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- First Utility Super League
- 20th May 2012
- KO 15:00
- Att: 4,684
Robinson impressed by Widnes
Catalan supremo lavishes praise on Widnes after narrow victory
Catalan boss Trent Robinson heaped praise on Stobart Super League strugglers Widnes and felt they deserved to take something out of today's 14-try thriller which the Dragons edged.
Catalan bounced back from their Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat by Warrington to claim a hard-fought 42-34 victory at Stobart Stadium Halton, but needed two late tries to do so.
The Vikings might have got even closer to their opponents had it not been for Lloyd White and Joe Mellor both being carried off on a stretcher and conceding two tries when skipper Jon Clarke was in the sin-bin - Clarke was yellow-carded for a challenge on Scott Dureau early in the second half.
"Widnes were outstanding and pressurised us all over the park," Robinson stated. "Widnes deserved something out of the game. We could see their desperation and they fought tooth and nail.
"They lost a couple of players but can take a lot out of the match."
The Dragons raced into a 14-0 lead but Widnes rallied to trail only 20-18 at the break with Rhys Hanbury scoring a spectacular long-range try right on half-time.
Robinson added: "That try gave Widnes a fair bit of momentum after we started really well.
"We hit our marks and had a lot of quality ball early on."]
Widnes coach Denis Betts was unhappy with Clarke's sin-binning, declaring: "Clarkey was sin-binned for nothing.
"The touch-judges and referee didn't see anything and it was a poor call after all the players started pushing and shoving.
"We are disappointed with the loss because it was a great team effort. We fell for the sucker-punch early on but if we can show the same effort we can get some wins."
Regarding the two players who were carried off, Betts said: "We lost Joe Mellor with an ankle injury and Lloyd White did his knee but it's too early to say the extent of the damage.
"It was all hands to the deck after that but we are slowly getting there and just need a bit of luck.
"Nobody has had to do what we have done coming from a non-professional to full-time environment.
"Leon Pryce and Scott Dureau played well for Catalan who are a quality side and Vinnie Anderson was outstanding."
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|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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