CARCASSONNE reaffirmed their place as competition favourites with a 44-4 win over local rivals Lezignan Sangliers.
Carcassonne bounced back from their Lord Derby Cup quarter-final loss to Lezignan a fortnight ago running in eight tries to one in front of their home crowd at Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne on Sunday.
It was the club’s first win in Pool A of the French Federation of Rugby League Elite One competition’s second phase, and will give the side confidence heading into next weekend’s clash with Limoux Grizzlies.
Front rowers Kouma Samson – who laid on two tries for his teammates – and Oliver Percy led the way for Carcassonne.
Despite an early Lezignan try to winger Florent Tost, Carcassonne dominated possession during the opening period with halves pairing Kayne Lawton and Maxime Greseque pulling the strings.
Lawton scored the opening try for the home side in the 18th minute before fullback Clement Soubeyras crossed a couple minutes later to extend their lead to 10-4.
On his way to scoring a hat trick, Carcassonne winger Alexis Escamilla opened his account diving over in the corner five minutes later as they raced to an 18-4 half-time.
In the weekend’s other matches, a red hot St Esteve Catalans Dragons moved to the top of Pool B with a 60-6 win over Albi Tigers on Saturday night in Albi.
Palau Broncos managed to hold off a resurgent Villeneuve Leopards to win 31-24 in the weekend’s Pool C match.
Carcassonne 44 (A Escamilla 3, Soubeyras 2, Lawton, Greseque, Bourrel tries; Greseque 6 goals) def Lezignan Sangliers 4 (Tost try) at Stade Domec, Carcassonne on Sunday.