The Catalan Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous has said that he was frustrated with his team’s attitude at both ends of the pitch during their 30 – 28 defeat to Wakefield.
While both teams scored five tries, Pat Richards controversially missed the conversion on the Dragons’ fifth and Dave Taylor then offloaded straight into touch on their final chance. However, Frayssinous also complained about the team’s defence after the narrow defeat.
Speaking in a press conference which was broadcast on the team’s website he said that they “lost the ball at crucial moments and it cost us. What cost us the most, was our defence”.
He said that the team conceded soft tries and while they did good things offensively there were times when “certain players did not respect the ball and tried to do something spectacular.”
Wakefield saw tries from Max Jowitt, Jonny Molloy, Craig Hall, Bill Tupou and Michael Sio and Liam Finn was perfect from the kicking tee.
For the Catalan Dragons there was Tony Gigot, Dave Taylor, Justin Horo, Morgan Escare and Fouad Yaha. While the team is missing a number of players due to injury Frayssinous refused to use it as an excuse.
He said that “with 11 injured we lacked personnel at certain positions but I will not look for excuses, I never do”.
Widnes’ victory means that they secured their place in the Super 8 while the Dragons remain in contention for a top four finish but need to end the regular season with a win in order to hold off St Helens.
Fayssinous said that he is confident about the future and that that the team “will continue to work hard and try to find the solutions to certain problems. We want to finish in the top four and we will have to go and win at Widnes.”