30th November 2017, 12:15 | catalans

2017 Season Review: Catalans Dragons

2017 Season Review: Catalans Dragons

Betfred Super League: 10th, 5th in the Qualifiers
Ladbrokes Challenge Cup: Sixth Round
Top Scorer: Richie Myler (11 in Super League)

The 2017 season is one that Catalans will want to quickly erase from their minds after going down to the Million Pound Game to retain their Super League status.

Despite glimpses of positivity, the Dragons looked a long way from a side which has threatened the top four in the past few seasons.

After a positive start with wins over Warrington and Hull, the slide soon began with a run of four consecutive defeats.

Despite a mini three-game revival in April, the Dragons lost the next six on the spin, including a huge 62-0 defeat to Hull FC in the Challenge Cup.

That run eventually cost coach Laurent Frayssinous his job, as he left the Stade Gilbert Brutus following their Magic Weekend loss to Huddersfield.

Steve McNamara was the man tasked with turning their season around but he couldn’t rescue a top eight finish meaning they had to fight for survival in the Qualifiers.

After opening up with a scratchy win against London Broncos, subsequent defeats to Warrington, Leigh and Hull KR left a crucial final home tie against Widnes, with the winner avoiding the Million Pound Game.

The Dragons fell to a 10-12 defeat to leave their Super League status resting on an 80-minute clash with Leigh Centurions.

Fortunately for the French side, they pulled out one of their best performances of the season to seal the crucial win to save their spot in Super League in 2018.

 

The Coach: Steve McNamara

After being unable to secure a top eight finish, Steve Mac did manage to keep Catalans in Super League but there is still a lot of work to be done get the Dragons ready for 2017.

At times this season, the Dragons looked really dis-jointed and it looks like a squad overhaul is needed. He has already secured the services of Lewis Tierney who was one of the key performers in the second half of 2017.

Player of the season: Richie Myler

Richie Myler produced a lot of the magic for the Dragons this year, which is a real concern as he has departed to Leeds Rhinos for 2018.

The half-back scored 14 tries and produced 18 assists for the Dragons in Super League.

Game of the Season: Million Pound Game

True, it’s a game that nobody wants to be involved in but the Catalans boys stepped up when it most mattered. Steve McNamara said after the game that it was the best performance he had witnessed since stepping in.

A double from Lewis Tierney plus efforts from Iain Thornley and Fouad Yaha guaranteed their stay in Super League for a 13th season.

Try of the Season: Richie Myler v London Broncos

Skill and dexterity!

Kicking expert Luke Walsh dropped a brilliant looping kick into the London Broncos in goal and Richie Myler showed superb speed and agility to dot down with just millimetres to spare.

 

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