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Mixed feelings for Robinson
Catalan Dragons boss slightly disappointed after win over London
Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson found reasons to both praise and criticise his side after they kicked off the second day of Magic Weekend with a 42-18 win over London Broncos.
The high-flying French side ran in seven tries at a sun-drenched Etihad Stadium, impressing in two spells against their struggling opponents.
Robinson's men opened up a 24-0 half-time lead and then ran in three late tries, with their only sticky patch being a second-half Broncos' fightback that saw them put the ball over the line three times in the space of 16 minutes.
The Australian tactician was unhappy with his side's defence during that period, but was pleased with how they recovered and dealt with playing a man down after Jason Baitieri was sent to the sin bin.
"I thought we were pretty good. We had to defend in the first half which was pleasing," Robinson said after the match.
"We've been working hard on some things since we lost to Warrington in the cup, and it was pleasing the way we defended to half-time.
"But we lost that ethic around that preparation of our line and stopped doing our jobs when we weren't involved in the tackle. That was really disappointing and a low point of the match.
"But we had some good management when Jason went off. We handled it well with 12 men as we have in the past and we got back on top after that."
Leon Pryce and Remi Casty scored two tries each for the Dragons, but there was some bad news when Jamal Fakir injured his groin while scoring their seventh and final try.
The strong finish was something that pleased Robinson, especially after his side flirted with throwing away an early advantage against Widnes a week ago.
He added: "We let it go, fell down, at Widnes. We needed to be much more clinical and we were. That was a progression for us. We turned up at the right times."
London coach Rob Powell felt his side were dealt a bad hand when Tony Clubb was deemed to have knocked-on when a ball strip was a more likely scenario, with referee James Childs' decision relieving the pressure on the Catalan line after London had closed to within six points.
"At 24-18 I thought we had a chance to go on and win the game," Powell said.
"We got a tough call, a ball steal. I've said this before, but we won't hang our hat on a decision. At 24-0, it was our fault, we're in control of that, but at that moment, we had the momentum and we lost it.
"We have to be stronger and get on with it, but at that moment we would have got another set, probably kicked on and scored and maybe won the game."Super League. Click here to bet.
Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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