James Maloney, Lezignan, Catalans, France, Elite One star playmaker hits goal from winning field on his French debut – .

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James Maloney, Lezignan, Catalans, France, Elite One star playmaker hits goal from winning field on his French debut – .


James Maloney netted a goal from the field in overtime to secure a 19-18 gold points victory for FC Lezignan XIII on their French debut to maintain the club’s victorious start to the Elite One season.

The two-time NRL Premier League winner with Sydney Roosters (2013) and Cronulla (2016) made his first appearance since withdrawing from the top-tier rugby league after the Catalans’ 12-10 loss in the Super League against St Helens.

The winning heroism of Maloney’s game against Limoux was a repeat of his feat in St Helens’ spectacular loss in the Magic Round in September to secure the League Leaders Shield for the Catalans with a field goal in overtime.

Former Parramatta, Canterbury and Warriors center Krisnan Inu and former Roosters striker Jason Baiteri were also on Lezignan’s side.

Former Catalan half-back Remy Marginet, full-back Cyril Stacul and mainstay Antoni Maria, who is Lézignan captain, were also part of the squad, which have won their six matches so far this season.

Maloney also netted five goals, including a penalty just before half-time that gave Lezignan a 12-10 lead at the break and three more penalty goals in the second half.

Limoux took the lead for the first time early in the second half, but Maloney scored two more from the penalty spot to put Lezignan ahead 16-14.

A controversial late try by Stan Robin looked likely to have snatched the win from Limoux, but Maloney kept his cool with a late penalty to send the game into overtime.

Just as he had done several times during his illustrious NRL playing career with the Storm, Warriors, Roosters, Sharks and Panthers, Maloney stepped in to score the deciding goal and secure a victory in the golden point for Lezignan.

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