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Catalans Dragons are considering legal action after dual-code international Israel Folau agreed to join an amateur rugby league team in Australia.
 

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Catalans (8) 20
Tries: Maloney, Whare, Jullien Goals: Maloney 4
St Helens (2) 16
Tries: Percival 2, Grace Goals: Coote 2

Catalans Dragons handed champions St Helens their first Super League defeat of the season in a bruising game in Perpignan.

James Maloney scored all the points to put the Dragons 8-0 ahead before Lachlan Coote replied with a penalty.

Dean Whare punished a Saints error after the break, while Mark Percival followed suit from a Dragons mistake.

Benjamin Jullien and Percival crossed, before Regan Grace set up a nervy finish when he dived in.

The loss means last year's regular season leaders Wigan are now the only side to maintain an unbeaten record in the 2021 Super League table.
 

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Catalans (16) 48
Tries: McIlorum, S Tomkins 2, Mourgue, Drinkwater 2, McMeeken, Laguerre Goals: Maloney 8
Wigan (0) 0

Wigan Warriors had Zak Hardaker sent off as their 100% Super League start was ended by Catalans Dragons.

First-half tries from former Wigan players Michael McIlorum and Sam Tomkins were reward for their dominance of territory, possession and the ruck.

Arthur Mourgue was a livewire and capped his performance with a try to establish control after the break.

Josh Drinkwater added two tries, Mike McMeeken and Mathieu Laguerre also scoring, as Catalans ran riot.

Hardaker was sent off late on for use of the head, after leaning into England team-mate Sam Tomkins with the game well gone.
 

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Leigh (18) 30
Tries: Reynolds, Elliot, Gee, Hellewell, Brierley Goals: Brierley 5
Catalans (12) 36
Tries: Drinkwater, Maloney, Langi, Davies, Jullien, Mourgue Goals: Maloney 6

Catalans Dragons moved top of Super League after coming from behind to beat winless Leigh Centurions.

Ben Reynolds ran in first for Leigh but Josh Drinkwater levelled the scores.

Leigh intercepted again to lead, this time through Brendan Elliot and went further ahead thanks to Matty Gee.

James Maloney, Samisoni Langi, Tom Davies, Benjamin Jullien and Arthur Mourgue inspired the fightback but Ben Hellewell and Ryan Brierley set up a tense finale as the hosts fought back.

Victory for Catalans means they overtake Wigan, who drop to third, and leaders at the start of the round, St Helens.

Saints and Wigan both had their matches on Friday called off because of positive Covid-19 cases in their opponents' camps and, despite a scare from Leigh, Catalans knew that victory would be good enough to go top.
 

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England international Tom Davies has signed a new three-year contract at Super League side Catalans Dragons.

The 24-year-old has been a revelation since joining from Wigan for 2020, scoring 20 tries in 21 games and also crossed on last month's England debut.

Davies won the Super League Grand Final with Wigan in 2018, having scored 32 in 63 games despite a long-term ankle injury limiting his appearances.
 

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Hull KR (4) 16
Tries: Quinlan 2 Goals: Abdull 4
Catalans (8) 23
Tries: Franco, Langi, S Tomkins Goals: Maloney 5 Drop Goal: Maloney

Super League leaders Catalans Dragons were taken the distance by Hull KR at Craven Park as they extended their club-record winning streak to 12 games.

Tries either side of the break by debutant Romain Franco and Samisoni Langi gave Catalans a cushion before Sam Tomkins' solo effort for the third.

The second of two converted second-half tries from home full-back Adam Quinlan kept Rovers interested.

But, by then, James Maloney's late drop goal had taken Catalans out of reach.

Maloney also kicked three conversions and a penalty for an individual 11-point haul, while Jordan Abdull landed four goals for the hosts.
 

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Catalans Dragons loose forward Mickael Goudemand has signed a new contract.

The 25-year-old French international is now tied to the current Super League leaders until the end of the 2023 season after penning a two-year deal.

Goudemand has started the last two games on the bench but he has played a big part in the run of 11 straight wins that have carried Catalans to the top.
 

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Former Australia international James Maloney will retire at the end of this season with Catalans Dragons and return to his native country.

The 35-year-old has been an influential figure for the Dragons, helping them to the 2020 play-offs and to the top of Super League currently in 2021.

Maloney has won the 2017 World Cup, two National Rugby League (NRL) titles and two State of Origin series.
 

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Catalans (18) 18
Tries: Whitley 2, Laguerre Goals: Maloney 3
Huddersfield (12) 30
Tries: Jones, Senior, Ashall-Bott, Cogger, English Goals: Russell 5

Huddersfield Giants spoiled Catalans Dragons' triumphant League Leaders' Shield homecoming with a comeback victory at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

It looked a tall order when the Dragons, who clinched top spot last week, raced into an 18-0 lead with Matt Whitley and Mathieu Laguerre tries.

Josh Jones and Louis Senior reduced the arrears before the break.

Olly Ashall-Bott, Jack Cogger and Matty English then crossed to hand Giants a shock win in the south of France.