Kear cap­tain

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min­utes when winger James Clare forced his way over at the cor­ner af­ter good work from Michael Shen­ton and Peter Mata’utia to stretch the Tigers’ lead.

De­fences were on top for most of the sec­ond half but McMeeken found a chink in the Gi­ants’ ar­mour on 66 min­utes and that opened the flood­gates.

Moors crashed over for his sec­ond try and, with the vis­i­tors wilting badly, Mata’utia scythed through their de­fence straight from a scrum be­fore prop Grant Milling­ton rounded off the scor­ing, touch­ing down Jake True­man’s grub­ber kick for his side’s eighth try.

It was the first time the Gi­ants have lost three times in suc­ces­sion since Wool­ford ar­rived at the club. CATALANS Dragons have re­leased winger Fouad Yaha im­me­di­ately to en­able him to switch codes with Top 14 club Agen.

The 22-year-old, a mem­ber of the Dragons team that won the Chal­lenge Cup at Wem­b­ley last month, has signed a two-year con­tract with the rugby union club.

Yaha, who came through the club’s academy, scored 32 tries in 62 Su­per League ap­pear­ances for the Catalans and was in the France team that lost to Eng­land in their last group match of the World Cup.

“I would like to thank the Catalans Dragons for the four sea­sons I spent at the club,” he said. “I have im­proved into a bet­ter player dur­ing my time at the club and I’m happy to make the Catalans Dragons his­tory by win­ning the club’s first tro­phy.

“I would like to thank Steve McNa­mara, Bernard Guasch, the board mem­bers and all the club staff for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to play and to im­prove in the best con­di­tions.

“I also want to thank my team­mates. It’s not easy to leave them as they are much more than friends. We took up to­gether the chal­lenge to win the club’s first tro­phy and I am look­ing for­ward to a new chal­lenge now.” Minikin, Mil­ner, Sene-Le­fao, Clark. Eden (4), Web­ster (25), Moors (36 & 70), Clare (57), McMeeken (66), Mata’utia (74), Milling­ton (79). McShane (6). Rankin, Mamo, Turner, Wardle, I. Se­nior, Gaskell Brough, Lawrence, O’Brien, Matagi, Ta’ai, Roberts, Hinch­cliffe. Leem­ing, Clough, Smith, English. O’Brien (2), Gaskell (19). Brough (2). LON­DON Bron­cos three­quar­ter El­liot Kear will cap­tain Wales in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

The 29-year-old for­mer Brad­ford player takes over from ex-Gi­ants player Craig Kopczak, who has re­tired from the in­ter­na­tional game, and will fol­low in the foot­steps of his for­mer Whitchurch High School class­mates Sam War­bur­ton and Gareth Bale in cap­tain­ing his coun­try.

Kear, a vice-cap­tain at the 2017 World Cup, has scored 11 tries in 24 ap­pear­ances for Wales, mak­ing him jointly the fifth most capped player of all time.

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