We’ve picked out three players who shone in St Esteve’s win over Carcassonne in the headline match of the French Magic Weekend.
Jake Emmitt (Carcassonne)
Emmitt is a familiar name to rugby league fans in the British game, with the bulldozing prop having played for St Helens, Castleford, Salford, Leigh, Swinton and Toronto.
The 31-year-old made his debut for Carcassonne and he certainly didn’t disappoint. He put his hand up to take a carry in twice in a set on a number of occasions in the match to get his side on the front foot.
A six-time Wales international, Emmitt is one of the ex-pat players that Carcassonne have brought in for this season. His charging carries have already made him a fans favourite in the south of France.
Corentin Le Cam (St Esteve)
If there was one player who stood out in this game then it was St Esteve back-rower Le Cam. He is 6ft 8in, so you literally cannot miss him!
The 20-year-old came through the ranks at Catalans before linking up with St Esteve in 2018, playing nine games thus far. He scored two tries in the match which sealed the win for the Dragons.
The towering forward has plenty of improvement in his game but if he can bulk up then we could see him in the British game in the future.
Matthieu Khedimi (Carcassonne)
The 22-year-old is an old school hooker who is a key player for Carcassonne. He is a fine passer of the ball and links up well with half-backs Alexis Alberola and Romain Pallares.
Khedimi came through the academy at Catalans, scoring 11 tries in 33 games for St Esteve between 2016-18. He played one first-team game against Hull FC in a Challenge Cup match in 2017.
The Canaries have a very good player on their hands in Khedimi, who has aspirations of playing in England one day.