Catalan Dragons 12 - 27 Leeds Rhinos

Match info: Super League at Stade Gilbert Brutus

Date: 01/04/2013 KO: 17:15 Att: 9,465

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Catalans

TriesPryce (49) Bosc (53)ConversionsBosc (49, 53)

12
vs
27

Leeds

TriesMoon (9) Mcshane (68) Jones-Buchanan (73)ConversionsSinfield (9, 23, 38, 60, 68, 73, 76)Drop GoalsSinfield (72)

FT (ht: 0-10)

  • Last Updated: April 1 2013, 20:58 BST

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott was unhappy with the high penalty count against his side who won 27-12 despite having Ryan Bailey sent off as Catalan Dragons saw their unbeaten home run come to an end.

Brian McDermott: Unhappy with penalty count
Brian McDermott: Unhappy with penalty count

Bailey was sent off in the 48th minute by referee Ben Thaler for a high shoulder charge on Thomas Bosc but Leeds were able to hold out for the win.

McDermott said: "I don't think the sending off had a bearing on the result of the game to be honest with you, but it showed how much character we have in the squad.

"Catalans get awarded more penalties than anyone else in the competition, and they have done for the last two years.

"I coached the London team for four years and they were awarded the least amount of penalties for four consecutive years. That is a big issue when you come to Catalans."

McDermott turned and looked at the main Catalans stand and added: "That is plain and simple, I think I have my own ideas why. I have my own ideas why."

McDermott continued: "To be consistently awarded the most penalties when they play at home, I think that would need addressing.

"At one point the penalty count was 15-3, I thought we did remarkably well to overcome that.

"I'd like to be clear, I don't think that Catalans play well due to them getting penalties, they are a very good team.

"We talked before that when boxers go to box in Germany or Europe, they very rarely get the points victory, they have to knock their opposition out - we had to knock our opposition out tonight."

Of the dismissal, McDermott added: "I didn't see the red card, although it made a good noise around the ground and made a good slap that got the crowd's attention."

Catalans Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous said his team would take something from the defeat.

"As a team we have learnt a good lesson tonight in how to win big games. Leeds showed us how to do that tonight, they kept the ball in the last 20 minutes and we couldn't do anything about that," he said.

"After we took the lead, we made some mistakes and gave them the ball, and we didn't see the ball for the next 10 minutes after that."

Frayssinous addressed the 16-8 penalty count in his side's favour.

"I think if you watch the game back all the penalties were deserved, they came here and tried to slow us down," he said.

"They were cautioned twice for this and I have spoken to the referees about why this happened with no sin-binning. It is their call and we can talk about it further in the week."

Frayssinous added on the Bailey dismissal: "Thomas Bosc has been hit every week over the last month or so. I'm glad that we got the call on this occasion.

"We want the referees to be consistent. I need to watch the video again, but if Bailey has hit Thomas late and high then it is a red card like when we had Julian Bousquet who was banned for four games."

Catalans struggled in the wet conditions as they continually dropped the ball at crucial times with Zeb Taia, Louis Anderson and Jamal Fakir all accountable with unforced errors.

Kevin Sinfield led the way with 15 points as the Rhinos bounced back from the disappointment of drawing their last game against Bradford and scored tries through Joel Moon, Paul McShane and Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

Catalans touched down through Leon Pryce and Bosc, with the latter also kicking two goals.


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