Luke Walsh, Richie Myler, Brayden Wiliame, Fouad Yaha,
Luke Walsh 4,
Catalans Dragons overcame playing a quarter of the game with 12 men to ease their relegation fears with an initially hard-fought yet ultimately comfortable 24-0 victory at Halifax.
It was the Dragons' second win in four games in the Qualifiers Super 8s, while Halifax remain pointless and bottom of the table.
Fifteen minutes before the break - with the deadlock still not broken - Greg Bird was sin-binned for Catalans for a spear tackle on Ben Heaton. Almost immediately the Dragons had a chance to take the lead but Luke Walsh was wayward with a penalty 30 from metres out.
Mission accomplie pour les Dragons qui ramènent les 2 points d’Halifax pic.twitter.com/wEB7qQh9fY— Dragons Catalans (@DragonsOfficiel) 3 September 2017
A couple of minutes later Walsh made partial amends as he put the visitors ahead before Richie Myler crossed beside the posts and Walsh's second successful conversion doubled the lead.
Catalans added a third try after the interval through Brayden Wiliame, with Walsh again adding the extras.
Tempers flared on the hour leading to Ben Johnston and Vincent Duport both being sin-binned for fighting. Catalans exploited the extra space to score again through Fouad Yaha in the corner, with Walsh's fourth conversion victory.
Catalans coach Steve McNamara said: “It certainly wasn’t pretty, particularly early on as we were very anxious. But to come away from home and against opposition that threw a lot at us and has thrown a lot at other opposition that they have played, and win 24-0 was a very good result for us.
“We were ready to play but there is a lot of things when you are in this situation that can dictate how you play and, with the anxiety and the pressure at the start, I felt we handled the situation well.”
Halifax boss Richard Marshall said: “I thought we were very good in first half and did a lot of work and the momentum was in our favour.
“We just couldn’t convert that into points.”