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Catalans Dragons

  • Anderson (2), Taia, Whitehead, Escare,
    Goals: Bosc (5),
30 - 14

Huddersfield

  • Grix, Ferres, Broughton,
    Goals: Brough,
  • First Utility Super League
  • 22nd Mar 2014
  • KO 17:30
  • Att: 6,600

Super League: Laurent Frayssinous finally has a win to celebrate

Last updated: 23rd March 2014  

Super League: Laurent Frayssinous finally has a win to celebrate

Laurent Frayssinous: a first win after five defeats

I always believed that this squad and group of players could turn our results around and it's particularly pleasing for us to do it against the team who were league leaders last season.

Laurent Frayssinous
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Catalan coach Laurent Frayssinous praised his side's attitude after they finally got their season up and running with a 30-14 victory over Huddersfield.

The Dragons had lost their first five games of the campaign and the squad were hauled back from England in between away fixtures for crisis talks.

But this was a very different Catalan display to the capitulations of earlier weeks and Frayssinous said: "I'm very pleased with that performance.

"Huddersfield didn't score points against one of the worst defences in the comp for 65 minutes - I'm really happy with that. Defence is an attitude and tonight the boys showed some attitude, so I'm really happy with that."

Olivier Elima returned from a ban to beef up the Catalan pack and the workrate of his side pleased Frayssinous.

"Eloi Pelissier has played 80 minutes in the last two games and he's growing as a player, you can see that," he said. "He has a good motor and created a couple of tries for us tonight and played well in defence.

"Louis Anderson gave us strength on our edge and Olivier Elima returned in the middle to help firm us up and Elliott Whitehead did a lot of work for us on his side of the field.

Always believed

"I'm really happy and really pleased by the way the boys worked for each other and their team-mates tonight.

"I always believed that this squad and group of players could turn our results around and it's particularly pleasing for us to do it against the team who were league leaders last season."

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson was not a happy man. "I thought we were out-enthused in a lot of areas tonight, we came up against a very hot and very committed Catalan team," he said.

"It's always a tough ask coming over here but we didn't do ourselves any favours."

"I thought Catalan as a whole were very dominant in all areas and we were out-enthused in many areas which is more of a worry for us. We've picked up a few bumps and bruises and a few 'feel sorry for me' injuries.

"We showed what we can do and what we are capable of when we decide to play and that has to be the key for us, making the decision to play rather than waiting for teams to do what Catalan did to us tonight."

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4 Warrington Wolves 3 4
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