10th July 2018, 09:28 | catalans
Catalans Dragons season looked up in flames by Round 13, the arrival of Josh Drinkwater looks to have put out the fire and catapulted the French side into the Super 8s.
Who’d have thought? Four games into the 2018 Betfred Super League Catalans Dragons hadn’t even won a game, now the they are one of the in-form sides having won seven out of their last nine games.
An embarrassing 40-12 defeat to Widnes Vikings on the opening day of their campaign seemingly knocked the French sides confidence.
Their first win came against Hull KR at home, before losing another three games, eventually beating Huddersfield Giants at home 27-6.
In Round 11, they suffered another embarrassing defeat, this time to Castleford Tigers and didn’t even get on the scoresheet in their 41-0 loss.
Round 13 marked the arrival of Drinkwater, the signing of the season? There is no such thing as a one-man team, but this guy has delivered, and the team’s fortunes seemed to have changed with the addition of the 26-year-old.
Since then, Dragons have only lost two games, one of those losses coming against top of the table St Helens.
In eight of their last nine games Dragons have scored 25 points or more, the only time they didn’t was against St Helens.
Drinkwater may just be the driving force in the Dragons’ resurgence and one of the reasons for climbing the table, his performance against Castleford highlighted his importance to the team, a hat-trick of tries and six goals in a 44-16 victory.
Dragons’ resurgence doesn’t look like halting at the moment, however, they face two tough away trips to Warrington and Wigan which will test the French sides resolve, three wins in the last three games and who knows where we will see Dragons for the Super 8s.
Teams will not be looking forward to facing the side from the south of France and like the Catalan national anthem says: “Que tremoli l’enemic, en veient la nostra ensenya,” (May the enemy tremble, upon seeing our symbol).