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Super League: Phil Veivers furious after defeat to Catalans Dragons
Salford boss Phil Veivers was furious with Julian Bousquet following his challenge on Theo Fages during his side's 40-6 loss at Catalan Dragons.
The visitors trailed 16-6 at the break and had no reply to their hosts' power after the turnaround despite the numerical advantage gained when Bousquet was dismissed.
Vincent Duport (two), Remi Casty, Steve Menzies, Ian Henderson, Olivier Elima and Daryl Millard crossed for the Dragons, with Niall Evalds managing the visitors' only try.
Veivers said: "I was disappointed with the cheap shot on the little half-back who got took out by the big number 21 (Bousquet), it was a very cheap shot.
"I thought it was outlawed in this game and the referee dealt with it correctly."
He added: "It had a big bearing on the game for us, having four forwards on the bench detracted from the way we wanted to play.
"After that I cannot subtract from the effort the players put in, the lack of game awareness and game sense was overwhelming - five times we kicked off the sideline."
Veivers laid into his side as he spoke about the same mistakes being repeated
in Perpignan that had appeared in the opening defeat to Wigan last weekend.
"It's two weeks in a row that we're talking about the same mistakes, it's got to sink in shortly," he added.
"Possibly that is down to inexperience within the squad but you cannot excuse the amount of dropped balls we came up with tonight, the amount of cheap penalties we conceded and how we finished our sets, especially in the second half."Catalan coach Laurent Frayssinous was delighted his side were able to win despite having 12 men for 77 minutes of the game.
"It was a good win for us, and I'm especially pleased with the defensive effort of the guys," he said. "For us to only concede one try with having a man less for most of the game speaks volumes about the character of the team."
Frayssinous went on to speak about the incident in the third minute that saw Bousquet red-carded.
He added: "We won't tell Julian what he has done is wrong. I don't think it is a late challenge, but just perhaps the timing is out a little from Julian."Super League. Click here to bet.
Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||25||21|
|12||Salford Red Devils||25||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||25||8|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Bradford vs Widnes|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 11th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Warrington|
|Friday 12th September|
|20:00||Hull vs Leeds|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs St Helens|
|Sunday 31st August|
|Castleford 32 - 18 Bradford|
|Wakefield 42 - 6 Salford|
|Saturday 30th August|
|Catalan Dragons 46 - 4 London Broncos|
|Friday 29th August|
|Widnes 24 - 10 Wigan|
|Leeds 12 - 13 St Helens|
|Hull 28 - 0 Hull K R|
|Thursday 28th August|
|Warrington 24 - 24 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
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