Israel Folau helps Catalans Dragons to win over Hull


However, there seemed few home fans who booed the Australian during the match, with Catalans fullback James Tomkins copping most of the home support’s attention for much of the second half.Catalans boss and former England coach Steve McNamara hailed Folau’s contribution.

‘‘To come up with the short kick off and for Izzy to go up there and take it one- handed and it gives us a chance to win it, we are obviously happy with the end result,’’ he beamed.

‘‘He is a special player and it was a special catch. I thought we under-used him during the game, I thought we could have used him more.

There were sporadic boos for the former Wallaby when warmed up at KCOM Stadium.Credit:PA

“I thought he was solid today without being spectacular. But he comes out with a really good play to give us a last chance.

“Without a doubt, he is a real talent. We didn’t give him any area today, we never kicked the ball to him but he worked hard for the team, which is formidable.

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”He is more of an attacking threat and I was disappointed that we didn’t kick the ball for him more – we never got that right.”

Folau provided a neat flick offload to winger Lewis Tierney under the pressure of two defenders which eventually led to Catalans’ first try and produced some strong tackles.

Before Sunday’s match, English legend Garry Schofield blasted the ‘‘spineless’’ decision to allow Folau to play in the league.

”I just don’t get why the authorities are allowing things like this to happen,” he told The Sun newspaper.

Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia last May for making homophobic comments on social media.

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