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- First Utility Super League
- 24th Feb 2012
- KO 20:00
- Att: 13,108
Robinson - Just instinct
Saints boss Simmons criticises referee
Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson hailed his players' natural instincts as they came from 26-8 down to gain a dramatic 34-32 win over St Helens.
The Dragons scored three tries in eight minutes to claw their way back into the game and, trailing by four points as the hooter was about to sound, played like the Harlem Globetrotters to keep the ball alive and score the all-important try through Daryl Millard.
"I won't claim that," said Robinson. "It's what they do when they are kids in the park. There was a lot of good instinctive play at the end."
The Catalans outscored their hosts six tries to five to maintain the only 100% record in Super League but Robinson was not entirely happy with his side's performance.
"We were playing poor," he said. "St Helens were totally dominant and we just didn't have any flow to our game.
"As soon as we started to win a couple of plays, there was a bit more flow to our sets. That's when (Ian) Henderson started to pick up the tempo as well.
"We're still not a big team on the basics but it showed we can do stuff that other teams can't do. We can play with momentum and produce ad-lib footie."
Millard's try levelled the scores and, after video referee Steve Ganson held a lengthy deliberation over the dazzling move, Scott Dureau kept his nerve to land the touchline conversion.
"I looked at Scotty just before he took the kick and he was pretty calm," added Robinson. "He was definitely in the moment. It's great credit to him and a great moment for Scotty."
St Helens coach Royce Simmons, whose side conceded 36 points against Hull KR last Sunday, was once more critical of their defence but also pointed the finger at referee James Child and said he would be raising his performance with RFL officials chief Stuart Cummins.
"It started to go wrong when he awarded four penalties in a row against us," said Simmons. "We didn't have much ball from that stage onwards. Some of the penalties were an absolute joke.
"If it's going to cost me money, I don't care. Stuart will be hearing from me. There were some really tough calls. I'm very disappointed with the referee's performance.
"They're a very good side. I was never comfortable. I knew they had the strike power to come back. They have a lot of blokes in their side who can create something and turn half-chances into something. "They had a crack at it, it was a tremendous effort by them.
"At the same time we let in some soft tries. We let some points in last week as well but we've got to keep our heads up and get back on the horse.
"I thought our boys played really well in the first 40 minutes but defensively we're not working as a unit. It's not a lack of effort, we're trying to solve things one-out.
"I suppose rugby league is the winner but I don't feel like that right now."
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|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
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