15th September 2017, 23:14 | super_league

Catalans grab dramatic winner

Catalans grab dramatic winner

Hull Kingston Rovers 19-20 Catalans Dragons

Catalans Dragons staged a tremendous late fightback to earn a precious 20-19 victory over a much-changed Hull KR that boosted their survival hopes.

The dreaded Million-Pound Game beckoned for the French side as they trailed 19-8 but they struck with two tries in the last 10 minutes to edge in front in their must-win Super 8s clash at KCOM Craven Park.

Even then, they needed a huge slice of fortune in the closing moments, with Hull KR half-back Chris Atkin missing with both a penalty and a drop goal to leave the visitors hanging on desperately for a third-successive win, which equals their best run of the season.

Richie Myler, Iain Thornley and Brayden Wiliame crossed over for the visitors as Luke Walsh added the extras, while Will Oakes, Ben Cockayne and George Lawler replied with a try apiece for Rovers with Zach Dockar-Clay adding two conversions and Atkin a goal and drop goal as they fell just short.

Hull KR coach Tim Sheens said: "I don't think there was much in it, which is credit to us. They were pretty much at full strength, whereas we were close to our back-up side.

"We had a lot of inexperience in that side but I'm really happy with the way everyone had a dig."

Catalans coach Steve McNamara said: "We had to fight and scrap and find a way to win under very tough circumstances.

"For Hull KR, the pressure was off and you could see that from the way they played, they had the freedom to express themselves, we played with anxiety and pressure hanging over us."