeb Taia completed the scoring as the Catalan Dragons routed Bradford Zeb Taia completed the scoring as the Catalan Dragons routed Bradford

Catalan Dragons moved into the top-eight play-off positions with a convincing 46-4 home victory over Bradford.

It was a second crushing defeat in a week for the struggling Bulls who were beaten 54-16 by Huddersfield at the Magic Weekend last Sunday.

They remain in the relegation zone on zero points, with their survival hopes now seemingly dependent on the success of their appeal against a six-point deduction.

Their expectations had been high for this clash with loan duo Joe Arundel and Antonio Kaufusi back in the side but they never got going and were behind from the first minute.

Neat footwork from Zeb Taia allowed him to offload to full-back Morgan Escare and, after drawing opposing number Lee Gaskell, he skipped over the line for an 80-metre score. Thomas Bosc added the extras.

Ten minutes later they doubled their lead when Gaskell and Jamie Foster allowed a Bosc kick to bounce and former Bull Elliott Whitehead picked up the loose ball and dotted down. Bosc again goaled.

Things went from bad to worse for Bradford and they were soon 18-0 down as, from the kick-off, Michael Oldfield caught the ball and slipped past Danny Addy and Adrian Purtell before going the length of the field for a try which was converted.

That was that for the first half but the home side were comfortably in control and that continued as Ben Pomeroy offloaded to the supporting Escare who tagged on a second try, Bosc again on the money.

Michael Simon was the next to profit from some poor Bradford defence, with Leon Pryce stepping through and creating space for Bosc who played Simon in, with Bosc then adding a fifth goal.

Catalan were looking for the whitewash but Foster at least denied them that, latching on to a Gaskell pass before going in.

But Catalan responded with more points, with Pyce breaking clear to play in Taia and, although he was hailed down he got an offload away to Jean-Philippe Baile. He kept the move alive and floated a kick to the corner which Daryl Millard turned into four points. Bosc missed his first goal from the touchline.

Pryce then got in on the act against his former side before Taia completed the scoring, collecting a chip from Bosc, who added two more conversions to top things up.

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