Dragons claim SL minor premiership

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A James Maloney field goal has sealed a 31-30 golden point win for Catalans over reigning champions St Helens, securing the Dragons' first Super League minor premiership.

The French side came from 30-12 down to draw level after 80 minutes with three converted tries in five minutes and send the game into extra time.

Former NRL star Maloney - who is retiring at season's end - then stepped up to pot over a 40m field goal eight minutes into the extra period, ensuring the Perpignan club will collect the Super League Leaders' Shield for the first time in their 16-year history.

Maloney made up for lost time after being sin binned in the first half for a shoulder charge on Joe Batchelor before the Saints took an 18-6 halftime lead.

The Dragons ensured the match went to golden point after Dean Whare, Gil Dudson and Sam Kasiano scored in the final minutes of regular time.

Former North Queensland No.1 Lachlan Coote attempted a drop goal in the second half for Saints but missed before Maloney iced the dramatic win for the Dragons.

Catalans' stirring win was soured by Samisoni Langi being stretchered off in the final minute of extra-time after a challenge from Agnatius Paasi which earned him a sin bin stint.

Meanwhile, Castleford claimed their fifth win in six games to remain in the top six hunt with two rounds left after a 29-18 triumph over Salford at the Magic Weekend in Newcastle.

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