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Walters boosted by victory
Dragons coach delighted by battling win over Wolves
Catalans coach Kevin Walters cut a delighted figure after seeing his side claim only their fifth win of the Super League campaign against Warrington Wolves.
In a dress rehearsal for the Challenge Cup semi-final between the same clubs in two weeks, the Dragons produced arguably their best performance of the season to secure a tense 29-28 success.
Walters said afterwards: "I'm happy with our performance today, we did some good things, there were a couple of times in the first half that we were soft in defence, but generally I thought it was a great effort from the guys.
"They responded very nicely from some harsh, and probably deserved criticism from many quarters after last week's performance.
"We have managed to get a result and performance tonight and it means a lot to us given our tally and where we are in the table and every week does count.
"Regardless of who we were playing today we knew that if we could manage to slide a win in there we could get some momentum going into next week and then of course the match the week after.
"That's all today was about really, getting some momentum in the way we play."
With the Challenge Cup semi-final on the horizon Walters was keen to point out that his side were still underdogs despite the victory.
"We're very fortunate to be involved in the Challenge Cup still, and unlike Warrington, we haven't had a lot of luck in the Super League," he added.
"They're going for two competitions so perhaps that might be a disadvantage for them, but they're a strong outfit and we've got to play better and get a bit of luck, like we did tonight."
Smith stays upbeat
Warrington coach Tony Smith remained upbeat despite a defeat that saw them lose further ground to leaders Wigan.
"We started a bit flat today, and I thought our opponents outplayed us today and deserved their win, they showed great desire," Smith stated graciously.
"There was some great desire in my team as well, we showed some great character to fight back on each occasion the Catalans shot out ahead, and to be honest I thought we were quite fortunate when a try was disallowed in the first half and to me it looked like a good try.
"We were behind the eight ball today from the start but we'll go away and lick our wounds and come back stronger for it."
But Smith did admit to being disappointed with his side's performance in the first half.
"We had a good five minutes going into half-time but the first 35 minutes weren't terribly great for us," he continued.
"We got an opportunity to put on some points going into half-time but we didn't build on that, and that was disappointing.
"In the second half we lifted ourselves at times, but in the end we left ourselves just too much to do.
"There were some area's that we became frustrated with, and we will have to go and fix those up and try and put in a performance next week."Super League. Click here to bet.
Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||21||18|
|10||Salford Red Devils||21||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||21||2|
|Thursday 24th July|
|20:00||Hull vs Castleford|
|Friday 25th July|
|20:00||Salford vs Leeds|
|20:00||St Helens vs Widnes|
|Saturday 26th July|
|15:00||London Broncos vs Hull K R|
|Sunday 27th July|
|15:00||Bradford vs Wigan|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Warrington vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|19:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
|London Broncos 16 - 58 St Helens|
|Friday 18th July|
|Wigan 56 - 10 Hull|
|Widnes 28 - 14 Warrington|
|Thursday 17th July|
|Leeds 24 - 24 Castleford|
|Sunday 13th July|
|Warrington 72 - 12 London Broncos|
|Saturday 12th July|
|Catalan Dragons 16 - 37 Wigan|
|Salford 35 - 22 Hull|
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