x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Dragons' victory puts them above Harlequins

Catalans Dragons moved off the bottom of the Super League table as they came from behind to surprise the Bradford Bulls 24-22.

Catalans Dragons moved off the bottom of the Super League table last night as they came from behind to surprise the Bradford Bulls 24-22. Olivier Elima's try 15 minutes from time saw the Dragons triumph and move above Harlequins on points difference. In other action yesterday, the Crusaders ran in 11 tries as they crushed Salford City Reds 60-16. Nick Youngquest scored a hat-trick of tries for the Crusaders.

The Huddersfield Giants were also on good form as they thrashed the Wakefield Wildcats 58-6, with Danny Brough scoring 22 points through a try and nine successful kicks at goal. A last-minute penalty from Michael Dobson saw Hull KR edge past Castleford Tigers 28-26. In Australia's NRL, Brisbane Broncos condemned the table-topping St George Illawarra Dragons to their third loss in four games yesterday after grinding out a 10-6 win under the watchful eye of Brian Smith, the Sydney Roosters coach, whose third-placed side play the league leaders next week.

When told Smith was at the game jotting down notes on the Dragons in anticipation of next Sunday's clash being a cracker, Wayne Bennett, the Illawarra head coach, tol NRL.com: "I hope you're right." In the day's other NRL games Melbourne beat Canberra 36-12, while the New Zealand Warriors went down 28-20 at home to Gold Coast. Elsewhere, Gareth Thomas , the former rugby union player is set to pull on a Welsh jersey again after a three-year absence.

Thomas, who won the last of his 100 caps in the 15-man code at the 2007 World Cup, is expected to be named this week in his country's rugby league squad for the end-of-season Alitalia European Cup, which also involves France, Ireland and Scotland. The former British & Irish Lions three-quarter, 36, is in his first season of rugby league with Crusaders and has made himself available. * Agencies