Milestone-man Maloney gets win for Dragons

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Former NRL star James Maloney celebrated his 300th career appearance with another stellar performance as the Catalans Dragons scored an impressive come-from-behind win against Leeds.

The Dragons' 26-18 victory on Friday gave them a club-record eighth successive Super League triumph and ended Leeds' four-match winning streak.

Steve McNamara could not hide his delight as his table-topping side arrived at Headingley in outstanding form having emerged as serious title contenders.

Leeds, however, led 18-8 at half-time but the French visitors were not to be denied as three unanswered second-half tries from Matt Whitley, Mike McMeeken and Fouad Yaha maintained their position at the summit.

Australian half-back James Maloney was a key figure and McNamara said: "We were good in the second half.

"We were 10 points down at half-time and I wasn't quite sure how we would react, but thankfully we reacted really well, so this was a different kind of win for us.

"We've played 14 games this season and 11 of them have been in England.

"It's an incredible feat from the players and we will get back at four o'clock this morning and lose a full night's sleep.

"But they just keep turning up and finding a way to win. We've got to ride this wave for as long as we can."

At Bella Vue, former Penrith Panther Lachlan Coote played a starring role as St Helens got the tough workout they wanted before the Challenge Cup final as they battled to a 30-14 win over Wakefield.

Kristian Woolf opted to rest only scrum-half Theo Fages and prop Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook from his likely Wembley line-up and his side were expected to brush aside a Trinity team with just 17 fit players.

The game looked to be going according to the script when the champions raced into a 14-0 lead after 22 minutes, but Wakefield were in no mood to roll over and they got to within two points before the visitors finished with a flourish.

Full-back Lachlan Coote was again their chief contributor with one of the Saints' four tries and seven goals from seven attempts, 48 hours after Hull KR announced his capture for 2022.

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