And in the second half Trinity closed the gap to four points with Horo’s second try, converted by Finn, while the Dragons suffered the sin-binning of Lewis Tierney.
But the Dragons held on and extended their lead with a penalty from Drinkwater and another try by Wiliame, converted by Drinkwater. Tony Gigot then landed a field-goal and Found Yaha added a late uncoverted try for the French team.
Trinity: 25 Ryan Hampshire, 5 Tom Johnstone, 4 Reece Lyne, 3 Bill Tupou, 2 Ben Jones-Bishop, 6 Jacob Miller, 7 Liam Finn, 8 David Fifita, 13 Tyler Randell, 10 Anthony England, 11 Matty Ashurst, 14 Justin Horo, 16 Tinirau Arona; Subs: 9 Kyle Wood, 15 Pauli Pauli, 20 Keegan Hirst, 23 Chris Annakin
Tries: Horo 2, Johnstone Goals: Finn 3
Dragons: 31 Tony Gigot, 20 Lewis Tierney, 1 David Mead, 4 Brayden Wiliame, 5 Fouad Yaha, 6 Samisoni Langi, 33 Josh Drinkwater, 15 Mickael Simon, 19 Michael McIlorum, 8 Rémi Casty, 21 Benjamin Jullien, 12 Ben Garcia, 13 Greg Bird; Subs: 10 Sam Moa, 14 Julian Bousquet, 17 Jason Baitieri, 34 Kenny Edwards
Tries: Bird, Jullien, Mead, Wiliame 2, Yaha Goals: Drinkwater 5; Field Goal: Gigot
A full match report and photos from this game will feature in Monday’s edition of League Express, which is available in all good newsagents and online from Sunday evening.