A HAT-TRICK of tries by winger Josh Griffin (pictured) was in vain as Castleford Tigers slipped to a 28-20 defeat against Catalan Dragons in Perpignan this afternoon.
The Tigers led 16-6 at half-time and were 20-10 up with 25 minutes left but Catalan finished the stronger side.
Joe Arundel was Castleford's other try scorer and Kirk Dixon kicked two goals.
Castleford: Owen; Griffin, McGoldrick, Arundel, Dixon; Chase, Orr; Nash, Clark, Massey, Holmes, Ferres, Jones. Subs: Emmitt, Snitch, Milner, Mitchell.